Russia Refuses to Free Ukrainian Pilot From Prison: VICE News Capsule, February 26

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Russia refuses to free a Ukrainian pilot from prison, Iran stages large-scale military drills including an attack on a fake U.S. aircraft carrier, two major drug busts in Colombia over the last week, and three Austrians undergo a procedure that makes them the first amputees in the world to control a prosthetic using their minds.

RUSSIA
Court Refuses to Free Ukrainian Army Pilot Captured by Rebels
Nadezhda Savchenko was charged in the deaths of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine. She’s been on hunger strike in prison for more than two months.

IRAN
Armed Forces Stage Attack on Replica U.S. Carrier
The U.S. Navy says it’s not concerned about the exercises and downplayed the possibility Iran’s military could destroy such a formidable American target.

COLOMBIA
Two Major Drug Busts in Less Than a Week
Authorities seized more than six tons of cocaine with a street value of nearly $180 million.

AUSTRIA
Bionic Reconstruction Gives Amputees Improved Limb Control
Thanks to the novel technique, three men are now able to control their prosthetic hands using their minds.

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A Look Back At The Violence In Ferguson: Talking Heads

VICE News and the New York Review of Books have partnered to create Talking Heads, a series about the big issues of the day as seen by the Review’s distinguished contributors.

In this episode, Darryl Pinckney discusses his essay “In Ferguson.” He visited Ferguson, Missouri, in November, when a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The dissatisfaction Pinckney felt as he followed news coverage of events in the area compelled him to visit and bear witness. Once on the ground, he discovered that despite sometimes violent expressions of anger within the community, the danger he felt was always from the police.

VICE News invited Pinckney to our studios to discuss the civil rights movement awakened by Ferguson.

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Running Supplies with the Dudayev Battalion: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 92)

Thousands of foreign nationals have flocked to join the fighting in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began last April. Though both sides have benefited from foreign fighters, many are Russian soldiers who traveled to Ukraine voluntarily or followed orders from their superiors, and most have fought with the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic. Their presence has helped tip the scales of the battle in favor of the separatists.

Many of the Russian fighters hail from Chechnya and are loyal to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. A former rebel in Chechnya’s conflict with Russia, Kadyrov switched sides and eventually became head of the Chechen Republic and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In Ukraine, some Chechens that never abandoned the struggle against the Russian military back home are now fighting against the separatists, using their battlefield experience to help the Ukrainians defend their homeland.

One Chechen fighter has a history of confrontation with Russia that stands out from the rest: Adam Osmayev. Educated in a private school in the UK, Osmayev was arrested in Ukraine in 2011 and accused of plotting to assassinate Putin. He managed to avoid being extradited to Russia and was recently released from prison in November.

After securing his freedom, Osmayev traveled to eastern Ukraine to join the Dudayev Battalion, a volunteer group created by former Chechen guerrilla fighter Isa Munayev to fight pro-Russia separatists in the Donbass region.

When Munayev was killed last week during clashes near Debaltseve, Osmayev took control of the battalion. VICE News met with Osmayev to find out more about the battalion, and to follow his fighters on a supply run to the frontline near Debaltseve.

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Who Killed the Former Russian Spy?: VICE News Capsule, January 27

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Another sign of Russia’s crackdown on the Crimean Tatars, Egypt convicts doctor of manslaughter in first FGM trial, UK launches public inquiry into death of ex-KGB agent, and scientists prepare a group of water fleas for a mission into space.

CRIMEA
Russian Forces Storm Independent Television Station
Dozens of armed, masked men raided the offices of ATR in Simferopol. They confiscated archival footage of a 2014 demonstration against the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula, and shut down nearly all the station’s broadcast operations.

EGYPT
Country’s First-Ever Female Genital Mutilation Conviction
Dr. Raslan Fadl was sentenced to two years for manslaughter and three months for carrying out FGM on 13-year-old Suhair Al-Batea.

UNITED KINGDOM
Public Inquiry Launched Into Death of Former Russian Spy
Officials hope to determine once and for all if Russia can be implicated in the death of Alexander Litvinenko, who was killed by radiation poisoning in November 2006.

SPACE
Water Fleas Prepared for Special One-Month Mission
Astronauts will observe the swimming and breeding patterns of the creatures daily for signs of stress. Scientists hope their findings will help them understand how humans would react under the same conditions.

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Deadly Mortar Strike at Donetsk Bus Stop: This Just In

At least 13 civilians were killed as a result of shelling at a Donetsk bus stop early Thursday, with a further 20 people reportedly injured. Conflicting reports have emerged as to who was responsible, with both a pro-Ukrainian diversionary group and pro-Russia rebels being blamed for the attack in the separatist stronghold.

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EastColors – Could Be

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Russia’s Eastcolors is back on Demand Records for DNMD025. The producer has been locked away for the past 18 months, working on his debut album, and now returns with three spectacular tunes which prove once again how much of a hot ticket he is throughout the world. East’s career stretches back to 2010, and since hisearly releases on Mainframe has gone on to impress producers and fans across the globe, working with Enei, Break and many others, and is now at the forefront of the St Petersburg scene.

Always fresh, always innovative, his album is set to be one of the big releases of 2015. Ahead of that, Could Be bounds and bounces out of the gate, building from its electronic foundations into a tripped-out, dream-like state. Relentlessly futuristic, this one drips and coalesces into life, resounding around a harsh, sliding bassline. Eastcolors is at his best, no could be about it.

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EastColors – Things Inside (Hybris Remix) [Demand Records]

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Things Inside appears in a remixed form, courtesy of Hybris. The original found favour with none other than Friction, and the reimagined version is equally as effective, stuttering slowly into life, before blooming out into an addictive rumbler, with low-slung tribal beats and insistent bass work. The pace constantly varies, with new ideas coming out at you all the time. Boundaries are nothing for Eastcolors, all he cares about is the groove. Dramatic, involving, and essential.

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The European Union vs. Russia: Talking Heads

VICE News and the New York Review of Books have partnered to create Talking Heads, a series about the big issues of the day as seen by the Review’s distinguished contributors.

In this episode of Talking Heads, George Soros discusses his essay “A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine.” Soros wrote the essay this month, calling on members of the European Union to behave as countries indirectly at war with Russia and to provide Ukraine with $50 billion to defend itself and kick-start political reforms. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s imperial ambition has unintentionally brought into being a new Ukraine that is adamantly opposed to endemic corruption and inefficient government. By offering assistance, Europe can foster an open society in Ukraine and protect itself from Russian aggression.

VICE News sat down with Soros to discuss why it is imperative that the EU wakes up and recognizes that the principles on which it was founded are at stake in Ukraine.

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Watch “Talking Heads: How the US Created the Islamic State” – http://bit.ly/1FVRWrs

Watch “Talking Heads: China Strikes Back: Talking Heads” – http://bit.ly/1IwwGq6

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – January 14, 2015

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Shelling kills at least 11 civilians in eastern Ukraine, Russian government bans transgender and transexual people from driving, Disneyland measles outbreak spreads to other states, and sustainable tourism helps boost economy of Cambodia’s remote islands.

UKRAINE
Intense Shelling Rocks the Eastern City of Donetsk
At least 11 civilians dead after bus is struck at an army checkpoint south of the flashpoint city.

RUSSIA
Activists Condemn Driving Ban for Transgender People
Others deemed unfit to drive are fetishists, exhibitionists, voyeurs, and those addicted to gambling and shoplifting.

U.S.A.
Disneyland Measles Outbreak Crosses State Lines
Twenty-two other cases have been confirmed; including a handful in Washington, Colorado, and Utah.

CAMBODIA
Sustainable Tourism Breathes Life Into Island Economy
​A luxurious private island resort built out of locally sourced materials has a staff comprised​ mostly of locals. Guests are encouraged to donate to programs that focus on community development and environmental protection.

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