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Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after 'greatest escape'

Members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) drive their armoured vehicles in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the Quneitra crossing, the only border crossing between Israel and Syria, on August 30, 2014Dozens of Filipino UN peacekeepers performed the "greatest escape" from besieging Syrian rebels, slipping away under the cover of night after rebels rammed their Golan Heights outpost with armed trucks, the Philippine military said Sunday. All 75 soldiers serving with a United Nations peacekeeping force in the Middle East flashpoint zone reached safety after the rebels, some linked to Al-Qaeda, surrounded them and demanded their weapons on Thursday, military chief General Gregorio Catapang said. The troops are part of a UN peacekeeping force which has been stationed in the Golan Heights since 1974 to monitor a ceasefire between Israel and Syria. We left our (old) position but we brought all our arms," said Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala.


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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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last updated: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:25:17 -0400

Obama's cool head an asset or liability?

US President Barack Obama walks from the West Wing to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on August 29, 2014 in Washington, DCThe president is not panicking, even though he admits it feels like world is falling apart.


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last updated: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:38:51 +0000

A Beginner’s Guide To The 'Star Trek' Franchise
'Star Trek' is more than pop culture: it’s 20th century mythology with its own complicated mythos. “Beam me up” and “live long and prosper” may have invaded the cultural lexicon, but 'Star Trek' is particularly intimidating for the uninitiated.

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last updated: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:17:05 GMT

China and Hong Kong poised for showdown over democracy
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong is poised for a showdown with China when the Chinese parliament meets later on Sunday, with the largely rubber-stamp body likely to snuff out hopes for a democratic breakthrough in the regional financial hub at elections due in 2017.






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last updated: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:46:05 -0400

13 Disney Channel Stars You Didn't Know Were On Crime Shows

They portrayed murderers, rapists, prostitutes, and victims. It sheds that “good kid” image, lemme tell ya. *Episode spoilers ahead*

Hilary Duff, Lizzie McGuire

Hilary Duff, Lizzie McGuire

Lizzie McGuire guest starred on an episode of Law and Order: SVU as a mother who supposedly killed her infant. This episode obviously stood in for the Casey Anthony case. Turns out her kid had measles, but she was still a crappy mother.

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Jake Thomas, Lizzie McGuire

Jake Thomas, Lizzie McGuire

Lizzie's younger brother Matt switched from harmless pranks to rape. He guest starred on an episode of Criminal Minds as a member of a trio who kidnap, chase, rape, and murder women. To be fair, he didn't know one of his accomplices went rogue and killed them, but still. He ends up beaten to death with a baseball bat because karma's a bitch.

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Raviv (Ricky) Ullman, Phil of the Future

Raviv (Ricky) Ullman, Phil of the Future

Yep, the lovable boy from the 22nd century guest starred on an episode of Law and Order: SVU. His character raped an unconscious girl to impress a radio shock-jock.

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Kay Panabaker, Phil of the Future

Kay Panabaker, Phil of the Future

Debbie went from being annoying as hell to a rape victim on an episode of Law and Order: SVU. Her character goes to New York and shacks up with this homeboy. Soon after, he pimps her out to all these rich, skeevy dudes. Charming, right?

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This Is What It Feels Like To Be Killed Off "Game Of Thrones" When Your Character Is Still Alive In The Books

Spoilers, obviously.

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Death abounds on HBO's Game of Thrones — just ask Jack Gleeson (Joffrey), Rory McCann (The Hound), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Sibel Kekilli (Shae), or Rose Leslie (Ygritte). But each of those actors knew their characters' fates upon landing their respective roles, since George R.R. Martin had previously killed them in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels upon which the show is based.

So what happens when Game of Thrones executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss decide the show no longer needs a character that still exists in Martin's books?

Turns out, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who played Jojen Reed (until he was killed in the Season 4 finale), was just as surprised as fans to learn about his character's fate.

"I found out on the plane flying over to film Season 4," the actor revealed to BuzzFeed during an interview for his new movie, The Maze Runner. "It happens in the last episode, so I was reading all the scripts and I got to the page where it says, 'Jojen gets stabbed repeatedly in the stomach.' I thought, That's OK. I'll be fine because no one's told me yet and I'm not dead in the books. I'll be fine.

"So I keep reading and see, 'Meera comes over and slits his throat.' Then I thought, Well, I'm amongst all these White Walkers. Maybe the plan is to turn me into a White Walker — that would be really, really cool. Then, that little girl comes out, throws a Molotov cocktail, and I burst into flames. That's when I knew I was definitely, definitely dead. Dead. Properly dead."

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68 Facts You Might Not Know About Classic '80s Films

Could you imagine Brad Pitt as JD in Heathers ?! Or what about Harry and Sally breaking up at the end of When Harry Met Sally ?!

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Ghostbusters

1. Dan Aykroyd was inspired to write Ghostbusters due to his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father all having a big interest in the paranormal.

2. John Belushi was originally envisioned to play the role of Peter Venkman, but he died before production started.

3. The movie did pay tribute to Belushi by basing the character of Slimer on him.

4. Eddie Murphy turned down the role of Winston in Ghostbusters to star in Beverly Hills Cop.

5. The film's director, Ivan Reitman, voiced both Slimer and Zuul.

6. Iconic porn star Ron Jeremy makes a cameo as an extra in the crowd.


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13 Breakup Poems That Say It Better Than You Ever Could

The Twitter hashtag movement #breakuppoetry parodied classic poems by making them about split relationships. Here are some of the best ones.

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A Gentle Reminder That Matt Bomer Can Get It

#MattBoner

This is Matt Bomer.

This is Matt Bomer.

He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on The Normal Heart.

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AKA THE HOTTEST MAN.

AKA THE HOTTEST MAN.

STEEL PANTHER.

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AKA THE SUAVEST MOST BEAUTIFUL SPECIMEN OF MANHOOD.

AKA THE SUAVEST MOST BEAUTIFUL SPECIMEN OF MANHOOD.

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Here he is in White Collar getting unclothed in the most wonderful way.

Here he is in White Collar getting unclothed in the most wonderful way.

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17 Reasons Zack Morris From "Saved By The Bell" Is Unrealistically Perfect

Bayside’s King is actually a God.

He's super romantic.

He's super romantic.

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He cleans up real good.

He cleans up real good.

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He has a HUGE phone.

He has a HUGE phone.

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Ira Sachs’ “Love Is Strange” Can’t Wait To Grow Old With You

In Sachs’ new film, after forty years of sleeping beside one another, a gay couple must adjust to new surroundings and figure out how to nurture an old love on new terms.

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The youngest character in Ira Sachs' new film, Love Is Strange, is a thief with a penchant for stealing French books. Sachs, who directed and co-wrote the film with Mauricio Zacharias, drew this character from his own childhood. "I had the idea that in my public high school in Memphis, I would be the only one to ever grow up and read French, so why let those books just sit on the shelf? The truth is, I'm still not reading French. So, my arrogance was false."

That arrogance, and how life can change for young gay men as they gain more life experience, appears throughout Sachs' six feature-length films. His last film, Keep The Light On, is a tale about "coming-of-middle-age." With Love is Strange (which expands to more cities beyond New York and L.A. screenings on Friday), the director wanted to see his own expanded perspectives reflected in the lives of his characters. "It was important to at some point put a break on behavior that had begun in a different era. And to try to see how that behavior was perhaps, no longer serving me. And that it was also perhaps more tied to who I was than who I am now."

Love is Strange stars Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as longtime partners who find themselves without the means to continue living in their apartment. Suddenly, George and Ben are forced to rely on the generosity of friends and family, which means finding temporary housing — separately. After forty years of sleeping beside one another, the couple must adjust to new surroundings and figure out how to nurture an old love on new terms. "It's a film I've written at the point that I'm 48 years old and truly middle-aged. There is a perspective one has from being in the middle of one's life, that's different from when I was younger, and I wanted the film to contain these different perspectives."

In the film, Ben lives with his nephew, Elliot, and his wife, Kate, and shares a bunkbed with their son, Joey. George lives with their neighbors, Ted and Roberto, two gay police officers with constant visitors and a non-existent meal schedule. With so many people from different generations sharing the tight spaces of New York City living, moments of misunderstanding, anger, and profound annoyance were inevitable. These are things Sachs has learned all too well.

"When I was writing this film with Mauricio, I went from living alone to living with my husband, our two kids, and their mother in the same apartment. Plus, family visitors coming to help us with the babies. What had been my own space became sometimes five or six people living there, and there was plenty of material for this movie." He laughed, eyes twinkling. "It's funny. Except it's not."

Of course, it is this shift in his everyday life, and the people he shares it with, that not only gave Sachs material, but a theme for the relationship between its main characters. While George feels largely invisible to his hosts, Ben can't seem to find a space where he doesn't become the landing pad for his family's frustration. There was a particularly touching scene where George shows up where Ben is staying and falls into his arms, sobbing. As Ben holds him, George offers apologies for his behavior, only to be held tighter and told, "Stop that." It's an incredibly gentle moment, something we don't often see between two gay men in movies. Sachs continues, "All my films have been about intimacy and relationships, what is distinct is that they have not been tender. I'm experiencing a tender relationship, and that's the dominant relationship in my life, as opposed to other times in which more challenging issues were defining my relationships. And more difficult issues. This film is sort of a personal reflection of a personal state I'm living in."

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15 Cakes That Are Definitely Not Safe For Life

These really don’t take the cake.

This Buzz Lightyear cake, which really looks more like a demented Mr. Potato Head.

This Buzz Lightyear cake, which really looks more like a demented Mr. Potato Head.

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This Disney Princess cake that is ribbed for your pleasure.

This Disney Princess cake that is ribbed for your pleasure.

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This Hannah Montana cake -- wait, was there an episode where she turned into a vampire?!

This Hannah Montana cake -- wait, was there an episode where she turned into a vampire?!

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This cake, which gave Tinkerbell a rather interesting makeover.

This cake, which gave Tinkerbell a rather interesting makeover.

Also, those eyes! THOSE EYES!

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NBC Dropped An Insane "Parenthood" Plotline Bomb

In a promo for the new season, the network casually confirmed that cliff-hanger about Amber is actually happening!

Parenthood is returning for its sixth and final season in September and the whole gang is back for family dinners.

Parenthood is returning for its sixth and final season in September and the whole gang is back for family dinners.

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Sarah (Lauren Graham) is very excited to see Hank (Ray Romano).

Sarah (Lauren Graham) is very excited to see Hank (Ray Romano).

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Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) appears to be teaching Drew (Miles Heizer) a new lesson.

Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) appears to be teaching Drew (Miles Heizer) a new lesson.

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And Zeek and Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) enjoy a quiet moment.

And Zeek and Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) enjoy a quiet moment.

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13 Drunk Horror Stories That'll Make You Give Up Alcohol Forever

What happens in Vegas stays on BuzzFeed.

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"I got on stage at a T-Pain concert and drunkenly twerked in a leopard print skirt. Mid-twerk, I realized my AMF drinks weren't sitting right in my stomach. I started to spin and grab onto whoever was nearest, and spewed a rancid blue geyser of vomit onto T-Pain's security team and the front row. They picked me up and carried me offstage, and I screamed: 'LEMME BUY YOU A DRAAAANK' at the top of my lungs. I accidentally kicked a girl covered in my blue vomit in the chin on my way out. My friends locked me in the backseat while I was covered in animal-printed blue shame, and went back to enjoy the rest of the concert."

"Recently my boyfriend and I walked home, very intoxicated, and a skunk graced its presence beside me. Being the stupid person that I am, I ran with my arms flailing and made elephant sounds. This obviously alerted the skunk into spray mode, and my poor boyfriend got sprayed before he could comprehend the whole situation. He had to take three days off from work because of the smell."


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Snoop Dogg's New Alter Ego Is A White Guy Named Todd

What’s this all about?

Since Thursday, Aug. 28, Snoop Dogg has been posting photos and videos on Instagram in which he plays a white character named Todd:

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Here he is with actress Nia Long:

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And kissing his own reflection:

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YouTube user Trap Beatz compiled this compilation of Snoop's Todd videos:

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10 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

Cher (letting the kids know she’s been there and done that) kicks off this week’s #ThrowbackThursday roundup.

Madonna took us back to her glamorous Breathless Mahoney-era days.

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While Carson Daly took us back to the final glory days of the MTV VJ.

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The 10 Adorable "Cute Or Not Champions" Of The Week

These are the cuties who came out on top in our weekly Cute or Not contest. Don’t forget to submit your own pet and vote!

Nona the prize-winning rescue dog is super adorable, but she couldn't champion her way to a spot above...

Nona the prize-winning rescue dog is super adorable, but she couldn't champion her way to a spot above...

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...Bentley, the happiest little pup! His smile wasn't dashing enough to beat...

...Bentley, the happiest little pup! His smile wasn't dashing enough to beat...

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...Telecaster and Rufus! They weren't able to snuggle their way to a win against...

...Telecaster and Rufus! They weren't able to snuggle their way to a win against...

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Cormac, the most cuddly pup of all! Cormac's fluffy ears couldn't triumph over...

Cormac, the most cuddly pup of all! Cormac's fluffy ears couldn't triumph over...

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The Stages Of Viewing TV While Black, As Told By The Fresh Prince

This is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down.

The Hollywood Reporter scrubbed five decades of television history to produce a spread last week titled "53 Years of Trailblazing TV."

"Trailblazing," for the article's purposes, included only producers who have won Emmys for Best Comedy or Best Drama — which no black showrunners apparently have. (That trend continued Monday at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.) For the sake of conversation (not just because it's a factual statement), can we agree these parameters are a bit limited?

If this is agreeable, let me move on. An article celebrating lily-whiteness as an aspect of "legendary" television only serves to sadden me as a black viewer because it punctuates just how much things have changed during my lifetime.

To help me illustrate these changes, I've solicited some help from one of the most enduring figures of my television-viewing adolescence: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. You ready, Will?

Stage One: A Land Flowing With Milk and Honey

Stage One: A Land Flowing With Milk and Honey

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When I was a kid in the early '90s, my family went to church on Thursday nights. This meant my father set the VCR (!) to record Fox's primetime lineup: Martin, Living Single, and New York Undercover.

In one night, I could look forward to a sitcom set in my hometown of Detroit, another comedy about four female friends and their romantic hits and misses (long pre-dating Sex and the City), and a drama about a pair of detectives who were Latino and black.

It never occurred to me that one day these images would range from scarce to non-existent.

In third grade, my class had to fill out some kind of self-profile, in which I distinctly remember writing that Frasier was my favorite TV show. I'm sure my teacher, Mrs. Adelstein, found this amusing.

The point here is that we didn't go out of our way to only watch black television shows. We didn't have to: At one point in time, L.A. Law followed Cheers, which followed A Different World, which followed The Cosby Show on NBC — but then shows like Seinfeld and Friends took the place of the former two, shows that were hugely successful and unapologetically non-diverse.

So, while television viewing wasn't necessarily segregated in my house... the television landscape began doing the shifting for us.

Stage Two: Forced Exile

Stage Two: Forced Exile

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13 Awkward Moments Only Harry Potter Fans Will Understand

Mischief managed.

If you're still waiting for that special letter in the mail, then you already get it.

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Life would be so much easier with magic.

Life would be so much easier with magic.

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LINK: 21 Embarrassing Things Every Muggle Secretly Does

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17 Celebrity Instagrams You Need To See This Week

From Justin Bieber’s sad cowboy hat to James Franco’s doppelganger dog, here’s what you might have missed.

Ricky Gervais showed the world how to use a photo booth.

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James Franco discovered his doggie doppelganger, Marnie.

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Amber Rose celebrated Wiz Khalifa's album going to #1.

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Sheldon posed with a Sheldon doll.

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José Vs Joe: Who Gets A Job?

How much does your name really matter when applying for jobs?

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This Dad Has Figured Out A Super Speedy Way To Peel Apples

Wow!

Reddit user OnlyAMuffin posted this video of his dad's quick trick for peeling apples at their family restaurant. All that's required is a drill, a fruit peeler, and a steady hand.

"[W]e give the apple peelings to a local ranch so they don't go to waste," the writer said, adding, "It also works for potatoes, just not as well."

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The 18 Stages Of Visiting A Farmers' Market

Ironic Scotch egg, anyone?

You grow weary of your local supermarket's corporate blandness, with its faceless customer service automatons and suspiciously fresh-looking imported produce.

You grow weary of your local supermarket's corporate blandness, with its faceless customer service automatons and suspiciously fresh-looking imported produce.

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You start to worry that, by not actively supporting local food producers, you're becoming some sort of sheeple.

You start to worry that, by not actively supporting local food producers, you're becoming some sort of sheeple .

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So you make like a upstanding citizen and visit a nearby farmers' market. And suddenly, you can't understand why you're not always at a farmers' market.

So you make like a upstanding citizen and visit a nearby farmers' market. And suddenly, you can't understand why you're not always at a farmers' market.

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You feel so outdoorsy! All the stallholders are smiling at you! And you smile beatifically back at everyone, knowing you're all doing your own little bit to support local producers.

You feel so outdoorsy ! All the stallholders are smiling at you! And you smile beatifically back at everyone, knowing you're all doing your own little bit to support local producers.

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26 Things Only Perpetually Tired People Will Understand

If I could, I would probably sleep all day long.

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No matter how noisy it is, you can sleep through basically anything.

No matter how noisy it is, you can sleep through basically anything.

Nice try, but there's no way I'm waking up for that.

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