France Grieves for Charlie Hebdo: Paris Gun Attack (Dispatch One)

The first week of 2015 turned tragic when three masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo killing 12 people, including some of France’s most prominent cartoonists, and injuring many more. Despite the perpetrators remaining at large, and France raising its terror alert to the highest level, more than 100,000 people across France took to the streets in solidarity with the victims of the country’s worst terror attack in decades.

VICE News went to Place de la République following the attack, where grieving Parisians from all groups of society have gathered. We spoke to people who either knew the cartoonists personally, were fans of Charlie Hebdo, or were attending to stand up for freedom of expression in the face of deadly intimidation tactics.

In Photos: ‘I Am Charlie’ Vigil Held In Paris for Murdered ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Journalists – http://bit.ly/1Fwtehc

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Gun Attack on French Satirical Magazine: This Just In

A manhunt is underway in Paris, where earlier today three masked gunmen attacked the offices of French satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’. At least 12 people were killed, including the magazine’s editor and two police officers.

‘Charlie Hebdo’ has been the target of violent attacks in the past due to its satirization of the Prophet Muhammed. French President François Hollande said the country is in shock following what he described as “undoubtedly” a terrorist attack.

Read “Paris on Alert as Gunmen Kill 12 in Massacre at Magazine Office” – http://bit.ly/141RZQZ

Read “Charlie Hebdo Shooting Rampage Is the Fourth Similar Attack in France In Three Weeks” – http://bit.ly/1wUZb8g

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

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: About 80 Palestinian protesters, many dressed up as Santa, clashed with Israeli security forces in Bethlehem, a 50 year old woman is dead and more than a dozen people are wounded after villagers protesting a copper mine clashed with riot police in Myanmar, Italian police have arrested 14 alleged members of a neo-fascist movement that was planning terrorist attacks, French officials stepped up security for the holidays after three separate attacks left about 30 people injured.

PALESTINE
Santa-clad Protesters Clash with Police
About 80 Palestinian protesters, many dressed up as Santa, clashed with Israeli security forces in Bethlehem.

MYANMAR
Police Open Fire On Protesters
A 50 year old woman is dead and more than a dozen people are wounded after villagers protesting a copper mine clashed with riot police.

ITALY
Fourteen Alleged Neo-Fascists Arrested
Italian police have arrested 14 alleged members of a neo-fascist movement that was planning terrorist attacks against politicians, prosecutors and the police.

FRANCE
Heightened Security After Three Lone Wolf Attacks
French officials stepped up security in public places through the holiday season after several recent attacks.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – November 14, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines.​ Today: High school students clash with police during Paris protest, Iraq’s prime minister dismisses top military commanders, drones help patrol U.S.-Mexico border, and investigator who led probe into World Cup bids says FIFA’s findings are ‘erroneous’.

FRANCE
Hundreds of Students March Against Police Violence
Thursday’s demonstration was one of many held following the suspicious death of an environmentalist three weeks ago, who was reportedly killed by a grenade used by police to disperse protests.

IRAQ
First Military Shakeup Since Offensive Against the Islamic State
Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi dismissed some of the top military brass following an investigation into graft and incompetence within the ranks of the armed forces.

​U.S.A.
Drones Help Patrol Southern Border With Mexico
They monitor 900 miles of the frontier, mostly in Texas, for illicit activity to inform authorities where border agents are needed.

WORLD CUP
Investigator Accuses FIFA Ethics Committee of Cover-Up
Prosecutor Michael Garcia called a report clearing Qatar and Russia of corruption in their bids to host the next two tournaments ‘incomplete and erroneous.’

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France and the medicinal use of cannabis

In France the laws on cannabis are very strict. Even medicinal use, with the exception of the Sativa spray for MS-patients, is not allowed.
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Nevertheless, the third edition of the UFCM iCare symposium on the use of cannabinoids in medicine was held in Strasbourg. This symposium was opened by a representative of the Mayor of the city of Strasbourg, Doctor Alexandre Feltz. A special occasion in a county known for its harsh cannabis laws.

VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – November 4, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: French interior minister visits Calais to tackle illegal migrant issue, thousands flee northeast Nigerian town seized by Boko Haram, Russian company removes Steve Jobs memorial because Apple CEO Tim Cook is gay, and first female candidate will run in Tunisia’s presidential election later this month.

FRANCE
Government to Open Shelter for Migrants in Calais
Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed plans to convert a former children’s center into a shelter for hundreds of migrants hoping to reach Britain.

NIGERIA
Thousands Flee as Boko Haram Seizes Northeastern Town
Five soldiers have reportedly been arrested for abandoning Mubi to militants last week.

RUSSIA
Steve Jobs Memorial Torn Down After Apple CEO’s Announcement
Russian company ZEFS says it had to abide by federal law and remove the ‘gay propaganda’ because Tim Cook ‘supports sodomy’.

TUNISIA
First Female Presidential Candidate to Stand in November 23 Poll
Judge Kalthoum Kennau will run as an independent candidate without the backing of any political party.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 6, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: tens of thousands rally against IVF and surrogacy in France, Mexican authorities discover mass graves in Guerrero state, Somali troops recapture coastal town from Al Shabaab, and former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier dies of a heart attack aged 63.

FRANCE
Thousands Protest in Two Cities for ‘Traditional Family Values’
Group ‘La Manif Pour Tous’ organized rallies in Paris and Bordeaux against surrogacy and medically assisted conception for gay and lesbian couples.

MEXICO
Mass Graves Found in Guerrero State
DNA tests will determine if the remains belong to some or all of the university students who went missing in the area more than a week ago.

SOMALIA
Coastal Town Recaptured From Militants
Soldiers backed by African Union forces seized control of the town, which served as a key supply route for Al Shabaab fighters.

HAITI
Ex-Dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Dies Aged 63
After 25 years in exile, Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to the country in 2011, where he was accused of human rights crimes during his brutal 15-year rule.

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Militant French Eco-Activists Protest Deforestation: Fight for the Forest

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Deep in the tranquil Forest of Sivens in the south of France, eco-militant activists and French riot police are fighting a violent battle in woodlands being cut down to make way for a dam, which will spell the end for 41 acres of trees.

The activists are armed with Molotov cocktails and gas canisters; the police are trying to protect workers as they clear the forest. The local council says that the dam will irrigate cornfields in the area, but the activists — and many locals — are against the destruction.

VICE News followed the fight for the forest alongside the group of activists that have previously been hostile to any media approaches.

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Far-Right Extremists Rally Against Immigrants: Britain’s Border Wars (Dispatch 2)

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In Calais, France, there are reportedly more than 1,000 migrants and refugees living in squats and makeshift camps around the city. The vast majority of them are trying to make their way to Britain. Their existence in Calais has become so desperate that approximately 80 migrants recently stormed the major port there, attempting to stowaway on a ferry to Britain.

The following weekend, with an underlying anger toward the migrants, many locals attended a protest organized by a far-right group called Sauvons Calais. VICE News was at the demonstration, which featured neo-Nazi affiliated speakers, talk of extermination, and even a Nazi salute. We also went to a new migrant camp set up in an old recycling yard, where many people flocked to after police destroyed other camps in July. While the site has become a main source of anger for the far-right, its residents are hoping for a brighter future.

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Killer iNdustries – Promomix [Koalition Festival 2014]

Special treat for you today as Killer iNdustries is coming for a EU tour this fall and he’ll be part of the next Enter The Grid event in France !

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1 – Killer iNdustries – Hurt Me Plenty (dub)
2 – Noisia – Deception
3 – killer industries – Knuckle Sandwich (dub)
4 – Flosstradamus ft. Casino – Moshpit (Evol intent Remix)
5 – Noisia and Prolix – Asteroids
6 – Network – Mutilate (Dub)
7 – Killer iNdustries – Whiplash (Dub)
8 – Killer Industries – Armour Ft. Riddums Nation
9 – Teddy killerz – New Drums
10 – Noisia – Stigma
11 – Shy Fx and UK Apache – Original Nuttah
12 – Killer industries – SideKick (Forbidden Society)
13 – Rip Slyme – SharpShooter
14 – Black Sun Empire And Noisia – Hideous (The Clamps & Redject Remix)
15 – Killer Industries – Reflect (ENzyme Audio)

NeurofunkGrid and Kosen Production teamed up in february to bring you the massive “Enter The Grid” event, we’re back in November as part of the Koalition Festival for a special “The Evil Grid” room with a crazy line-up :

→ OPTIV & BTK ▪ [Virus Recordings – Renegade Hardware] ▪ UK


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→ MEFJUS ▪ [Critical Music – Neosignal] ▪ AUT

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→ BILLAIN ▪ [Rise Audio – Bad Taste Recordings] ▪ BIH

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→ RAWTEKK ▪ [Med School – Citrus Recordings] ▪ DE

→ KILLER INDUSTRIES ▪ [Kosenprod – Close2Death] ▪ AUS

→ K12 ▪ [Kosenprod – Funkatech – Burn The Fire] ▪ FR

→ OPSEN & PRIMAL THERAPY ▪ [Kosenprod – Meltin Pot – Upgrade] ▪ FR

→ CLOZEE & SCARFINGER-Live MPC ▪ [Gravitas – Hzh – Freebass] ▪ FR

→ DAVE.LXR aka DEXIDE ▪ [Lxr System] ▪ CZ

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Bulldozing the Border Between Iraq and Syria: The Islamic State (Part 5)

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On August 8, nearly three years after the United States pulled out of Iraq, President Barack Obama ordered airstrikes to commence on Islamic State positions in northern Iraq, as the group’s fighters advanced towards the Kurdish capital of Erbil. For six weeks prior to the strikes the Islamic State made stunning gains within Iraq, effectively dismantling the border with Syria and defeating the Iraqi army with little in the way to stop them.

In the final installment of VICE News’ unprecedented look inside the Islamic State, reporter Medyan Dairieh journeys 200 miles from the the group’s power base in the Syrian city of Raqqa to the border with Iraq. There, after defeating the Iraqi army manning the checkpoint, Islamic State fighters work further to bulldoze the border.

As they clear apart a barrier that divided Iraq and Syria, Islamic State fighters declare an end of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, a nearly 100-year-old pact between France and Britain that divided up the Middle East. For now, that area between Iraq and Syria is part of a new territory: the Islamic State.

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Signs – Goosebumps [Bad Taste Recordings]

Today the fresh talents Signs from France are back on the channel with their contribution to the new Bad Taste LP “Soul Synthetic”, an LP described as “A 12 gauge shotgun loaded with cutting-edge Neurofunk”, Soul Synthetic features fresh new talent and veterans alike – cementing Bad Taste’s position at the forefront of the DnB scene.

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1. Uman & Vegas – Lazer Godz
2. Encode & Valrus – Vow of Silence
3. Detail – Zooi
4. Cruk – Condition Zero
5. Int Company – 12 tonnes
6. Billain – Minerva
7. Rusty K – Last of Us
8. Signs – Goose Bumps
9. NickBee & Freakbreak – Broken ft Mix’usha
10. Place2b & Concept Vision – Headslide
11. Cod3x – Hyperthermia
12. Aeph – Scumbag (Teddy Killerz Remix)

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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 – July, 14 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: French defense minister announces end to Mali military operations, denial and suspicion hinder efforts to contain ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Afghan presidential candidates agree to accept results of recount, and Peru considers old strategy to combat drug trafficking.

MALI
France to Widen Military Operations to Sahel Region
Foreign minister says the troops will be redeployed to protect the area from extremists.

SIERRA LEONE
Fear Fuels the Spread of Ebola
Health workers say many people refuse to get tested and choose to stay home even if they exhibit symptoms.

AFGHANISTAN
Opponents Agree to Accept Recount Results
The United Nations will supervise a full audit of the June 14 presidential run-off.

PERU
Government Considers Old Strategy to Fight Drug Trade
The military may soon be allowed to shoot down planes used to smuggle drugs.

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Migrant Crisis in Calais: Britain’s Border War (Dispatch 1)

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Refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, and Eritrea steadily descend on a migrant camp in the French coastal town of Calais. They hope to gain entry to the UK, just 21 miles away across the English Channel. But in May, French police destroyed their camp and told the migrants to go elsewhere. And so they moved… across the street. With the few tents and blankets they’re able to salvage, the refugees formed the Salam camp, which now holds about 400 people.

Every night, the migrants — many of whom have been forced to flee war and conflict in their home countries — attempt to sneak aboard trucks headed for Britain; eight migrants have already died this year while trying to make the journey. Inside Salam, things have gotten so bad that some occupants are hunger striking in an attempt to draw attention to their plight. But the French authorities do little to help, while the UK government turns a blind eye.

VICE News spent time in the Salam camp to find out why hundreds of displaced people are being allowed to live in squalor — and even die.

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Migrants in France Are Threatening to Set Themselves on Fire: http://bit.ly/1lAhydl

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Shelling Continues in Separatist Stronghold: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 51)

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While the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France are discussing the fate of eastern Ukraine during the country’s weeklong ceasefire, the eastern city of Slovyansk — which is occupied by the rebel forces and surrounded by the Ukrainian army — remains under siege.

Amid consistent clashes, residents are gathering to mourn civilian deaths and pray for a quick end to the conflict. For the rebel fighters defending their positions in the outskirts of the small town, the ceasefire is something happening elsewhere. They don’t trust it, and say the Ukrainian army is only using the opportunity to bring in more heavy weaponry and refill stocks of ammunition.

Early on June 21, VICE News embedded with a small group of rebel fighters as they walked quietly through a field of high grass to an abandoned chemical plant controlled by the pro-government troops. Their mission was to stage an attack and collect intelligence about the enemy’s sniper positions.

Ukraine’s Ceasefire Is Shot Down in Flames: https://news.vice.com/article/1888

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – June, 3 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Spain’s king steps down, France arrests four in suspected fighter recruitment network, Syria to make Russian language mandatory in schools, and Afghanistan unhappy about U.S. prisoner swap deal.

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SPAIN
King Juan Carlos Abdicates for Son
After nearly 40 years in power, the monarch makes way for his more popular son.

FRANCE
Four Detained for Suspected Fighter Recruitment
Arrests made after revelation that suspect in Belgium’s Jewish museum murders spent time in Syria.

SYRIA
Russian Language to Become Compulsory in Schools
French will be dropped, a move Syrian officials say had nothing to do with political differences.

AFGHANISTAN
President Karzai ‘Angry’ Over Prisoner Swap
The Afghan president apparently didn’t know about the deal until it was finalized.

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Europe’s Anti-Fascists Clash with Police in Vienna

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Right-wing nationalists of the Identitarian Movement held a rally in Vienna on May 17. Organizing themselves across social media, members of factions across Europe flooded in from France, Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland to join the Austrian faction to demonstrate against the EU.

To combat the protest, an anti-fascist group known as Offense Against the Right also gathered in the Austrian capital. As crowds became increasingly angry, police moved in to arrest protesters and separate the two opposing factions. VICE News was there to witness the clash of Europe’s new generation of extreme political movements.

Meet the EU’s New Breed of Bigoted Parliament Members: https://news.vice.com/article/meet-the-eus-new-breed-of-bigoted-parliament-members

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

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: French riot police clear makeshift migrant camps to contain a scabies outbreak, Lebanese soldiers use violence to control a crowd of Syrians rushing to vote at their embassy, Congolese children are flown to reunite with their adoptive Italian parents after a months-long political row, and Google rolls out a new driverless car prototype.

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FRANCE
Police Bulldoze Migrant Camps Due to ‘Deplorable Hygiene’
A scabies outbreak forces authorities to clear hundreds of migrants from makeshift camps in the port city of Calais.

LEBANON
Soldiers Violently Confront Syrians Trying to Rush Embassy
Troops used batons and sticks as hordes of Syrians forced their way in to cast their ballots in the presidential vote.

ITALY
Congolese Children Reunited With Adoptive Families
It took months to convince the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo the children would not be sold into human trafficking rings.

U.S.A.
Google Unveils Another Driverless Car
The prototype has no gas or brake pedals and no steering wheel, freeing the two passengers inside from any responsibility.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 7, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: intense fighting around Damascus, France is accused of direct involvement in the Rwandan genocide, the Hungarian prime minister claims victory in parliamentary elections and scientists have developed a new belt that protects the body from radiation.

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Intense Fighting Around Damascus
The Syrian military has launched a deadly offensive on rebel-controlled areas in the outskirts of the capital, Damascus. Rebels responded with mortar fire on government locations, and dozens people have been reported killed.

France Accused of Direct Involvement in Genocide
Rwandan president, and one time rebel leader Paul Kagame accused France of playing a direct role in the genocide that killed more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis in 1994.

Prime Minister Claims Victory in Parliamentary Election
Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban has declared victory in parliamentary elections after polls showed his center-right Fidesz party has won 45% of votes with most of the ballots counted.

New Belt Protects Body From Radiation
Three Israeli Nobel Prize laureates have developed and anti-radiation belt designed to protect first responders to nuclear disasters.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 26, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: France’s far right party, Russia’s space program, Taliban attacks in Afghanistan and Syria’s space program.

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France’s Far Right Party Wins A Socialist Stronghold
France’s anti-immigrant National Front party just won an election in Henin-Beaumont — an industrial town that used to be a stronghold of the Socialist party.

Sanctions Impacting Russia’s Space Program
The recent tensions between Moscow and Washington could hinder the US-Russian Space collaboration, affecting NASA’s future role in Space. Read the article on VICE News: https://news.vice.com/articles/how-to-screw-your-partner-in-space

Attacks Highlight Afghanistan’s Fragile Security
The Taliban killed at least six people and left dozens wounded in three separate attacks in Afghanistan, just 10 days before the general elections are set to take place. Read the Article on VICE News: https://news.vice.com/articles/taliban-intensifies-attacks-ahead-of-afghan-election

Syrian Government Announces Space Agency
In spite of a civil war that has torn its country apart for more than three years, the Syrian government has announced plans to start its own Space agency.

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War in the Central African Republic (Full Length)

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The Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui has seen its Muslim population drop from 130,000 to under 1000 over the past few months. Over the past year, thousands across CAR have been killed and nearly a million have been displaced. The United Nations recently stated that the entire Western half of the country has now been cleansed of Muslims.

CAR has never fully recovered from France’s colonial rule, and it has only known ten years of a civilian government – from 1993 to 2003 – since achieving independence in 1960. Coup after coup, often with French military involvement, has led many to refer to the country as a phantom state. The current conflict has now completely erased the rule of law and order, and left the UN and international community looking confused and impotent.

In March 2013, the Séléka, a mostly Muslim rebel alliance, rose up and overthrew the corrupt government of François Bozizé, while bringing terror and chaos across the country – pillaging, killing and raping with impunity. In response, mostly Christian self-defense forces, called the anti-balaka, formed to defend CAR against Séléka attacks.

Clashes grew more frequent throughout 2013 as the Séléka grew more ruthless. In December 2013, French and African troops went in to disarm the Séléka and staunch the bloodshed. The anti-balaka, seizing on a weakened Séléka, then went on the offensive.

CAR had no real history of religious violence, and the current conflict is not based on any religious ideology. The fighting, however, turned increasingly sectarian in the fall of 2013, with revenge killings becoming the norm. And as the Séléka’s power waned, the anti-balaka fed their need for revenge by brutalizing Muslim civilians.

“Too few peacekeepers were deployed too late; the challenge of disarming the Séléka, containing the anti-balaka, and protecting the Muslim minority was underestimated,” Human Rights Watch said in a recent statement.

The bloodshed has not stopped. The UN is still debating whether or not to send peacekeepers. Even if a peacekeeping operation is approved, it will take six months for troops to be assembled.

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War in the Central African Republic: Part 5/5 (Documentary)

Start from the beginning and watch part 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwJEtTMUkzM&list=PLw613M86o5o49tFIS5fmyazINYSkbzV6_&src_vid=Em7w7WSwaMk&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_2360488599

The Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui has seen its Muslim population drop from 130,000 to under 1000 over the past few months. Over the past year, thousands across CAR have been killed and nearly a million have been displaced. The United Nations recently stated that the entire Western half of the country has now been cleansed of Muslims.

CAR has never fully recovered from France’s colonial rule, and it has only known ten years of a civilian government – from 1993 to 2003 – since achieving independence in 1960. Coup after coup, often with French military involvement, has led many to refer to the country as a phantom state. The current conflict has now completely erased the rule of law and order, and left the UN and international community looking confused and impotent.

In March 2013, the Séléka, a mostly Muslim rebel alliance, rose up and overthrew the corrupt government of François Bozizé, while bringing terror and chaos across the country – pillaging, killing and raping with impunity. In response, mostly Christian self-defense forces, called the anti-balaka, formed to defend CAR against Séléka attacks.

Clashes grew more frequent throughout 2013 as the Séléka grew more ruthless. In December 2013, French and African troops went in to disarm the Séléka and staunch the bloodshed. The anti-balaka, seizing on a weakened Séléka, then went on the offensive.

CAR had no real history of religious violence, and the current conflict is not based on any religious ideology. The fighting, however, turned increasingly sectarian in the fall of 2013, with revenge killings becoming the norm. And as the Séléka’s power waned, the anti-balaka fed their need for revenge by brutalizing Muslim civilians.

“Too few peacekeepers were deployed too late; the challenge of disarming the Séléka, containing the anti-balaka, and protecting the Muslim minority was underestimated,” Human Rights Watch said in a recent statement.

The bloodshed has not stopped. The UN is still debating whether or not to send peacekeepers. Even if a peacekeeping operation is approved, it will take six months for troops to be assembled.

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War in the Central African Republic: Part 4/5 (Documentary)

Start from the beginning and watch part 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwJEtTMUkzM&list=PLw613M86o5o49tFIS5fmyazINYSkbzV6_&src_vid=Em7w7WSwaMk&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_2360488599

The Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui has seen its Muslim population drop from 130,000 to under 1000 over the past few months. Over the past year, thousands across CAR have been killed and nearly a million have been displaced. The United Nations recently stated that the entire Western half of the country has now been cleansed of Muslims.

CAR has never fully recovered from France’s colonial rule, and it has only known ten years of a civilian government – from 1993 to 2003 – since achieving independence in 1960. Coup after coup, often with French military involvement, has led many to refer to the country as a phantom state. The current conflict has now completely erased the rule of law and order, and left the UN and international community looking confused and impotent.

In March 2013, the Séléka, a mostly Muslim rebel alliance, rose up and overthrew the corrupt government of François Bozizé, while bringing terror and chaos across the country – pillaging, killing and raping with impunity. In response, mostly Christian self-defense forces, called the anti-balaka, formed to defend CAR against Séléka attacks.

Clashes grew more frequent throughout 2013 as the Séléka grew more ruthless. In December 2013, French and African troops went in to disarm the Séléka and staunch the bloodshed. The anti-balaka, seizing on a weakened Séléka, then went on the offensive.

CAR had no real history of religious violence, and the current conflict is not based on any religious ideology. The fighting, however, turned increasingly sectarian in the fall of 2013, with revenge killings becoming the norm. And as the Séléka’s power waned, the anti-balaka fed their need for revenge by brutalizing Muslim civilians.

“Too few peacekeepers were deployed too late; the challenge of disarming the Séléka, containing the anti-balaka, and protecting the Muslim minority was underestimated,” Human Rights Watch said in a recent statement.

The bloodshed has not stopped. The UN is still debating whether or not to send peacekeepers. Even if a peacekeeping operation is approved, it will take six months for troops to be assembled.

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