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The VICE Morning Bulletin

Kushner copped $285 million loan just before election, cops break up LGBTQ rally in Istanbul, Ohio government websites hacked with pro-ISIS messages, and more.

by VICE Staff
Jun 26 2017, 2:40pm

Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Kushner Took $285 Million Loan Just Before Election
Jared Kushner's company secured a $285 million loan from Deutsche Bank a month before the election—a loan Kushner did not disclose when he began working at the White House. Special counsel Robert Mueller may now looking into the loan as part of his sprawling investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 elections. When Kushner received the loan, Deutsche Bank was dealing with a federal criminal probe into whether it assisted in a Russian money-laundering operation.—The Washington Post

Ohio Government Sites Hacked with Pro-ISIS Messages
Several government websites in Ohio were hacked to display pro-ISIS messages this weekend, including Governor John Kasich's site. A group called Team System DZ took credit for the hack, writing on at least one compromised site that President Trump "and all your people" would be held accountable for "every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries." Ten state websites and two servers were hit by the cyberattack.—Bloomberg News

Pro-Trump Group Launches Attack Ad Against GOP Senator
The America First Policies group has launched a $1 million ad campaign attacking a Republican senator skeptical of the president's health care bill. The broadside against Senator Dean Heller seems designed to terrify GOP lawmakers into falling in line on the upcoming vote. The group, led by former Trump campaign advisors, urged the president's supporters to assail Heller with the #HellerVotesYes hashtag.—Politico

Police Investigate Possible Hate Crimes at California Mosques
Police are looking into two possible hate crimes in California this weekend. A burned copy of the Qu'ran with bacon inside it was left handcuffed to a fence outside Sacramento's biggest mosque. Earlier in the weekend, pages ripped from the Qu'ran were left outside a mosque in Davis. "This is as clear as using a swastika or using a burning cross," said Albert Cahn, of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.—CBS News

International News

Turkish President Condemns Arab States' Demands on Qatar
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said demands made by four Arab states to Qatar were "against international law." Turkey has made diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis, but Erdogan strongly rejected the Saudi-led group's call for Turkey to close a military base in the embattled Gulf nation. "It's a very, very ugly approach to try to interfere with our agreement," the president said.—The Guardian

At Least Six Dead After Boat Capsizes in Colombia
At least six people were killed when a tourist boat capsized Sunday in northwestern Colombia. Another 16 passengers are still missing, but 133 were rescued—initially by nearby boats before army helicopters and divers showed up to the scene. One witness said it took only five minutes for the Almirante to sink in the reservoir near Guatapé.—BBC News

Police Break Up LGBTQ Rally in Istanbul
Turkish police stopped LGBTQ activists from holding a gay pride event in Istanbul Sunday, using tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the crowd. At least 41 people were detained by the authorities, according to organizers of the event, which had been banned Saturday by the Istanbul governorship.—Al Jazeera

China Releases Imprisoned Nobel Laureate with Cancer
Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been moved from prison by the Chinese authorities to receive cancer treatment. The 61-year-old dissident was imprisoned in 2009 for promoting greater democracy in China. Liu is now being treated in a Shenyang hospital, battling an advanced form of liver cancer his lawyer described as "very serious."—The New York Times

Everything Else

Chance the Rapper Gets Humanitarian Award
Chance the Rapper won both best new artist and the humanitarian award at the BET Awards, the latter for raising $2 million for Chicago's public schools. In a video message, Michelle Obama hailed Chance for "showing our young people that they matter."—AP

Lorde Gets Her First No.1 Album
Lorde's Melodrama is the artist's first No.1 album on the Billboard 200, selling 109,000 in album equivalent units. It marks the third week in a row a female artist has taken the top spot, following new releases by Katy Perry and Halsey.—Billboard

Facebook Said to Plan Scripted Shows
Facebook is reportedly preparing to launch its own strand of original, scripted programming by the end of the summer. The social media network is prepared to pay $3 million per episode for shows aimed at 13- to 34-year-olds.—The Wall Street Journal

Editors Add 'Woke' to Oxford English Dictionary
The term "woke" has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, with editors defining it chiefly as being "alert to racial or social discrimination or injustice." Editors found evidence of its earliest use while researching the "Stay Woke Ball" in Harlem in the 1920s.—TIME

FIFA Investigating Russian Soccer Team, Report Says
FIFA is reportedly set to probe the 23-player Russian squad from the 2014 World Cup for alleged doping. A total of 34 Russian soccer players, including the World Cup squad, were said to be identified in Anti-Doping Agency reports.—VICE Sports

Calvin Harris Album to Feature All-Star Cast
Calvin Harris has shared the official tracklist for his forthcoming album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. Collaborators include Future, Travis Scott, Kehlani, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, Migos, and Young Thug.—Thump