VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – January 23, 2015

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Tensions rise between locals and foreign shopkeepers in South African city of Soweto, Chile will reopen its investigation into the death of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, El Salvador grants amnesty to woman accused of having an abortion, and Libya’s political crisis has its residents struggling to keep the lights on.

SOUTH AFRICA
Violence and Looting at Foreign-Owned Shops Near Johannesburg
Two people were killed on Thursday during clashes between locals and foreign shopkeepers in Soweto. The unrest was sparked by the shooting death of a teenager during a botched robbery attempt.

CHILE
Government Reopens Inquiry Into Death of Poet Pablo Neruda
Officials say there’s reason to believe the Nobel Laureate was poisoned in the days after the 1973 coup.

EL SALVADOR
Amnesty Granted to Woman Accused of Having an Abortion
Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez was serving a 30-year sentence for aggravated murder. She was charged following the death of her baby and was initially accused of trying to have an abortion, which is banned in the country.

LIBYA
Ongoing Fighting Causing Power Cuts
​Families are forced to buy generators to cope with energy shortages as the government struggles to meet demand.​

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