Protests continue in Timbuktu over state of Mali’s road network | AFP

In Timbuktu, northern Mali, hundreds of young people continue to block access to the airport as they call for roads to be built and security to be improved. Only one road has been built since Mali’s independence in 1960 and the asphalt has virtually disappeared.

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VICE News Daily: Snowden Statue Removed from Brooklyn Park

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Dutch tourist rescued in Mali after three years in captivity, Russian migrants face new residency exam questions, NYC officials remove statue of Edward Snowden from park, and Japan approves controversial textbooks.

MALI
Dutch Hostage Free After Three Years in Captivity
French commandos freed Sjaak Rijke, who was captured by Al Qaeda in Timbuktu.

RUSSIA
New Additions to Residency Exam
Migrants will need to brush up on Russia’s official version of events.

U.S.A
Police Remove Snowden Statue in New York City Neighborhood
Activists covertly installed a bust of Edward Snowden in a Brooklyn park overnight.

JAPAN
New Textbooks Politicize Territorial Disputes
South Korea summoned Tokyo’s ambassador over claims to Takeshima islands.

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Saving Timbuktu’s Crumbling Culture: VICE News Capsule, January 29

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Some 3,000 child soldiers to be freed in South Sudan, former Al-Shabaab intelligence chief says the Somali militant group is on the brink of total collapse, Shell to build $11 billion petrochemicals plant in southern Iraq, and Mali struggles to preserve ancient texts from Timbuktu.

SOUTH SUDAN
Child Soldiers To Be Released in Peace Deal
One militia group has freed hundreds of underage fighters, and the UN says a total of 3,000 will be allowed to return to civilian life in the coming weeks.

SOMALIA
Former Al-Shabaab Intelligence Chief Explains Defection
Zakariya Ismail Hersi says he surrendered to the government because of the group’s distorted interpretation of Islam and its disregard for human rights.

IRAQ
Shell to Invest Billions in Basra Petrochemical Plant
Government officials say the $11 billion complex will be the largest producer of petrochemicals in the Middle East.

MALI
Ongoing Efforts to Save 13th Century Manuscripts
A group of library custodians secretly transported thousands of documents after the city of Timbuktu was overran by Islamic militants two years ago. Now they face the threat of humidity, dust, and poor storage conditions.

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