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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 US Military Probably Won’t Meet Its Deadline To Fully Integrate Transgender Troops

Win Mcnamee / Getty Images The US military plan to integrate transgender troops by July 1 instead has been delayed by at least six months, according to the Associated Press, which reported that the US military services chiefs asked for more time to complete integration. Under guidelines established in 2016, the service branches had until the end of the current month to outline how they would each bring transgender troops into the fold. While at least 5,000 transgender service members are currently in the military’s active duty forces, the services were crafting policy on the final step in the guidelines: how to recruit and integrate new troops. Instead, the Army and Air Force asked for two more years to finish studying how to welcome transgender troops, officials with the branches told BuzzFeed News. The Navy, on the other hand, said it would be ready by July 1 but has asked the Pentagon for an additional year, given a request by the Marines Corps, which falls under the Navy's pu..

The Trans Woman Behind A Landmark UN Decision Says It Shows The Need For...

A marriage equality protest in Sydney. Cole Bennetts / Getty Images The woman behind a landmark United Nations committee decision decrying Australia's laws around marriage and gender transition says the current law is "a joke" and the decision should prompt the government to legislate marriage equality. BuzzFeed News revealed this week that the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that Australian laws requiring married transgender people to divorce before they can change the sex on their birth certificate are in violation of international human rights law. In a decision made on March 17 and published on June 15, the committee found in favour of a married transgender woman from New South Wales, identified only as G, who had tried unsuccessfully on multiple occasions to change the sex on her birth certificate. It is a significant ruling for Australia, where laws with this effect exist in six of the eight states and territories. BuzzFeed News interviewed G, who first brou..

This Transgender Australian Took Her Fight To The United Nations, And Won

A marriage equality protest in Sydney. Cole Bennetts / Getty Images The woman behind a landmark United Nations committee decision decrying Australia's laws around marriage and gender transition says the current law is "a joke" and the decision should prompt the government to legislate marriage equality. BuzzFeed News revealed this week that the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that Australian laws requiring married transgender people to divorce before they can change the sex on their birth certificate are in violation of international human rights law. In a decision made on March 17 and published on June 15, the committee found in favour of a married transgender woman from New South Wales, identified only as G, who had tried unsuccessfully on multiple occasions to change the sex on her birth certificate. It is a significant ruling for Australia, where laws with this effect exist in six of the eight states and territories. BuzzFeed News interviewed G, who first brou..

Mexico’s Government Replied To A Trump Tweet After He Called It The Second Deadliest...

Alex Brandon / AP President Trump on Thursday claimed Mexico is the second deadliest country in the world, behind only war-torn Syria, prompting an official rebuke from Mexico's government asserting Trump's statement was not true. "Mexico was just ranked the second deadliest country in the world, after only Syria," Trump said in a tweet. "Drug trade is largely the cause. We will BUILD THE WALL!" Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso responded to his tweet, disputing the claim. "While Mexico does have a significant problem of violence, Mexico is NOT the second most violent nation in the world," a statement from Mexico's Foreign Ministry read. "According to UN figures for 2014 (the most recent international report), Mexico is far from being one of the most violent countries." Videgaray Caso even tagged Trump in a tweet responding to his claim. The country's response came just hours after Trump fired off his post, blaming the drug trade fo..

Macedonian Publishers Are Panicking After Facebook Killed Their US Political Pages

Two false posts from Facebook pages that the social network removed due to terms-of-service violations. BuzzFeed News The town of Veles, Macedonia, achieved international fame last fall after a BuzzFeed News story reported on a large cluster of pro-Trump websites that often published fake news and that were being run by teenagers and young men. Soon camera crews from major media outlets such as Britain’s Channel 4, ABC’s Nightline, as well as reporters from Wired magazine and NBC News arrived to write about the “fake-news teens.” But now panic has set in for some of the young publishers of Veles. Over the past two months, more than 30 Facebook pages they use to drive traffic to their websites have been removed due to what the social network said were multiple terms-of-service violations. Most of the killed pages were focused on US politics, but several publishers told BuzzFeed News they also lost large and lucrative pages about horses, motorcycles, muscle cars, and snowmobiles. “They..

This Is What Period-Shaming Looks Like Around The World

“Pads will be wrapped in a newspaper when they’re purchased.” Depending on who you are, where you live and what kind of cycle you have, period-shaming may not really feel like a thing for you. People bleed, life goes on. Right? For example, it can be much more complicated to have your period when you don't have money to buy menstrual products or don't have access to a clean and safe bathroom, or if you identify as a gender other than female. @nievesitarica / Via instagram.com (Many of you also wrote to say that you don't feel periods are stigmatized in your culture, or that how people talk about menstruation is changing in a positive way — which is great!) None of these responses should be taken to speak for an entire country, culture or religion; there are, of course, many diverse beliefs, practices and experiences within each. But here are some of the things readers shared with us. "Pads will be wrapped in a newspaper when they're purchased." The topi..

Hijabi Women Say They Were Subjected To Searches Before School Exams

Two high school girls have described the thorough checks targeting only the young veiled women at a Parisian high school. The checks, done to avoid cheating, were carried out by the head of Lycée Victor Hugo, a school in Paris, and location of the MHS student's exams, on the 15th and 19th of June. Randa told BuzzFeed news that she had to "shake her hair." The tweets said that before each exam, they only checked the girls who had hijab on and were asked to shake their hair, remove sweaters and pull up or check above their trousers. She describes the experience as "humiliating, and no one else had been checked." @b__danaa Randa also told BuzzFeed News that unlike what her tweets could imply, there was no body search or physical pat-down. @b__danaa "The principal of the school asked us to come to some kind of locker room. We were asked to remove the veil, which I find normal. But then, I had to spread my legs and lift my dress up to my hips", she added. "There were 5 oth..

Far-Right Activists Are Stealing Tricks From YouTubers And It’s Going To Get People Hurt

Sian Butcher / BuzzFeed / Via Lauren Southern / YouTube Last month, a Canadian woman started streaming live on Periscope from a tiny boat on the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy. In a grainy, four-minute video, she tells her Twitter followers about her mission: She's joined by Italian, Austrian, and French right-wing supporters who want to disrupt a ship that rescues refugees stranded at sea. “If the politicians won’t stop the boats, then we’ll stop the boats,” says Lauren Southern, a 22-year-old journalist turned activist, who has become popular among far-right online communities in recent months. Southern’s livestream hit 1,000 active viewers as she and the European members of Generation Identity, a far-right youth group, approached a ship called the Aquarius, a 250-foot-long vessel operated by a charity called SOS Méditerranée and Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders), which has been working to save refugees and migrants who make perilous jo..

These Pictures Show The 845-Year Old Mosque ISIS Just Destroyed

A symbolic grand mosque and a landmark minaret that have been towering over Mosul since the 12th century were destroyed by ISIS on Wednesday. Ahmad Al-rubaye / AFP / Getty Images The Grand Mosque of Al Nuri, and the adjacent minaret are believed to be built in 1172 by Nur al-Din Mahmoud Zangi Atabeg, who at one point ruled Damascus, Mosul and Aleppo — and was known for unifying Muslim fighters against Christian crusaders from Europe. This 1932 photo shows the minaret next to a Yazidi shrine. G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection / Via Library of Congress Karim Sahib / AFP / Getty Images An Iraqi antiquities official told AP in 1998 that the minaret may have started leaning because the bricks exposed to the sun started expanding, crunching those in the shade until the whole structure leaned south. G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection / Via Library of Congress The old mosque was destroyed and renovated by Iraq's antiquities department in 1942, b..

These Pictures Show The 845-Year-Old Mosque That ISIS Just Destroyed

A symbolic grand mosque and a landmark minaret that have towered over Mosul since the 12th century were destroyed by ISIS on Wednesday. Ahmad Al-rubaye / AFP / Getty Images The Grand Mosque of al-Nuri and the adjacent minaret were built in 1172 by Nur al-Din Mahmoud Zangi — who at one point ruled Damascus, Mosul, and Aleppo, and was known for unifying Muslim fighters against Christian crusaders from Europe. This 1932 photo shows the minaret next to a Yazidi shrine. G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection / Via Library of Congress Karim Sahib / AFP / Getty Images An Iraqi antiquities official told the AP in 1998 that the minaret may have started to lean because the bricks exposed to the sun started expanding, crunching those in the shade until the whole structure leaned south. G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection / Via Library of Congress The old mosque was destroyed and renovated by the Iraqi antiquities department in 1942, but the minaret was left u..

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