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Two young Black men were found dead in a river in Mississippi. The year was 1964, and many suspected the men died at the hands of the KKK. But this was the South in the 60s; the case was never solved. Decades later, filmmaker David Ridgen returned to Mississippi with the brother of one of the victims. What they discovered there cracked open a 40-year-old cold case and changed the course of history.

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The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: North Korea, Fracking, al-Shabaab, and Russian protests.

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North Korea Criticizes Joint Military Exercises
South Korea starts its annual joint military exercises with the U.S. and North Korea is not happy.

Fracking: Not in My Backyard
Exxon Mobile's CEO comes out against fracking.

Al-Shabaab's comeback
The Islamist thorn in Somalia's side vows to strike back.

Protests in Russia
Protesters arrested for protesting the arrest of protesters.

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With protests in Ukraine turning deadly last week, VICE News went to Kiev's Independence Square to document the Euromaidan movement's struggle for the fate of the nation. In addition to the smoldering avenues littered with sniper fire, and protesters tending to their dead and wounded, our crew chronicled the toppling of Viktor Yanukovych. As Ukraine prepares for its future, here's a look at how the revolution unfolded.

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VICE News embedded with the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Kandahar for their first "fighting season" without the Americans. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News

In Afghanistan, springtime starts with a bang as it marks the start of the "fighting season" between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. For the first time in 12 years, the Afghan National Army (ANA) has to operate without their American allies as US troops withdraw. VICE News' Gelareh Kiazand travels to Kandahar to see how the ANA, the police, and ordinary Afghans are dealing with this turning point in a very long war.

In part 2, several months have passed and Gelareh returns to Camp Hero to meet up with the 205th Corps at the peak of the fighting season.

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The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Iran, Fukushima radiation, Lebanon, and the FBI failing to pay informants.

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Iran and Iraq Make A Deal
Iran allegedly struck a deal to sell nearly $200 million worth of arms to Iraq.

Fukushima Radiation To Reach California
Scientists say radiation from Fukushima should reach California's shores by April.

Syria-Lebanon Border Town Faces An Existential Threat
The village of Arsal supports Syrian rebels and is home to 70,000 Syrian refugees. If the town falls to pro-Assad forces, it's residents could be in grave danger.

FBI Failed To Pay A Drug Cartel Informant
An informant who helped the FBI nab one of America's most wanted now claims he's being stiffed out of a $5 million reward.

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VICE News embedded with the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Kandahar for their first "fighting season" without the Americans. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News

In Afghanistan, springtime starts with a bang as it marks the start of the "fighting season" between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. For the first time in 12 years, the Afghan National Army (ANA) has to operate without their American allies as US troops withdraw. VICE News' Gelareh Kiazand travels to Kandahar to see how the ANA, the police, and ordinary Afghans are dealing with this turning point in a very long war.

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Exactly a year ago today, February 24, 2013, in "Tierra Caliente," Michoacán, a group of farmers and businessmen in two communities organized themselves to take up arms against the Knights Templar drug cartel. Tired of the absence of the rule of law, the lack of governability, and persistent corruption, they took matters into their hands and formed what they called "autodefensa" militias in towns of Tepalcatepec and La Ruana. In January, we returned to meet the militia leaders, to find out what is happening today in the region known as the Hot Land.

The goal of the self-defense movement was to do away with the extreme violence that gripped "Tierra Caliente." The Knights Templar not only had control of the production of marijuana and methamphetamine in Michoacán, they also diversified to such a point that the local communities had to pay them extortion "taxes." Kidnappings, assaults, and homicides became commonplace.

The Knights Templar calls itself a "brotherhood" with its own statutes and codes. Its members use military-style uniforms modeled on the Middle Ages, and even its founding "spiritual" leader, Nazario Moreno, is venerated as a saint.

Little by little, the self-defense groups have expanded into places where the Templarios are strong. In each community they enter, they build barricades and set up checkpoints at every access point. They guard towns around the clock, armed with AK-47s, AR-15s, and other weapons that they claim were decommissioned from the Knights' forces. However, some authorities have suggested that the self-defense groups are being armed by one of the Knights Templar's rival cartels, Jalisco Nueva Generación. The "autodefensa" groups deny the claims.

A year after the self-defense uprising, the conflict continues. Negotiations with the government have led the militias to be folded into a little-known body within the government called the Rural Defense Forces. Yet, the principal leaders of the Knights Templar remain at large and uncertainty reigns over the Hot Land. The leadership of the self-defense militias has seen splits and ruptures, increasing the tension.

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As the crisis in the Central African Republic escalates, VICE News returned to the capital city to cover the situation on the ground. The past few months have been extremely violent, and as time goes by, Bangui has become increasingly dangerous for the Muslim population. Robert King chronicles what Amnesty International has officially labeled "ethnic cleansing", and what locals are calling CAR's "war against Muslims".

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The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Venezuela bans an app, Beijing's air pollution, Pakistan's first counter-terrorism strategy, and the Uganda's currency takes a tumble.

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Communication App Banned in Venezuela
Venezuelans suspect their government is behind the blocking of an app used by tens of thousands of protesters to communicate with each other anonymously.

Beijing Smog is Good For Online Sellers of Face Masks
The manufacturers and sellers of face masks are selling out as residents of the Chinese capital rush to protect their lungs from deadly air pollution that shows no sign of going away.

Pakistan Announces its First Ever Counter-Terrorism Strategy
Pakistan has finally gotten around to developing a counter-terrorism strategy after years of deadly attacks from the Taliban.

Uganda's Currency Takes a Tumble
The value of its currency dropped this week after President Yoweri Museveni signed a law at imposes up to a life sentence for gay sex.

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VICE News embedded with the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Kandahar for their first "fighting season" without the Americans. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News

In Afghanistan, springtime starts with a bang as it marks the start of the "fighting season" between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. For the first time in 12 years, the Afghan National Army (ANA) has to operate without their American allies as US troops withdraw. VICE News' Gelareh Kiazand travels to Kandahar to see how the ANA, the police, and ordinary Afghans are dealing with this turning point in a very long war.

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Last fall, black dust began to blow through residential neighborhoods on the southeast side of Chicago. Only it wasn't really dust; it was a fine black residue that clung to everything it touched, including noses and throats. Residents eventually learned that it was an oil byproduct called petroleum coke — petcoke for short — and it was being stored in massive uncovered piles at facilities owned by the Koch brothers. VICE News's Danny Gold traveled to Chicago to see what happens when clouds of toxic oil dust blow through the Windy City.

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In Afghanistan, springtime starts with a bang as it marks the start of the "fighting season" between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. For the first time in 12 years, the Afghan National Army (ANA) has to operate without their American allies as US troops withdraw. VICE News' Gelareh Kiazand travels to Kandahar to see how the ANA, the police, and ordinary Afghans are dealing with this turning point in a very long war.

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As protesters in central Kiev took over the parliament building on Saturday, others headed to President Yanukovych's highly controversial private estate of Mezyhrhrya, just outside the city.

The estate, half the size of Monaco, cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build, much of it coming from embezzlement and corruption, and had long been in the protesters' sights. The average monthly salary for an Ukrainian citizen is around 200 Euros, so their President's opulent lifestyle was a constant slap in the face that could no longer be ignored.

VICE News went along with thousands of curious Ukrainians to take a look and walk around Yanukovych's house, like a kleptocrat's version of Cribs.

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Over the past six weeks in Venezuela, a coalition of political groups opposed to the President, Nicolas Maduro, and students angry over dramatic crime rates have taken to the streets in mass demonstrations. 13 people have died since the protests began and the Chavista government is deeply critical of the wave of demonstrations, accusing them of being a right-wing grab for power organized by bourgeois students and supported by the same political figures who attempted a coup over Hugo Chavez in 2002. Yesterday, Lilian Tintori, the wife of recently jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, lead a march to the headquarters of the National Guard.

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The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Bangalore's trash solution, air pollution in Iran, Cuban Five member released and exposure to nuclear radiation.

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Bangalore's High-Tech Solution
Bangalore is using cloud-communication technology to solve the city's growing waste problem.

Air Pollution in Iran Preventing Residents from Donating Blood
Air pollution in southeastern Iran has gotten so bad that blood banks there are rejecting donations from residents of the area.

Member of the "Cuban Five" Spy Ring is Released
One of the so-called "Cuban Five" spy ring has been released after 15 years behind bars.

Exposure to Nuclear Waste in New Mexico
A leak at an underground nuclear waste facility exposed 13 workers to radiation two weeks ago.

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In one of Russia's most prominent trials concerning anti-Putin protesters, the authorities have shown that they will not tolerate protests against the ruling regime by sentencing seven defendants to penal colony terms, each from two-and-a-half to four years. The defendants were blamed for attacking police and inciting a riot, but rights groups have criticized the trial for being light on evidence and exceptionally heavy-handed. In Russia, less than one percent of defendants convicted of these charges are given sentences over a year in length.

For those thinking about protesting in Russia, the message is clear: exercise your constitutional right to demonstrate against your government at your own risk.

VICE News sent Simon Ostrovsky to the court in central Moscow to witness the reading of its verdict as a new batch of protesters was being arrested outside.

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Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood is well past the notoriety it had in the 1980s and 1990s, when the area was neglected and crack dealers violently ruled the streets. Back then, two men began providing much needed help to their underserved community. The Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp was founded in 1988 by Captain James "Rocky" Robinson, an EMS tech, and Specialist Joe Perez. Rocky is still at the helm today, 26 years later, training a new generation to follow in his footsteps. With the community now much safer and better served, he has changed the BSVAC's original mission of saving lives to changing lives — helping young men and women who may not have any other options receive free training and eventually find jobs in the medical field.

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VICE News continues its coverage from Caracas, where students took to the streets once again to protest President Nicolas Maduro's government and pay tribute to those killed in earlier protests. VICE News interviewed a leader of the student movement as well as the mayor of Caracas. The rally ended in more clashes — protesters threw rocks and improvised explosives, and police responded with tear gas and gun shots.

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VICE News embedded with the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Kandahar for their first "fighting season" without the Americans.

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In Afghanistan, springtime starts with a bang as it marks the start of the "fighting season" between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. For the first time in 12 years, the Afghan National Army (ANA) has to operate without their American allies as US troops withdraw. VICE News' Gelareh Kiazand travels to Kandahar to see how the ANA, the police, and ordinary Afghans are dealing with this turning point in a very long war.

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Archival footage of our livestream from Venezuela.

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