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Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

Longtime Republican Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his office confirmed Wednesday. The Arizona senator and former Republican presidential nominee is currently recovering from a July 14 operation to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, which his doctors confirmed had ...

32 million people will lose insurance if Republicans repeal Obamacare, CBO finds

If Congress repeals large parts of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, 32 million Americans will lose insurance and premiums will double over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office found in a Wednesday report. The unfavorable report from by the nonpartisan office arrived as ...

Trumpcare is back again thanks to a pep talk from the president

After the Republicans' plan to repeal and replace, and then simply repeal, the Affordable Care Act appeared to have crashed and burned on Tuesday, President Trump tried a last-ditch effort to rally GOP senators at a lunch meeting Wednesday, and it seemed to make a difference: Several attendees ...

Weed is now legal in an entire country for the first time

Uruguay has become the first country to fully legalize the sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana. The law, which was initially passed in 2013, finally went into effect on Wednesday. The weed, however, isn't very strong. Uruguay is offering two different strains, dubbed Alpha 1 and Beta 1. ...

Six months after a deadly mass shooting, this Quebec City mosque is receiving a flood of hate mail

The Quebec City mosque that was the target of a mass shooting last January will boost security after a flux of hateful messages.' And while they report receiving one or two pieces of hate mail per week, one of the most aggressive ones arrived last week. The Islamic Cultural

Palestinians spying for Israel risk execution by Hamas

Spying for Israel is perhaps the most shameful act of treason a Palestinian can commit. And yet, a network of hundreds of Israeli collaborators' within the Gaza Strip forms the backbone of Israel's security operation against its most hostile and troublesome neighbor. After the assassination of a ...

Spent Part Two

Despite healthy economic growth in Canada's major cities, it's only a handful of industries that are really flourishing, leaving even those working in essential civil services struggling to afford the cost of living. In this episode of Spent, host Kourosh Houshmand meets three different people ...

Jeff Sessions just made it easier for the cops to take your stuff

Starting Wednesday, local police will be able to take cash and property from suspected criminals under federal law before they are convicted of a crime, even if state laws prohibit the practice. The new rules will allow local police to seize the assets of suspected criminals even if it's

Europe's alt right is chartering a boat to stop migration to Italy

A European alt-right group is taking to the Mediterranean Sea in a bid to stop illegal migrants crossing from Libya – a move NGOs fear could start a dangerous game of cat and mouse with humanitarian rescue teams. The mission, known as Defend Europe,' is the project of the Identitarians,

If you're flying to America, you'll need to get to the airport another hour earlier

Sign up for our new VICE News Canada newsletter. Nobody is quite sure what they are, yet, but new airport security measures take effect today which will lengthen security screening times for passengers headed to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security announced last month that it ...

Trump stops by voter fraud meeting he's not supposed to influence

The first meeting of President Donald Trump's voter fraud task force featured a surprise guest: President Trump. While federal law dictates that the commission shouldn't be influenced by the president, Trump's visit was largely ceremonial. His remarks, however, raised the curtain on Wednesday's ...

The cost of summer music festivals

Summer can be expensive business, if you're not careful. The temptation to spend hours-on-end outdoors, whether it's grabbing an after-work drink, hopping from one new patio to another, or going away for the weekend is costly, to say the least. And then you have the concert and festival circuit

Europe's alt-right is chartering a boat to stop migration to Italy

A European alt-right group is taking to the Mediterranean Sea in a bid to stop illegal migrants crossing from Libya – a move NGOs fear could start a dangerous game of cat and mouse with humanitarian rescue teams. The mission, known as Defend Europe,' is the project of the Identitarians,

If you're flying to America, you'll need to get to the airport another hour earlier

Nobody is quite sure what they are, yet, but new airport security measures take effect today which will lengthen security screening times for passengers headed to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security announced last month that it would be upping security measures for airports in 105 ...

Canada isn't keeping track of suicides in Indigenous communities

Canada does not have a complete picture of the suicide crisis among Indigenous communities, with neither the federal government nor the largest organization representing First Nations keeping track. And while Canada's health minister says it would be helpful to have exact numbers on the epidemic, ...

Democrats may have trouble taking back Congress in 2018, poll finds

Despite President Trump's record unpopularity — his approval rating stands at about 38 percent — a new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post indicates that voters' view of him won't necessarily weigh on how they'll vote in the midterms next November. Just over half of registered voters ...

North Korean defector may have been abducted and returned to Pyongyang

South Korean authorities are investigating the possibility that a North Korean defector who fled to Seoul and became a reality-TV star has been kidnapped by Pyongyang. Officials said Wednesday that they were made aware of Lim Ji-hyun's return home after a video was posted online where she denounced ...

Nuns are standing in the way of a massive Pennsylvania pipeline

At the edge of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, near the Susquehanna River, stands a trellis in a clearing in a cornfield. The trellis serves as an altar in a recently dedicated open-air chapel on land owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, an order of Catholic nuns that

Netflix keeps growing even though you still use a friend's login

Netflix's corporate office proudly revealed Tuesday it's been doing a binge of its own this quarter — for new subscribers. That was the big takeaway from the company's latest quarterly report on sales and profits, and the numbers were very good: Netflix said it added more than 5 million

China's great internet firewall is now coming for WhatsApp

The Chinese government has blocked certain features of Facebook's encrypted messaging service WhatsApp inside the country — another sign of President Xi Jinping's ever-tightening grip on internet use. WhatsApp users and security researchers reported Tuesday that certain aspects of WhatsApp's ...

White House confirms Trump had a second, undisclosed meeting with Putin at the G20

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a second, undisclosed meeting that lasted roughly an hour at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, the White House confirmed Tuesday. The second meeting followed an initial conversation at the July 7 summit that reportedly ran so long that first lady ...

Nuns are standing in the way of a massive Pennsylvania pipeline

At the edge of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, near the Susquehanna River, stands a trellis in a clearing in a cornfield. The trellis serves as an alter in a recently dedicated open-air chapel on land owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, an order of Catholic nuns that

North Korean defector may have been abducted and returned to Pyongyang

South Korean authorities are investigating the possibility that a North Korean defector who fled to Seoul and became a reality television star has been kidnapped by Pyongyang. Officials said Wednesday that they were made aware of Lim Ji-hyun's return home after a video was posted online where she ...

Netflix keeps growing even though you still use a friend's login

Netflix's corporate office proudly revealed Tuesday it's been doing a binge of its own this quarter — for new subscribers. That was the big takeaway from the company's latest quarterly report on sales and profits, and the numbers were very good: Netflix said that it added more than 5

Trump announces plan to nominate “John Huntsman” as ambassador to Russia

The White House announced Tuesday it intends to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to be the new U.S. ambassador to Russia. Governor John Huntsman has had a distinguished career as a politician, diplomat, and businessman,' the Office of the Press Secretary said in a statement Tuesday

Trump announces plan to nominate John Huntsman' as ambassador to Russia

The White House announced Tuesday it intends to nominate former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. to be the new U.S. ambassador to Russia. Governor John Huntsman has had a distinguished career as a politician, diplomat, and businessman,' the  Office of the Press Secretary said in a statement Tuesday

White House confirms Trump had a second, undisclosed meeting with Putin at the G20

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a second, undisclosed meeting that lasted roughly an hour long at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, the White House confirmed Tuesday. The second meeting followed an initial conversation at the summit that reportedly ran so long that First Lady ...

White House confirms Trump had a second, undisclosed meeting with Putin at the G20

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a second, undisclosed meeting that lasted roughly an hour at the G-20 summit in Hamburg last week. The White House confirmed that the two spoke on the sidelines of the G-20 dinner to several news outlets, including CNN, NBC, and Reuters. ...

Toronto cop charged after teen beat with steel pipe and blinded in one eye

A Toronto police officer is facing multiple charges after allegedly beating a 19-year-old with a steel pipe, so badly he suffered broken bones and will have to have an eye surgically removed. And the lawyer for the teen is accusing police of a coverup. On Tuesday, the province's Special

Ex–Navy SEALs are rescuing children from sex trafficking

According to the FBI, there were 465,676 National Crime Information Center entries for missing children in 2016. Frustrated that police don't always treat runaway and missing children cases as a high priority, private investigator Joseph Travers started Saved in America to pick up these cases where ...

Republican women killed the Obamacare repeal

Less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ditched their embattled plan to simultaneously repeal and replace Obamacare in favor of just a repeal, three Republican senators announced their plans to vote against the repeal-only bill. With only 52 ...

Republican women killed the Obamacare repeal

Less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ditched their embattled plan to simultaneously repeal and replace Obamacare in favor of just a repeal, three Republican senators announced their plans to vote against the bill. With only 52 Republican ...

Meet Mueller's all-star legal team that could take down Trump

President Trump says the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Russian actors and the Trump campaign is the greatest witch hunt in political history.' That's not what Robert Mueller would call it. Mueller was appointed lead special ...

Mining companies forced to become more transparent

The amount of money that companies like Barrick Gold and ExxonMobil actually give to governments of countries that they extract resources from is now publicly available online thanks to a Canadian bill that was passed back in 2015. This is significant because that information cannot be gleaned ...

Small,' unorganized storm wasn't named for Trump, agency swears

The National Hurricane Center had to take time from a busy morning doing, you know, science stuff to reassure people that no, recently formed Tropical Storm Don was not named after the president. I guarantee you that it has no connection to Donald Trump,' Max Mayfield, the former director

House GOP wants to gut welfare and raise defense spending more than Trump

Republicans in the House of Representatives have put forth a budget that would pave the way for enormous cuts to welfare and entitlement programs, all while lowering taxes on the wealthy and increasing defense spending. It's quite a balancing act as it ignores some of President Donald Trump's ...

The bitcoin bump has turned into a beating

Two of the most popular cryptocurrencies have a bit of a hangover after a wild weekend they're only now starting to recover from. Bitcoin and ether — both tech-based alternative currencies — essentially crashed over the weekend before rebounding sharply on Monday, racking up the kind of gains ...

The Bitcoin bump has turned into a beating

Two of the most popular cryptocurrencies have a bit of a hangover after a wild weekend they're only now starting to recover from. Bitcoin and Ether — both tech-based, alternative currencies — essentially crashed over the weekend before rebounding sharply on Monday, racking up the kind of gains ...

Trump's vague plans to overhaul NAFTA could make online shopping cheaper

The Trump White House's plan of attack for the North American Free Trade Agreement contains lots of promises to expand America's economic footprint in its two closest neighbors, but few specifics. In fact, an 18-page list of priorities released by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on ...

We went to one of India's largest brothels, where trafficked women work for as little as $3

New Delhi, India — A thin veil of pollution shimmers in the evening air above Garstin Bastion Road in India's capital city. By day this road is home to a huge hardware market, but by night it becomes the capital's largest red light district. Over 3,500 women and their

Russia is waging global cyberwar and the U.S. is silent

By the time anyone noticed the problem, it was far too late. Hackers had compromised the network of a popular Ukraine-based maker of tax software with malware as far back as April, then waited until June 27 before pushing out a malicious update. It quickly spread across the globe, infecting ...

Republicans push for repeal of Obamacare after replacement bill fails

Trumpcare' might be dead, but that isn't going to stop Republicans trying to kill Obamacare along with it — and if they fail, President Trump has warned they will look like dopes.' Having suffered the ignominy of seeing his revised healthcare legislation shot down in flames by senators from

WATCH LIVE: Women Unshackled conference addresses women in U.S. prisons

On Tuesday, July 18 Broadly and VICE News will be broadcasting live from the Newseum in Washington, DC at the Women Unshackled conference about the problems facing women in U.S. prisons. Hosted by the Justice Action Network and the Brennan Center for Justice, the event organizers say the day

Two more Republicans defect from Trumpcare bill, effectively killing vote

The GOP's attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare is dead, at least for now. Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas announced their opposition to the health care bill dubbed Trumpcare' together Monday evening, effectively blocking the legislation in its current form. Lee and ...

Donald Trump's highly abnormal presidency: a running guide for the week of July 17

Sign up for a weekly newsletter about President Donald Trump to be delivered to your inbox every Friday. Donald Trump made it clear at the beginning of his campaign that he wasn't going to follow the normal rules or tone of politics. We're keeping track of all the ways his presidency veers from

Marble helped scholars whitewash ancient history

Go into any museum today and you'll find a white marble statue or two. But as it turns out, most of the people they were modeled on weren't actually white — just whitewashed.  This past spring, Sarah Bond found herself at the center of an unexpected controversy. Bond is a classicist, a ...

Justice Department doubles down on unpopular anti-crime strategy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans to increase the use of asset forfeiture Monday, expanding a heavily criticized tool that allows the Department of Justice to seize property and cash from people suspected of criminal activity. The DEA has used asset forfeiture to take over $3 ...

Letter to GOP senator reportedly told him to stop Trumpcare or die

Las Vegas police responded to a burglary report at the office of Republican Senator Dean Heller this weekend and made a disturbing discovery: a note that reportedly threatened his life if he votes in favor of Trumpcare. Police had responded to a call from an alarm company representative over the

Grandparents are now bona fide' relatives under Trump's travel ban

The Trump administration is once again changing its policy on who can and can't come to the U.S. under its blanket ban on refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. This time, the government broadened which close family members of lawful residents can enter the country, according to ...

Diplo thinks this Syrian wedding singer will be EDM's next star

Omar Souleyman is an unlikely figure to burst onto the EDM scene. The singer went from performing industry wedding halls in northern Syria to rocking international stages seemingly overnight. And in June, Souleyman released his sixth international album, To Syria, With Love,' on Diplo's Mad Decent ...