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Tensions Are On the Rise in Spain Over its Bloody Tradition of Bullfighting

The death of a Spanish matador in the bullfighting ring last week sparked renewed calls for a ban of the bloody tradition and reopened a national …

One Hundred Women Took Off Their Clothes in Cleveland To Protest The RNC

"They were willing to go into the mix of the high-pressure danger zone and get naked. It's really unbelievable."<p>It's difficult to fall asleep at 10 PM on a Saturday, especially when Secret Service choppers are circling overhead, making a racket. But Spencer Tunick, a photographer best known for his …

The faces of Kazakhstan’s isolated modelling industry

Although the ninth largest country in the world with a population of over 17 million people, the modelling industry in Kazakhstan is distinctly minute. It’s alleged that just one model, Alyona Subbotina, is the only native to cross borders and forge an international career in New York. Because of …

Russian Government

Photos of the Fascinating Things Women Keep in Their Bags

As a kid, I was convinced that my mom and her friends had to carry around all sorts of magical items, plus a couple of bricks. I thought that was the law—in case they needed to save the world or something.<p>Women's handbags have always been a mystery to me. As a kid, I was convinced that my mom and …

Mike Pence, Trump's VP Pick, Is Pretty Damn Homophobic

The Indiana governor has a long history of opposing rights for LGBTQ people.<p>Indiana governor Mike Pence, the fiercely conservative and ultra-religious culture warrior who is now Donald Trump's running mate, hates gay people. It's impossible to know what's in his heart, of course, but any LGBTQ …

Photos of People Looking Joyful and Unbothered in 80s and 90s Clubs

We spoke to photographer Adam Friedman, who took club photos in the days before everyone with a phone could take a good photo.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>The headlines don't make things sound particularly great. "UK nightclubs closing at 'alarming rate,' industry figures suggest." …

Canadian police seized enough powder to make 38 million fentanyl pills | VICE News

Police in Edmonton have carried out what is believed to be the largest fentanyl and W-18 bust in Canadian history.<p>Over a nine-month investigation dubbed Project Alchemy, a team of local and federal police officers seized 100 kilograms of the chemical compound used to make bootleg fentanyl — enough …

Explaining Brexit to the Rest of the World

Everyone in the UK is pretty on edge right now. Here's why.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>If you are from some other part of the world, a part of the world that may know Britain best as the place whose most famous resident is an unelected 90-year-old woman who lives in many palaces and …

Arturo, World's Saddest Polar Bear, Dies After Decades In Captivity

"[He's] not the only animal in captivity and in poor condition."<p>Arturo, a 31-year old polar bear held in captivity for more than two decades, has died in Argentina.<p>He first made headlines as the “world’s saddest bear” two years ago, when more than a million petitioners urged Mendoza Zoo to move …

Ornithology

Police confirm deadly W-18 discovered in Vancouver

Police are warning residents about W-18, a powerful opioid 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, discovered in Vancouver on April 8.<p>According to …

B.C. puts end to real estate self-regulation

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has put the province's real-estate industry under government oversight, declaring the industry's self-regulating body has failed to protect the public from cut-throat and illegal practices and has lost the public's confidence in its ability to police itself.<p>The …

Pentagon ends transgender ban

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Pentagon said Thursday it was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military.<p>The announcement -- which removes one of the last barriers to military service by any individual -- was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had been …

The Supreme Court Shut Down Texas's Abortion Restrictions

The 5-3 decision provides a clearer definition of what an "undue burden" on a woman seeking a legal abortion is and could affect legislation nation-wide.<p>The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Texas's imposed restrictions on abortion clinics created an "undue burden" on women seeking a legal abortion …

Drug Users in Canada Are Being Trained as First Responders to Fentanyl Overdoses

As the crisis fuels a record number of emergency calls for Vancouver's official first responders, users are stepping in to save lives.<p>Hugh Lampkin is a first-responder, but not in the traditional "I went to school to be a paramedic" sense. He's a regular guy with a history of opiate use, who …

'St. Luke, the Patron Saint of Artists,' Today's Comic by Anna Haifisch

This week 'The Artist' is about the patron saint of artists.<p><i>Look at Anna</i> <i>Haifisch's art and comics on her website and Twitter.</i>

Egypt sentences 6 people to death, including 2 Al Jazeera journalists

<b>(CNN) —</b> An Egyptian court handed down death sentences to six people, including two Al Jazeera journalists, for alleged spying.<p>The six, along with former President Mohammed Morsy and his aides, were accused of leaking state secrets to Qatar.<p>The court ruled Saturday in support of a verdict ratified …

Journalism

Angels Quietly Block Westboro Protesters at Orlando Funeral

As thousands gathered in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday to mourn the death of Christopher Andrew Leinonen, who was killed last weekend during the worst mass shooting in modern history, a handful of protesters from Westboro Baptist Church were among them.<p>But their incendiary, anti-gay signs were met …

Finally, a CEO is speaking up for millennials

A CEO has said a momentous thing about millennials.<p>"It's a pretty tough time to be 30 years old," Tamara Vrooman, president and chief executive officer at Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, said in a recent interview. This column has for the past several years been documenting the economic …

Vancouver developers shutting out regular buyers with insider condo sales

Major condo developers in Vancouver are shutting out average buyers by selling their most affordable new units privately – to clients of select realtors and "family and friends" – before their advertised sale dates, The Globe and Mail has learned.<p>The typical sales contracts also allow those …

'Lady Dynamite' Is the Funniest Show About Mental Health That You're Not Watching Yet

Comic Maria Bamford sweeps her biographical story of mental illness into an absurdist, quick-fire comedy show that feels like a revelation.<p>There's always been something weirdly magnetic about comedian Maria Bamford. You may have also come across her years ago on <i>Comedy Central Presents</i>, where her …

5 places to find Asian shaved ice in Metro Vancouver

Asian shaved ice is offered all around town, and it’s a delicious way to cool off during hot summer days.<p>No, these aren’t your typical carnival-style …

4 night markets keep you munching in Metro Vancouver this summer

Summer in the city means night markets, and you can build up an appetite just by checking out all the food stalls. With these lively events now up …

'Vania and the Bear,' Today's Comic by Pedro d'Apremont, Gabriel Góes, and Cynthia Bonacossa

A bunch of Russians make friends with a bear!<p><i>Check out Pedro d'Apremont's Tumblr and webstore, Gabriel Góes' Flickr, and Cynthia Bonacossa's Tumblr.</i>

Ireland's abortion laws are cruel and inhumane, UN human rights panel rules

Ireland's restrictive abortion laws subject women to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, a UN inquiry has ruled, in a landmark decision that will increase pressure on Dublin and other governments to repeal bans on the practice.<p>The judgement by the UN's human rights committee demands that …

Interpol Says That Environmental Crime Is Exploding

This is one example of the major surge in “environmental crimes” now being reported by international agencies. According to the United Nations …

Psychedelic Wildflowers by Photographer Maciek Jasik – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Brooklyn-based photographer Maciek Jasik creates surreal in-camera effects while shooting wildflowers in the Death Valley desert in California. More …

A Brief and Depressing History of Rape Laws

In many societies, rape was defined as a crime against property—if it was defined as a crime at all.<p>All of a sudden, Brock Turner is the most famous rapist in America. The 20-year-old former Stanford swimmer was sentenced last week to just six months in jail for sexually assaulting a passed-out …

Shocking scenes at disabled protest in Bolivia

There have been shocking scenes at the end of a demonstration in Bolivia as disabled people clashed with riot police.<p>Tear gas was let off as the protesters, some on crutches or in wheelchairs, advanced down the street in the city of La Paz.<p>Some protesters were knocked to the ground.<p>“Some of the …

Senior citizen busted with 180 pot plants while running for Congress

A 77 year-old Tennessee woman running for Congress is in hot bong water after police found more than 180 marijuana plants on her property.<p>Flo Matheson — running for the 6th Congressional District seat in Tennessee — denies knowing about the growing in her back yard barn, but admits that, “I smoke …

I Spent the Night in a Hentai Porn Theater at Canada’s Biggest Anime Convention

The first rule of anime porn club is keep your hands where everyone can see them.<p>I stumbled in through the right side of the door after flashing my ID to show I'm over 18 and immediately tripped over an overstuffed messenger bag. I wedged myself between the wall and a garbage can—one of the only …