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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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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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – August, 5 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ukraine urges civilians to evacuate areas in the embattled east, Iraq’s air force to help Kurdish forces fight Islamist militants, UN says at least 20 kids die weekly in South Sudan of illnesses related to malnutrition, and villages in China submerged in lake formed by a powerful earthquake.

UKRAINE
Military Urges Evacuation from Eastern Cities
Officials say they’re intensifying a campaign to drive out pro-Russia separatists.

IRAQ
Prime Minister Orders Air Force to Help Kurds Fight Militants
Kurdish Peshmerga forces have launched a counter-offensive against fighters of the Islamic State.

SOUTH SUDAN
UNICEF Cites Surge in Child Deaths by ‘Preventable Illnesses’
The agency says at least 20 die weekly from hunger-related ailments.

CHINA
Search and Rescue Efforts Continue After Yunnan Earthquake
A barrier lake formed by a landslide has buried entire communities.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 28 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: U.S. evacuates staff from Libya embassy due to militia clashes, Nigerian officials scramble to stop the spread of ebola after Liberian man’s death, UN says South Sudan suffering the world’s ‘worst’ food crisis, and fast food giants caught in China’s latest food safety scandal.

LIBYA
U.S. Embassy Evacuates Staff as Fighting Continues
Dozens of people have been killed in the most intense violence since the 2011 uprising.

WEST AFRICA
Ebola Outbreak Reaches Nigeria
Aid groups are urging for more funding and manpower as the death toll continues to rise.

SOUTH SUDAN
UN Urges Action Over the World’s ‘Worst’ Food Crisis
More than 50,000 children could die of starvation if pledged aid is not delivered.

CHINA
Fast Food Giants Consider Response to Expired Meat Scandal
Their meat supplier sold more than 5,000 crates of stale product.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 22 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: footage posted of Palestinian civilian reportedly killed by sniper fire in Gaza, Human Rights Watch says U.S. prosecutes Muslims they use for federal sting operations, Chinese meat supplier shut down over safety concerns and South African wildlife reserve may move rhinos because of increased poaching.

GAZA
Cell Phone Video Captures Fatal Shooting of Palestinian Civilian
Activists accompanying the man say they weren’t able to drag him away because of ongoing fire.

U.S.A.
Report: Muslims Targeted and Used for Sting Operations
Human Rights Watch urges congressional oversight of federal investigations to avoid persecution of American Muslims.

CHINA
Meat Supplier Suspended Over Safety Concerns
The company sold expired meat to fast food chains such as McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut.

SOUTH AFRICA
Park May Evacuate Rhinos Due to Threat of Poaching
The black market value of rhino horn is significantly higher than cocaine

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 17 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Egyptian court hands down life sentences in sex assault cases, Mexican police raid group home amid sexual abuse allegations, Russia agrees ‘in principle’ to reopen spy base in Cuba, and ancient Chinese town submerged in floodwaters.

EGYPT
Court Sentences Seven to Life for Sexual Violence
It’s the toughest punishment the country has delivered for the crime.

MEXICO
Police Raid Children’s ‘Refuge’
Authorities rescued than 450 kids amid reports of sexual abuse and unsanitary conditions.

CUBA
Russia to Reportedly Reopen Spy Base South of Havana
The Lourdes facility shut down in 2001 due partly to the more than $200 million it cost a year to rent the building.

CHINA
Ancient City Under Water
Floods force tens of thousands of people to evacuate Fenghuang

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 15 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Boko Haram leader mocks #BringBackOurGirls campaign, French police disperse pro-Palestinian rally, Iraqi cleric calls on volunteers to protect holy sites, and Chinese designers produce small 3D-printed boat.

NIGERIA
Boko Haram Leader Mocks ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Campaign
Abubakar Shekau danced around in a video, calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to release some of his fighters.

FRANCE
Police Disperse Pro-Palestinian Rally in Paris
Ten thousand people marched through the French capital against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.

IRAQ
Volunteers Help Protect Samarra from Militants
Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called on his supporters to guard the country’s holy sites.

CHINA
Design Team Test 3D-Printed Boat
The two-person rowboat took 10 hours to make and cost around $80 dollars.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – June, 30 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: fighting in eastern Ukraine breaks truce, Mexican vigilante group leader arrested on illegal gun possession, Beijing’s police officers armed with guns, BP asks for companies to pay back allegedly exaggerated compensation for 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.

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UKRAINE
Fighting Continues in East Despite Ceasefire
Battles between government troops and pro-Russia separatists in Slaviansk threatens peace plan.

MEXICO
Vigilante Group Leader Arrested
Jose Manual Mireles and 100 others were detained on illegal gun charges.

CHINA
Beijing Police Given Guns Amid Increasing Violence
Authorities warn of a rise in militant attacks across the country.

U.S.A.
BP Asks for Companies to Return Gulf Oil Spill Damages
The oil firm says businesses were allowed to inflate losses.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – June, 11 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Iran readies for Afghan poppy boom, China attending the world’s largest naval exercises, major Iraqi city seized by insurgents and biometric technology in Sweden is replacing credit cards.

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IRAN
A surge in opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has led neighboring Iran to ramp up security along its 1,200 mile eastern border.

CHINA
China is playing nice with some of its main rivals in the world’s largest joint naval exercises as tensions soar over disputed territories in the South China Sea.

IRAQ
Sunni Islamists have seized control of Iraq’s second largest city Mosul, taking over military bases, freeing prisoners and sending Iraqi troops fleeing in fear.

SWEDEN
Students in Sweden are using their veins to pay for beer and groceries on campus.

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

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ukraine’s government says at least 14 soldiers were killed in fighting with pro-Russia separatists, Syrian government and opposition forces fight for a suburb of the capital, China sentences nearly 40 on terror charges in Xinjiang, and Honduras moves inmates out of its overcrowded prisons.

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UKRAINE
More than a Dozen Soldiers Killed in East
Government officials blame Russia for supporting rebels to destabilize the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Read more on vicenews.comhttps://news.vice.com/article/deadliest-rebel-attack-on-ukrainian-military-kills-at-least-14

SYRIA
Fighting Continues for Damascus Suburb, Prison Siege Broken
Bashar Al Assad’s government seeks to take back territory ahead of next month’s presidential vote.

CHINA
Government Sentences Dozens on Terror Charges
Ethnic Uyughurs will be jailed up to 15 years in a region recently hit by a string of attacks.

HONDURAS
Inmates Moved Out of Overcrowded Prisons
Some of the country’s 13,000 inmates will be transferred to government buildings.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 18, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin about Russia’s spy program, journalists in Thailand face charges for reporting on human trafficking, Peruvian police forcibly remove squatters in the Amazon, and the FBI releases a video urging overseas students not to become spies for China.

Snowden Asks Putin About Russia’s Spy Program
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called in to a talk show via Webcam and asked Vladimir Putin if Russia has a massive data surveillance program similar to the USA’s.

Journalists Face Charges for Reporting on Human Trafficking
Two journalists are facing charges in Thailand after publishing a report that implicates the Thai navy in the human trafficking of Rohingya muslims from Burma.

Police Forcibly Remove Squatters In The Amazon
Police in Peru’s Amazon basin forcefully removed two thousand people who they accuse of illegally living and farming on government land.

FBI Video Urges Overseas Students Not to Become Spies
The FBI has released a short film aimed at convincing students studying abroad not to become spies for China.

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The Sunflower Revolt: Protests in Taiwan

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The Republic of China, or Taiwan as it is better known, has been independent from mainland China for over half a century. However China claims the island as its territory and has a stated aim of re-unification.

Throughout March protests gripped the streets of the capital Taipei in response to the manner a service trade agreement was being pushed through the congress. The trade agreement allows Chinese companies to invest in a host of Taiwanese industries, moving the country towards greater economic integration with China. It is seen by many as an act of commercial colonization by China and a threat to Taiwan’s autonomy and democracy.

On March 18th a group of students overwhelmed police and occupied the Legislative Yuan (Taiwanese Parliament). Dubbed the Sunflower Movement they remained camped in the parliament for 24 days. One of their core demands is to hold off any further trade talks between Taiwan and China, until an oversight mechanism has been implemented.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 3, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: A Syrian woman in Lebanon lit herself on fire after the United Nations discontinued her aid, a prominent islamist was killed in Kenya, protests Over China’s Maritime Aggression in the Philippines and an explosion at Cairo University killed a high-ranking police officer.

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Syrian Refugee Self-Immolates
A Syrian woman in Lebanon lit herself on fire last week, highlighting the desperate plight of the more than two million refugees who have fled that nation’s civil war.

Prominent Islamist Killed
A prominent islamist leader with purported ties to the Somali militant group Al Shabab has been shot dead in front of a Kenyan court house.

Protests Over China’s Maritime Aggression
Dozens of angry protesters gathered outside the Chinese consulate in Manila after Chinese military vessels blocked Filipino supply ships from reaching a disputed outpost in the South China sea.

Police Chief Killed in Cairo Bombing
A series of bombs exploded near Cairo University, killing a high-ranking police officer.

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