The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Islamic State destroys Syria’s infamous Tadmur prison near Palmyra, students in Nepal return to classes for the first time since a massive earthquake damaged more than 8,000 schools, Egyptian demolition crews began taking down the burnt-out headquarters of former President Hosni Mubarak’s political party, and China’s new tough smoking ban takes effect.
Islamic State Destroys Infamous Syrian Prison
After taking control of Palmyra, IS militants destroyed Tadmur prison known for holding thousands of political prisoners.
Schools Reopen After Devastating Earthquake
More than 8,000 learning centers were damaged in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck more than a month ago.
Demolition Begins at Mubarak Party Headquarters
The burnt-out NDP building was destroyed during the 2011 uprising and became a symbol of Mubarak’s iron-fisted rule.
Beijing Implements Toughest Smoking Ban to Date
An estimated 1.5 million people die of smoking related illnesses in China each year.
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