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"Bloody Nose" Attack On North Korea Not Being Considered, White House Confirms

"Bloody Nose" Attack On North Korea Not Being Considered, White House Confirms

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Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un's sister at the Winter Olympics last week. Matthias Hangst / Getty Images The White House confirmed on Thursday it is not considering a so-called “bloody nose” attack on North Korea -- a prospect that had prompted increasingly dire warnings from former intelligence officials that such an operation “could lead to devastation and massive casualties.”The decision to rule out a limited preemptive military strike on North Korea was first disclosed by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday.Shaheen said she spoke with a White House official who said the “bloody nose” attack on North Korea is not under consideration, a view con...
Cyril Ramaphosa Just Became The New President Of South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa Just Became The New President Of South Africa

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Cyril Ramaphosa Mike Hutchings / AFP / Getty Images Cyril Ramaphosa has been declared as the new president of South Africa, a day after Jacob Zuma resigned.He became president after he was the only individual to be nominated in the South African parliament, where his African National Congress (ANC) party has a large majority.Ramaphosa, a former businessman who has been Zuma's deputy since 2016, was in December elected to replace Zuma as the president of the ANC, which has been the ruling party of South Africa since 1994.Zuma announced his resignation in a televised speech Wednesday, finally succumbing to pressure from within his own party to step down following years of corruption allegations, which the former president denied. ANC supporters of Ra...
The FBI Has Objected To Every New Detail In The Democratic Memo, Congressman Says

The FBI Has Objected To Every New Detail In The Democratic Memo, Congressman Says

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Rep. Adam Schiff Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor The FBI and the Department of Justice have raised extensive objections to the release of a Democratic response to a Republican-written memo that criticized the FBI’s Russia investigation, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday, dampening prospects that the rebuttal will ever see the light of day.Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said officials of the two agencies had “identified everything in the memo that wasn’t already public” as objectionable. Schiff said Democrats were negotiating with officials in an effort to persuade them that much of the information contained in the memo should be made public. But he was uncertain those negotiations would be success...
This Young Man Filled His Life With Love — And Was Killed For It

This Young Man Filled His Life With Love — And Was Killed For It

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Yashpal Saxena with photographs of his son. Ishan Tankha for BuzzFeed News NEW DELHI — On Thursday, Feb. 1, at a busy street corner in West Delhi, Yashpal Saxena watched a man pull his son Ankit’s head back, while another cut his throat.“It took three seconds,” Saxena recalled at his home a fortnight later, after the memorial service for Ankit. “In those three seconds, time seemed to slow down, but really … I’m telling you, it only takes three seconds for everything to change forever.”Saxena remembers rushing to his son’s side, he and his wife struggling to lift the body of their 23-year-old. Both knew taking him to a hospital was futile — Ankit’s blood was everywhere. Fourteen days since his death, the couple ar...
Here's What We Know About The US Airstrikes That Killed Russian Fighters In Syria

Here's What We Know About The US Airstrikes That Killed Russian Fighters In Syria

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BuzzFeed News; Google Maps It became clear on Tuesday that US air strikes last week in eastern Syria killed an unknown number of Russian mercenaries fighting on behalf of the Syrian government. But both the US and Russia continued to dismiss the possibility that the deadliest clash known between US and Russian nationals since the Cold War could lead to open conflict between the two nation’s forces.That’s because Russia has never acknowledged that it has been using military contractors in the region, and US military officials have gone to great lengths not to define the composition of the “pro-regime forces” its air assets struck on Feb. 7. The surge of details seeping out on Tuesday – through social media posts from family members in Russia, from S...
“Black Panther” Just Premiered In Africa And It Was Dripping In Black Excellence

“Black Panther” Just Premiered In Africa And It Was Dripping In Black Excellence

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Moviegoers relax on the red carpet ahead of the premiere of Black Panther in Kisumu, Kenya, on Feb. 13. Nichole Sobecki for BuzzFeed News KISUMU, Kenya — The winding red carpet leading into Anga IMAX Theatre in Kisumu, Kenya, was a prismatic display of African elegance. Women rocked long feeder braids studded with gold beads, men flexed underneath bright pink dashikis and smooth suede loafers, and the dance group welcoming people into the theater performed in fringed animal print fabric and white face paint.Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya, pulled out all the stops for the highly anticipated premiere of Black Panther, the latest in Marvel’s decade-long series of superhero movies and the first to feature an almost entirely black cast. Set in the fictional count...
The Dutch Foreign Minister Resigned Over Lying About A Meeting With Putin

The Dutch Foreign Minister Resigned Over Lying About A Meeting With Putin

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The former official claimed for years that he had met the Russian president back in 2006 — but turns out, he never did. This is Halbe Zijlstra. Up until earlier today, he was the foreign minister for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Zijlstra told his colleagues on Tuesday that he resigned because he had lied about a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, an act he called “by far the biggest mistake I have committed in my entire career.” “This is about the credibility of the minister of foreign affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,” Zijlstra said. “That credibility must be beyond doubt.” Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images "Oh, an official lied about meeting with Russians? How old hat," you
South Africa’s “Teflon President” Might Be Finally Be Kicked Out Of Office. This Is Why.

South Africa’s “Teflon President” Might Be Finally Be Kicked Out Of Office. This Is Why.

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Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma is facing mounting pressure from within his own party to step down amid years of allegations of corruption. The ruling political party of South Africa has finally asked its president to resign, potentially breaking weeks of deadlock. Known as the “teflon president,” the 75-year-old Jacob Zuma was first elected in 2009. Sumaya Hisham / Reuters Zuma’s future as president plunged into uncertainty when mounting tensions from various opposition parties prompted him to postpone his State of the Nation speech last week. It was the first time a president has had to make such a move since former President Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech in 1994. Wikus De Wet / AFP / Getty I
24 South Koreans Say What They Really Think About North Korea

24 South Koreans Say What They Really Think About North Korea

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“Dangerous and naughty but family.” "North Korea, who are you guys? Can we be friends?" BuzzFeed "NK & SK: We love each other, I guess..." BuzzFeed BuzzFeed "Now we seem far away but I hope we can be friends later on." BuzzFeed "NK: Dangerous and naughty but family." BuzzFeed "We were one. Now we are two." BuzzFeed "So scared." BuzzFeed "The situation is very uncomfortable, uncertain, and dark. I hope spring comes soon." BuzzFeed "Kim Jung-un." BuzzFeed "...
Turns Out That UN Vote Against The US On Jerusalem Cost Nations Nothing

Turns Out That UN Vote Against The US On Jerusalem Cost Nations Nothing

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UN Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP / Getty Images Donald Trump swore in December to withhold “billions” of dollars of US aid from countries that supported a United Nations resolution condemning the administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.“Let them vote against us,” he said. “We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”On Monday the Trump administration made public its proposed 2019 budget, and here's the news: not a single country lost funding on the basis of voting against the US at the UN.In fact, the budget specifically carves out money for many of the countries that voted against the US in the UN General Assembly, such as Zimbabwe, Somalia and Nigeria.“I...