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The Berlin Wall Has Been Torn Down For Longer Than It Was Up — For Real This Time

The Berlin Wall Has Been Torn Down For Longer Than It Was Up — For Real This Time

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After a few false starts in January, Feb. 5 marks the day when the post-Berlin Wall period has outlasted the Berlin Wall itself. Monday marked a big day for Germany's history: As of Feb. 5, 2018, the Berlin Wall has been torn down for longer than it stood dividing East and West Germany. For nearly three decades, the wall kept East Berliners from fleeing their half of the divided city, keeping them inside communist East Germany, even as West Berlin was under capitalist control. But in 1989 the symbol of Cold War division finally fell as protesters, then the government itself, ripped it down. Gerard Malie / AFP / Getty Images But hold on, you might say if you've been hanging out online for the last few months, I could have...
There's Been An Outbreak Of Norovirus Among Security Staff At The Winter Olympics

There's Been An Outbreak Of Norovirus Among Security Staff At The Winter Olympics

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Riot police at the Olympic Village. Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images Almost 1,000 members of South Korea's army have been unexpectedly drafted in as staff for the Winter Olympics after an outbreak of norovirus just days before the opening ceremony.After 41 guards got norovirus in Pyeongchang, officials said that 1,200 security staff have been pulled from work and are currently confined to their rooms until they have been tested for the highly contagious virus, which can cause diarrhoea and vomiting, the Associated Press reported.Lee Hee-beom, president of the Winter Olympic Games organizing committee, apologized. He was criticized after the first case reportedly emerged on Thursday, at the Ho-lab Mountain Ode Youth Training Center, in Pyeongchang. ...
North Korea Is Attending The Winter Olympics In South Korea — But What Happens After?

North Korea Is Attending The Winter Olympics In South Korea — But What Happens After?

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North Korean figure skaters Kim Ju-Sik (right) and Ryom Tae-Ok (left) warm up during a practice session ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games Roberto Schmidt / AFP / Getty Images BEIJING — North Korea will join in the festivities when the Winter Olympics open later this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a small diplomatic breakthrough in a relationship that has been marked in recent years by worsening tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.But after the games, it’s more likely than not that the situation will go right back to the way it was.“Right now there’s nothing in the works beyond the Olympics. You know when you get to April 1, and the Olympics and Paralympics are over, it’s back to the joint military exercises,” sa...
It Will Soon Be A Crime To Blame Poland For The Holocaust

It Will Soon Be A Crime To Blame Poland For The Holocaust

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Janek Skarzynski / AFP / Getty Images Polish President Andrzej Duda announced Tuesday that he would sign legislation making it a crime to suggest Poland had any responsibility for the Holocaust or any other crimes against humanity."One must protect the good name of Poland and Poles," Duda said while announcing his approval of the legislation, which carries penalties of fines and three years in prison. "We have the right to historical truth and we have the right to be judged in a real way, according to the facts."The bill is largely aimed at making it a crime to refer to Auschwitz and other Nazi camps established by German forces in Poland as "Polish death camps." The Polish government has repeatedly lodged official protests when foreign officials have referred to the camps that...
Mercedes-Benz Apologized To Its Chinese Customers For Quoting The Dalai Lama

Mercedes-Benz Apologized To Its Chinese Customers For Quoting The Dalai Lama

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China’s government says that the Nobel Prize winner is an agitator for an independent Tibet. German carmaker Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday became the latest company to apologize to China, this time over an Instagram post that quoted the Dalai Lama. Gabriel Bouys / AFP / Getty Images The post, which has since been deleted, featured a quote attributed to the Tibetan spiritual leader with a picture of one of the company's cars and the hashtag "#MotivationMonday." "Start your week with a fresh perspective on life from the Dalai Lama," read the caption under the post. Instagram: @www.instagram.com/mercedesbenz/?hl=en / Via news.sina.com.cn That didn't sit well with the company's Chinese consumers. At all. In m...
Mexico's National Election Institute Is Partnering With Facebook To Fight Fake News

Mexico's National Election Institute Is Partnering With Facebook To Fight Fake News

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Designer491 / Getty Images Mexico's National Electoral Institute (INE) and Facebook signed an agreement on Tuesday to identify and eliminate the spread of fake news on the behemoth social network during the country's elections later this year.In addition to Facebook, the institute plans to sign similar agreements with Google and Twitter.Lorenzo Córdova, the president of the INE said in a statement that the agreement has two main points: "on the one hand, the identification of fake news, and on the other hand, the shared conviction between Facebook and INE that the best way to combat the so-called fake news, is to generate accurate, validate and objective information."This type of agreement, Cordova said, is the first of its kind worldwide.During the 2016 presid...
Mexico's President Wants Everyone To Admit That His Job Is Very, Very Hard

Mexico's President Wants Everyone To Admit That His Job Is Very, Very Hard

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He’s growing more irritated with the bad press as his administration draws to a close. Being under the spotlight is no walk in the park. Just ask Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto. With less than a year left in office, Peña Nieto is spending more and more time calling out critics while performing his official duties. “To disavow our progress would be an attack on truth, the misinforming of our people, the degradation of our politics,” Peña Nieto warned during a commemoration for the 101st birthday of the constitution Monday. Yuri Cortez / AFP / Getty Images When Peña Nieto began his administration in 2012, there was a sense of hopefulness in the country, which allowed him to pass sweeping oil, education
These Women Are Sharing Stories Of Being Sexually Harassed During Pilgrimage In Saudi Arabia

These Women Are Sharing Stories Of Being Sexually Harassed During Pilgrimage In Saudi Arabia

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“I was just terrified but I couldn’t make myself move.” Women are sharing their experiences of being sexually harassed and assaulted while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Mahmud Hams / AFP / Getty Images "It was during Ramadan in 2014," she told BuzzFeed News via Facebook messenger, "during Tawaf I felt a hand squeezing my butt and I looked around to notice who it is but there were a lot of people. "I couldn't know who it was exactly but I did doubt someone since he was smiling, but the thing is I didn't want to point at him since he was too old." Fowila joined others sharing their stories after a woman called Sabica Khan posted on Facebook about her recent experience of pilgrimage in Saudi ...
Big Publishers Are Abandoning Instant Articles But Fake News Spammers Are All In

Big Publishers Are Abandoning Instant Articles But Fake News Spammers Are All In

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Screenshots While some mainstream publishers are abandoning Facebook’s Instant Articles, fake news sites based overseas are taking advantage of the format — and in some cases Facebook itself is earning revenue from their false stories.BuzzFeed News found 29 Facebook pages, and associated websites, that are using Instant Articles to help their completely false stories load faster on Facebook. At least 24 of these pages are also signed up with Facebook Audience Network, meaning Facebook itself earns a share of revenue from the fake news being read on its platform.Launched in 2015, Instant Articles offer a way for publishers to have their articles load quickly and natively within the Facebook mobile app. Publishers can insert their own ads or use Facebook’s ad ne...
The Kids That Invaded Their Dad's BBC News Interview Pound On The Door Now When He's On TV

The Kids That Invaded Their Dad's BBC News Interview Pound On The Door Now When He's On TV

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He now locks the door! The greatest TV moments of 2017 was, without a shadow of a doubt, this interview that turned into a complete shambles when the interviewee's kids invaded. Robert E Kelly, a professor of political science, was supposed to be talking about the resignation of South Korea's president Park Geun-hye. However, he forgot to lock the door behind him, resulting in both of his kids crashing his interview. BBC News / Via youtube.com It spawned one of the greatest GIFs of all time. BBC News And when it went viral across the world, he responded with this tweet when BBC News asked if they could repeat the clip on television. "Goes viral and gets weird." Twitter: @i ...