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Did Russia's Social Media Campaign To Discourage African-American Voters Cost Clinton The Election?

Did Russia's Social Media Campaign To Discourage African-American Voters Cost Clinton The Election?

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Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images Russia’s effort to discourage minorities from voting for Hillary Clinton — described in a federal indictment released Friday — revives the mystery of why turnout among African-American voters declined so substantially from 2012 to 2016.The indictment of 13 Russian trolls lays out a surprisingly sophisticated social-media campaign to turn minorities, and African-Americans, in particular, against Clinton. Details of the campaign show that Russians understood both the significance of those voters in the election and the language of black social media.“Russians understood how important minority voters were to Hillary Clinton’s chances in this election. They were able to read the situation and say, 'If we demo...
The Special Counsel's Office Has Charged A Lawyer Working For The Ukrainian Government With Lying To The FBI

The Special Counsel's Office Has Charged A Lawyer Working For The Ukrainian Government With Lying To The FBI

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Special counsel Robert Mueller. Aaron P. Bernstein / Reuters The special counsel's office has charged a lawyer who did work for the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice with lying to the FBI, according to court filings unsealed on Tuesday.Alex van der Zwaan, an attorney, is accused of lying to investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates — the former Donald Trump campaign official and longtime associate of Paul Manafort who is also facing criminal charges in the special counsel's investigation — and an unidentified individual referred to in charging papers as "Person A."Van der Zwaan is due in court on Tuesday afternoon for a plea hearing. He is expected to plead guilty.According to the criminal information filed by special counsel Robert Mueller's of...
This Is What It's Like To Try To Survive In Eastern Ghouta, Where "Death Is The Master"

This Is What It's Like To Try To Survive In Eastern Ghouta, Where "Death Is The Master"

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A child waits to receive treatment at a field hospital in Kafr Batna, Eastern Ghouta. Anadolu Agency / Getty Images ISTANBUL — Over the last few days, the regime of Bashar al-Assad has intensified aerial attacks on a besieged rebel-held enclave to the east of the Syrian capital. Assad’s forces, and Russian war planes and helicopters fired as many as 200 missiles and rockets on the eastern Ghouta enclave on Monday alone. At times the bombing was relentless. Pictures posted on social media showed the pale lifeless bodies of children wrapped in white shrouds. Medical equipment hasn’t entered for months. The few clinics open to treat the wounded struggled to treat bloodied patients suffering complex wounds, while rescue workers rushed to pull the wounded and dying ...
A Russian Curler At The Winter Olympics Has Failed A Drug Test

A Russian Curler At The Winter Olympics Has Failed A Drug Test

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Cathal Mcnaughton / Reuters A Russian curler who won bronze in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics had illegal substances in his system when he competed, the Russian Olympic Committee has confirmed.The Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement online Monday that it had "initiated a procedure involving the athlete Aleksandr Krushelnitckii", who competed with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, in the mixed curling doubles.According to Reuters he tested positive for the banned substance meldonium in the first, "A" sample.International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Adams told the Associated Press that a failed test could mean that Russian athletes would be banned from marching under their country's flag at the closing ceremony.Krushelnitckii's “A sample&rdqu...
Oxfam Has Received 26 New Misconduct Allegations Since News Broke About The Haiti Prostitution Scandal

Oxfam Has Received 26 New Misconduct Allegations Since News Broke About The Haiti Prostitution Scandal

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Dan Kitwood / Getty Images Oxfam has received 26 new misconduct allegations since it emerged this month that its aid workers in Haiti used local prostitutes in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, its chief executive has said.Speaking in front of a parliamentary committee hearing on Tuesday, the charity's chief executive, Mark Goldring, said that the allegations relate both to recent and historical events, and that 16 relate to international programmes.He declined to comment further on the cases when prompted, but said they ranged from "very serious" in nature to allegations that previous complaints had not been properly investigated.Last year the charity received 87 allegations, he said — 50 of those relating to incidents in high street shops and trading operations...
The Army Awards Its Heroism Medal To Three JROTC Cadets Who Died In Florida School Shooting

The Army Awards Its Heroism Medal To Three JROTC Cadets Who Died In Florida School Shooting

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A memorial for Peter Wang. Rhona Wise / AFP / Getty Images The US Army is awarding the Medal of Heroism to three students killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last week.An Army spokesman confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the award had been approved for three members of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps who “gave their lives during the shooting.” Seventeen students and teachers who died when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.The family of Peter Wang received the award during his funeral Tuesday. The family had requested that he be buried in his JROTC uniform, and the Army provided a medal to be pinned to his uniform at the open-casket service. Another “keepsake” medal was given to his parents, US Army Cad...
A Polish Minister Has Endorsed The Idea Of A "Polocaust" Museum For Non-Jewish WWII Victims

A Polish Minister Has Endorsed The Idea Of A "Polocaust" Museum For Non-Jewish WWII Victims

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Jaroslaw Sellin Czarek Sokolowski / AP A minister in the Polish government has backed the idea of building a "Polocaust" museum dedicated to the non-Jews who died in Poland during World War II.Deputy Minister of Culture Jarosław Sellin said "this terrible fate" deserved to be shown to the world."I believe that the story of the fate of Poles during the Second World War ... deserves such a story," he said during a Tuesday appearance on Poland's Radio One.Sellin was being interviewed to promote a plan to expand an existing museum in Poland – dedicated to Poles who saved Jews during World War II – to have a branch in Manhattan, "because this is the city where the most Jews in the world live." The goal, he said, is for "this story to be close to this community....
9 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World

9 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World

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"Two Very Different Koreas Shown In Beautiful Double Exposures" — BuzzFeed News Sarah Palmer for BuzzFeed News In stunning multiple exposures on analog film, photographer Sarah Palmer illustrates the dichotomy that is today's Korean Peninsula. For every aspect of South Korean culture, there is an equal or opposite reflection in the North. With the Olympic Games in full swing, pictures like these serve as a reminder of the ongoing tensions between the two feuding nations.—Gabriel H. Sanchez, photo essay editor, BuzzFeed News "Behind the Scenes at the Glamorous Westminster Dog Show" — National Geographic Dina Litovsky / National Geographic Its been a really tough week — even for these pampered pooches. Dina Litovsky is the per
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 ...