VICE News Daily: Indigenous and Unprotected in Peru’s Amazon

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Syrian military helicopter crashes in rebel-controlled territory, Russians rally over repayment of foreign-currency mortgages, China’s top weather scientist warns of ‘huge impact’ of climate change, and indigenous communities in Peru’s Amazon say the government needs to do more to protect their lands from illegal logging.

SYRIA
Military Helicopter Crashes in Rebel-Controlled Territory
At least four crew members were taken hostage by rebels, according to activist reports.

RUSSIA
Dozens Detained at Moscow Protest Against Foreign-Currency Mortgages
Thousands took out dollar-denominated loans to secure lower interest rates years ago, but are now paying the ultimate price following the plunge of the ruble.

CHINA
Top Meteorologist Warns of Consequences of Climate Change
Zheng Guogang says drought, storms, and warmer temperatures will affect the country’s crop yields and infrastructure.

PERU
Indigenous Groups Await Protection from Illegal Loggers
Leaders say the government hasn’t made good on its promise to reduce deforestation and protect native communities.

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Launching Balloons into North Korea: Propaganda Over Pyongyang

North and South Korea are, both legally and philosophically, in a state of war. While the guns may be silent, the conflict between the two countries has now become one of propaganda.

With the assistance of the Human Rights Foundation, North Korean defectors now in South Korea have been launching hydrogen-filled balloons across the 38th parallel — carrying both money and propaganda. In late 2014, a balloon launch sparked a brief exchange of gunfire between North and South Korean soldiers, and even more recently, Pyongyang has promised that hellfire will rain on South Korea if any copies of the controversial Hollywood comedy The Interview make it across the border.

VICE News traveled to Seoul to meet frontline soldiers in this information war — and to attend a clandestine launch of propaganda balloons into the Hermit Kingdom.

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Launching Balloons into North Korea: Propaganda Over Pyongyang (Trailer)

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North and South Korea are, both legally and philosophically, in a state of war. While the guns may be silent, the conflict between the two countries has now become one of propaganda.

With the assistance of the Human Rights Foundation, North Korean defectors now in South Korea have been launching hydrogen-filled balloons across the 38th parallel — carrying both money and propaganda. In late 2014, a balloon launch sparked a brief exchange of gunfire between North and South Korean soldiers, and even more recently, Pyongyang has promised that hellfire will rain on South Korea if any copies of the controversial Hollywood comedy The Interview make it across the border.

VICE News traveled to Seoul to meet frontline soldiers in this information war — and to attend a clandestine launch of propaganda balloons into the Hermit Kingdom.

Watch “When VICE Met Kim Jong-un” – http://bit.ly/1MGt8BU

Read “‘A Sign of How Bad Things Are’: North Korea Is Sidling Up to Russia Again” – http://bit.ly/1DtExoZ

Read “Here’s How China Is Screwing North Korea’s Economy” – http://bit.ly/1wRSBX9

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Turkish Soldiers Relocate Ottoman Tomb: VICE News Capsule, February 25

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: More than $1 million in knockoff shoes destroyed in the Philippines, Turkish soldiers relocate medieval tomb of Suleyman Shah to Syrian border village, Germany bans Dutch biker gang over its alleged organized crime links, and Spanish police arrest four suspected of recruiting Muslims to join militant groups.

SYRIA
Turkish Soldiers Relocate Medieval Tomb Following Extraction Mission
The mausoleum of Suleyman Shah was moved from militant-controlled territory in a secret night-time mission over the weekend. The temporary tomb is located in a village on the border with Turkey.

PHILIPPINES
Authorities Destroy Counterfeit Footwear Worth Over $1 Million
Fake Nike, Adidas, and Converse shoes manufactured in China were among the more than 150,000 pairs shredded by customs officials on Tuesday.

GERMANY
Dutch Biker Gang Banned For Criminal Activities
Satudarah Motorcycle Club members have been linked to drug trafficking, extortion, murder, and other crimes.

SPAIN
Police Nab Four Suspected Islamist Recruiters
The men are believed to have run websites and Facebook pages to promote extremist agendas and lure Muslims to join groups such as the Islamic State.

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Myanmar Backtracks on Rohingya Voting Rights: VICE News Capsule, February 13

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Twelve Taliban militants arrested in connection to Pakistan school massacre, Myanmar’s government heeds Buddhist calls to withdraw Rohingya voting rights, watchdogs concerned over Bulgaria’s press freedom, and nearly 500 million people travel to China for New Year festivities.

PAKISTAN
Army Announces Arrests Linked to Peshawar School Attack
Six were detained in Pakistan and six others across the border with the help of Afghan authorities.

MYANMAR
Government Revokes Minority Voting Rights
Rohingya Muslims and other groups were granted temporary rights for an upcoming referendum, but the government quickly withdrew them following protests by members of the Buddhist majority.

BULGARIA
Concerns Over Crumbling Press Freedom
Media outlets have been fined for running stories on the banking sector and companies’ financial activities. The country ranks lowest in the EU for media rights.

CHINA
Nearly Half a Billion People Travel to Observe New Year Festivities
The world’s largest human migration is under way ahead of the Spring Festival, which begins next Thursday.

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Multiple Suicide Attacks Across Northern Nigeria: VICE News Capsule, February 3

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Nigerian president escapes suicide attack at campaign rally, teachers armed against the Taliban in northwest Pakistan, it’s unsafe to breathe in most of China’s big cities, and U.S. study reveals many of the foods marketed for infants and toddlers are unhealthy.

NIGERIA
Suicide Bombings Rock Northeastern City
President Goodluck Jonathan had left the venue of a campaign rally in Gombe before the attack, which left one person dead. Twin bombings in the same city on Sunday killed at least five people.

PAKISTAN
Teachers Allowed to Carry Guns Following Siege on Peshawar School
Some educators are worried arming teachers is counterproductive, while others say it’s their only option.

CHINA
Most Big Cities Fail to Meet Air Quality Standards
Seven of the 10 most polluted cities are around Beijing. The government says the numbers are an improvement on 2013.

U.S.A.
Study Says Toddler Food is Unhealthy
Researchers found excess sugar and sodium in more than a thousand popular brands of packaged meals and snacks, which they warn puts young children at risk of obesity and other health problems.

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The End of the Umbrella Revolution: Hong Kong Silenced

In September 2014, VICE News documented the birth of the so-called Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. When students organized a weeklong strike to protest China’s handling of the local election process, the government responded with tear gas. Thousands of Hong Kong residents took to the city’s streets in solidarity with the students and the protesters occupied several major roads for weeks on end.

Nearly two months into the occupation, the demands and resolve of the protesters remained unchanged. They started to become fatigued and divided against each other, however, and public support for their cause began to decline. The movement was under immense pressure to either escalate their action, or to retreat and give back the streets.

When VICE News returned to Hong Kong near the end of 2014 to check in on the protesters, we witnessed the final days of the Umbrella Movement’s pro-democracy demonstrations.

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The End of the Umbrella Revolution: Hong Kong Silenced (Trailer)

In September 2014, VICE News documented the birth of the so-called Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. When students organized a weeklong strike to protest China’s handling of the local election process, the government responded with tear gas. Thousands of Hong Kong residents took to the city’s streets in solidarity with the students and the protesters occupied several major roads for weeks on end.

Nearly two months into the occupation, the demands and resolve of the protesters remained unchanged. They started to become fatigued and divided against each other, however, and public support for their cause began to decline. The movement was under immense pressure to either escalate their action, or to retreat and give back the streets.

When VICE News returned to Hong Kong near the end of 2014 to check in on the protesters, we witnessed the final days of the Umbrella Movement’s pro-democracy demonstrations.

Watch “Hong Kong Rising” – http://bit.ly/1yGOOwv

Read “Hong Kong Leader Warns Concessions Could Lead to ‘Anarchy,’ as Scuffles Break Out in Parliament” – http://bit.ly/1sWqzru

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – January 20, 2015

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Chinese security forces are cracking down on illegal border crossers who aim to take part in jihads abroad, police used teargas on children to break up a rally outside of a primary school in Nairobi, six days of severe fuel shortages have brought parts of Punjab province to a halt, a startup in Argentina has developed a prosthetic arm that costs half the price of other currently available devices.

CHINA
Police Crack Down on Jihadist Border Crossings
Chinese security forces have arrested 852 suspects who have tried to cross illegally since the beginning of last year.

KENYA
Police Teargas Schoolchildren in Playground
Schoolchildren were met with extraordinary force when protesting the removal of their playground.

PAKISTAN
Fuel Shortage Hits Islamabad
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sacked top officials for mishandling a six day fuel crises.

ARGENTINA
New Bionic Arm Set to Make Prosthetics Affordable
The bionic arm uses small sensors that detect muscular contractions directly through the patient’s skin.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – January 15, 2015

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Four people die near Bangladesh’s capital after protesters firebomb the bus they were traveling on, Tanzania outlaws witchdoctors to try and stop albino murders, Chinese human rights group claims more than 40 citizens remain in detention for expressing solidarity with Hong Kong protesters, and Italy’s longest-serving president steps down.

BANGLADESH
Four Bus Passengers Burn Alive Near Dhaka
The incident is the latest in a new wave of political violence.

TANZANIA
Government Bans Witchdoctors to Stop Albino Killings
At least 74 albino people have been killed in the east African country since 2000. Witchdoctors believe their body parts bring wealth and good fortune.

CHINA
Dozens Allegedly Detained for Supporting Hong Kong Protests
A human rights group says an eight-year-old girl is among the 42 arrested for expressing solidarity with the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement.

ITALY
President Napolitano Tenders Early Resignation
Two years ago, the 89-year-old reluctantly agreed to a second term because lawmakers were unable to choose a successor.

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The European Union vs. Russia: Talking Heads

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, George Soros discusses his essay “A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine.” Soros wrote the essay this month, calling on members of the European Union to behave as countries indirectly at war with Russia and to provide Ukraine with $50 billion to defend itself and kick-start political reforms. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s imperial ambition has unintentionally brought into being a new Ukraine that is adamantly opposed to endemic corruption and inefficient government. By offering assistance, Europe can foster an open society in Ukraine and protect itself from Russian aggression.

VICE News sat down with Soros to discuss why it is imperative that the EU wakes up and recognizes that the principles on which it was founded are at stake in Ukraine.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – January 02, 2015

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Stampede kills three dozen at Shanghai New Year’s Eve celebration, North Korean leader entertains high-level talks with the South, Lithuania joins euro zone, and Cairo’s street kids look to the power of music.

CHINA
Stampede Kills Dozens at Shanghai New Year’s Eve Celebration
The government has launched an investigation into the incident, which left at least 36 people dead.

NORTH KOREA
An Unexpected Invitation For Talks With The South
In a televised New Year’s Day address, Kim Jong-Un called the ongoing tensions on the Korean Peninsula ‘tragic’ and no longer acceptable.

LITHUANIA
Swapping Litas for Euros on New Year’s Day
Seeking greater security and stability, the country became the last of the three Baltic states to join the eurozone.

EGYPT
The Healing Power of Music On Cairo’s Street Kids
A popular composer and conductor is training disadvantaged children to sing, giving them a safe place to build confidence and hope for the future.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – August, 26 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Brazilian authorities negotiate end to deadly prison riot, Russia plans to send another ‘aid convoy’ into Ukraine, India’s ‘untouchables’ forced to clean human waste, and Macau’s casino workers demand better pay.

BRAZIL
Deadly Prison Riot Ended in Southern City
Officials agree to transfer prisoners after two inmates were decapitated and two were pushed off the roof of the building in Cascavel.

UKRAINE
In the Name of Aid, Another Act of Russian Defiance
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced plans to send a second convoy of trucks carrying what his government claims is humanitarian aid.

INDIA
‘Untouchables’ Forced to Clean Human Waste
Human Rights Watch report claims people who belong to the lowest caste face threats of violence if they don’t perform the job.

CHINA
Macau’s Casino Workers Want More Money
Employees make about half as much as their counterparts in Las Vegas despite the industry’s massive growth.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – August 25, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Donetsk separatists mock Ukraine’s split from Soviet Union by parading prisoners through the city, China executes eight in Xinjiang on terrorism charges, President Obama sends three officials to funeral of Michael Brown, and Mexico inaugurates small federal police force to protect economic sectors.

UKRAINE
Donetsk Rebels ‘Celebrate’ Independence Day
Crowds chanted and booed dozens of prisoners of war, mostly soldiers, as they were paraded through the embattled eastern city.

CHINA
Eight Executed on Terror Charges in Restive Xinjiang
Government has widened its crackdown on extremism in the region, which is home to the country’s predominately Muslim Uyghur minority.

U.S.A.
President Obama Sends Aides to Ferguson Funeral
Several thousand people are expected to attend the service for 18-year-old Michael Brown.

MEXICO
Government Unveils New Security Force
The 5,000-strong force will help protect agriculture, mining and energy sectors from violent drug cartels.
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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – August, 22 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Islamic State releases propaganda video of Yazidi men and boys converting to Islam, Chinese government advises villagers in Xinjiang to fight terrorism with ‘angry stares’, Thai junta chief seizes more power after being picked for prime minister post, and Russia’s closure of McDonald’s restaurants may be more about politics than food safety.

IRAQ
Video Claims to Show Conversion of Yazidis to Islam
Islamic State militants say hundreds of the sect’s members have now saved themselves from the fires of hell.

CHINA
In Xinjiang, Fight Fire With…Frowns
Government tells villagers to use ‘angry stares’ to repel violent attacks.

THAILAND
Coup Leader Seizes More Power
Army General Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed prime minister by the cabinet he personally hand-picked last month.

RUSSIA
Food Safety or Farce?
Some say widening McDonald’s probe is more about politics than protecting consumers.

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