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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.

Macron And Le Pen Advance To Runoff Vote In France’s Presidential Election

AP Images Pro-EU Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen have topped the field in France's historic election, according to initial projections based on partial results as polls closed Sunday night. France has taken its first step in electing a new president as voters cast their first round ballots in a contest unlike any other in the country's recent history. Candidates from the traditional centre-right and centre-left parties that have always governed the Fifth Republic are not the immediate favorites to win. According to one projection after polls closed, Macron received 23.8% of the vote while LePen received 21.6% Speaking to her supporters, Le Pen said, "What is at stake in this election is a referendum for or against lawless globalization. Either you choose in favor of a total lack of rules, without borders, with unlawful competition, the free circulation of terrorists, or you make the choice of a France that protects." “This is truly what is at stake. It is the s..

North Korea Has Threatened Australia With A Nuclear Strike Over Its Alliance With The...

A spokesperson for the North Korean foreign ministry has warned Australia over its alliance with the United States, and its "extremely hostile policy" towards the communist nation, threatening a potential nuclear strike "of the strategic force". Str / AFP / Getty Images "If Australia persists in following the United States' moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK and remains a shock brigade of the US master, this will be a suicidal act of coming within range of the nuclear strike of the strategic force of the DPRK," said the spokesperson. The response came after Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop called on China to intervene on North Korea's nuclear program. Discussing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's continued insistence on flaunting his nation's nuclear armoury, Bishop said she couldn't imagine Kim "willingly giving up" the program. "He needs to be convinced, and I believe China is the key," Bishop said. North Korean officials described her words as "..

The Partner Of The Police Officer Killed On The Champs-Élysées Gave An Emotional Eulogy

Etienne Cardiles speaks Tuesday in Paris next to a photo of his slain husband. Anadolu Agency / Getty Images The civil partner of the French police officer killed during a terrorist attack on the Champs-Élysées in Paris last week delivered an emotional eulogy for his slain partner on Tuesday, vowing to never give into hatred. Paris police on Friday identified Xavier Jugelé, 37, as the officer shot dead when a gunman opened fire at a squad car on the famed French boulevard. Two of the officer's colleagues, as well as a bystander, were injured in the incident, which was claimed by ISIS militants. The attacker, Karim Cheurfi, was shot dead by police. "When I first got messages saying something had happened on the Champs-Élysées, and that a policeman had died, a little voice told me it was you," Etienne Cardiles said at a gathering of dignitaries and mourners at the Paris police headquarters on Tuesday. "It brought me back to that generous and healing phrase: 'You will not h..

Deadly Taliban Attack Kills At Least 100 Soldiers In Afghanistan

The incident has become the single deadliest known attack on an Afghan military base to take place during the war. Farshad Usyan / AFP / Getty Images At least 100 Afghan soldiers were killed during an attack by gunmen and suicide bombers at an army base in northern Afghanistan Friday. The incident is the single deadliest known attack on an Afghan military base to take place during the war, the New York Times reported. Gen. Mohammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman for the Defense Ministry, told the Associated Press the militants entered the base in Balkh province using two military vehicles. "Two suicide bombers detonated their vests full of explosive inside the mosque of the army corps while everyone was busy with Friday prayers," he said. Waziri said there were 10 attackers, including two suicide bombers. Eight others were killed in a gun battle with soldiers. Farshad Usyan / AFP / Getty Images Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in an e..

Thousands Of People Marched Around The World To Stand Up For Science

The March for Science took place Saturday in Washington, DC, and more than 600 other locations around the world. View Entire List ›

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..

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