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Sen. Chuck Grassley Drew Angerer / Getty Images A letter released by two Republican senators takes a new approach to discrediting the Trump-Russia investigation by attacking the credibility of the former British spy who wrote the controversial reports alleging ties between President Donald Trump and the Kremlin.Sens. Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham allege that former spy Christopher Steele lied to FBI officials in 2016 when he was giving them information he'd gathered from Russian sources about Trump. Grassley and Graham made the accusation in a newly released letter asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Steele broke federal law by lying to the FBI.The letter says Steele “materially misled the FBI” by speaking to journalists about his reports ...
This Island Just Became The First Place In The World To Repeal Same-Sex Marriage

This Island Just Became The First Place In The World To Repeal Same-Sex Marriage

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Drew Angerer / Getty Images Bermuda has become the first national territory in the world to roll back same-sex marriage.The British overseas territory's governor signed legislation into law Wednesday night that replaces same-sex marriages with domestic partnerships.Rights groups said the move was unprecedented on the world stage, and stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry, while politicians in Britain expressed profound disappointment, calling it a "backwards step" for human rights in Bermuda.Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global, said: "Despite this deplorable action, the fight for marriage equality in Bermuda will continue until the day when every Bermudian is afforded the right to marry the person they love.”The island's minister of home affairs said the l...
Here's What You Need To Know About Kim Jong Un's Sister Before She Attends The Winter Olympics

Here's What You Need To Know About Kim Jong Un's Sister Before She Attends The Winter Olympics

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Kim Yo Jong has been working away quietly in the background but now she’s stepping into the spotlight in South Korea. The upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea became even more intriguing on Wednesday, when North Korea announced that Kim Yo Jong, the elusive sister of the country's leader, would be attending the opening ceremonies. Her visit marks the first time a member of the Kim family, which has ruled over North Korea since the country was partitioned after World War II, has traveled south of the DMZ dividing the two countries since the Korean War. Wong Maye-e / AP Her brother, Kim Jong Un, has been in power since the death of their father in 2011. Since then, he's expanded the country's nuclear stockpile and recently engaged i...
This Is What The Aftermath Of An Air Strike In Syria Looks Like

This Is What The Aftermath Of An Air Strike In Syria Looks Like

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YouTube / Via youtube.com Harrowing footage of babies being evacuated from intensive care on stretchers after the hospital they were being treated in was bombed has emerged from Syria.A video shared by activists earlier this week shows the chaotic and horrific aftermath of an air strike blamed on Russian forces.In the footage, screaming babies, some of whom seem to be struggling to breathe, can be seen being carried out of Al-Ma'ara National Hospital on blankets by White Helmet volunteers.While the world's attention has largely moved on from the horrors of Syria's civil war, it has entered a new, nightmarish phase where Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes have dramatically escalated.The United Nations has reported at least 10 health care facilities have been tar...
Lupita Nyong’o’s Father Arranged For An Early “Black Panther” Screening In Their Hometown

Lupita Nyong’o’s Father Arranged For An Early “Black Panther” Screening In Their Hometown

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Before Black Panther — the superhero film with a black cast whose trailers have consistently left people shook — opens globally on Feb. 16, it will make a special stop in a city near and dear to one of its stars, Lupita Nyong’o. Valerie Macon / AFP / Getty Images The Kenyan city of Kisumu will host one private and one public screening of the highly anticipated movie on Feb. 13, county spokesperson Aloice Ager confirmed to BuzzFeed News. Kisumu is located in Kisumu County, where the Oscar-winning actor grew up and where her father Peter Anyang' Nyong'o serves as governor. BuzzFeed News has reached
Here's How The Winter Olympics Are Connected To Russia's Hacking Of The US Election

Here's How The Winter Olympics Are Connected To Russia's Hacking Of The US Election

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Russian President Vladimir Putin Alexey Nikolsky / AFP / Getty Images In February 2014, when Russia hosted the Winter Olympic Games at Sochi in the country's southwest, its athletes won an unprecedented 29 medals. Less than two years later, the World Anti-Doping Agency, the watchdog for drug use in international sport, took aim at that performance, saying it rested on a massive doping conspiracy directed by the Russian government.Russia's reaction was quick — and also unprecedented. Soon, its intelligence agency was hacking into WADA's computer system.Now, as the next Winter Games begin in South Korea — without the official presence of Russia, which has been banned for cheating the last time — it’s clear that the hack of the World Anti-Dopi...
23 Of The Most Powerful Pictures In Olympic History

23 Of The Most Powerful Pictures In Olympic History

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Betty Robinson becomes the first woman to take gold in a track and field event in 1928. American athlete Betty Robinson (second from left) wins the final of the women's 100-meter event during the Olympic Games in Amsterdam on July 31, 1928. Central Press / Getty Images Jesse Owens beats the Nazis in 1936. The medalists in the long jump competition salute from the victory stand at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin on Aug. 8, 1936. From left, Japan's Naoto Tajima (bronze); American Jesse Owens (gold), who set an Olympic record in the event and offers an American-style salute with his hand to his forehead; and Germany's Luz Long (silver) giving a Nazi salute. Bettmann / Bettmann Archive The Olympic team from For...
A Unified Korean Olympic Team Walked In The Opening Ceremonies — But These Koreans Weren't A Fan

A Unified Korean Olympic Team Walked In The Opening Ceremonies — But These Koreans Weren't A Fan

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Right-wing protesters burn photos of Kim Jong Un outside of Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium Friday night. Sergei Bobylev / Sergei Bobylev/TASS PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — One of the central focuses of the 2018 Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony on Friday night was harmony on the Korean peninsula. In front of an estimated 35,000 spectators in the stands, in frigid conditions, South Korean women's ice hockey player Park Jong-ah and North Korean player Jong Su Hyon brought the Olympic flame up the flight of stairs to the Olympic cauldron.But outside the stadium, Koreans with a very different attitude toward Korean unification were doing a very different kind of torch-lighting.A small but rowdy group of several dozen anti-unification activists gathered on a street corner ...
A Turkish Helicopter Has Been Shot Down On The Syria–Turkey Border, Killing At Least 2

A Turkish Helicopter Has Been Shot Down On The Syria–Turkey Border, Killing At Least 2

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A Syrian man raises a framed picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next to a caption reading in Arabic and Turkish "a man worthy of raising a hat for", during a demonstration in the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP / Getty Images At least two Turkish troops were killed on Saturday as a military helicopter was shot down in the mountainous border region between Turkey and Syria, prompting the country's president to promise that those responsible will pay a "heavy price".President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a TV address: "One of our helicopters was downed just recently."These things will happen; we are in a war. ... We might lose a helicopter, but they’ll pay the price for this."Turkey's state news agency, Anadolu, orig...
Here's What North Korea Lets You See When You Travel There

Here's What North Korea Lets You See When You Travel There

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North Koreans pay their respects at the Mansudae Grand monument in Pyongyang. Fabian Muir Fabian Muir is an Australian photographer whose documentary work aims to develop humanistic narratives in otherwise politically isolated regions of the world. After years documenting places like the former Soviet Union, Iran, and Cuba, his next series focuses on a country that epitomizes the phrase "hermit kingdom": North Korea.Since 2015, Fabian Muir has traveled to the isolated nation of North Korea five times to capture a side of life that many Americans may be surprised to see as nonconfrontational and somewhat relatable.Here, Muir shares with BuzzFeed News the story of his journey and his thoughts on the pictures he walked away with:The series began with many of the same expectations t...