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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.

The CIA Director Split With Trump Over Wikileaks In His Public Debut

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP WASHINGTON — CIA Director Mike Pompeo made his first public appearance as the agency’s spy leader Thursday, issuing a blistering indictment of the website Wikileaks, Russia, and its wide-ranging operation to influence the US election — criticisms that signaled a clear divide between Langley and the White House. “We at CIA find the celebration of entities like WikiLeaks to be both perplexing and deeply troubling,” Pompeo told a packed room at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a foreign-policy think-tank in downtown DC. President Donald Trump, Pompeo’s boss, famously praised Wikileaks in 2016 for publishing the emails of his then-Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and publicly encouraged Russia to release more of her hacked emails. Despite that, the relationship between the intelligence community and the White House, Pompeo said, is “fantastic.” A former congressman from Kansas who briefly served on the House Intelligence Committee before ..

The CIA’s Director Went In Hard Against Wikileaks — Unlike His Boss

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP WASHINGTON — CIA Director Mike Pompeo made his first public appearance as the agency’s spy leader Thursday, issuing a blistering indictment of the website Wikileaks, Russia, and its wide-ranging operation to influence the US election — criticisms that signaled a clear divide between Langley and the White House. “We at CIA find the celebration of entities like WikiLeaks to be both perplexing and deeply troubling,” Pompeo told a packed room at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a foreign-policy think-tank in downtown DC. President Donald Trump, Pompeo’s boss, famously praised Wikileaks in 2016 for publishing the emails of his then-Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and publicly encouraged Russia to release more of her hacked emails. Despite that, the relationship between the intelligence community and the White House, Pompeo said, is “fantastic.” A former congressman from Kansas who briefly served on the House Intelligence Committee before ..

The US Dropped A Huge Bomb On Afghanistan To Show ISIS “They’re Not Welcome”

MOAB during a 2003 test Ho New / Reuters WASHINGTON — The US military on Thursday for the first time used its largest non-nuclear weapon, aptly nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs, on a suspected ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan. US forces dropped the 30-foot long, 21,000-pound bomb at 7:32 pm local time, in the country's Nangarhar province. The area is currently under the control of the local ISIS affiliate, known as ISIS-Khorsan (ISIS-K). Two factors drove the decision to use the weapon, the largest conventional munition that the US has ever used in a combat theatre, the Pentagon said: that the target was underground tunnels and the enemy was ISIS. "As ISIS-K's losses have mounted, they are using [improvised explosives], bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense," Gen. John W. Nicholson, the top commander in Afghanistan, said in a statement soon after the bomb's use. "This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our of..

The US Just Dropped A Huge Bomb On Afghanistan To Show ISIS “They’re Not...

MOAB during a 2003 test Ho New / Reuters WASHINGTON — The US military on Thursday for the first time used its largest non-nuclear weapon, aptly nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs, on a suspected ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan. US forces dropped the 30-foot long, 21,000-pound bomb at 7:32 pm local time, in the country's Nangarhar province. The area is currently under the control of the local ISIS affiliate, known as ISIS-Khorsan (ISIS-K). Two factors drove the decision to use the weapon, the largest conventional munition that the US has ever used in a combat theatre, the Pentagon said: that the target was underground tunnels and the enemy was ISIS. "As ISIS-K's losses have mounted, they are using [improvised explosives], bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense," Gen. John W. Nicholson, the top commander in Afghanistan, said in a statement soon after the bomb's use. "This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our of..

The People’s Burger?

Bobby Yip / Reuters A major Chinese state-owned conglomerate is now on track to become the world's largest McDonald's franchise owner, leaving local competitors at risk of being edged out of the fast-growing market by a state-backed competitor. Earlier this year, China’s state-owned CITIC Group agreed to buy a majority stake in McDonald’s franchising rights in the country for the next two decades. Should the $2 billion plus sale be approved, the company will take control of more than 1,700 McDonald’s restaurants, with a stated goal of opening another 1,500 in the next five years — setting it up to become the company’s biggest franchise owner, ahead of Brazil’s Arcos Dorados. Bobby Yip / Reuters It could also put competitors — both domestic franchises and international brands — in a tough spot. This will be the first time a state-owned company has taken a majority stake in a major player in the fast-food space, according to R.J. Hottovy, a consumer equity analyst for Morn..

A Teenager Who Fled His Home In Syria Drowned On His First Visit To...

Via cbs8.com It was his first time at the beach. Mohammed al-Mustafa begged his parents to let him go with his new friends, promising his mother he wouldn't go into the water, since he didn't know how to swim. The 17-year-old had just moved to the area with his parents and four sisters a few weeks ago after escaping ongoing violence in his war-torn home of Aleppo and living in a refugee camp for 18 months. He was just settling into El Cajon Valley High School, trying to learn English and meet friends in his new home outside of San Diego. He wanted to join the military. On Sunday evening, the Syrian refugee was last seen wading into the waves at a San Diego beach. Rescue teams are still searching for the teen, who is believed to have drowned after being caught in a powerful rip current, Marine Safety Lieutenant John Sandmeyer told BuzzFeed News. Diver and helicopter crews have been called off. Mohammed's parents finally agreed to let him go after he promised to keep in ..

A Syrian Refugee Is Believed To Have Drowned After Visiting The Beach For The...

Lifeguard surface search team returning to base at Mission Beach in San Diego. John Sandmeyer Mohammed al-Mustafa was last seen wading into the waves at a San Diego beach on Sunday evening, believed to have drowned after being caught in a powerful rip current. It was the Syrian refugee's first time playing in the ocean. The 17-year-old had just moved to the US with his parents and four sisters a few weeks ago after escaping his war-torn home of Aleppo and living in a refugee camp. Rescue teams are still searching for the teen "by water and land," Marine Safety Lieutenant John Sandmeyer told BuzzFeed News on Thursday, though they have called off diver and helicopter crews. Mohammed had begged his parents to let him go to the beach with four of his Syrian friends, promising to keep in touch, the San Diego Tribune reported. The group had been eating pizza on the sand when Mohammed FaceTimed with his dad, who wanted to know if he'd be home for dinner. The teen disappeared at ..

This Is How Germany Fought Back Against Far-Right Populism

BERLIN – Support for Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has slumped dramatically in recent weeks, down to single figures in most polls. Its collapse in its popular support follows infighting, a slowing of asylum applications, and a string of controversies. There are still five months until the German federal elections and this plummet in the polls could yet reverse. But the far-right party’s slide is the result of an extraordinarily focused effort from both media and the government to defeat the far right through controlling the language of immigration discourse as well as a raft of expensive policies. BuzzFeed News spoke to government officials, members of parliament, and political analysts to track how it was done. Today the AfD is polling at 9%, but just seven months ago its popularity peaked at a regional election held in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The party was polling around 15% nationwide and won more than 20% of the vote in the region, ..

How Russia Hacked Obama’s Legacy

No one from the Obama administration seems to remember when they figured out they were falling victim to one of the greatest intelligence operations in history. "This was the kind of realization that came incrementally," a former senior State Department official told BuzzFeed News. "There wasn’t a moment where you realized that Pearl Harbor had been hit by kamikaze or that the World Trade Center has been hit." Now, as two congressional committees and the FBI investigate Russia's role in the election, former Obama officials find themselves grappling with a new legacy, one that formed at the 11th hour of their time in power. As they looked toward a world where pariahs like Iran and Cuba were won over with diplomacy, they fell victim to a sneak attack by an old adversary. And they let it happen, offering up stern warnings and finger-wagging instead of adequately punishing Russia for achieving something that even the Soviet Union at the height of its power couldn’t manage: meddling in..

Prosecutors Say There’s No Evidence The Man They Arrested After The Dortmund Bus Attack...

Ralph Orlowski / Reuters There is no evidence a man arrested on Wednesday following the attack on German soccer team Borussia Dortmund's bus was involved in the incident, authorities have said. However, the German federal prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday that an arrest warrant had been issued for the man — a 26-year-old Iraqi identified as Abdul Beset A. — as he is suspected of being a member of ISIS. The man is suspected of leading a unit of 10 in Iraq in 2014, tasked with "preparing abductions, abductions, extortions and also killings," the statement said. He will appear in front of a federal court on Thursday, which will make a decision on the warrant. Abdul Beset A. was arrested after the search of his home and that of a second suspect's on Wednesday following Tuesday evening's attack. Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters Three explosions hit the Borussia Dortmund team's bus as they left their hotel for on their way to a UEFA Champion's League quarter-fi..

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