What's Going On Around The World Today

At least three Israelis died in multiple stabbing attacks today. The Dutch Safety Board released its final report about last year’s Malaysia Airlines crash which killed all 298 people on board. And Playboy will no longer publish totally nude photos.


At least three Israelis died and at least 16 others were wounded in a shooting and multiple stabbing attacks in Israel today.

Two Palestinian attackers opened fire and stabbed passengers on a bus in Jerusalem earlier today. Israeli police shot the suspects, killing one of them, BBC News reports. The stabbing comes amid a month of spiraling violence, as both sides continue to live in fear, BuzzFeed's Sheera Frenkel writes.

Over the last two weeks, two Israelis were killed and 20 more people were injured in roughly 15 separate stabbings. More than 26 Palestinians were fatally shot by police and other security forces, 10 of whom were identified as attackers, the Associated Press writes.

And a little extra.

The current round of violence is a bit different from prior uprisings. While former intifadas saw attacks mostly from organized Palestinian militant groups that earned government support, stabbings this time around are being done by lone individuals. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has publicly denounced violence, the New York Times writes.

Leaders on both sides are facing heavy criticism from their constituency. Abbas’ popularity has plummeted recently while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticized for not being tough enough in his reaction.

Iran’s parliament approved a deal on its nuclear program.

The agreement, which was endorsed by the United Nations Security Council, authorizes the easing of international sanctions against Iran for curbing its nuclear program.

While today’s vote is a significant step toward officially implementing the agreement, the bill the Iranian government passed only allows for limited access to the country’s military sites and mandates that a top Iranian body has to approve all international inspections, the Guardian writes. This still leaves room for disagreements between Iran and the other world powers.

Roughly 20 months of negotiations between the U.S., the UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany culminated into the deal in July of this year. The bill still needs final approval from a clerical body before it becomes law.

Here’s a timeline of how we got to the Iran nuclear deal.

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The Dutch Safety Board released findings from its investigation into why flight MH17 broke up over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

The investigation found that a Russian-made Buk-missile struck the plane after being fired from a Russian-backed rebel area in Eastern Ukraine, Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant writes. Who decided to launch the missile, however, will remain a mystery and won’t be resolved in the report.

The safety board also reportedly told roughly 600 family members this morning that the plane’s passengers were unconscious seconds after the missile hit. The pilots died instantly, Dutch television reports.

It also addresses why the Malaysia Airlines plane flew over the conflict region on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, and why relatives had to wait for days before receiving information about the victims, BBC News writes.

What’s next?

Russia denies it made the missile and said it was launched from territory controlled by Ukrainian rebels. Russia's findings are largely seen as “a deliberate attempt to deflect attention away from the [Dutch] investigation,” the Guardian writes.


The age old excuse, “I only read it for the articles!” will finally be true: Playboy will stop publishing nude photos.

The magazine, which was founded in 1953 and paved the way as a “tastemaker, an arbiter of style, and a vanguard for political, sexual, and economic freedom,” is looking to modernize due to the ease of finding nudity online, BuzzFeed News’ Claudia Koerner writes. Playboy will still feature playmates and provocative photos, but the female models will no longer be fully naked. The magazine’s redesign will be introduced next March, the New York Times writes.

“It’s not provocative to see nudity. In fact, it can actually limit our audience,” Playboy Enterprises CEO Scott Flanders said in an interview with NBC.

Founder Hugh Hefner, 89, is still listed as the magazine’s editor in chief. The magazine’s first issue featured nude photos of Marilyn Monroe. Playboy saw its highest circulation, of 7 million copies, in 1972.

Quick things to know:

  • Hillary Clinton will be center stage during the Democratic presidential candidates’ first debate tonight in Las Vegas. CNN, which is hosting the event, released the podium order based on polls since Aug 1. (CNN) The former Secretary of State was a surprise guest at a protest outside a hotel bearing Republican candidate Donald Trump’s name. (BuzzFeed News) And everyone is still waiting for Vice President Joe Biden to make a decision about whether he’s running for president. (New York Times)

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev (brewer of Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Corona) and SABMiller (maker of brands including Peroni and Grolsch) have reached an agreement “in principle” that would merge the two firms and create the world’s largest brewer. The deal is worth about $104 billion. (BuzzFeed News)

  • The Mexican government has made public its investigation into the disappearance of 43 students last year, but relatives are saying they received no notification. (BuzzFeed News)

  • Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who sparked outrage after killing Cecil the Lion in July, will not be charged over the animal’s death, a Zimbabwean minister said Monday. (BuzzFeed News)

  • Two shells hit the Russian embassy compound in the Syrian capital Damascus during a rally by pro-government supporters backing Russian airstrikes. (BBC News)

  • Police officers in the UK will record anti-Muslim hate crimes as a specific category in crime statistics for the first time. (BuzzFeed News)

  • NASA’s plan to visit Mars is “a journey to nowhere,” congressional science committee chief Lamar Smith said. (BuzzFeed News)

  • A new study shows that compulsive texting is taking a toll on teenagers. (New York Times)

  • Twitter suspended sports websites Deadspin and SB Nation after complaints from the NFL and Ultimate Fighting Championship. (BuzzFeed News)

  • A group of Swedish beard enthusiasts were reported to police after being mistaken for ISIS militants. (BuzzFeed News)

Happy Tuesday

Happy (almost) Halloween to Steve Daletas, a farmer in Northern California, who grew a nearly 2,000-pound pumpkin. That’s basically the size of a small car. At exactly 1,969 pounds, the massive fruit (fun fact: a pumpkin is officially considered a berry) wasn’t big enough to break the world record of 2,323 pounds, which was set last year in Germany. And if you’re thinking of competing, be aware that growing a massive pumpkin isn’t easy, BuzzFeed News’ Jason Wells writes. It’s a “painstaking process that involves daily vigilance, dozens of gallons of water a week, perfect soil conditions, and careful pruning.”

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