VICE News Daily: Aid Helicopter Crashes in Nepal

The VICE News Capsule is a daily news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Deadly helicopter crash in Nepal, U.S. designates Peruvian rebels major drug traffickers, Niger battles a meningitis epidemic, and a new law bars Berlin’s landlords from overcharging new tenants.

NEPAL
Helicopter Crashes in Mountains During Earthquake Relief Mission
The flight was chartered by Doctors Without Borders. Authorities have recovered the bodies of the four people onboard.

PERU
U.S. Labels Shining Path a ‘Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker’
The Department of Treasury deemed three of the group’s leaders drug traffickers and froze their U.S. assets.

NIGER
Hundreds Dead in Meningitis Epidemic
The strain is not commonly found in Africa, and the appropriate vaccine is in short supply.

GERMANY
Berlin Implements Rent Ceiling
Landlords can no longer charge more than 10% above the local average.

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VICE News Daily: Fighting Food Waste in France

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Tensions continue to brew in the South China Sea, French lawmakers approve law aimed at cutting food waste, a new type of human trafficking in Europe, and U.S. tourism to Cuba rises with the thaw in diplomatic relations.

SOUTH CHINA SEA
Beijing Defends Construction Activities
On Tuesday, China held a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses it’s building in the internationally disputed waters.

FRANCE
Lower House Approves Law on Supermarket Waste
Under the bill, managers of large chains could be fined 75,000 euros or jailed for two years if their stores are tossing unsold but edible food.

EUROPE
Traffickers Use Poverty to Orchestrate Fake Marriages
Eastern European women are lured with promises of money and employment. They’re marrying illegal migrants looking to secure legal status, and they’re often left with nothing.

CUBA
U.S. Tourism Surges 36% with Improved Relations
Americans are flocking to the country despite the travel restrictions in place.

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VICE News Daily: Thai Officials Accused of Human Trafficking

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Thai police arrest three officials on human trafficking charges, Kathmandu residents mark Buddha’s birthday, U.S. pledges support for Kenya’s refugee crisis, and a different face to a South African tradition.

THAILAND
Police Make Arrests Linked to Human Trafficking Network
Three officials detained days after a mass grave was found near a migrant labor camp on the Malaysian border.

NEPAL
A Solemn Celebration in Kathmandu
Residents marked the birth of Lord Buddha against the backdrop of the quake-stricken country.

KENYA
The Uncertain Future of the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
Government officials had threatened to shut down the Dadaab complex, home to more than 600,000 displaced people.

SOUTH AFRICA
New Faces to an Old Tradition
​Whites in the country are taking an interest in traditional medicine, an industry previously dominated by blacks.​

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VICE News Daily: Drama in Okinawa Over Relocation of U.S. Base

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Archaeologists may have discovered a Nazi hideout in the Argentinian jungle, schools in southern Malawi remain closed after a flooding disaster in January, a delay in the relocation of a U.S. air base in Okinawa, and how the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake is shrinking.

ARGENTINA
Archaeologists Study Site of Possible Nazi Jungle Hideout
Legend has it a close aide of Adolf Hitler lived there.

MALAWI
Schools Remain Shut Months After Heavy Flooding
Many were swept away and others remain badly damaged.

JAPAN
Okinawa Governor Delays Relocation of U.S. Air Base
The dispute could create a diplomatic headache for Tokyo.

RUSSIA
Water Level of Lake Baikal Reaches 30-Year Low
​Experts blame a combination of climate change and the increased use of hydropower.​

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Putin’s Growing Appetite for Expansionism: VICE News Capsule, March 19

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Russia signs integration treaty with Georgian breakaway region, Syrian authorities retrieve looted antiquities, how mobile phones are helping young Kenyan students, and a study will have you thinking twice about living alone.

​RUSSIA
Concern over Treaty Signed with Georgian Breakaway Region
The EU, NATO, and U.S. have rejected Vladimir Putin’s integration deal, which Georgia described as “destructive” and “a step toward annexation.”

SYRIA
More than 120 Stolen Artifacts Returned to Museum
Around 1,500 pieces have been looted and hundreds of historical buildings and sites damaged in the country’s ongoing civil war.

KENYA
Mobile Phone Technology Improves Grades and Cuts Costs
The service gives students access to course lessons and quizzes without breaking the bank.

HEALTH
Study Warns of the Destructive Impact of Loneliness
Researchers from Brigham Young University say solitude will shorten your life span.

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International Aid Reaches Cyclone-Ravaged Vanuatu: VICE News Capsule, March 18

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: International relief agencies reach remote islands of Vanuatu days after it was ravaged by a monstrous cyclone, three imprisoned in Myanmar for insulting Buddhism, Shia fighters in southern Iraq make due with what’s in the scrapyard, and a gourmet pot market is growing inside Mexico City homes.

VANUATU
Aid Workers Reach Remote Islands Days After Cyclone
Agencies are trying to deliver critical aid supplies to the tens of thousands of people affected by the storm.

MYANMAR
Prison Time for Three Accused of Insulting Buddhism
A New Zealand bar manager and his two Burmese coworkers will spend two-and-a-half years in prison for advertising an event using an image of Buddha wearing headphones.

IRAQ
Shia Fighters Hit the Scrap Yard to Increase Battlefield Success
A small team is restoring and modifying weapons and vehicles to deliver to militias fighting the Islamic State.

MEXICO
Burgeoning Legal Weed Industries Give Rise to a Homegrown Market
Connoisseurs have formed pot clubs to replicate the highly potent strains found in U.S. states such as Colorado and Washington.

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Edward Snowden May Soon Come Home: VICE News Capsule, March 4

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden could be in talks to return to the U.S., Bolivian authorities find tons of cocaine packaged as tea, Kenya’s president destroys $30 million in confiscated ivory, and Syrian pharmacists look to herbal remedies to treat patients as supply shortages continue.

RUSSIA
Lawyer Says Edward Snowden Ready to Return to U.S.
The NSA whistleblower has reportedly agreed to face trial in the United States, if it’s fair.

BOLIVIA
Tons of Coca Leaves Disguised as Tea Shipment
The packages were bound for Lebanon, and could have been used to produce more than 200 pounds of cocaine.

KENYA
President Torches Millions in Confiscated Ivory
On the occasion of World Wildlife Day, President Ihuru Kenyatta said his commitment to fighting the illegal trade is stronger than ever.

SYRIA
Herbal Remedies Help Soothe Supply Shortages
It is hard to find basic medicines and surgical supplies in Aleppo, so some pharmacists are using natural treatments to allow patients to stay healthy despite the war.

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Liberia Schools Reopen Following Ebola Shutdown: VICE News Capsule, March 3

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Pro-Russia rebels help villagers cope with a food shortage in eastern Ukraine, Bangladeshi authorities make arrest in hacking death of atheist blogger, fires destroy hundreds of homes in the Philippines, and Liberia’s school officially open following seven-month Ebola shutdown.

UKRAINE
Rebels Distribute Bread Amid Food Shortage in Luhansk
Fighters of the Luhansk People’s Republic are using a ‘field kitchen’ to feed residents of a village near Debaltseve.

BANGLADESH
Authorities Detain Man in Hacking Death of Blogger
Islamist blogger Farabi Safiur Rahman allegedly threatened Avijit Roy multiple times before his murder.

PHILIPPINES
Fires Destroy Hundreds of Homes
As temperatures rise with the arrival of summer, thousands of people have been impacted by recent blazes in and outside the capital Manila.

EBOLA
Schools Reopen in Liberia, U.S. Nurse to Sue Texas Hospital
Students are back in the classroom after seven months at home. And 26-year-old Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola from a patient last year, says her employer failed to adequately prepare.

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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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Iraq’s Yazidis Train to Prevent Another Massacre: VICE News Capsule, February 9

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Kurdish forces train Iraq’s Yazidi community to thwart attacks by the Islamic State, U.S. delivers $25 million in weapons and ammunition to Lebanon, Honduras helps poor families with the costs of burying loved ones lost to drug-related violence, and authorities in Washington, DC, are struggling to keep homeless families indoors this winter.

IRAQ
Kurdish Peshmerga Give Weapons to Yazidi Men
Volunteers of the religious minority have mobilized a force to protect their land, women and children from another siege by the Islamic State.

LEBANON
U.S. Delivers $25 Million in Military Equipment
The weapons and ammunition are aimed at helping the country fortify its border from Islamic militants fighting in Syria’s war next-door.

HONDURAS
Government Programs Provide Coffins to Low-Income Families
Officials try to reduce the burden of costs associated with losing loved ones to drug-related violence.

U.S.A.
DC Officials Scramble to Secure Shelter Amid Surge in Homelessness
​The nation’s capital currently hosts a record 4,000 homeless families, and authorities are having a hard time keeping them indoors during the frigid winter months.

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