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Wolf populations in the wild jumped in France last year, a faster-than-expected increase that will prompt the government to increase hunting quotas and take other measures to protect livestock herds, officials said Friday. AFPTV accompanied members of France’s dedicated “wolf brigade” as they carried out surveilance in the Alps.

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Enormous smoke clouds tower over Italy’s Alps

A #wildfire engulfed the Italian mountains near the north-eastern #Italy’s province of #Belluno, as seen in footage filmed Thursday, capturing enormous smoke clouds as they towered over the mountains and a nearby church. The blaze is believed have been caused by a tree collapsing onto an electric trellis.

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In the Alps, traffickers prey on migrants and rescuers alike

Over the past year, the arrival of migrants in the French region of Hautes–Alpes, on the border with Italy, has increased dramatically. Since February, the work of volunteers in the area has been complicated by a new phenomenon: the increasingly popular business of smugglers who lure migrants in with a promise of crossing the Alps, in exchange for large sums of money.

Three baby lynx born in Paris zoo

Three Scandinavian lynxes born in a zoo in Paris in May had their first medical check up on Friday. The Scandinavian lynx – a subspecies of the European lynx – is endangered in France, with 160 individuals living in the Jura, the Alps, and the Vosges.

VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – December 29, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Indian government promises to monitor sale of acid following increase in attacks on women, Hamas bans Palestinian children’s trip to Israel, snow and ice strands thousands in the French Alps, and Monday marks one year since Egyptian authorities detained three Al Jazeera journalists.

INDIA
Government Vows to Monitor Sale of Acid Following Recent Attacks
A new web-based application promises to regulate purchases, but campaigners are skeptical it will have any real impact.

GAZA
Hamas Bans Children’s Trip to Israel
Israeli activists organized a week-long tour for dozens of Palestinian kids orphaned by the recent war, but Hamas officials declared the itinerary ‘suspicious.’

FRANCE
Days of Heavy Snow Leave Thousands Stranded in Alps
Up to 15,000 people spent part of the weekend in shelters or stuck in their cars and unable to safely leave the roads.

EGYPT
One Year Since Imprisonment of Al Jazeera Journalists
Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed are serving between seven and 10 years each on terrorism-related charges.

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