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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
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...
The President Of The Philippines Said His Soldiers Should Shoot Rebel Women In The Vagina

The President Of The Philippines Said His Soldiers Should Shoot Rebel Women In The Vagina

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Rodrigo Duterte. - / AFP / Getty Images Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last week told soldiers under his command that when engaging with rebel women, they should shoot them in the vagina.Duterte, a former mayor of Manila who has made numerous incendiary remarks since taking office in 2016, made the comments while speaking to former rebels at a private event on Feb. 7.During his speech, he described an imaginary conversation between a general and a solider: "'Are there any women holding guns?' 'Sir, she's a fighter.An Amazon.' 'Shoot the [slang term for vagina].'"The official transcript of Duterte's comments released by his office replaces the word "vagina" and the slang for it with a set of dashes. According to the transcript, the ma...
A Former UN Ambassador Says Russia Made Him A Target. Now He Wants To Warn The US.

A Former UN Ambassador Says Russia Made Him A Target. Now He Wants To Warn The US.

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UN Photo A former ambassador to the United Nations claims he was improperly removed from his post last year following repeated pressure from Russian officials.Vlad Lupan, who served as Moldova’s ambassador to the UN from 2012 until he was asked to leave in June 2017, told BuzzFeed News that he was the subject of years of attacks by Russia through diplomatic channels and others means, including a fake news campaign in 2014 that contributed to a vote of no-confidence in parliament against the ruling coalition in Moldova, a country that has long wrestled with Russian influence.Lupan told BuzzFeed News in an interview that shortly following a visit to Moscow in early 2017, Moldovan President Igor Dodon told a meeting of foreign diplomats that removing Lupan from his post at t...
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 "...
Syria’s Civil War Is Ending. But The War For Syria Is Just Beginning.

Syria’s Civil War Is Ending. But The War For Syria Is Just Beginning.

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Syria Civil Defence volunteers try to extinguish a fire in Maaret al-Numan in the rebel-held Idlib province following reported regime air strikes. Amer Alhamwe / AFP / Getty Images ISTANBUL – Seven years after it began, Syria's messy, bloody civil war could finally be nearing its end. But a conflict that has left half a million people dead — and displaced nearly 13 million more — is being replaced by something even more dangerous.Despite the heavy involvement of the UN and the international community, chances of a lasting peace between the government of Bashar al-Assad and the rebels fighting him seems more distant than ever, even as some governments begin denying fleeing Syrians shelter in the belief the conflict is "winding down." “The ...
As The Olympics Deal With A Cyberattack, All Eyes Are On Russia

As The Olympics Deal With A Cyberattack, All Eyes Are On Russia

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Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images Hackers have disrupted the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and the world’s security experts are trying to determine if Russia is the culprit.For about 45 minutes on Friday night, some Olympic computers and networks, including Wi-Fi systems, were hit with malicious software that targeted users with a @pyeongchang2018.com email address.“We can confirm that the technology issues experienced on Friday night were caused by a cyber-attack,” Jihye Lee, a spokesperson for the 2018 games, said in a statement. No systems were affected, and organizers are still investigating, she said.That the attack didn’t do more significant damage appears to be by design. Researchers at Cisco Talos who analyzed dozens of samples of the mal...
A Top Oxfam Executive Has Resigned Over The Charity's Prostitution Scandal

A Top Oxfam Executive Has Resigned Over The Charity's Prostitution Scandal

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Andy Buchanan / AFP / Getty Images Oxfam's deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence has resigned following revelations of a sex scandal involving the charity's staff in Haiti and Chad.Lawrence said she took "full responsibility" for the behaviour of staff at the international aid charity and that she was "deeply sad" about her decision to resign."Over the last few days we have become aware that concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff in Chad as well as Haiti that we failed to adequately act upon," Lawrence said."It is now clear that these allegations – involving the use of prostitutes and which related to behaviour of both the country director and members of his team in Chad – were raised before he moved to Haiti."Lawrence, who was programme directo...
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About What It Takes To Be A K-Pop Star

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About What It Takes To Be A K-Pop Star

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We got to sit in on a class at one of Asia’s premiere K-Pop training centers and oh my god was it intense. Well, it turns out, across Asia there are actually tons of K-Pop schools and training camps that can turn aspiring stars into legit idols. Rachael: Hi, that's me. I did dance every week from when I was three to 18. And when I stopped I realized how damn hard it is to get back to that level. I still have rhythm and can pick up moves *fairly well* but really lack the stamina to jump on the spot for an hour and not to lose the use of my legs for a week afterwards. And I like K-Pop but I've never gotten close to being a stan. I did get kind of obsessed with CL last year, though. BuzzFeed ...
24 Incredible Pictures From Early Years Of The Olympics

24 Incredible Pictures From Early Years Of The Olympics

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Opening ceremony of the 1896 Olympic Games in the Panathenaic stadium in Athens, Greece. Eye Ubiquitous / Getty Images Women competitors in the Archery event of the 1908 London Olympics. Topical Press Agency / Getty Images An elephant performs at a garden party hosted for Olympic athletes by Britain's Lord Michelham in 1914. Ullstein Bild Dtl. / Getty Images American track and field athlete Howard P. Drew on his way to the 1912 Summer Olympics. Fpg / Getty Images The Danish women gymnastics team practicing at the 1908 London Olympics. Topical Press Agency / Getty Images American gymnasts pra...