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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.

Too Much Tech and Secrecy, Not Enough Leadership. Discuss.

Damien Cave, our Australia bureau chief, shares insights on Australia, news of the world and reader feedback in this weekly newsletter. Want it by email? Sign up.______A.C. Grayling,...

The US Says It Doesn’t Want To Fight Syria — But It Keeps Fighting Syria...

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters Rodi Said / Reuters With each swath of land in Syria that falls out of ISIS control, a new battle appears to be emerging, one that potentially has the United States increasingly unable to sidestep the ongoing civil war there. Syrian government-backed forces, supported by Iran and Russia, are moving east in their bid to re-establish control over the full country. In doing so, they’re running up against where the US-led coalition and its local allies on the ground have long operated a largely isolated war against ISIS. Each side is increasingly butting up against each other, most recently on Tuesday when the US military said a 15E Strike Eagleshot down an armed Syrian drone outside the city of al-Tanf for displaying "hostile intent." The drone "advanced on coalition forces" training local forces there, according to a department statement. It was the second time the US shot down Syrian aircraft this week. On Sunday, a US F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Sy..

Is Australia Ready to Legalize Marijuana? Not Yet, It Seems.

“Quite simply, the war on drugs is really a war on people,” Richard Di Natale, the party’s leader, told the...

These Women Were Told Not to Play Soccer. Instead They Formed a Team.

surfacingAway from the lights of the World Cup, on the African archipelago of Zanzibar, a group of Muslim women are challenging a culture that says only men can...

L.A. Times Suspends Beijing Bureau Chief After Accusations

The Los Angeles Times said Tuesday that it was suspending Jonathan Kaiman, its Beijing bureau chief, amid accusations of sexual misconduct.The move followed accusations against Mr. Kaiman by...

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..

22 Heartbreaking Pictures From The Portugal Fire That Killed More Than 60

More than 60 people were killed and scores others were injured when wildfires ripped through central Portugal, near Figueiró dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pêra. According to Jorge Gomes, the secretary of state for internal administration, nearly half of those killed had been caught in their motor vehicles as fast-moving flames enveloped the roadways. While the cause of the fire is not immediately clear, officials have suggested that a lightening strike, coupled with the seasonal arid landscape, is responsible for starting the inferno. Warning: some viewers may find several of the following images disturbing. A picture taken on June 18, shows a forest in flames during a wildfire near the village of Mega Fundeira. Miguel Riopa / AFP / Getty Images Local residents react as they are evacuated from the village of Derreada Cimeira on June 18. Rafael Marchante / Reuters A firefighter unit speeds back to the active fire front in Aguda, Portugal on June 18. Anadolu Agency / Getty Im..

Putin Vows to Lift Russia’s Struggling Middle Class

Mr. Putin’s speech resonated as recognition that the international sanctions levied in response to his country’s seizure of Crimea in...

Daughters of African Immigrants Use the Stage to Tell of Two Worlds

The pioneer is Danai Gurira, a 39-year-old Zimbabwean-American actor and writer (best known as Michonne on “The Walking Dead”) whose...

Saad Hariri Steps Back From Resignation in Lebanon

A television interview with Mr. Hariri in Riyadh in which he denied that he had been forced to quit —...

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