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23 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

23 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

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Kristi Gilroy (right) hugs a young woman at a police checkpoint near the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 15, the day after 17 people were killed by a shooter at the Parkland, Florida, school. Police arrested the suspect after a short manhunt. Mark Wilson / Getty Images People are led out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida. Joe Raedle / Getty Images Students console each other during a candlelight vigil on Feb. 15 for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Gerald Herbert / AP Two people comfort each other at one of 17 crosses for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman ...
An Iranian Plane Has Crashed And All 65 People On Board Died

An Iranian Plane Has Crashed And All 65 People On Board Died

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An Aseman Airlines plane takes off with an Iran Air aircraft in the foreground at Tehran airport. Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters A passenger plane crashed in the mountains in central Iran on Sunday, and all 65 passengers and crew members on board were killed, the airplane company told state press.The plane, a 20-year-old ATR-72 flown by Iran's Aseman Airlines, left Tehran at around 5 a.m. local time and was en route to Yasuj when it disappeared from radar. Though initial reports stated that 66 people had been killed in the crash, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported Sunday night that one person did not make the flight.Those on board included 59 passengers and six crew members, according to IRNA reports. The passengers included one child, according to t...
A Catering Company Accused Of Funding Russian Meddling In The US Election Was A Supplier To The UK Embassy In Moscow

A Catering Company Accused Of Funding Russian Meddling In The US Election Was A Supplier To The UK Embassy In Moscow

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Stefan Rousseau / AFP / Getty Images The British Embassy in Moscow used the services of a Russian catering company that was charged with conspiracy in connection with allegations of interfering in the 2016 US election as part of an indictment returned last Friday by special prosector Robert Mueller.BuzzFeed News understands that the St. Petersburg and Moscow–based company, Concord Catering, was a supplier to the UK’s diplomatic mission in the Russian capital until December 2013, just a few months before operations to interfere with the US political system allegedly began. After the contract with the catering company ended, the embassy launched a competitive tender, and Concord decided not to put itself forward for it.Still, the embassy’s logo remained on a lis...
Their Parents Fought With ISIS. Now France Is Trying To Figure Out What To Do With Them.

Their Parents Fought With ISIS. Now France Is Trying To Figure Out What To Do With Them.

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Bertrand Guay / AFP / Getty Images PARIS — The French government is struggling with what to do about potentially hundreds of children whose parents were members ISIS who died on the battlefield or are facing criminal charges related to their ISIS activities.Currently, the government is overseeing the evaluation, housing and education of 44 children who’ve returned to France over the past 18 months through a program based in the Paris suburb of St. Denis, French police and officials have confirmed to BuzzFeed News.That program will soon be expanded, an official from the counterterrorism section of the French prime minister’s office told BuzzFeed News, with an announcement expected as soon as Feb. 23. “The current methods need to be improved,” the of...
Two Very Different Koreas Shown In Beautiful Double Exposures

Two Very Different Koreas Shown In Beautiful Double Exposures

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Left: buildings in Panmunjom, where the Joint Security Area is located within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, and where the armistice agreement was signed in 1953. The white building in the back is in North Korea. Tourists can enter the building and technically be in North Korea for a few moments. Right: A tourist poses in Hoenggye, the village where the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium is located and where the 2018 Winter Olympics' opening and closing ceremonies took place. Sarah Palmer for BuzzFeed News The Olympics are always a platform for diplomacy and political statements as much as for athleticism and medals. The games happening on the Korean Peninsula acutely highlight that balance, with Korean teams including athletes from both sides of the D...
Indictment Makes Clear Russia Meddled, But Leaves Unresolved If Trump Helped

Indictment Makes Clear Russia Meddled, But Leaves Unresolved If Trump Helped

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President Donald Trump Win Mcnamee / Getty Images The indictment of 13 Russians by special counsel Robert Mueller should erase doubts that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, but it does not resolve the bigger question of whether they got help from President Donald Trump’s campaign, according to experts and lawmakers.The details laid out in the indictment's 37 pages describe Russians’ use of social media to strengthen Trump and weaken his political opponents, the most intricate accounting of meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which was first described without details in a January 2017 report by US intelligence agencies.The indictment says Russians created Facebook and Instagram groups to agitate on hot-button issues such as immigration, en...
He Managed To Escape A Brutal Crackdown Against Gay Men. Others Won't Be So Lucky.

He Managed To Escape A Brutal Crackdown Against Gay Men. Others Won't Be So Lucky.

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A Chechen refugee, who goes by the alias Alihan, conceals his identity for a photo in Toronto, Ontario on Jan. 23, 2018. Michelle Siu for BuzzFeed News TORONTO — When Alihan finally made his way home, he could barely move. His badly bruised back had a rotting smell to it he couldn’t get rid of, no matter how much he showered. He had been beaten so badly during the weeks he spent in prison without charge that the blood under his skin began to dry, curl, and become infected. He had a high fever and needed help using to the washroom, but his family was too afraid to bring him to a hospital or a specialist.A soft-spoken man in his twenties with short brown hair, Alihan is one of dozens of men the authorities have identified as gay who have been captured and beaten in the...
They Survived Mexico's Earthquake, Only To Die When A Helicopter Crashed Into Them

They Survived Mexico's Earthquake, Only To Die When A Helicopter Crashed Into Them

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Patricia Castellanos / AFP / Getty Images A helicopter trying to assess damage from Friday's earthquake in Oaxaca state crashed while landing, killing at least 13 people, including three children, Mexican officials reported.An additional 15 people were injured as a result of the crash.The helicopter was carrying Mexico’s interior minister and the state governor of Oaxaca. Neither were injured as a result of the crash.The crash followed a magnitude-7.2 earthquake that left nearly a million homes and businesses without electricity, including in Mexico City, and damaged at least 50 homes in Oaxaca, Reuters reported. The earthquake itself caused no casualties.Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto, tweeted his condolences for those who lost their lives on Fri...
Mexico's Olympic Cross-Country Skier Finished Dead Last In True Humbling, Olympic Spirit

Mexico's Olympic Cross-Country Skier Finished Dead Last In True Humbling, Olympic Spirit

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An upstanding example of what the Olympics are about. Cross-country skier German Madrazo of Mexico may have finished last during his Olympic freestyle event Thursday, but he and his fellow competitors are making headlines for showing the utmost sportsmanship. Christof Stache / AFP / Getty Images In Pyeongchang, Madrazo completed the men's 15-kilometer cross-country freestyle in 116th place. The 43-year-old only started cross-country skiing last year, after reading an article about the sport in a magazine. At the finish, his fellow skiers and competitors from Colombia, Tonga, Morocco, and Portugal waited to congratulate him and give him a proper hero's welcome. Matthias Hangst / Gett...
The Russians Indicted Friday Can't Ever Travel To A Country Friendly With The US

The Russians Indicted Friday Can't Ever Travel To A Country Friendly With The US

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Special counsel Robert Mueller Alex Wong / Getty Images The 13 Russians accused by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office of interfering with the 2016 US election might never see the inside of a US prison — but that probably wasn’t Mueller’s plan.On Friday, Mueller's office unsealed the first indictments that specifically detail how Russians conspired to sow discord and anti-Hillary Clinton sentiment during the election, naming the owner and 12 employees of Russia’s Internet Research Agency, a propaganda company and “troll factory.” The IRA has long been reported as having created Twitter and Facebook campaigns, as well as several complicated campaigns to stage protests in the US, to oppose the candidacy of Hillary Clinton and supp...