Theater Actors Convicted For Insulting Thai Monarch: VICE News Capsule, February 24

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Former first lady of the Ivory Coast denies charges of undermining state security, two Thai nationals jailed on charges of ‘insulting the monarch’ in theater performance, district of Sierra Leone’s capital under lockdown because of spike in new Ebola cases, and North Korea bans foreign tourists from participating in annual marathon.

Tensions Flare in Abidjan as Former First Lady Appears in Court
Supporters and opponents of Simone Gbagbo rallied outside the Palace of Justice on Monday. She rejected allegations that she played a role in violence following the 2010 election, which led to some 3,000 deaths.

Young Actors Jailed on Charges of Insulting the Monarchy
The duo helped produce a university play that featured a fictional king and his adviser.

Freetown Neighborhood Under 21-Day Ebola Quarantine
Six new cases were confirmed in Aberdeen last week, and health workers are searching homes for people who may be experiencing symptoms and in hiding.

Foreign Runners Banned From April Race Over Ebola Fears
​Some 500 tourists were to compete in the annual marathon, but tour operators say those plans are now cancelled. ​

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