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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.

This Protester Has Become A Symbol After Marching Naked Through Clouds Of Tear Gas

He walked through lines of riot police with a Bible in his hand. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Venezuela for the last few weeks demanding a return to democracy through general elections. For over a year, the country has been going through widespread food shortages, growing insecurity and rampant inflation, leading to the current political unrest. Christian Veron / Reuters On Thursday, one of the protesters stripped and walked in the direction of tear gas where Venezuelan soldiers and riot police were standing. Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters The cameras captured the young man in his socks and shoes and holding a Bible in his hand, while he approached the authorities. Juan Barreto / AFP / Getty Images He tried to talk to them... Juan Barreto / AFP / Getty Images View Entire List ›

15,000 Afghans Applied For Interpreter Visas. There Are Only 1,500 Visas Left.

A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walks with the unit's Afghan interpreter before a mission near forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan December 11, 2014. Lucas Jackson / Reuters WASHINGTON — Fifteen thousand Afghans have applied to a special visa program for those who worked as interpreters for the US military and now risk being killed. But the State Department tells BuzzFeed News that fewer than 1,500 visas and a massive backlog of applications remain, leaving more than 13,000 Afghans to wait in uncertainty. Now, a bipartisan group of senators is pushing to authorize more visas and prevent further life-threatening backlogs as part of a bill that would prevent a government shutdown next week — a push that has failed in the past. Afghans who have worked as interpreters and translators for the US during the War in Afghanistan, which has lasted more than a decade, have faced everything from death threats to torture and murder, often as t..

This Is What The World Looks Like Without Water

Félix Sequeiros sits in his cousin's boat in the now-dry Lake Poopó in Bolivia. Misha Vallejo Misha Vallejo, a documentary photographer based in Ecuador, explored the area around Lake Poopó in Bolivia as the water started disappearing in 2016. The lake, which is the second largest in Bolivia and located in the Altiplano Mountains, had shrunk in the past but never to the same extent. The Bolivian government blamed El Niño and climate change, while others said that water mismanagement may have also played a role. As a part of our series on climate change in collaboration with PHmuseum, BuzzFeed News spoke with Vallejo about the profound changes the loss of the lake brought upon the local community, which had relied on it for generations. Clothes settled at the bottom of the lake after it dried out. Misha Vallejo Is there any hope for Lake Poopó to return or is it gone for good? Misha Vallejo: Official reports stated that the lake was recovering and by January 2017, it had 7..

Trump Administration Expected To Open Diplomatic Channel With Top Putin Aide

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (right) with his aide Vladislav Surkov. AFP / Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected to appoint a new special envoy to communicate directly with Vladislav Surkov, a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin once known as the Kremlin’s “grey cardinal,” two European officials told BuzzFeed News. The job of the new envoy, who has not yet been named, would be to negotiate over the fate of war-torn Ukraine, where a floundering peace deal has yet to bring an end to the three-year conflict, the officials said. One Western diplomat said German Chancellor Angela Merkel supported the opening of the channel, and raised it with President Donald Trump during their meeting at the White House last month. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would oversee the selection of the envoy, a full-time role that is expected to include a supporting staff. A State Department official acknowledged that “there is currently a discussion of the idea,”..

This Is Why LGBT People Are Being Abducted And Tortured In Chechnya

There’s more to what’s happening in the Russian republic of Chechnya than Putin’s war on “gay propaganda.” On April 1, the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that more than 100 gay men had been abducted by authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya, and at least three had been killed. Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters One victim interviewed by Human Rights Watch said authorities treated him and others held in an unofficial detention facility "like animals." “Beatings, electric shocks I could deal with… I was strong. But the humiliation was unbearable," he said. "The [police] spit in our faces, they called us disgusting, offensive names, they forced us into humiliating poses... When they finally released me, I was close to hanging myself. I cannot live with this, I just can’t.” According to a report by The Guardian, as many as several hundred men may have been abducted. How did we get here? Let's start with Chechnya: a Muslim-majority republic in souther..

India’s Coal Mines Look Like A Literal Hell

People scavenging for coal from Jharia's villages head toward the several open-cast coal mines nearby, such as this one in Ghunudi, every day at dawn. With few other jobs available for those without education or resources, coal mining has become the sole means of subsistence and a way of life for many living here. Souvid Datta Documentary photographer Souvid Datta explored the open mines of Jharia, in northeast India, for two years. The mines are the source of high-quality coal for India's growing industrial sector, but the conditions of the workers are often ignored. BuzzFeed News talked with Datta about his work as a part of our climate change photo essay series in collaboration with PHmuseum. Here's the transcript of the interview, which has been edited for clarity. Miners break down and collect fresh coking coal for personal sale inside a Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) state-run mine at dawn. Souvid Datta Who receives the coal that is mined in Jharia? So..

A Man Charged Over The Dortmund Attack Is Suspected Of Bombing The Bus For...

Sascha Schuermann / AFP / Getty Images A man has been charged in relation to the April 11 bombing on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team's bus and accused of carrying out the attack for financial gain, the German federal prosecutor said in a statement. A 28-year-old German-Russian citizen identified as Sergey W. has been charged with attempted murder — as well as two other charges related to causing injury and detonating explosions — after being arrested in the Tübingen area on Friday. Investigators had initially linked the attack to suspected Islamist extremism, but Sergey W. is alleged to have been attempting to cause the value of shares in the team to fall for his own financial gain. He is accused of buying 15,000 options to short-sell shares in Borussia Dortmund. The amount of profit made on those options would depend on the share price falling. "A significant drop in the price would have been expected if, as a result of the attack, players had been seriously injured or even ki..

A Gunman Opened Fire At French Police On The Champs-Élysées, Killing One Officer

French President François Hollande called the violent shootout “terrorist in nature.” Two other officers and a civilian were also injured before the gunman was shot and killed by police. A gunman opened fire on a French police vehicle on the famous Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris on Thursday, killing one officer and injuring three others, authorities said. Christian Hartmann / Reuters "A [police] car parked on the #ChampsElysees was targeted by an individual's gunfire," the Ministry of Interior said on Twitter. "The individual was shot dead by law enforcement." Franck Fife / AFP / Getty Images French President François Hollande addressed the nation Thursday night, saying the French security forces would be working to investigate the motive and any accomplices who may have played a role. "We believe the attack is of a terrorist nature," Hollande said. French officials have not made any public statement linking the terror group to the shooting. But Site Intel Group, whic..

What Is MS-13, And Why Is Trump Suddenly Obsessed With This Gang?

A violent international gang known as MS-13 has grabbed the attention of President Donald Trump, his attorney general, and conservative media, becoming a poster child for what they claim are the disastrous results of lax immigration laws and open borders. A member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang stands behind bars in a cell at a detention center in San Salvador. Jan Sochor / Getty Images An infamous street gang with roots in Los Angeles and Central America, MS-13 has recently been held up by the Trump administration as an example of what the president and his attorney general say is a pervasive criminal element of the undocumented population in the United States. "MS-13 has become a symbol of this plague that has spread across our country and into our communities," US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week at a meeting of his Organized Crime Council and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. "Because of an open border and years of lax immigration enforcement, MS-13 has ..

Facebook Really Wants The Indian Government To Use Instagram

Press Information Bureau, Government of India Facebook really wants officials in the Indian government to use Instagram. On Thursday, it organised a workshop in New Delhi for officials from various Indian ministries to get them more familiar with various Instagram features “for better government communication and outreach on social media” according to an Indian government press release. This is the first such workshop organised by Instagram in Asia. India’s government officials have been known to aggressively use Twitter to engage directly with citizens. The country’s foreign minister, for instance, has built a reputation by directing tweets from citizens who need immigration help directly to concerned government departments. And Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rise to power in 2014 is often credited to his social media savvy. Modi has 7.1 million followers on Instagram, but so far, no other Indian government official or department has taken to the Facebook-owned social network in a bi..

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