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5 uncomfortable truths about blackness in the Dominican Republic

1. In the late 1930’s, then dictator Rafael Trujillo oversaw the ethnic cleansing of thousands of Haitians.<p>This was often known as the The Parsley …

Asia
North Korea
Manhattan

Can you hear me now? Graham smashes cell phone after Trump outs number

Most people just toss their old cell phones in the junk drawer. Not Lindsey Graham.<p>The South Carolina senator and GOP presidential candidate responded Wednesday to Donald Trump giving out his personal phone number with a dramatic one-minute video, titled, “How to destroy your cell phone with …

Donald Trump

Mark Cuban reveals what it was like playing the US president in 'Sharknado 3,' where sharks rain down on the White House

"Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" is filled with outlandish moments and countless cameos.<p>But one of our favorites was the film's opening sequence in which Mark Cuban is revealed as the president of the United States.<p>Let's just say Cuban as POTUS is just as intense and in charge as he is in any episode of …

The White House
Brigitte Bardot

John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician

John Horton Conway is a cross between Archimedes, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dalí. For many years, he worried that his obsession with playing silly games was ruining his career – until he realised that it could lead to extraordinary discoveries<p>On a late September day in 1956, John Horton Conway left …

Mathematics

Chris Brown rants, breakdances while marooned in Philippines

The 26-year-old was stopped from leaving the Philippine capital on Wednesday, a day after performing at a Manila concert, amid a fraud complaint filed against him by the indigenous Christian group Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ).<p>"Can somebody please tell me what the **** is going on? I don't …

Asia

Foreigners Dressed as Spartans Freak Out the Beijing Police and Get Arrested

Around 100 foreigners, dressed as Spartan warriors with leather shorts and flowing capes, prompted a swift reaction from Beijing police on Wednesday, …

China

35 things you’ll never hear Spaniards say

<b>1.</b> “Why is everyone talking so loud in the bus?”<p><b>2.</b> “25 and still living with his parents… what a loser!”<p><b>3.</b> “I’m meeting a friend for lunch, it won’t …

Angela Merkel

A faction inside Greece's government wants to ally with Russia and go back to the drachma

But Tsipras is losing the far-left wing of his leftist Syriza coalition, which has belatedly figured out that Tsipras' bailout negotiations have been a disaster. Those leftists want a return to the drachma and closer ties with Russia, according to Ekathimerini, the Greek news service.<p>To recap: …

Europe

Bag with NZ$1m goes missing at Hong Kong airport

<b>A bag carrying NZ$1m ($665,000; £425,000) has disappeared while being moved from a Cathay Pacific plane at Hong Kong International Airport.</b><p>The bag was one of 13, holding a total of NZ$10m, being sent to the Bank of China in Hong Kong from New Zealand, Chinese media say.<p>Police are treating the case …

Cathay Pacific
Soccer

Stuck in Manila, Chris Brown pleads, 'please, let us leave'

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a profanity-laced video, Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown vented his frustration Thursday at being stuck in the Philippines for a second day after running afoul of a politically powerful religious group that filed a fraud complaint against him for a cancelled …

Chris Brown

North Korean girl bands are performing socialist classics in seedy hotels on China's border to help Pyongyang's economy

Young and good-looking, the seven-piece group bear a striking similarity to the Moranbong band, a North Korean musical phenomenon who have been accorded huge success since their members were hand-selected by leader Kim Jong-Un.<p>Now, imitators from Pyongyang are performing in Chinese border towns, …

North Korea
Africa