“I will keep you in suspense”


October 20, 2016

Donald Trump refused to say during the final presidential debate that he would accept the results of the US election. Mark Zuckerberg took to his preferred social network to defend longtime board member and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel. And 100 of this year’s biggest news stories in pictures.



"Bad hombres," puppets, and quite a few debunks: Here's what went down in that fiery final US presidential debate.

In one of the most striking moments, Republican nominee Donald Trump refused to say he would accept the results of the election. “I will look at it at the time,” he said. “I will keep you in suspense.” Democratic rival Hillary Clinton called his comments “horrifying.”

Trump also wrongly claimed that sexual assault allegations made against him by women have been “debunked,” denying they happened at all, and saying he didn’t even apologize to his wife Melania, because “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

On the Supreme Court, Trump said he would appoint judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade — the landmark ruling legalizing abortion. Clinton said she would select judges who would uphold the ruling.

Trump also repeated a number of falsehoods, including that he didn’t know Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Though he was mostly right that Clinton had wanted a type of wall along the US–Mexico border.)

Missed the debate? Watch it here. Getty Images

That's not all...

  • The candidates accused each other of being “puppets” of the Russian government, which inspired people to defend puppets from the dumpster fire that is this election season.  

  • Trump said on border security, “We have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get ‘em out." And the internet erupted.

  • And Trump closed out the evening by calling Clinton “such a nasty woman,” and, you guessed it…people had ~a lot~ to say.

People think this CNN commentator perfectly summed up the debate. While you were watching the debate, Trump launched Trump TV.Trump dragged American democracy along for election night “suspense.” The debate still left some voters in Nevada undecided. And in case you were wondering: Here's five points that show how difficult it is to rig an election.



ExoMars 2016 mission: A spacecraft is in orbit around Mars, but the fate of a lander is still unknown.

The European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander should have touched down on the planet on Wednesday afternoon. But scientists are still waiting for confirmation that the module reached the surface intact. Meanwhile, the mission’s Trace Gas Orbiter, a spacecraft that will circle Mars to investigate its atmosphere, got into place without a hitch. BuzzFeed News’ Kelly Oakes explains what you need to know about the mission.

ESA/ATG medialab / Via exploration.esa.int



Thousands of Argentine women took to the streets to protest against gender violence. 

“We want them alive,” or #VivasLasQueremos, read the signs carried by hundreds of women who gathered in Buenos Aires to protest against violence against women following the brutal murder of 16-year-old Lucia Perez.

At least 235 women were killed in Argentina last year because of their gender, according to the government. Some women’s rights groups say there have been 226 killed so far this year.

The protest underscores the frustration at the growing rate of femicides  the murder of women because of their gender  and the persistent culture of machismo in Latin America.

    Natacha Pisarenko / AP



    • Anti-US protests: Hundreds of people demonstrated against the US military presence in the Philippines capital of Manila Wednesday — but the protest turned ugly when a police van drove into demonstrators.

    • Brexit fallout: After the EU referendum, academics predicted scientists would leave the UK in search of better opportunities elsewhere. BuzzFeed News spoke to three scientists who are doing just that. And a Brexit trade plan involves selling beef to Japan, where British beef is banned.

    • LGBT: Australia’s first openly gay Aboriginal politician has made an impassioned plea for marriage equality, and called for greater self-determination for the Indigenous community. And this Turkish band’s music video is raising awareness about violence against LGBT people.

    • In tech: T-Mobile has been fined $48 million after it unfairly slowed the internet service of some of its customers. All future Teslas will be capable of self-driving. And Mark Zuckerberg took to his preferred social network to defend concerns that early Facebook investor Peter Thiel was both a board member and a Trump supporter.

    • Health: A second man taking the daily HIV-prevention pill Truvada has been infected by a rare drug-resistant strain of the virus. And reported STDs have reached an all-time high, according to a new report by the Center for Disease Control.

    • Sports: A jury has ruled that NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends didn’t drug and gang-rape his ex-girlfriend in 2013. And the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays and are going to the World Series for the first time since 1997.

    • Airbnb will roll out product changes that make it impossible for individual hosts in some cities to list multiple homes starting Nov. 1.

    • The World Press Photo exhibition, which opens next month in London, highlights the best photojournalism of the year. Here are 100 photographs of the biggest news stories.

    “Ivory Wars” in the Nature Stories category. The trade in poached ivory is financing rebel armed militia across Africa. Brent Stirton / Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic


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