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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.

Here’s Why Russia’s Not Going Dump Iran And Syria Anytime Soon

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Russian president Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin, March 28, 2017 Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters The white-turbaned cleric and the former KGB agent in a dark suit made for an odd pair. But when Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani visited Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in late March, the two men were keen to gloss over any differences. Putin and Rouhani spoke about their joint fight against terrorism and expansion of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran, built with Russia’s help. Putin heralded that trade between the two nations had grown 70% in the last year. They announced plans to build a thermal power plant in southern Iran and launch a railway project in the north, and the easing of visa rules. The night before, Tehran had quietly given Russia permission to use Iran to launch military flights to Syria, where both nations back the regime of Bashar al-Assad. “Russia and Iran are on the threshold of unprecedented rapprochement,” ..

Yahoo Accused Of Mismanaging Millions That Were Meant For Humanitarian Aid

Robert Galbraith / Reuters WASHINGTON — A lawsuit filed on Tuesday accuses Yahoo! of mismanaging millions of dollars in trust funds that were supposed to aid Chinese political dissidents. In 2007, Yahoo agreed to set up a human rights fund as part of a settlement with the families of dissidents who accused the tech company of turning over information about them to the Chinese government. According to the latest court filings, Yahoo paid $17.3 million to establish the fund. The plaintiffs now suing Yahoo — Chinese dissidents imprisoned in the past for their political activities who say they should have been beneficiaries of the Yahoo funds — say that $13 million of the trust's money is gone, largely spent on expenses unrelated to direct humanitarian and legal aid. According to the suit, approximately $700,000 of the Yahoo money was spent on providing direct humanitarian aid to imprisoned dissidents over the past decade. Meanwhile, millions more were spent by a Yahoo-funded nonprof..

This TV Show Asked Men To Guess Whether A Woman Was Fat Or Pregnant

The show also asked panelist to guess if a woman’s breasts are real and if someone is Chinese or Japanese. Neem Je Zwemspullen Mee, which translates to "Bring Your Bathing Suit," is a new celebrity game show on Dutch TV channel NPO 3. kro-ncrv.nl View Entire List ›

There’s A Memorial To A Dog That Died In The Stockholm Attack And It...

Since the terror attack in Stockholm on Friday, hundreds of people have been visiting the city centre to lay their tributes at memorials to the four people who lost their lives when a man drove a truck through a crowded shopping street in the Swedish capital. Philip O'Connor / Reuters One of the lesser-known tragedies of the attack, however, is that a dog also lost his life when he was hit by the vehicle. This fact was not lost on Markus Krantz — a web designer from Sundbyberg, just outside Stockholm — who visited the scene with his wife to pay their respects to the victims on Friday evening. Markus Krantz Krantz — a 37-year-old who owns five rescue dogs from Romania — told BuzzFeed News he heard the dog had been killed during the attack, and noticed that no-one had laid down any flowers or candles for it yet. He decided to bring a collar that belonged to his first dog Ebba — who Krantz describes as a "fierce little Jack Russell terrier" and a "true friend" who died last su..

This Black Politician Wants To Make Sure France’s “Forgotten” People Aren’t Left Behind

French conservative politician Rama Yade made her mark on the political landscape by speaking her mind — and often contradicting her boss, the massively unpopular former president Nicolas Sarkozy. BuzzFeed News sat down with the Senegalese-born former secretary for human rights, who says despite the possibility of a President Marine Le Pen, the far right doesn't have a monopoly on France's "forgotten" people. Rama Yade at the BuzzFeed News office in Paris. BuzzFeed News Yade, who was once one of France's most popular politicians, last week failed to qualify to stand in the April 23 first-round presidential vote. But she stopped by the BuzzFeed News office in Paris to talk about what's been a shit-show of a campaign season, Le Pen's chances, her own role as a political outsider and the state of French politics today. You've said that you're "on a mission." What does that mean? It means that I am not in a political career. I do not make a living fr..

This Black Politician Wants To Make Sure France’s “Forgotten” People Aren’t Left Behind

French conservative politician Rama Yade made her mark on the political landscape by speaking her mind — and often contradicting her boss, the massively unpopular former president Nicolas Sarkozy. BuzzFeed News sat down with the Senegalese-born former secretary for human rights, who says despite the possibility of a President Marine Le Pen, the far right doesn't have a monopoly on France's "forgotten" people. Rama Yade at the BuzzFeed News office in Paris. BuzzFeed News Yade, who was once one of France's most popular politicians, last week failed to qualify to stand in the April 23 first-round presidential vote. But she stopped by the BuzzFeed News office in Paris to talk about what's been a shit-show of a campaign season, Le Pen's chances, her own role as a political outsider and the state of French politics today. You've said that you're "on a mission." What does that mean? It means that I am not in a political career. I do not make a living fr..

Chinese Social Media Calls For Boycott Of United Airlines

Via Twitter: @JoeWongComedy BEIJING — Millions of Chinese people have expressed their anger on social media over reports that an Asian-American man was dragged off a United Airlines plane — with many calling it racism, and some even demanding a boycott of the airline. Pictures and videos of the man, with blood pouring from his mouth, were shared on the microblog service Weibo, after an eyewitness report the man said he was targeted by United Airlines because he was Chinese. Americans were quick to slam the airline for mistreating a passenger — but in China, where patriotic consumers and state media are highly sensitive to any signal that foreign companies are unfairly taking advantage of Chinese consumers, the incident took on a different color. On Tuesday afternoon, the Chinese hashtag “United Airlines forces passenger off a plane” was the top trending tag on microblog service Weibo, with 169 million views and hundreds of thousands of posts. Many social media users in China saw the ..

People In China Are Calling For A Boycott Of United Airlines

Via Twitter: @JoeWongComedy BEIJING — Millions of Chinese people have expressed their anger on social media over reports that an Asian-American man was dragged off a United Airlines plane — with many calling it racism, and some even demanding a boycott of the airline. Pictures and videos of the man, with blood pouring from his mouth, were shared on the microblog service Weibo, after an eyewitness report the man said he was targeted by United Airlines because he was Chinese. Americans were quick to slam the airline for mistreating a passenger — but in China, where patriotic consumers and state media are highly sensitive to any signal that foreign companies are unfairly taking advantage of Chinese consumers, the incident took on a different color. On Tuesday afternoon, the Chinese hashtag “United Airlines forces passenger off a plane” was the top trending tag on microblog service Weibo, with 169 million views and hundreds of thousands of posts. Many social media users in China saw the ..

The Crowdsourced Russia Twitter Investigation Has Prompted A Harassment Complaint

An American social media personality and journalist filed a criminal complaint Monday against the journalist and former British MP Louise Mensch, alleging a "months long campaign of cyber stalking and harassment." Cassandra Fairbanks, a conservative correspondent for the Russian government-owned news agency Sputnik, claims in the complaint, submitted to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center and shared with BuzzFeed News, that Mensch "has initiated a witch hunt against me, engaging in serious libel and encouraging others to dig up personal information." Fairbanks's complaint appears to be first formal action against Mensch, who is the hub of a loose, crowdsourced investigation into Russian influence in American politics and society, rooted in the theory that Russian involvement in Donald Trump's electoral victory goes well beyond the extensive propaganda and hacking already documented by US intelligence agencies. That set of Twitter investigators have at times pointe..

Even By Latin America’s Standards, Donald Trump’s Approval Ratings Are Bad

Carlos Barria / Reuters WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's early approval ratings look more like the average Ecuadoran or Guatemalan president's than a US commander in chief's, a political science team finds. After reaching a historic low of 35% approval early in his term last month, Trump's approval rating rose to 40% on Monday following the US missile strike on Syria, according to Gallup, still near record lows for a new US POTUS. To put Trump's early low approval rating in perspective, political scientist Ryan Carlin of Georgia State University and his colleagues at the Executive Approval Project team looked at how presidents in democracies throughout the Western Hemisphere have fared in approval early in their terms. Overall, "Trump’s ratings are low compared to most presidents in the [Western] hemisphere since the return to democracy in the 1980s," Carlin told BuzzFeed News by email. In that time, 18 South and Central American presidents have fallen w..

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