BuzzFeed News speaks with a 28-year-old who fled his family's efforts to kill him in Iran hoping Australia would protect him. Instead, the country sent him to a place that feels just as dangerous.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Anne Helen Petersen meets the queen of disaster prepping. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Millions of Americans may identify as “preppers,” but most don’t have massive stockpiles of guns, dress in camo, or live off the grid. They’re more like Lisa Bedford, the "Survival Mom," who’s built a massive following simply by suggesting that being ready — for a financial crisis, for a massive natural disaster, for a terrorist attack — is just common sense.
The U.S. government has moved quietly and aggressively to prevent undocumented Indians from entering the United States, many of whom are Sikhs fleeing political repression or economic collapse at home.
You may not know his name, but you’ve heard Bernard “Pretty” Purdie play drums. Over five decades, the prolific session musician has backed some of the 20th century's biggest hits. Now, at 74, he’s ready to take center stage.
When Muslim immigrants apply to become citizens, they often find the process delayed for years without explanation. Then, when they are at wit’s end, they get a visit from the FBI, with an offer they don’t dare refuse.
This week for BuzzFeed News, John Lingan meets the busiest drummer in pop history. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Six months ago, only a handful of people knew the name of the star of the pitch-perfect spoof #HoodDocumentary. Now 22-year-old Kayode Ewumi is on red carpets and making jokes at the BBC. He explains why the goal is to stay happy – and working.
Turbocharged surveillance technology turned Officer Rickey Antoine into an unstoppable policing juggernaut. The city of Port Arthur says his approach to traffic safety saves lives. But some of the city’s poorest residents are paying the price.
In the early days of her husband's administration, Hillary Clinton tried to start a national conversation about basic human decency, only to be mocked. In the midst of the most mean-spirited presidential campaign in memory, she talks with BuzzFeed News about the unchanged way she sees herself — and if she'll ever be able to communicate it.
When the internet's pit bull obsessives grab ahold of something, they don't let go.
For decades, students at Spelman — the elite historically black women’s college — have spoken out about instances of sexual assault committed by students from Morehouse College, their unofficial brother school. Now, in the wake of a petition, protests, and a federal investigation, their messages are ringing louder than ever. Why haven't we heard them?
You may not know Diane Warren's name, but you've belted out a chorus of one of her dozens of megahits at karaoke. With an unexpectedly viral Lady Gaga hit now up for an Oscar, Warren is in her fourth decade of writing definitive mainstream pop songs without ever quite feeling part of the mainstream.
After a 15-year career behind the camera, Savage talks to BuzzFeed News about the role that brought him back in front of it and what he learned from Kevin Arnold.
A history of Facebook's highly controversial, completely audacious, and possibly best-intentioned program, Free Basics.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Anita Badejo unpacks the complexities of reporting sexual assaults at historically black colleges. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Syfy's new fantasy drama The Magicians explores what happens when young adults find out they have powers. “You’re drinking and you’re fucking. What does magic do for you then?” co-creator Sera Gamble asked aloud.
After a slew of box office bombs and critical flops, Robert De Niro’s been told to retire, that he’s ruining his legacy, that he’s too blinded by his own genius to understand just how limp his films truly have become. But what if there’s a different explanation for why his movies end up so badly?
Betting worth billions. Elite players. Violent threats. Covert messages with Sicilian gamblers. And suspicious matches at Wimbledon. Leaked files expose match-fixing evidence that tennis authorities have kept secret for years.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Katie J.M. Baker pulls back the curtains on the recent sexual assault allegations that have rocked L.A.'s comedy scene. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
In January 2015, a prison transport carrying 15 men — three guards and 12 chained-together inmates — ran off the road. It was one of the bloodiest days in the history of Texas prisons.
The exclusive story of how female comedians decided to take matters into their own hands and kick alleged assaulters and harassers out of their community — and the scandal that followed.
Christian Ott, a young astrophysics professor at Caltech, engaged in “discriminatory and harassing” behavior toward two female graduate students, a university investigation has found.
Jungle Gold — an action-packed reality show about two Mormons from Utah mining for gold in Ghana — was a hit when it premiered on the Discovery Channel in 2012. How, in less than a year, did its cast and crew get accused of everything from manipulating Ghanaians to murdering them?
This week for BuzzFeed News, Meredith Talusan explores the complex aftermath of of a transgender sex worker's death in the Philippines. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
During the early 20th century, the Montreal melon was a culinary delicacy and an agricultural moneymaker. But as industrial farming took hold, the hard-to-grow fruit went the way of the dodo bird. What one farmer’s attempt to revive it says about taste and technology.
A decade after Desperate Housewives put her on the map, Eva Longoria is back with a new TV show, a renewed mission in life, and the wisdom to know how they can work in tandem.
Trans sex workers in Olongapo, Philippines still don’t disclose their trans status to clients, even though a U.S. Marine was recently convicted of killing a Filipina sex worker upon discovering she was trans. Since the conviction — for the lesser charge of homicide — locals are eager to reestablish normal relations with U.S. troops. But will sex workers remain vulnerable?
This week for BuzzFeed News, Ken Bensinger, Jessica Garrison, and Jeremy Singer-Vine tell the story of the pied piper of North Carolina. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
In 2015, BuzzFeed News reporters and contributors went everywhere from Nova Scotia to Kazakhstan to China. Here is a selection of their stories, on the injustices, mysteries, phenomena, and fascinations we couldn't miss this year.
In no particular order, here are just a few of the many fantastic personal essays we published across Buzz, Life, and News in 2015.
From a recovering teen meme to a historical cipher to Instagram superstars to the leader of the men's rights movement, here are some of the most fascinating people we spent time with this year.
A porn actor had condomless sex with 12 men while filming and five men off the set — likely infecting another porn actor and a non–work partner.
Winter's coldest airmass is so chilly it led to the cancellation of an Ice Festival in New York City.
The 15-year-old sophomores were found Friday morning near the cafeteria at Independence High School in Glendale.
There’s a board that chooses the world’s emojis and on it, alongside multinational firms like IBM, Google and Microsoft, sits the country of Oman. The small Gulf kingdom says it wants a say in how the Arabic Language is represented online.
The entire colony will be wiped out by 2020 unless the iceberg is dislodged, scientists said.
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