Putin’s Growing Appetite for Expansionism: VICE News Capsule, March 19

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Russia signs integration treaty with Georgian breakaway region, Syrian authorities retrieve looted antiquities, how mobile phones are helping young Kenyan students, and a study will have you thinking twice about living alone.

​RUSSIA
Concern over Treaty Signed with Georgian Breakaway Region
The EU, NATO, and U.S. have rejected Vladimir Putin’s integration deal, which Georgia described as “destructive” and “a step toward annexation.”

SYRIA
More than 120 Stolen Artifacts Returned to Museum
Around 1,500 pieces have been looted and hundreds of historical buildings and sites damaged in the country’s ongoing civil war.

KENYA
Mobile Phone Technology Improves Grades and Cuts Costs
The service gives students access to course lessons and quizzes without breaking the bank.

HEALTH
Study Warns of the Destructive Impact of Loneliness
Researchers from Brigham Young University say solitude will shorten your life span.

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