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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Death of Palestinian minister escalates tensions in the West Bank, Saudi activists remain in detention for violating female driving ban, oil spill threatens marine sanctuary in Bangladesh, and U.S. Navy ‘flawlessly’ tests laser weapons system in the Persian Gulf.
Palestinian Minister Dead After Confrontation With Israeli Forces
The UN is calling on the Israeli government to investigate the incident.
Female Activists Remain in Detention For Violating Driving Ban
The two women were carrying valid drivers licenses from the United Arab Emirates when they were arrested at a Saudi border crossing on December 1st.
Oil Spill Threatens Rare Dolphin Sanctuary
A cargo vessel carrying more than 90,000 gallons of furnace oil sank in the Sundarbans, home to a number of endangered and rare plant and animal species.
U.S. Navy Tests Laser Weapons in the Persian Gulf
Naval researchers say the system can cripple or destroy asymmetric targets, and cost far less to operate than traditional kinetic weapons such as missiles.
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