France: Waste-collecting cyclists catch the UN’s eye

They say one man’s trash is another one’s treasure… For a team of French cyclists in Nantes, that trash is biodegradable, and the treasure is compost. Based in the western city of Nantes, La Tricyclerie – a play on the words for sorting out rubbish, recycling and biking – is on a mission to reduce restaurants’ organic waste, an initiative that could see them become the United Nation’s “Young Champions of the Earth”.

‘Largest humanitarian crisis in world:’ 18mn Yemeni civilians in need of assistance

The United Nation’s aid chief has warned that Yemen is facing the risk of all-out famine this year..
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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – December 23, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: a video released by the extremist group Boko Haram shows militants executing hundreds of Nigerians inside a school dormitory, China will dispatch its first infantry battalion as part of the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission to South Sudan, South Korea begins cyber security tests after a nuclear facility was hacked, and Iraqis create a nativity scene in an abandoned mall.

NIGERIA
Boko Haram Releases Video of Mass Killings
A new video released by the extremist group Boko Haram shows the group executing hundreds of Nigerians in a cramped dormitory, in the town of Bama.
Related: https://news.vice.com/article/boko-haram-slaughtered-hundreds-in-nigeria-waiting-for-military-help

CHINA
Peacekeepers Depart for South Sudan
China will dispatch its first infantry battalion as part of the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission to South Sudan. Seven hundred Chinese peacekeepers, equipped with drones, armored infantry carriers, and anti-tank missiles will be deployed starting next month.
Related: https://news.vice.com/article/conflict-in-south-sudan-escalates-with-return-of-dry-season

SOUTH KOREA
Nuclear Plant Operator Stages Cyber-Attack Drills After Attacks
South Korean officials staged drills to test their resilience against possible cyber attacks at four nuclear power facilities across the country. The drills come after a recent successful cyber attack on one of the country’s nuclear plant operators.

IRAQ
Refugees Living in Deserted Mall Create Nativity Scene for Holidays
Thousands of displaced Iraqis have been living in an unfinished shopping mall after fleeing fighting in Mosul earlier this year. For Christmas, the mostly Christian refugees created a nativity scene inside the mall.
Related: https://news.vice.com/article/iraqs-christians-flee-mosul-and-fear-for-their-safety-in-baghdad

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