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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 Chechen Government Is Reportedly Kidnapping And Murdering Gay Men

Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP / Getty Images Local authorities in Chechnya are behind the disappearance of more than 100 gay men from across the Muslim-majority republic, a Russian newspaper reported on Saturday. The revelation came from Novaya Gazeta, a privately owned newspaper known for its investigations. A broad range of men have been taken into custody, according to the newspaper, including two local television personalities. At least three have been killed, the paper claimed, though it was withholding the names of the victims. The author of the article wrote that she confirmed the disappearances from sources in "the Interior Ministry of the Chechen Republic, inside the federal government, the FSB [domestic intelligence] Department for Chechnya, the Chechen prosecutor's office, and finally local LGBT activists." An atmosphere of anti-gay feeling has been stewing in Chechnya since early March, Noveya Gazeta reported. It was then that Mosc..

Just What The Hell Is Going On With Gibraltar And Brexit?

Short version: Britain is not going to go to war with Spain, whatever former Tory leader Michael Howard says. First things first, this is Gibraltar. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty Images Also known as The Rock after its major landmark, Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located on the southern end of Spain, just across from Morocco. Google Maps / BuzzFeed Gibraltar was captured by an Anglo-Dutch fleet at the start of the 18th century, and ceded to Britain "in perpetuity" under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Its sovereignty has been a sticking point in UK-Spanish relations ever since. Rischgitz / Getty Images Despite being small in size (just over 2.5 square miles), Gibraltar has always been strategically important to Britain, and is still the site of a UK military base. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty Images View Entire List ›

The Final Death Of The Arab Spring Comes Courtesy Of Trump

CAIRO — To the Egyptian state, Khaled al-Balshy is public enemy number one. In the three years since a military coup toppled the country’s elected government, he has been charged with trying to overthrow the government of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, rioting, damaging public property, harboring fugitives from the law, blocking public roads, illegally protesting in the streets, and insulting the police. He has been described in the pro-government press as a communist, a paid foreign agent, an anarchist, and a member of the outlawed Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. Balshy is a journalist, and until recently served as deputy head of the country’s press syndicate. A bookish, disheveled 45-year-old, in rectangular eyeglasses, Balshy is the editor of an independent news website called al-Bedayaiah, which means “beginning.” His wife, Nafisa el-Sabbagh, is also a journalist. The pair divide their time time between newsrooms, the press syndicate headquarters, and caring for their two kids, 16-ye..

Catastrophic Flooding Leaves More Than 250 People Dead In Colombia

Rescue efforts are underway to find the hundreds of people reported missing following flooding in the city of Mocoa. More than 250 people have died and hundreds more are missing after three rivers flooded the city of Mocoa in Colombia. Handout / Reuters Heavy rains caused the rivers to overflow at around midnight on Friday, destroying homes and uprooting trees while residents were asleep in their beds. Jaime Saldarriaga / Reuters On Sunday, the Colombian military said 254 people had been killed, over 400 were injured, and an additional 100 people were still missing. The death toll is expected to grow as more bodies are pulled from the rubble. Luis Robayo / AFP / Getty Images Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos declared a state of emergency and told reporters at the scene, "The first thing I want to say is that my heart, our hearts, the hearts of all Colombians are with the victims of this tragedy." Santos visiting a flooded area. Handout / Reuters View Ent..

These Europeans Are Already Leaving The UK Because Of Brexit

For Spanish teacher Vanessa, the decision to leave Britain was simple. As she puts it: “Why would I want to invest more years of my life in a country that’s going down the loo?” Vanessa, 33, came to Britain from Spain 10 years ago and until recently had been happily settled, teaching and living in a small Somerset village with her British husband Simon and their 2-year-old daughter Nuria. Then the European Union referendum happened. “We don’t see a future in the UK now,” Vanessa says. “During the referendum campaign my husband was supporting Remain and someone stood up in the pub and said that if he wasn’t willing to support patriotism in the UK he should fuck off back to Spain... People in the village would talk about immigration like I wasn’t there.” This summer the family will pack up their things and start a new life in Spain. Vanessa is one of thousands of Europeans saying goodbye to Britain long before it formally exits the EU. BuzzFeed News spoke to some of them as they prepare..

A Soldier Loses His Legs On A Front Line With ISIS — Then Fights...

Shirwan Shikho takes target practice near his home. Warzer Jaff for BuzzFeed News SORAN, Iraq — Shirwan Shikho stands proudly, posing in his combat gear as the sun rises above a battlefield on the outskirts of Mosul. The 22-year-old soldier is in his prime, strapping and lean, a smile on his face. It’s the morning of October 20 last year, and the US-backed offensive for the city is in its heady early days. Shirwan, a new husband and father, feels he is just where he is supposed to be. He comes from a long line of soldiers, and now, as local forces bear down on the ISIS stronghold, he is advancing with one of the most elite fighting units in Iraq. His battalion of Kurdish special forces are gathered north of Mosul at a dusty outpost surrounded by fields, preparing to launch a daring assault through ISIS lines. He will man a machine gun mounted on an armored Humvee in the lead convoy. The brutal war on ISIS in Iraq has already left hundreds of local soldiers killed and maimed, but af..

10 Incredible Photo Stories You Absolutely Can’t Miss

Here are some of the most interesting and powerful photo stories from across the web. "33 Outrageous Pictures of Shopping Malls During the ’90s" — BuzzFeed News Long before we ordered our groceries online and had a drone deliver the items to our home, there were malls: a one-stop shopping center for all the clothing, music, and toys one could afford complete with highly sought after seating at the food court. This fun photo essay highlights the many eccentricities of pre-internet-shopping mall life of the 1990s. Points if you rocked any of the ’90s fashion trends in this post; bonus points if you ever entered a drawing for the "mall car." —Laura Geiser, photo editor, BuzzFeed News James Devaney / Getty Images "Photographs From the World’s Largest Human Decomposition Center" — Hyperallergic Some viewers may find this quite disturbing. Robert Shults’ photo series “The Washing Away of Wrongs” takes a sensitive and thoughtful approach to the essential training that future foren..

25 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of The Week

Five-year-old George Lewys poses with two forest giant owl butterflies (Caligo eurilochus) on orange slices at London's Natural History Museum on March 30. The museum's butterfly house exhibition, which features an array of butterflies and chrysalises, is open to the public through September. Jack Taylor / Getty Images Orthotist Derrick Campana kneels beside Angel Marie, a pony using prostheses he made with the help of Plastics Make it Possible at Animal Ortho Care in Sterling, Virginia, on March 27. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters An ear growing on the arm of a patient who lost their right ear in an accident is prepared for a surgical transplant to their head at the First Affiliated Hospital of Xian Jiaotong University in Xi'an, China, on March 29. China Daily China Daily Infor / Reuters Malaysian tiger cubs play with resident nursery dog Blakely at the Cincinnati Zoo on March 29. Three cubs were born in the zoo's captive breeding program on Feb. 3 to 3-year-o..

A Bunch Of North Koreans Got Sanctioned And The US Hopes Other Countries Get...

Str / AFP / Getty Images The Trump administration on Friday took aim at North Korea and the countries that still provide support to the mostly isolated nuclear state with a series of sanctions cutting 11 individuals and one company off from the US financial system. Among those sanctioned include Han Jang Su, the representative of North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank in Russia, and Kim Yong Su, a government official who attempted to set up a shipping corridor between North Korea and Vietnam. “Today’s sanctions are aimed at disrupting the networks and methods that the Government of North Korea employs to fund its unlawful nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “These sanctions underscore this Administration’s commitment to countering the threat to the United States, to our allies, and to stability on the Korean peninsula and in the wider Asia Pacific region posed by the Kim regime in Pyongyang, and I urge our part..

We Had Our Colleagues In Japan Label Maps Of America And The Results Were...

From Mountain Carolina, to Nice Rectangle, to the So Big Lake white with foam, god bless Aidaho, my home sweet home! One person was so consumed worry about whether the good folks of Montana were warm enough that they completely forgot that Texas exists. BuzzFeed This person made a truly valiant effort, but now we're very worried about all the aliens in Mississippi. BuzzFeed This person did well in the "deep fried food" zone but lost their way up around Second Canada. BuzzFeed View Entire List ›

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