Drought Forces Carnival Cancellations Across Brazil: VICE News Capsule, February 5

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Chad’s military claims it killed some 200 Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria, Mexico deported a record number of Central American women and children last year, Japan’s biggest bank will deploy robots to greet customers, and drought forces some Brazilian towns and cities to cancel upcoming Carnival festivities. NIGERIA Chadian Troops Clash With Boko Haram Militants The African Union has authorized a 7,500-strong force to battle the extremist group. MEXICO Record Deportations of Central American Women and Children The measures are attributed to pressure from the U.S. to stem the flow of migrants trying to reach the border. JAPAN Tokyo Banks to Deploy Robots to Greet Customers Equipped with a camera, the NAO humanoid can speak 19 languages, analyze facial expressions and behavior. BRAZIL Drought Forces Cities to Cancel Carnival Festivities ​Rio de Janeiro, which puts on the most famous version of the annual parade, will make modifications to avoid wasting water.​ Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Amazon Announces WorkMail, Wix Offers Web Design Tools

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Communication is an integral part of running a business. So the tools you choose to handle your business email and other communication methods can make a big difference. New tools from Amazon aimed to fill this need topped the news this week, as did new integration letting Microsoft Office 365 subscribers design better websites. For more headlines from the Small Business Trends news roundup, read on.

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Amazon Takes on Google and Microsoft with Amazon WorkMail

Amazon Web Services is hoping to have more of a presence around your office in the near future.

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Parent’s Storm a Military Base: Mexico’s Missing Students (Dispatch 2)

Four months after 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School were forcefully disappeared by the local police and a drug gang, the Mexican authorities are ready to close the case. The Mexican federal prosecutor said that the version of the events in which the students were killed, incinerated in a dump, and their remains disposed of in a river is a “historical truth.” But the parents of the missing are firm on their doubts about what authorities have said. They still believe that federal forces participated in the disappearance, and plan to continue escalating their protests until their sons are returned alive — even if it means confronting the army themselves. Watch “Mexico’s Disappeared Students (Dispatch 1)” – http://bit.ly/18Vbldx Watch “The Missing 43: Mexico’s Disappeared Students” – http://bit.ly/15QIqps More from VICE News: Colorado May Refund Millions in Pot Taxes – http://bit.ly/VICE-Capsule-Cannabis The Future of Charlie Hebdo – http://bit.ly/Future-of-Hebdo Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Reversing Female Circumcision: The Cut That Heals

On the International Day for Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, VICE News reports on a little-known surgery that restores sexual function to the clitoris for women who had their genitals mutilated as children. We meet and follow a 32-year-old prospective patient who was mutilated at the age of six in Somalia, and who now lives and works as a nurse in the United States. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a cultural tradition that affects millions of women worldwide. Sometimes referred to as female circumcision or female genital cutting, the practice varies in severity depending on where it is performed. The procedure can range from minor nicks to the clitoris to the total removal of the clitoris and labia. In its severest form, the two sides of the vulva are sewn together, leaving only a small hole for menstruation and urination. While the practice has been outlawed in many of the 29 countries where FGM is concentrated, it persists in some rural areas as a centuries-old cultural tradition, where it is usually performed by women elders as a part of a coming-of-age ritual. The tradition is sometimes believed to “purify” a woman and performed to preserve virginity before marriage. The World Health Organization estimates that some 6,000 girls undergo FGM around the world every day. The procedure is often performed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions on girls between the ages of four and 12. FGM can be fatal, and can lead to immediate complications such as infections and urine retention, as well as long-term complications such as severe pain and tearing during intercourse and major complications during childbirth. VICE News saw the result of the severest form of FGM first-hand in Dr. Marci Bowers’ operating room in San Mateo, California, and watched as she performed a defibulation procedure — the re-opening of genitalia that had been sewn shut — and clitoroplasty, the reconstruction and restoration of sexual function to the clitoris. Read “After Genital Cutting in Somalia, a Woman Chooses Reconstructive Surgery in America” – http://bit.ly/1D5WUOJ Read “Thousands of FGM Cases Identified in UK Are Just the ‘Tip of the Iceberg'” – http://bit.ly/1z76Rp7 Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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