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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.

After 16 Years, This Teen’s Mother Made Her Dream Of Setting Up An Orphanage...

“My mom was very compassionate about these children who are considered illegal in Vietnam and really wanted a place for the nuns to run and be able to educate and support them,” Truong Xe told BuzzFeed News. In 2000, Tracy Vu immigrated to the United States from Vietnam with her husband and three children. She came from a large, rural, and impoverished family and spoke no English. Truong Xe Now, 16 years later, she not only owns a successful nail salon in Capitola, Santa Cruz County, California, but has also made her long-term dream of building an orphanage back in Vietnam a reality. A tweet by her 18-year-old son Truong Xe about his mom has gone viral, with more than 10,000 retweets. Twitter: @truo0ong "I was only able to complete school up until the fifth grade," Vu told BuzzFeed News. "So I knew that I wanted to give back to my home country in ways of educating the youth." Twitter: @truo0ong So, after she became financially stable, Vu would travel back to Vietnam..

This Teen’s Mother Set Up An Orphanage In Vietnam And People Are Truly Inspired

“My mom was very compassionate about these children who are considered illegal in Vietnam and really wanted a place for the nuns to run and be able to educate and support them,” Truong Xe told BuzzFeed News. In 2000, Tracy Vu immigrated to the United States from Vietnam with her husband and three children. She came from a large, rural, and impoverished family and spoke no English. Truong Xe Now, 16 years later, she not only owns a successful nail salon in Capitola, California, but has also made her long-term dream of building an orphanage back in Vietnam a reality. A tweet by her 18-year-old son, Truong Xe, about his mom has gone viral, with more than 10,000 retweets. Twitter: @truo0ong "I was only able to complete school up until the 5th grade," Vu told BuzzFeed News. "So I knew that I wanted to give back to my home country in ways of educating the youth." Twitter: @truo0ong So, after she became financially stable, Vu would travel back to Vietnam every three years ..

ISIS Destroyed An 845-Year-Old Mosque In Mosul

Department of Defense ISIS destroyed the historic Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul on Wednesday, including its landmark minaret that had stood since the 12th century. The Iraqi government and the US-led coalition of Operation Inherent Resolve announced the mosque's destruction in a statement and attributed it to ISIS. A US official told BuzzFeed News that its initial review did not show any coalition airstrikes around the mosque in the last day. "As our Iraqi Security Force partners closed in on the al-Nuri mosque, ISIS destroyed one of Mosul and Iraq's great treasures," said Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, commanding general of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Operation Inherent Resolve. Video obtained by the Wall Street Journal appears to show the mosque being detonated from the ground. Given the mosque's place in ISIS' own recent history, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said ISIS had admitted it was defeated in Mosul by blowing it up, AFP reported. M..

This Woman Had To Get Divorced Just For Her Gender To Be Acknowledged

Kirsti Miller (left) with her current partner, Nikki. Supplied In 2006, Kirsti Miller was faced with a choice: get a divorce, or keep the word "male" on her birth certificate, despite having transitioned gender. Miller, a keen AFL player and taxi driver who lives in the outback Australian city of Broken Hill, married her childhood sweetheart in 1985. Fourteen years later, in 1999, Miller came out as a transgender woman, and started on hormone replacement therapy. In 2006 she had gender reassignment surgery and started changing her legal name and sex on various documents. But one fact loomed large among the changes: if Miller wanted to change the sex on her birth certificate – considered a crucial identity document in Australia – she and her then-wife would have to divorce. In order to change the sex on a birth certificate in the state of New South Wales, a person must fulfill four criteria: be over 18, born in NSW, unmarried and have undergone gender affirmation surgery. "Always a..

Saudi Arabia’s Next King Is Going To Be A Millennial, So That’s Going To...

A shuffle in the Saudi royal succession has placed Mohammed bin Salman — who is only 31 — as next in line to the throne. This is Mohammed bin Salman. As of Wednesday, he's the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. He's also just 31. That's right. The guy who's next in line to become the head of Saudi Arabia is in the same age demographic as Miley Cyrus and Mark Zuckerburg. He's taking the place of Prince Mohammad bin Nayef, his uncle, who got bumped from the spot and his role as the country's Interior Minister. Pool / Getty Images This is all super weird, not least because if there's one thing the House of Saud is known for, it's its rulers being Old As Hell™." After the death of King Abdulaziz Al Saud, the country's founder and namesake, in 1953, the crown has passed hands among his sons. As a result, as the years have gone on, the kings of the country have gotten older and older and their reigns shorter and shorter. A desire to bump up ..

Tillerson And Mattis Say China Needs To Do More Than “Try” On North Korea

Paul J. Richards / AFP / Getty Images A day after Donald Trump credited China with at least trying to exert pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program, the president’s top diplomat made one thing abundantly clear: Trying isn’t good enough. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that Beijing has a “responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region.” Tillerson also raised the issue of human rights in China and the “militarization of outposts in the South China Sea.” The remarks, in a joint press conference with Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the State Department, largely restated longstanding US concerns related to China, but more importantly helped clarify the administration’s policy given Trump’s oblique — and generally complementary — tweets about Chinese President Xi Jinping. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it ha..

Last Month Was The Deadliest In Mexico In 20 Years

Marco Ugarte / AP MEXICO CITY, Mexico — May was the deadliest month in Mexico since 1997, with three people killed every hour, according to the Mexican government. There were 2,186 homicides last month, according to figures from the Executive Secretary of the National System for Public Security going back 20 years. In some states previously considered peaceful, like Baja California Sur and Nayarit, the rate doubled. “This is the overwhelming and absolute failure of Peña Nieto’s public safety policy,” Alejandro Hope, a Mexican security analyst, told BuzzFeed News. Hope and others attribute the uptick to a turf war between criminal groups, and the violent fragmentation within the Sinaloa Cartel, headed by Joaquín Guzmán, known as “El Chapo.” Kidnapping, extortion, and car theft rates also increased in May as compared to the previous month. A spokesperson at the Ministry of the Interior declined to comment on the homicide rate when reached by BuzzFeed News. The record number is likely t..

Homeland Security Official Confirms Russian Hackers Targeted Election Systems In 21 States

Voters cast ballots at a polling station at the Big Bear Lake Methodist Church in Big Bear, California, November 8, 2016. Bill Wechter / AFP / Getty Images Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 states during the last presidential election, an official from the Department of Homeland Security publicly confirmed Wednesday to the Senate panel investigating Russian election interference. At a public hearing on the issue, DHS cybersecurity official Jeanette Manfra told the Senate Intelligence committee that, "as of right now," the department has "evidence of election-related systems in 21 states that were targeted" by the Russians. But, Manfra and other witnesses from the DHS and FBI said, there is no evidence the votes themselves were changed. Media reports, citing unnamed officials, have previously stated hackers targeted more than 20 states during the election. But Manfra's testimony before the Senate Intelligence committee on Wednesday appears to be the first public dis..

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Theresa May’s Head Of Policy Is Leaving Downing Street

Theresa May and John Godfrey Chris J Ratcliffe / Stringer / Steve Back / Barcroft / Getty BuzzFeed News can reveal Theresa May's head of policy John Godfrey is leaving Downing Street. The departure is another blow for the prime minister, and means almost all of her key pre-election policy staff have left Number 10. A Number 10 source confirmed the news, adding: "He's off to explore new opportunities, and leaves with our best wishes." Godfrey joined Number 10 as the head of the influential policy unit in July 2016, shortly after Theresa May became prime minister. His departure after less than a year will raise further alarm at the exodus of May's inner circle among a chaotic centre of government. Following the disastrous June election result for the Conservatives, Theresa May's joint chiefs of staff – and long-time key advisers – Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy resigned, while the Financial Times revealed last week that Godfrey's deputy at the policy unit Will Ta..

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