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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Five Things Polls Can Tell Us About How Scotland Feels About Independence After The...

Andrew Milligan / PA Archive/PA Images It's been eight months since the UK voted to leave the European Union, despite a majority of voters in Scotland opting to remain. In the days after the vote, one of the big unanswered questions was if the conflicting results between Scots and voters in the rest of the UK would push Scotland towards independence. Since then, Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has said another independence referendum is "highly likely", European politicians are already discussing how to fast-track Scotland's entry to the EU, and the Scottish parliament voted against triggering Article 50 in a symbolic ballot – but how do voters in Scotland feel? Here are five things we can take away from the polling of Scottish voters since the EU referendum on June 23. 1. Despite an initial surge after the vote, Scots don't seem any more keen on becoming independent – yet. What Scotland Thinks / Via whatscotlandthinks.org In the immediate aftermat..

White House Yanked A Job Offer For Its Top Africa Post

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images In a sign of continued disarray in the White House’s national security team, the Trump administration has rescinded its job offer to the National Security Council’s senior director for Africa, ejecting a highly-regarded retired lieutenant colonel who had been given the job this spring. The decision to dismiss Rudolph Atallah, who served for 20 years in the Air Force, leaves a key position open as questions persist about US policy on major crises facing the continent from instability in Libya to civil war in South Sudan to ongoing counterterrorism operations against al-Shabab in Somalia. “The NSC is considering several candidates for Senior Director for Africa,” a White House official told BuzzFeed News in response to an inquiry about Atallah’s status. Atallah was offered the job in March, BuzzFeed News reported first at the time. A source familiar with the White House decision said he was introduced at a large “all hands” gathering of the NSC in the Eis..

Things Are So Bad In Venezuela That People Are Walking To Brazil For Medicine

The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, marked by over a year of shortages, is so bad that people are walking over the border into Brazil to get the food and medicines they need. Juan Barreto / AFP / Getty Images A new Human Rights Watch report based on interviews conducted with 60 Venezuelans in February shows how the country's worsening humanitarian crisis has spilled over the Brazilian border. The interviewees said they left Venezuela because they lacked the means to buy food and medicine there, and because of the country's growing crime rate. Venezuelan Geraldine Dhil, 32, walked 125 miles to the Brazilian city of Boa Vista, hoping to find a job there so she can buy medicine for her 13-year-old daughter, who has cancer. Barbara Rosales, 21, was six months pregnant when she went to a Venezuelan hospital in Santa Elena de Uairén. César Muñoz Acebe/HRW The hospital didn't have the medicine needed to treat her complications, so it had Rosales driven over the border..

Venezuelans Are Trying To Crowdfund Money To Leave The Country

Dozens of accounts have been set up in recent months by Venezuelans on the crowdfunding platform Generosity. Thousands of people in Venezuela have taken to the streets in protest as opposition groups stage nationwide demonstrations demanding early elections. The protests are part of a larger movement that has been growing in Venezuela over the past few weeks. Years of rising oil prices, inflation, and political unrest have thrown Venezuela into turmoil. People face a daily struggle to obtain basic items like food and medicine, and these shortages have created a hugely expensive black market in the country. George Castellanos / AFP / Getty Images Things have gotten so bad now that Venezuelans are turning to crowdfunding platforms to raise enough money so they can leave the country. generosity.com Gutierrez told BuzzFeed News she's "always had the dream of traveling overseas for a better capacity of music and arts" but that the worsening situation in Venezuela has held h..

Things Are So Bad In Venezuela People Are Walking To Brazil For Medicine

The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, marked by over a year of shortages, is so bad that people are walking over the border into Brazil to get the food and medicines they need. Juan Barreto / AFP / Getty Images A new Human Rights Watch report based on interviews conducted with 60 Venezuelans in February shows how the country's worsening humanitarian crisis has spilled over the Brazilian border. The interviewees said they left Venezuela because they lacked the means to buy food and medicine there, and because of the country's growing crime rate. Venezuelan Geraldine Dhil, 32, walked 125 miles to the Brazilian city of Boa Vista, hoping to find a job there so she can buy medicine for her 13-year-old daughter, who has cancer. Barbara Rosales, 21, was six months pregnant when she went to a Venezuelan hospital in Santa Elena de Uairén. César Muñoz Acebe/HRW The hospital didn't have the medicine needed to treat her complications, so it had Rosales driven over the border..

This Anti-Abortion Leader Is Charged With Laundering Money From Azerbaijan

Vano Shlamov / AFP / Getty Images A former Italian lawmaker with links to some of the largest social conservative organizations in the US and Europe is under investigation for allegedly accepting millions in exchange for helping muzzle Europe’s top human rights body. The lawmaker’s name is Luca Volonté, and until 2013 he led the largest bloc in what’s called the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Since leaving elected office, Volonté has been a major player in circles of “pro-family” activists working to build an international movement. He served as the chairman of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute when it hosted a video address inside the Vatican in 2014 by Steve Bannon, then Breitbart’s executive chairman and now President Donald Trump’s top strategist. That year, the World Congress of Families lauded Volonté’s work “building organizations and networks which support the natural family” by presenting him with a “Family and Truth” award during its meeting in Salt Lake Cit..

WTF, The World Taekwondo Federation Has Had To Change Its Name Because Y’all Are...

The World Taekwondo Federation announced Friday it was rebranding itself as World Taekwondo because it is too pure for this dirty world. Anadolu Agency / Getty Images For 44 years the group has been known as WTF, but that has obviously become, well, problematic. Anadolu Agency / Getty Images "In the digital age, the acronym of our federation has developed negative connotations unrelated to our organization and so it was important that we rebranded to better engage with our fans," World Taekwondo (formerly WTF) President Choue Chung-won said in a statement. World Taekwondo / Via worldtaekwondo.org Unveiling a new "fuck"-free brand and logo, the sporting body said the change "reflects its commitment to evolving and adapting to remain relevant with today’s modern audiences." World Taekwondo / Via worldtaekwondo.org Still, missed opportunity if you ask us.

The State Department Wrote About Mar-A-Lago And People Are Not Happy

The condensed version of a blog post explaining the history of Trump’s private club, which the article called “the winter White House,” went viral on Monday. President Donald Trump has spent the vast majority of his weekends since taking office at Mar-a-Lago, his private estate in Palm Beach, Florida. The White House has argued that the estate counts as a "winter White House" or "Southern White House." Critics have said that this is a way to downplay Trump's historically high number of trips away from Washington in the early days of his administration. Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty Images The Trump administration has also argued that Mar-a-Lago serves as an alternative to Camp David, a US-owned property, for hosting foreign dignitaries. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the first world leader to be spirited away to the club, which charges a $200,000 members fee. Susan Walsh / AP A post earlier this month on ShareAmerica, a US government site, laid out the history ..

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The US Military Probably Won’t Meet Its Deadline To Fully Integrate Transgender Troops

Win Mcnamee / Getty Images The US military plan to integrate transgender troops by July 1 instead has been delayed by at least six months, according to the Associated Press, which reported that the US military services chiefs asked for more time to complete integration. Under guidelines established in 2016, the service branches had until the end of the current month to outline how they would each bring transgender troops into the fold. While at least 5,000 transgender service members are currently in the military’s active duty forces, the services were crafting policy on the final step in the guidelines: how to recruit and integrate new troops. Instead, the Army and Air Force asked for two more years to finish studying how to welcome transgender troops, officials with the branches told BuzzFeed News. The Navy, on the other hand, said it would be ready by July 1 but has asked the Pentagon for an additional year, given a request by the Marines Corps, which falls under the Navy's pu..

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