VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – December 23, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: a video released by the extremist group Boko Haram shows militants executing hundreds of Nigerians inside a school dormitory, China will dispatch its first infantry battalion as part of the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission to South Sudan, South Korea begins cyber security tests after a nuclear facility was hacked, and Iraqis create a nativity scene in an abandoned mall.

NIGERIA
Boko Haram Releases Video of Mass Killings
A new video released by the extremist group Boko Haram shows the group executing hundreds of Nigerians in a cramped dormitory, in the town of Bama.
Related: https://news.vice.com/article/boko-haram-slaughtered-hundreds-in-nigeria-waiting-for-military-help

CHINA
Peacekeepers Depart for South Sudan
China will dispatch its first infantry battalion as part of the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission to South Sudan. Seven hundred Chinese peacekeepers, equipped with drones, armored infantry carriers, and anti-tank missiles will be deployed starting next month.
Related: https://news.vice.com/article/conflict-in-south-sudan-escalates-with-return-of-dry-season

SOUTH KOREA
Nuclear Plant Operator Stages Cyber-Attack Drills After Attacks
South Korean officials staged drills to test their resilience against possible cyber attacks at four nuclear power facilities across the country. The drills come after a recent successful cyber attack on one of the country’s nuclear plant operators.

IRAQ
Refugees Living in Deserted Mall Create Nativity Scene for Holidays
Thousands of displaced Iraqis have been living in an unfinished shopping mall after fleeing fighting in Mosul earlier this year. For Christmas, the mostly Christian refugees created a nativity scene inside the mall.
Related: https://news.vice.com/article/iraqs-christians-flee-mosul-and-fear-for-their-safety-in-baghdad

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – December 19, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Kenyan lawmakers approve controversial anti-terror legislation but not without a fight, PETA uncovers shocking dog skin trade in China, U.S. Navy shows off a drone that looks like it belongs in ‘Jaws’, and deadly fighting between vigilante groups in western Mexico.

KENYA
Fists Fly Ahead of Parliament Vote on Terror Laws
Opposition lawmakers warn the new legislation violates civil liberties and freedom of speech.

CHINA
PETA Discovers Sizable Trade in Dog Skin
During a one-year investigation, animal rights group PETA discovered the widespread slaughter of dogs for meat and skin sales.

U.S.A.
Navy Unveils ‘GhostSwimmer’ Drone
It looks and swims like a shark, but this new gizmo could in the future be a useful tool in surveillance, intelligence and reconnaissance missions.

MEXICO
Eleven Dead in Fighting Between Vigilante Groups
Authorities say a turf war between two leaders triggered the violence in Michoacan State.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – December 03, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines.​ Today: Ukraine accuses pro-Russia rebels of attack on Donetsk airport shortly after agreeing to new truce, Estonia the first country to offer e-citizenship, Kosovo authorities destroy thousands of illegal weapons, and officials in northeast China suspect Siberian tiger freed by Russian president Putin to blame for the deaths of more than a dozen goats.

UKRAINE
Signs of Another Shaky Ceasefire
A Ukrainian military statement posted online accuses pro-Russia separatists of attacking its forces at Donetsk airport shortly after agreeing to another truce.

ESTONIA
Pioneer E-Citizenship Program Looks to Attract Foreign Investment
Under the scheme, anyone is free to open a bank account or a business in the eastern European country without actually being there.

KOSOVO
Thousands of Seized Weapons Destroyed
The country is awash with guns, sniper rifles and AK-47s left over from its 1998-99 war with Serbia.

CHINA
Siberian Tiger Freed by Putin Suspected in Goat Deaths
​Officials in the northeast are warning residents not to throw food at the animal, named Ustin, if he’s spotted. ​

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How the US Created the Islamic State: Talking Heads

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VICE News and the New York Review of Books have partnered to create Talking Heads, a series about the big issues of the day as seen by the Review’s distinguished contributors.

In this episode of Talking Heads, Mark Danner discusses his essay “Iraq: The New War.” Danner wrote this essay in mid-2003, outlining how American policy during the Iraq war effectively helped incite in many ways what was then an emerging insurgency. The occupation of Iraq post-9/11 created a broad front to which militant jihadists began to flock. The mishandling of the Iraqi army sent thousands of highly-trained, angry men into the streets with no jobs. And photos of Iraqis being tortured by American personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison provided telegenic images that helped these groups recruit from an increasingly indignant public.

Over a decade before it happened, Danner’s analysis of the insurgency forecasted how it would evolve into what we know today as the Islamic State.

VICE News sat down with Danner to discuss how the United States’ invasion of Iraq and the ensuing war provided what he described as a warm petri dish in which insurgent elements would grow.

Read Mark Danner’s essay “Iraq: The New War” – http://bit.ly/1tA7jdY

Read “’The Threat Is Real’: The Islamic State Is Trying to Influence Political Parties in Malaysia” – http://bit.ly/1yvc1Ou

Watch “China Strikes Back: Talking Heads” – http://bit.ly/1HRU7e6

Watch “Escape to the Islamic State” – http://bit.ly/1rNVpwy

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Ruble-yuan Settlements Will Cut Energy Sales in US Dollars – Putin

Doing away with the US dollar and switching to ruble and yuan payments will significantly increase Russia and China’s say in energy and financial markets, Vladimir Putin has said, adding that the first deals are already underway.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 20, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: heavy smog doesn’t stop marathon runners in Beijing, Sweden investigates reports of ‘foreign underwater activity’ in Baltic Sea, death of northern white rhino in Kenya brings species closer to extinction, and not everyone is enthusiastic about the ‘Clean India’ campaign.

CHINA
Beijing Marathon Runners Undeterred by Heavy Smog
Twenty-six thousand competitors from around the world braved the haze to compete in the race on Sunday.

SWEDEN
Intelligence Reports Trigger Underwater Hunt
The military began scouring the Baltic Sea after officials were told there was reason to believe a Russian submarine was in an area off Stockholm’s coast.

KENYA
One of the World’s Seven Remaining Northern White Rhinos Dies
The species is even closer to extinction now as the 34-year-old rhino was one of only two remaining breeding males.

INDIA
How Helpful is the Government’s Sanitation Initiative?
Residents say the ‘Clean India’ campaign may raise awareness but that much more is needed to clear the streets of garbage and human waste.

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Riots, Unrest, and the Umbrella Movement: Hong Kong Rising

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In 1997, the longtime British colony of Hong Kong was handed over to China with the understanding that it would retain relative autonomy under the concept of “one country, two systems.” But last month, as part of the so-called Umbrella Revolution, Hong Kongers began vocally demanding Beijing stay out of their political affairs and grant the democracy they say they were promised with the handover.

VICE News traveled to Hong Kong and embedded with the students leading the pro-democracy movement. As protestors marched through and occupied city parks and streets, police fired tear gas and became physically violent. Hong Kong, long a reliably stable world financial center, was being rocked by unrest.

Watch Now – “The Sunflower Revolt: Protests in Taiwan” – http://bit.ly/1uhSoF0

“China Strikes Back: Talking Heads” – http://bit.ly/1wb8QKJ

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How China Humiliated a US President: Talking Heads

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VICE News and the New York Review of Books have partnered to create Talking Heads, a series about the big issues of the day as seen by the Review’s distinguished contributors.

In the first episode, Orville Schell discusses his essay “China Strikes Back.” He recently joined Jimmy Carter on a visit to China, where the former president received a less-than-warm welcome by the country’s leaders. Carter re-established diplomatic relations between the United States and China, but how close are the two countries 35 years later? Schell explains how the snubbing reflects a dramatic shift in US-China relations.

VICE News sat down with Schell to discuss the significance of the diplomatic slight against Carter, and how the US might benefit from a better understanding of the “Chinese Dream.”

Read Orville Schell’s essay “China Strikes Back!” – http://bit.ly/1u4d9KP

Watch “Talking Heads: How the US Created the Islamic State” – http://bit.ly/1FVRWrs

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 13, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: thousands protest in St. Louis, MO over the weekend, Russia says Ebola vaccine may be ready in 6 months, US announces $212M in new aid to rebuild Gaza and Robots showcase soccer skills in east China.

USA
As part of the “Ferguson October” campaign, thousands protested in St. Louis, MO over the weekend to bring attention to fatal police shooting of civilians across the country.

RUSSIA
Russia’s health minister says it will have three ebola vaccines produced in the next 6 months.

MIDDLE EAST
Secretary of State John Kerry has announced the US will give $212M dollars in new aid to re-build Gaza following the 50 day Israel-Hamas war this summer.

CHINA
At the RoboCup 2014 in east China, robots showcased soccer skills that typically take years for humans to master.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September 10, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: bomb attack wounds more than a dozen in Chile’s capital, Yemeni police shoot at least four protesters dead, activists in Hong Kong shave their heads to protest against Beijing, and Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of mistreating thousands of African migrants.

CHILE
Bomb Attack in Capital Blamed on ‘Terrorists’
President Michelle Bachelet urges calm after blast injures at least 14 people in Santiago.

YEMEN
Police Use Lethal Force Against Protesters in Sanaa
At least four dead as the Shia Houthi rebel movement expands their sit-in across the capital.

HONG KONG
Scuffles Break Out After Activists Shave Their Heads
Dozens got buzz cuts to protest mainland China’s grip on the city’s leadership nominations.

ISRAEL
Report Alleges Mistreatment of African Migrants
​Human Rights Watch accuses the government of coercing thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese nationals to return home, where they face abuse and detention.​

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