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What's Going On Around The World Today?

Alt-right writer Milo Yiannopoulos’s upcoming book was canceled after he was accused of defending pedophilia. President Donald Trump has named H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser. And meet the people living in “micro homes” and canal boats because they can’t afford soaring rent prices.

Posted on February 21, 2017, at 6:13 a.m. ET


President Donald Trump has named H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser.

He replaces Michael Flynn, who resigned last week. McMaster is the director of the Army’s Capabilities Integration Center and formerly served as the commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning. The three-star general had planned to retire this August – until Friday when President Trump invited him to Mar-a-Lago to discuss serving as national security adviser.

Acting National Security Adviser Keith Kellogg will serve as the National Security Council chief of staff, Trump announced.

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People in South Sudan are facing a famine.

Famine in South Sudan has left 100,000 people facing starvation and nearly 8 million people in need of immediate assistance, United Nations agencies say. South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in 2011 to become world’s newest nation, has been entangled in conflict for the past 50 years.

South Sudan has been declared on the brink of famine twice in the past three years. But aid agencies say this time is different, because they cannot reach the affected areas.

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A publisher canceled alt-right writer Milo Yiannopoulos’s book after he was accused of defending pedophilia.

A January 2016 interview in which the Breitbart editor said sexual relationships between teenagers and adults could be consensual and beneficial went viral over the weekend. Yiannopoulous’s invitation to the Conservative Political Action Conference was revoked, and hours later, publisher Simon & Schuster canceled his planned book, Dangerous.

“I do not advocate for illegal behavior. I explicitly say on the tapes that I think the current age of consent is ‘about right,’” Yiannopoulous wrote on Facebook. “I do not believe sex with 13-year-olds is okay. When I mentioned the number 13, I was talking about the age I lost my own virginity.”

And here’s why the world’s biggest brands are blacklisting Breitbart.


Britney Spears deserves better than that Lifetime movie.

It was only a matter of time before Britney Spears, a tabloid cover girl who skyrocketed to pop fame in the late ’90s, became the subject of a Lifetime movie. But the film’s release raises important questions about the ways we think about — and evaluate — female pop stars by focusing on their personal life rather than their work.

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  • The Russian ambassador to the United Nations has died in New York. Vitaly Churkin died on Monday, a day before his 65th birthday.

  • US news: Former Attorney General Eric Holder will lead an investigation into sexism at Uber after a former employee described rampant sexism and Game of Thrones-like politics. And the FBI has opened an investigation after 11 Jewish community centers across the US received bomb threats on Monday.

  • WhatsApp’s new status feature looks a lot like Snapchat stories. The new version of status updates is rolling out across Europe this week and will likely hit the rest of the world soon after.

  • Britain’s housing crisis: People are living in “micro homes” and canal boats, and one YouTuber has set up home in a converted ambulance.

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Architecture student Jonny Bush, 24, couldn’t afford to rent and study at Canterbury University so he put his design and engineering skills to work by converting a 20-year-old van into a habitable mobile home.

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