VICE News Daily: Snowden Statue Removed from Brooklyn Park

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Dutch tourist rescued in Mali after three years in captivity, Russian migrants face new residency exam questions, NYC officials remove statue of Edward Snowden from park, and Japan approves controversial textbooks.

MALI
Dutch Hostage Free After Three Years in Captivity
French commandos freed Sjaak Rijke, who was captured by Al Qaeda in Timbuktu.

RUSSIA
New Additions to Residency Exam
Migrants will need to brush up on Russia’s official version of events.

U.S.A
Police Remove Snowden Statue in New York City Neighborhood
Activists covertly installed a bust of Edward Snowden in a Brooklyn park overnight.

JAPAN
New Textbooks Politicize Territorial Disputes
South Korea summoned Tokyo’s ambassador over claims to Takeshima islands.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September 24, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Syrians inspect damage of first U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State, Ukrainian troops fight pro-Russia separatists around Donetsk airport, journalist freed in Somalia after being held captive for almost three years, and dozens of Egyptians go on hunger strike in support of political prisoners.

SYRIA (annotate to: https://news.vice.com/article/us-leads-airstrikes-against-islamic-state-in-syria)
Beginnings of Air Campaign Against the Islamic State
Monitoring group says dozens of militants were killed in the first round of airstrikes carried out by a U.S.-led coalition.

UKRAINE (annotate to Russian Roulette 44: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtdVVFhjdqA)
Ongoing Fighting in Donetsk Casts Doubt on Truce
The city’s airport has become a flashpoint ever since soldiers recaptured it from rebels in May.

SOMALIA (https://news.vice.com/article/journalist-michael-scott-moore-released-in-somalia-after-nearly-three-years-as-a-hostage)
Journalist Released After Nearly Three Years in Captivity
Michael Scott Moore was abducted in January 2012 while he was conducting research on piracy.

EGYPT
Dozens Begin Hunger Strike in Support of Imprisoned Activists
​​The trial of hundreds of people charged with breaking a protest law has been postponed to October 1st.

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