VICE News (94)

Intelligence agencies didn't see Manchester bomber as imminent threat

When U.K. police confirmed the identity of the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi, it was not entirely a surprise. U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd admitted Wednesday that Abedi was somebody that they had known,' but only up to a point' – meaning that while something had alerted intelligence ...

Canada's national security consultations get negative reviews from just about everyone

An ambitious plan to launch a nationwide consultation on Canada's national security regime didn't go over well, according to internal reports prepared by the federal government. Academics, experts, and businesses confided to Ottawa discontent with how the questions are framed' and consistently ...

It's nearly impossible to know who's working for a foreign government

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher can't remember if he knew Paul Manafort was working for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine when the two old friends got together in March 2013. But the California Republican lawmaker is sure that Russia came up in their conversation. He invited me to join him for

DeVos grilled over budget that would devastate low-income students

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was grilled by Democrats about the White House's proposed budget cuts to the department during a congressional hearing on Wednesday. I believe your budget proposal would do harm to students in every facet of education,' said Nita Lowey of New York, the ranking ...

Chaos in Libya is setting the stage for an ISIS comeback

Six years after Muammar Gaddafi's fall in 2011, fighting between rival government and militias has plunged Libya into anarchy, creating a vacuum for groups like ISIS to move into. Last year, ISIS took control of the port city of Sirte, Gaddafi's former hometown and the largest ISIS stronghold ...

These women confronted a Canadian company over the sexual assaults that occurred at its mine

Amid a rise in reports of violence at a notorious gold mine in Papua New Guinea, two women travelled to Canada last month to tell their stories of sexual assault at the mining company's AGM.  Joycelyn Mandi and Everlyn Guape allege they were raped by security guards employed by

Smugglers risk death and arrest to sneak booze into Iran

CHOMAN, Iraq — Snow-covered peaks loom over the pickup truck winding its way up a dirt road in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains. It's late April, but temperatures remain frigid here on the Iran/Iraq border. After a steep 30-minute drive from the city of Choman in the semiautonomous region ...

Taiwan to become first Asian nation to legalize gay marriage

Taiwan's highest court took a step Wednesday toward making the island nation the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. The court ruled that current laws preventing people of the same gender from marrying are unconstitutional. The case was brought by gay activist Chi Chia-wei after his ...

Canada's new wave of Indigenous politicians are already making their mark

Adorned with statues symbolic of Canada's colonial history, the Manitoba Legislature building stands on the banks of the Assiniboine River. Wab Kinew was six years old the first time he came to the Legislative building in 1988 to protest the shooting of JJ Harper with his family. They were

Donald Trump made the happiest pope sad

During Mass at his residence in the Vatican back in February, Pope Francis said Christians had cheerful faces and hearts full of joy.' But as he stood next to a beaming Donald Trump on Wednesday morning, it looked like the pope had forgotten his own words. Pope's face when he

Donald Trump made the happiest Pope sad

During Mass at his residence in the Vatican back in February, Pope Francis said Christians had cheerful faces and hearts full of joy.' But as he stood next to a beaming Donald Trump on Wednesday morning, it appeared as though the Pope had forgotten his own words. Pope's face

Newly revived Wikipedia suit could reveal secrets of NSA surveillance program

Watch out, National Security Agency: Wikipedia's coming after you. On Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 to revive a lawsuit brought by the Wikimedia Foundation — the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia — claiming that the NSA's massive surveillance program is ...

Here's the latest on the Manchester bombing investigation

The man suspected of carrying out Britain's worst terror attack since more than a decade has been named as 22-year old Salman Ramadan Abedi. The bomb, detonated at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Monday night, left 22 people dead and 64 people injured. It was Britain's worst terror attack ...

Why South Korea has the highest concentration of robots in the world

Humanoid robots are more than just sci-fi novelties in South Korea, which holds the top spot for the world's highest robot density - beating out China, Japan, Germany and the United States. Robot density refers to the ratio of industrial robots to employees. To maintain its lead, the South Korean ...

Shipping is one of the only sectors surviving Greece's financial crisis

The Greek government just slashed its economic growth projections as it lists towards another recession. That will likely mean new austerity measures and steeper taxes in a country already crippled by debt nearly twice the size of its GDP. But even in the midst of a financial crisis, one

Leaked manuals show how Facebook decides if you see nudity or death

This segment originally aired on May 23, 2017 on VICE News Tonight on HBO. Leaked manuals show exactly how Facebook's 4,500 content moderators are trained to manually filter out extreme racism, misogyny, violence, pornography and other content deemed too disturbing for wider human consumption. ...

Uber underpaid drivers in New York for more than two years

Uber drivers have long been suspicious of and frustrated with the ride-hailing service, as it has variously subsidized, raised, and slashed driver pay over the past few years. The company's latest revelation all but ensures drivers' attitudes won't change anytime soon. On Tuesday, Uber said it had ...

Newly revived Wikipedia suit could reveal secrets of NSA surveillance program

Watch out, National Security Agency: Wikipedia is coming after you. On Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 to revive a lawsuit brought by the Wikimedia Foundation — the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia — claiming that the NSA's massive surveillance program is ...

Leaked manuals show exactly how Facebook content moderators police the site

Leaked manuals show exactly how Facebook's 4,500 content moderators are trained to manually filter out extreme racism, misogyny, violence, pornography and other content deemed too disturbing for wider human consumption. Moderators work on a special page, called the single review tool , where ...

“Further attack may be imminent” in U.K. following Manchester bombing

The United Kingdom's threat level has been raised to critical' in the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester that left at least 22 people dead and another 59 injured after an Ariana Grande concert, Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement Tuesday evening. May said the threat

Survivors struggle to come to terms with Manchester terror attack

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester was a city in shock on Tuesday, after a terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert the night before left 22 people dead and 59 injured. Survivors of Monday's attack spent the day piecing together what had happened as more information came to light, counting their

Uber underpaid drivers in New York for more than two years

Uber drivers have long been suspicious of and frustrated with the ride-hailing service, which has variously subsidized, raised, and slashed driver pay over the last few years. And Uber just all but ensured drivers' attitudes won't change anytime soon. On Tuesday, Uber said that it had accidentally ...

Manchester bomber exploited a common security vulnerability

The suicide bomber who killed at least 22 people, including an 8-year-old girl, in Manchester on Monday night took advantage of what security experts are calling a key vulnerability' of many venues that allow the public to access areas near large crowds without being searched. The explosion took ...

Everything we know about the Manchester attack suspect so far

Police identified the man suspected of carrying out the deadly attack at a concert in Manchester Monday night as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. The suspect died in the bombing, for which the Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday. In a statement released online, ISIS praised the ...

Manchester bomber exploited a common security vulnerability

The suicide bomber who killed at least 22 people including an 8-year-old girl in Manchester on Monday took advantage of what security experts are calling a key vulnerability' of many venues which allow the public to access areas near large crowds without being searched. The explosion on Monday ...

Everything we know about the Manchester attack suspect so far

Police identified the man suspected of carrying out an attack at a concert in Manchester Monday night which killed 22 people as 22-year old Salman Abedi. The suspect died in the bombing, which the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for on Tuesday. In a statement released online, ISIS ...

Gay man caned in Indonesia as crowd chants hit him harder'

BANDA ACEH — The crowd hurled insults while the men winced their way through 83 lashes from a rattan cane on Tuesday as Indonesia's only province to implement Sharia law punished two young men for gay sex. Makan pisang!' one man jeered. The phrase — literally You eat bananas'

Most Canadians will not be able to handle an increase in interest rates

70 percent of mortgage holders in Canada do not have the financial means to handle a mere 10 percent rise in monthly mortgage payments, according to a Manulife Bank survey of roughly 2100 Canadian homeowners conducted earlier this year. A quarter of those surveyed said they have fallen short

White House tells poor to get a job as it aims to slash social programs

The Trump administration on Tuesday finally sent a line-by-line $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal year 2018 to Congress, dubbing it The New Foundation for American Greatness.' The previous budget proposal was a so-called skinny budget; this one has details. The president is proposing a $1.7 ...

How one man used Instagram to ditch real estate and build two menswear brands

Davidson Petit-Frère founded a luxury menswear brand at 23 and a luxury footwear brand at 26 — without any formal training in fashion. Just one year later,  he has celebrities like Kevin Hart, Steph Curry, and Lewis Hamilton wearing his creations. VICE News talked to Petit-Frère to find ...

ISIS claims responsibility for Manchester attack, which has left 22 dead

22 confirmed fatalities in Manchester terror attack, 59 people injured The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack Attacker named as Salman Abedi ISIS claimed responsibility Tuesday for the apparent suicide-bombing attack at ...

Families are threatening to boycott the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women

As delays and confusion plague the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, one group of families is threatening to boycott the nascent inquiry. One organization of families, calling itself Our Creator's Way Traditional Inquiry, has developed as a grassroots initiative in ...

ISIS claims responsibility for Manchester attack which has left 22 dead

22 confirmed fatalities in Manchester terror attack, 59 people injured The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack ISIS claimed responsibility Tuesday for the apparent suicide-bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in ...

Trump asked senior intelligence officials to deny links to Russia

Donald Trump may want to improve his image during his current trip to the Middle East, but he can't completely escape the ongoing controversy back home. On Tuesday, several reports claimed Trump attempted to persuade two of the highest-ranking U.S. intelligence officials to publicly deny that there ...

Watch live: Former CIA director testifies about Russia

Just days after Donald Trump concluded his most explosive week as president, former CIA Director John Brennan will appear before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the election. Last week, Trump dealt with two of his biggest scandals yet: ...

ISIS claims responsibility for Manchester attack which has left 22 dead

22 confirmed fatalities in Manchester terror attack, 59 people injured Islamic state group has claimed responsibility A 23-year old man has been arrested in connection with the attack ISIS claimed responsibility Tuesday for the attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Monday evening. The ...

Seven states have only one remaining abortion clinic. We talked to the people keeping them open.

Earlier this year, Kentucky's Republican Gov. Matt Bevin moved to close the state's last remaining abortion clinic, the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville. Kentucky's second-to-last clinic, run by the same providers in Lexington, had run up against new licensing requirements and ...

The Trump administration reveals the meaning of Trumponomics'

What is Trumponomics? The Trump administration now has an answer. Sustained 3 percent economic growth,' President Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters Monday in a call previewing the Trump Administration's first comprehensive budget. The White House has dubbed it, The New Foundation ...

Sweeping restrictions on Texas abortions focus on regulating the fetus

Texas lawmakers took a new tactic when they advanced sweeping restrictions on abortion last week: Focus on the fetus. On Saturday, the Texas House of Representatives passed expansive legislation outlawing dilation and evacuation, a common method for performing second-trimester abortions. The bill ...

The Trump Administration reveals the meaning of Trumponomics'

What is Trumponomics? The Trump administration now has an answer. Sustained 3 percent economic growth,' President Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters Monday in a call previewing the Trump Administration's first comprehensive budget. The White House has dubbed it, The New Foundation ...

Donald Trump's budget relies on wild optimism about economic growth

To offset tax cuts, a massive military build-up, and an unwillingness to touch Social Security or Medicare spending, the White House's plan to balance the federal budget assumes there will be several years of 3 percent growth in the U.S. economy. Economists — at least, those who aren't on

At least 19 people killed in explosion at Ariana Grande concert, UK police say

Police confirmed at least 19 people were killed and another 50 injured after at least one explosion shook an Ariana Grande concert in northern England Monday. This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise,' the Greater Manchester Police department said in a ...

Kim Jong Un and his nuclear program can now be tracked by private satellites

New shoebox-sized private satellites are blanketing the globe, giving analysts the ability to see the entire surface of the Earth — including North Korea. As space launches have become cheaper and high-resolution satellite imagery has moved into the public domain, elite research groups in the ...

Syrian forces retake the “capital of the revolution”

For the first time since 2011, the Syrian city of Homs is under complete government control. The city was dubbed the “capital of the revolution” when the Syrian uprising began. Along with their families, several hundred rebel fighters boarded buses leaving the city on Saturday and ...

Meet the right-wing blogger who is now part of the White House press corps

Getting a seat in the White House press briefing room used to mean you were a serious journalist who worked for a respected news organization. Today, it might mean you're someone who writes nice things about Donald Trump — like, for example, Lucian Wintrich. Wintrich is a 28-year-old blogger for

The Muslim world is not convinced by Donald Trump's change of tone

Donald Trump arrived in Israel Monday and continued to strike a conciliatory tone, calling for all sides to work together to achieve peace in the region. Trump's comments preceeded his visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the first by a sitting U.S. president to one of Judaism's most holy

Twitter shareholders see community ownership as a way to save the platform

If you bought $100 worth of Twitter stock when it went public in the fall of 2013, today that would be worth around $56. At Monday's Twitter general shareholder meeting in San Francisco, the chief grievance aired will likely be about the social media company's dismal performance over the

North Carolina gerrymandered districts suppressed black votes, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court struck down two gerrymandered districts in North Carolina, ruling they were created to group voters based on race rather than political affiliation, limiting the electoral power of black voters in the state. The high court rejected state lawmakers' claim that the districts, near ...

The Trump-Russia inquiry is now a criminal investigation

Members of the Trump White House might need to lawyer up. A day after appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein travelled to Capitol ...

Swedish prosecutor drops rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tweeted a photo of himself smiling on Friday morning, just minutes after news broke that Sweden's director of public prosecution is dropping the investigation into an allegation of rape made against him. Swedish prosecutors announced that a preliminary investigation ...