Colombia is left without a Plan B

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October 3, 2016 

How Colombia has tried — and failed — to reach peace with the country’s largest rebel group. Donald Trump can’t stop talking about Alicia Machado for some reason. And reality star Kim Kardashian is unharmed after being robbed at gunpoint inside her Paris hotel room.

 

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Colombian voters have rejected a historic peace deal that was meant to end over five decades of conflict with leftist rebels.

Voters took to the polls Sunday faced with a simple choice: voting “yes” on “no” on whether to accept the government’s peace deal with the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC). With 99.85% of the vote counted by the afternoon, “no” had taken the lead at 50.22%, according to official government numbers, sending shockwaves throughout the country.

More than 220,000 people have been killed and nearly 7 million displaced from their homes as the conflict has dragged on. Guillermo Legaria / AFP / Getty Images

What's next?

“The bilateral and final ceasefire is still standing,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said during a televised speech. “Tomorrow I will convene the political forces, in particular the ones in favor of ‘no,’ to listen them and determine which path to follow … I will not give up.”

 

Donald Trump's home and golf club near Washington, DC, have security cameras inside and out that are monitored from New York, insiders say.

The modest house in suburban Virginia doesn't look like a Donald Trump residence: no classical columns, no gold accents. But sources say it has one feature common to many Trump properties that opens a window onto the candidate’s worldview: an extensive and closely monitored surveillance system, at a time when concerns about surveillance are more pervasive in the US than ever before.

BuzzFeed News previously reported that in his bedroom at his Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump had a switchboard that allowed him to eavesdrop on any landline there, according to people who worked at the estate.

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WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

Behind Blue Apron's rush to strike startup gold: health and safety violations, gun threats, and bomb scares.

Blue Apron wants to revolutionize food by selling would-be home cooks all the ingredients they need to make a meal without setting foot in the grocery store. But a BuzzFeed News investigation has found the company ran into problems with safety and security at its Richmond, California, food processing facility in a rush to scale and keep up with demand.

Employees have reported being punched, choked, groped, pushed, pulled, and even bitten by each other on the job, according to police reports. Blue Apron has been dealt over $25,000 in proposed penalties by the state of California, the most of this kind in the industry.

BuzzFeed News; Source: Cal/OSHA

 

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

Kim Kardashian West is unharmed after being held at gunpoint and robbed of more than $10 million worth of jewelry inside her Paris hotel room, a spokesperson said.

The reality star, who was in Paris for Fashion Week, was “badly shaken but physically unharmed” after “masked men dressed as police officers” held her at gunpoint early Monday morning, a spokesperson said. French police say five armed men stole a jewelry box containing valuables worth $6.7 million and a ring worth $4.5 million, the AP reports.

Within two hours, her husband, Kanye West, abruptly stopped a New York performance, citing a family emergency.

 

How young is too young to be transgender?

Clinics are popping up across America to help kids as young as 3 who might be transgender, but some say it’s too much, too soon, writes BuzzFeed News’ Azeen Ghorayshi.

When she was 7, Nicole “socially transitioned” from boy to girl: She grew out her hair, traded in pants and overalls for pink and purple dresses, and ditched the common boy’s name that now made her cringe to hear.

While most doctors agree on how to treat transgender teens and adults who might want hormone treatments, no one knows what to do about kids like Nicole who are too young for medical intervention.

Nicole was born in 2006 in Austin. Ilana Panich-Linsman for BuzzFeed News

 

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A counterprotest in support of marriage equality. Carlos Jasso / Reuters

 
 

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