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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 …

North Korea

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 …


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 …


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, …


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: …


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

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