First Evidence of Russian Boots on the Ground: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 26)

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On Monday, pro-Russia protesters stormed a police station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Horlivka. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky was there as they seized the building. Inside, the demonstrators attacked a police officer accused of pushing someone out of a window while the person was trying to display a Russian flag. Later that day, a video emerged on the internet showing a man purporting to be a Russian army colonel giving orders to troops in eastern Ukraine. This is the first bit of evidence that there might already be Russian boots on the ground in the country.

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Life as an Illegal Immigrant in Greece

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Greece has always been a gateway for immigrants searching for what they assumed would be a better life in Europe. But many of those who’ve crossed illegally into Greece have found that they have traded one bad situation for another. Refugees from war-torn countries like Syria and Afghanistan are finding themselves stuck in a country that is not only battling an economic crisis but is witnessing a rise in anti-immigrant violence, exemplified by the a nationalist political party known as the Golden Dawn.

VICE News’ Alex Miller travelled from Athens to the western port of Patras to find out what it is like to be trapped in a country you never wanted to be in in the first place.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 16, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: pro-Russia politicians are attacked with flour, dye and eggs, three journalists working for Hezbollah’s TV station are killed in Syria, the Indian supreme court recognizes a third gender, and celebrations and protest mark the founder of North Korea’s birthday.

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Pro-Russia Politicians Pelted with Flour, Dye, Eggs
Protesters in Kiev have attacked pro-Russia politicians with flour, dye and eggs.

Three Journalists for Hezbollah TV Station Killed
Three journalists from the official TV channel of the Shiite group Hezbollah have been reported dead in Syria.

Supreme Court Recognizes Third Gender
In a landmark ruling, India’s supreme court has recognized transgendered people as a third gender.

Celebrations, Protests Mark N. Korean Founder’s Birthday
North Korea celebrated the 102nd birthday of the country’s founder with military rallies, public pageantry and a booming fireworks display.

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More Buildings Occupied by Pro-Russian Forces: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 25)

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Last week, pro-Russia forces took over the police headquarters in Slovyansk, a city in Eastern Ukraine, marking the latest expansion of the self-proclaimed “People’s Republic of Donetsk.” VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky rushed to the scene to verify whether or not Russian Special Forces had taken over the building, as was rumored, but found that it appeared to be the work of locals. As the situation escalates in Eastern Ukraine, a pattern has emerged in which buildings are stormed and occupied at night, while crowds gather outside during the day to prevent anyone from getting through. The situation in Slovyansk is different because the whole city seems to be guarded by pro-Russia forces. Which city will be next?

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Anarchy At The Ballot Box: Bangladesh Rising

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January 2014 saw Bangladesh fall into yet another vicious power struggle, with impending elections resulting in sporadic attacks, mass rioting and religiously motivated anarchy. Alongside political unrest, the interjection of fundamentalist Islamic groups has meant an already troubled nation has been left in relative turmoil. VICE News was on the streets of Dhaka in the lead up to the enforced elections, to witness democracy at its most questionable.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 15, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: a bomb blast in Nigeria kills 71 people, pro-Russia militants in Ukraine defy a deadline to halt the occupation of government buildings, Turkey accuses Twitter of tax evasion, and rural villagers in India boycott the national election.

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Bomb Blast Kills 71
Seventy one people are dead and hundreds wounded from a bomb blast on a crowded rush hour bus in Nigeria’s capital.

Pro-Russia Militants Defy Deadline to Halt Occupation
Armed pro-Russia activists continued to occupy government buildings in eastern Ukraine in direct defiance of a deadline set by the government in Kiev to halt the occupations.

Turkey Accuses Twitter of ‘Tax Evasion’
In his latest attack on social media, Turkey’s prime minister Tayyip Erdogan has accused twitter of failing to pay taxes.

Voters boycott Indian elections
Civilians in east India are boycotting the current elections claiming that they are neglected by the federal government and receive poor services.

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Pro-Russian Protesters Occupy State Security Service Building: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 24)

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Pro-Russian protestors in Luhansk, the most Eastern city in Ukraine, took over the headquarters of the state security services on April 9. Armed with guns they found in the building, the demonstrators were determined not to leave. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visited the occupied building, which despite the occupation, was surprisingly calm.

But not everyone in Luhansk wants to join Russia — and some who express that sentiment are suffering dire consequences. We spoke to one resident who said he was severely beaten for siding with Ukraine, and another who is determined to leave the area if Luhansk becomes Russian. Amid calls for parts of Ukraine to join Russia, the tension and unrest across the country is spreading — and it is becoming increasingly difficult to predict what will happen next.

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Bus Station Attacks in Nigeria: This Just In

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Two bombs ripped through a crowded bus station in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Monday, killing at least 71 and injuring over 100 people. Although no one has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, suspicion fell on the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which has been carrying out an insurgency in northeastern Nigeria for the past several years. Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan suggested while visiting the scene of the blasts that Boko Haram was responsible for the attack, which is the first to occur in the capital in two years.

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The Foster Home From Hell: “Love Serve Surrender”

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A VICE News exclusive investigation: Hippie guru Jay Ram was hailed as a public hero for fostering, adopting, and caring for dozens of boys that had nowhere else to go. But years later, a new picture has emerged. Several of his sons have come forward to say that he preyed on them sexually and forced them to recruit other boys to molest. VICE News has uncovered new evidence that shows that charities and child welfare agencies missed several clear warning signs, and continued to place new children in Ram’s care. Until now, he has never faced justice.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 14, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines.

Today: preliminary election results show that a runoff is likely in Afghanistan, Syrian regime and rebels accuse each other of a chemical weapons attack, four people killed in a militant attack on a pro-India leader in Kashmir, and thousands march to support civil unions in Peru.

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Preliminary Election Results Show Runoff Likely
Preliminary results in the Afghan presidential election indicate a likely run-off between the two front-runners, as no one candidate appears to have won more than 50 percent of the votes.

Regime and Rebels Accuse Each Other of Chemical Attack
Opposing sides in the Syrian conflict are accusing each other of a chemical weapons attack that reportedly killed 2 people and injured over a hundred.

Four Killed in Militant Attack on Pro-India Leader
Two policemen and two militants were killed in a gun battle in Kashmir, after the militants sprayed the home of a pro-India politician with bullets.

Thousands March to Support Civil Unions
Thousands of gay rights activists marched through the streets of Lima to support a civil union law soon to be voted on in the national congress.

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