International ice sculpture contest held in the French Alps

Twenty sculptors from all over the world compete for three days and three nights to bring gigantic blocks of ice to life during the 28th edition of Valloire’s ice sculpture competition, in France’s Savoy region.

Pole vault champ: Renaud Lavillenie starts new indoor season

France’s pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie starts his indoor season in Tignes in the French Alps.

Slopes in the French Alps open in time for Christmas holidays

It may have come a bit late this year but snowfall in the French Alps means the slopes at ski resorts are open in time for the start of school vacation.

Drought causes worry for future of French Alps lake

After a long period of drought, one of France’s biggest lakes in Annecy in the Alps has dried to its lowest level since 1947.

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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