The VICE Morning Bulletin

The FBI says foreign hackers broke into state voter databases, scientists have detected a radio signal from space, Gene Wilder has died at age 83, and more.
VICE Staff

Photos of Happy Villagers Playing Polo with a Dead Goat

What it's like to watch a group of men on horseback tussle over a goat carcass before chucking it in a makeshift goal.
Stevie Young Lopez; As told to Tshepo Mokoena
middle east

Turkey says it has identified the Istanbul airport bombers

Turkish police detained 13 people in raids across Istanbul in connection with Tuesday's attack, with officials saying the attackers were from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Reuters News Agency
backcountry skiing

Skiing Kyrgyzstan's Vast, Snowy Frontier

Next to China, this former Soviet republic is about as wild, untouched a ski destination as you’ll find.
Kade Krichko
central asia

A Horse Penis Sausage Joke Got a Man Deported from Kyrgyzstan

Making a dirty joke about a national dish could land you in the big house, or, at the very least, get you deported from the country.
Nick Rose
West Africa

​Kyrgyzstan is Both a Haven and Dumping Ground for West African Soccer Players

Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian countries have become a destination for West African soccer players. Sometimes that's a good thing. Sometimes it isn't.
Jack Kerr

Afghan Men Wear Burqas to Rally for Women's Rights

Afghan men don burqas to march in support of women's rights, Colombian generals meet with FARC rebel commanders at Havana peace talks for the first time, and more.
VICE Staff
asia & pacific

VICE News Capsule - Friday, March 6

Afghan men don burqas to march in support of women rights, recruitment of Islamic militants on the rise in Kyrgzstan, Colombian generals join peace talks with FARC rebels, and elephants will not be showcased in a popular American circus come 2018.

Soviet Reunion: Putin's Answer to the EU Starts January 1 — But It's Already Being Challenged

The Eurasian Economic Union officially comes into being with the start of the new year, but the Russian economic crisis may force Moscow to temper its grand expectations for the alliance.
Katie Engelhart

I Took a Trip Down Tajikistan's 'Heroin Highway'

The proliferation of flashy cars in one of the poorest countries in the world has led to a new local saying: “It is no longer ‘How much did it cost?’ but ‘How many kilos did it cost?’" A study released in 2007 estimated that drug money added up to 3...
Stephen Bland

This Doctor Says He Can Cure Heroin Addicts by Putting Them in a Coma

The treatment begins with an injection of Naltrexone, a drug that blocks the receptor sites where heroin acts on the nervous system. This process induces accelerated withdrawal, leading to intense pain, craving, and nausea. But the Nazaraliev Medical...
Nick Holdstock

Kyrgyzstan Is the Latest Victim of the Global Heroin Trade

Ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Kyrgyzstan has been a preferred route for drug traffickers sending heroin from Afghanistan to Russia. This has led to widespread addiction and an epidemic of organized crime.
Reid Standish