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Cubans Sing Castro’s Praises Before His Funeral

“He’s the leader who guided us to the revolution and gave us everything that we have right now,” said a 17-year-old student, who was celebrating the life of Castro.<p>SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA — Thousands of Cubans holding flags and wearing the colors of the country’s socialist revolution assembled in a …

Funerals

The Election Is Really, Really Over Now — And Donald Trump Is The Winner

With the Green Party’s decision Saturday to end its Pennsylvania statewide recount effort, Donald Trump absolutely is the winner of the 2016 election.<p>WASHINGTON — A Pennsylvania court on Saturday accepted the Green Party’s request to end its case seeking a statewide recount — a move that ends any …

Green Party

Cuba Gets Ready To Bury Fidel Castro

“When I’m old, I will say to my grandchild, ‘I went there when Fidel died.’”<p>SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA — Marta Jacobs Infante and her young daughter were among many in Santiago de Cuba anxiously awaiting the arrival of a military convoy carrying the ashes of Fidel Castro, their late president, on …

Cuba

Trump Call With Taiwan Signals New Age Of Uncertainty

“I think the Chinese are being cautious because they have no idea why Trump did this — and honestly neither do we,” one US diplomat told BuzzFeed News.<p>A surprise phone call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has left US diplomats and China policy analysts …

China

Philippines Leader Says Trump Praised His Deadly Crackdown On Drugs

More than 5,500 people have been killed in police and vigilante killings as part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.<p>Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has killed thousands of people, been condemned by human rights groups, and led to frosty relations with the Obama …

Asia

18 Things All Hypochondriacs Can Relate To

“Joking about OCD and hypochondria is all fun and games until I convince myself I have skin cancer for the 23rd time this week.”<p><i>[Editor’s Note: Illness anxiety disorder, more commonly known as hypochondria or health anxiety, is characterized by constantly worrying that you might be seriously ill.</i> …

Skin Cancer

People Have Mixed Feelings About Donald Trump Talking To Taiwan’s President

“I’m starting to like Trump.”<p>News broke on Friday that US President-elect Donald Trump had spoken directly on the phone with the president of Taiwan.<p>It is believed to be the first phone call between a US president or president-elect and Taiwan’s president since the US cut diplomatic ties with …

China

Zenefits CEO David Sacks To Step Down

David Sacks is giving up the CEO job less than a year after taking over amid a legal scandal.<p>David Sacks, the CEO of Zenefits, plans to step down as head of the embattled human resources startup after less than a year into the job, a person familiar with the matter told BuzzFeed News.<p>Zenefits is …

Republicans

Donald Trump Spoke With The Leader Of Taiwan And It Might Really Piss Off China

The president-elect spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a move that could possibly raise tensions with China, which does not recognize Taiwan as an independent country and claims it as its own.<p>President-elect Donald Trump took the highly unusual step Friday of speaking directly with the …

Republican Party

Uh, Clementine From “Westworld” Was The Other Girl In Britney’s “Stronger” Music Video

*shocked emoji*<p>By now, you’re most-likely addicted to HBO’s newest mind-bending show <i>Westworld</i>.<p>Well, without any spoilers, there’s a ~character~ named Clementine Pennyfeather played by actress Angela Sarafyan…<p>Now, if you’re trying to place why she looks familiar, it might be because our girl …

Westworld

Do You Know What Happened In Tech At The End Of November?

A big change at Netflix, fake news for days, tech in the Trump White House, and the dubious explosion of r/altright. Our weekly tech news quiz.

TV

Trump’s Pentagon Pick Is A Battle-Hardened General Who Likes To Talk About Killing

“Be polite, be professional but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.” Who is Gen. James Mattis?<p>Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon and the fight against ISIS is a blunt and unapologetic militarist who doesn’t shy from talking about killing.<p>In James Mattis, the president-elect has chosen a …

James Mattis

The Underappreciated Movie Moments You Probably Missed This Month

Including one that inspired Beyoncé, a stealth Wes Anderson release, and a super-stylized story of a witch in search of love.<p>1. The scene (and movie) that influenced <i>Lemonade</i><p>Let’s take a moment to thank Beyoncé. It’s always a good idea in general, but for this instance especially. <i>Daughters of the</i> …

H&M

The Trump Bros Have Found Their Safe Space

“We’ve made our own little safe space on frat row.”<p>CINCINNATI, Ohio <b>–</b> “Make America Great Again” hats abound at Trump rallies, including the first stop on Trump’s “Thank You” Tour in Cincinnati. That hat is red and worn by men, and those men span the ages of 12 to 82. But there’s a different Make …

Donald Trump

Texas Appeals Court Halts Yet Another Execution

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed another execution after concerns over the mental competency of an inmate. This year will have Texas’s fewest executions in more than two decades.<p>The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted another execution on Friday — one that had been scheduled to take …

American South

Here’s Our First Look At “The Handmaid’s Tale” TV Series

The 10-episode series premieres on Hulu in April.<p>In 1985, author Margaret Atwood published her best-selling novel <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> about a dystopian society that “treats women as property of the state.”<p>The work of fiction was turned into a film in 1990…<p>…and now it’s also being adapted into a …

TV

Lauren Graham Finally Settles The Fan Debate About Those “Empty” Coffee Cups

“I’m looking at snow, I’m holding the cup, I’m drinking!”<p>Stephen Colbert recently had Lauren Graham on his show, and guess what? He’s a <i>Gilmore Girls</i> fan, too.<p>And, like any <i>Gilmore Girls</i> fan, he knows that it’s time to get to the bottom of the empty coffee cup conspiracy.<p>Since the days of the …

Stephen Colbert

Poem

The truth is, I’ve never cared for the National<br>Anthem. If you think about it, it’s not a good<br>song. Too high for most of us with “the rockets<br>red glare” and then there are the bombs.<br>(Always, always, there is war and bombs.)<br>Once, I sang it at homecoming and threw<br>even the tenacious high school band off …

Art

AT&T And Verizon Draw More Government Scrutiny Over Free Data

Federal Regulators raise concerns that exempting mobile services from data charges harms competition and consumers.<p>The nation’s top telecom regulator has once again warned AT&T that it’s practice of zero rating its own streaming service, of allowing mobile customers to watch some programming …

AT&T

Nobody Knows Where Gambia’s Dictator Is After Losing The Election

Sources tell BuzzFeed News President Yahya Jammeh, who has yet to publicly concede, only accepted shock results after one of his top generals stepped in.<p>DAKAR — Twenty-two years after sweeping to power and then ruling with an iron fist, Gambia’s dictator on Friday suffered a shock defeat in the …

Africa

Feds Probe Prison Banker As NYC Leaders Try To Cap Its High Fees

The government’s consumer finance watchdog has subpoenaed prison banker JPay Inc., which charges steep fees to transfer money from inmates’ families into their prison accounts. New York City’s public advocate wants to cap those fees, which burden poor families seeking to buy toiletries and other …

Prison

Facebook Scammers Are Profiting From Standing Rock By Stealing Native Artwork

“They’re just capitalizing on struggle — it’s really crazy,” said one Native American artist.<p>As pipeline protesters at Standing Rock prepare to dig in for the winter, a growing network of dubious Native American Facebook pages is cashing in on the movement by selling stolen No DAPL T-shirt designs …

Facebook

11 Charts Only True “Outlander” Fans Will Understand

Ugh, Laoghaire.

25 Films That Will Be Turning 10 Years Old In 2017

Eek for all of us who remember seeing these in the theaters like it was yesterday!<p>1. <i>Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End</i><p><b>Fun fact:</b> The film still holds the record as the most expensive ever made (when adjusted for inflation). But the gamble paid off: It was the biggest movie of the year and …

Warner Bros

23 Hottest TV Sex Scenes Of 2016, Ranked From Worst To Best

Y’all sure did like doggy style in 2016, huh?<p>23. All of the gold spray painted robots in <i>Westworld</i><p><b>When it happened:</b> Season 1, Episode 5, “Contrapasso”<p><b>What made it hot:</b> Somewhere an antiques dealer has fainted after watching all of these writhing, spray-painted bodies have sex on this furniture. This …

Entertainment

We Need To Talk About The Real MVP Of “The Crown”

King George for the win.<p>Hello. For those of you who don’t know, there is a show on Netflix called <i>The Crown</i> and it is the only thing you should be watching for the rest of the year.<p>It’s about Queen Elizabeth II, and each series (season for us Americans) will focus on a different period of her reign, …

Entertainment

Mila Kunis Just Gave Birth To Her And Ashton Kutcher’s Second Child

Kutcher, party of four!<p>In case you’ve been busy livin’ life and stuff, you might have missed Mila Kunis being pregnant with her and Ashton Kutcher’s second child for the past nine months now.<p>She may have just been the cutest pregnant person alive.<p>Well now, BuzzFeed has confirmed with Kunis’s rep …

Ashton Kutcher

A Woman Documented Every Time A Black Person Appears On Season 7 Of “Gilmore Girls”

“What felt off is the extent to which Gilmore Girls attempted to signify diversity without putting much effort into developing it or avoiding stereotypes,” Rahawa Haile told BuzzFeed News.<p>Rahawa Haile, a writer who lives in Oakland, California, decided to document every time a black person appears …

Gilmore Girls

When Will Men Be Able To Live With Powerful Women?

In Netflix’s historical drama The Crown, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s tense relationship is sometimes excruciating to watch — because it’s all too familiar.<p><b>In the season finale</b> of Netflix’s new series <i>The Crown</i>, Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) asks her husband, Prince Philip (Matt Smith), to go …

Entertainment

European Counterterrorism Officials Warn Of Fresh Wave Of ISIS Attacks As Fighters Return Home

Analysts expect a rise in attacks as ISIS loses territories in the Middle East.<p>Counterterrorism officials warned on Friday that ISIS could direct new attacks in Europe as thousands of EU citizens who joined the group in the Middle East start returning home while its military fortunes dim.<p>The …

Europe