Right after he took office, Barack Obama promised to do away with torture. But documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show for the first time how a harsh interrogation tactic thrived on his watch in Afghanistan. Human rights advocates said it could be inhumane and illegal.
Any elite athlete is under pressure to excel. World champion gymnast Simone Biles is under pressure to be inevitable.
As Europe struggles to handle its refugee crisis, people running from the 14 year-long war in Afghanistan find themselves left on the outside. BuzzFeed News' Jina Moore reports from Lesbos, Greece.
Ken Roh moved to the United States from South Korea 43 years ago. Now, he’s running a pro–North Korea website, the most visible of a small group of Pyongyang’s devotees in the U.S.
To be black in America is to exist in haunting, mundane proximity to death at all moments.
Television’s obsession with the tiny house “revolution” is lighting up conversations about class, race, and even the politics of housing regulation.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Reggie Ugwu meets the stream weavers. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
"It's like Kids Company." Luxury gifts and first-class travel for executives. Home Office grants spent in 24 hours. Warnings ignored by trustees and the Charity Commission. A BuzzFeed News investigation into the closure of Broken Rainbow.
The Southern Arkansas University police chief allegedly told Taylor Moore that no crime was committed when she was groped in a dorm room. A prosecutor said that a jury wouldn’t convict the alleged assailant anyway. Nearly seven months later, a city attorney is considering misdemeanor charges.
In the days after the Pulse massacre, performers in Orlando’s LGBT club scene were recovering from trauma and mourning their friends. But because people have flocked to Orlando’s other gay bars, and because the rent needs to get paid, LGBT nightlife staffers have had to work through their pain in public — not to mention the emotional labor involved in being the face of a national tragedy. Here’s how they’re coping: in stolen, private moments among the queer families that love them.
Michael Katze, famous for his studies of Ebola and the flu, ran a lab at the University of Washington where intoxication and sexual harassment went unchecked, and where he misused public resources for personal gain, according to two investigations obtained by BuzzFeed News.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Dvora Meyers meets gymnastics phenom Simone Biles. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Linda Cox overcame discrimination, ridicule, and explosives to become the military’s first female bomb technician over 40 years ago. Just don’t call her a feminist role model.
Patients get beaten. Their assailants walk free. New York’s special agency dedicated to preventing abuse has vast prosecutorial power – and hardly ever uses it.
The attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport shows how the country has gone from a destination for international commerce and tourism to becoming a magnet for terrorist violence.
The most iconic image of racist brutality in America would have looked different had James Cameron not survived a lynching attempt in Indiana in 1930. He devoted the rest of his life not just to civil rights, but to memorializing the moment of his near death.
Uber data suggests that drivers overall in three major U.S. markets — Denver, Detroit, and Houston — earned less than $13.25 an hour after expenses in late 2015, according to calculations based on more than a million trips.
As science fiction's most venerable franchise marks its 50th anniversary with a new movie and its first new TV series in over a decade, the chance to unify and mobilize its famously devoted — and demanding — fanbase may be the true final frontier.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Syreeta McFadden tells the miraculous story of the only known lynching survivor in America. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Brian Castner meet the first woman to disarm bombs for the U.S. military. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Nineteen people have been arrested and nine of them charged with money laundering after BuzzFeed News revealed Lycamobile’s “deeply suspicious” cash movements.
Nearly 40 years ago, nine men died when a fire broke out in a bathhouse in Manhattan. What's changed, and what hasn't, in the interim.
Best known for her support of an Oregon militia's armed standoff against the federal government, Michele Fiore is now trying to become part of that government. Even if she loses her bid for Congress, this literal calendar girl for the guns-for-everyone movement is the face of a political fringe that is slowly pushing itself towards the mainstream.
Paying homage to a beloved movie by selling thousands of tickets for a weekend-long, city-wide re-creation takes military precision and logistical expertise. But David Blanchard has never done anything like this before.
A Deadhead turned medical marijuana and criminal defense lawyer from Southern California has made himself into the country’s leading defender of hackers. Can he save his clients from the worst law in technology — and themselves?
Overlooking terrorism that killed Americans, including the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Donald Trump sought investment partnerships with Muammar al-Qaddafi and the Libyan regime. He rented his Westchester estate to the dictator, tried to set up a face-to-face meeting, and took the Libyan ambassador golfing.
The AIDS epidemic can be ended with current drugs — in theory. Now, a rural village in impoverished Zimbabwe has figured out how to help end the epidemic in real life, and they’ve done it in a simple, low-tech, and inexpensive way.
A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have "a severe impact on him," according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the "severe impact" the assault had on her.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Adam B. Vary ventures deep into the galaxy of Star Trek fandom. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
In 1969, the Zombies had a huge hit single, despite having broken up two years earlier. To meet the unexpected demand, one promoter did the only sensible thing: hire four kids from Texas to tour America pretending to be a defunct British psych-rock band.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Kayleen Schaefer finds out life really does move fast. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Six years after opening its first salon, the chain is on track to do $100 million in sales this year. Here's how it got there.
Politicians called it a symbol of European failure. Media reports called it squalid. But until it was bulldozed this week, the Idomeni refugee camp offered hope to the thousands of people who lived there. Jina Moore reports for BuzzFeed News.
E-cigs are more popular than ever — but they're also exploding in vapers’ faces at an alarming rate. Will new regulations be enough?
This week for BuzzFeed News, Daniel Ralston uncovers one of the strangest capers in rock history. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
For over a century, fraternal orders like the Elks served as the cornerstone of American social and civic engagement. Here’s how one Seattle neighborhood has made the Elks, and the community it provides, cool again.
In a remote conference room in Tennessee, some of America's most prominent white nationalists and many in the alt-right gathered last weekend for an annual meeting. This year, however, is different.
After their husbands — including many who were caught up in Mexico’s drug cartels — vanished or were killed, these women have put their blood, sweat, tears, and hopes into a small ramshackle factory. BuzzFeed News’ Karla Zabludovsky reports from Apatzingán, Mexico.
How one California university faked students' scores, skated by immigration authorities, and made a fortune in the process.