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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Libya’s political crisis deepens, environmental group claims Chinese delegation went on ivory shopping spree during official visit to Tanzania last year, dozens of pilot whales die off New Zealand’s coast, and rebel official in Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk says the region can generate enough power without Kiev’s help.
Elected Parliament Rejects Supreme Court Ruling
Country slips deeper into chaos after the Tobruk-based government refuses to step down and claims the court’s decision was made ‘under the threat of arms.’
Report Accuses Chinese Officials of Ivory Shopping Spree
The Environmental Investigation Agency says the delegation bought so much illegal elephant ivory on the trip last year that local prices soared.
Pilot Whales Die On Coast After Getting Stranded
Some of the animals were beached twice before dying, despite efforts by volunteers to save them.
Donetsk Rebels Claim Energy Independence
Energy minister Alexei Granovsky says the region’s power grids should produce enough electricity to get homes and businesses through the cold winter months.
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