By Daniel Dickson and Martin Lindstam STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Ukraine's Jamala struck a surprise gold in the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with her "1944" song featuring lyrics about deportations by the Soviet Union in what could be one of the most controversial winners in the competition's history. Jamala, herself a Tatar, stood alone on the Stockholm stage singing "you think you are gods" against a blood-red backdrop. Stalin deported Crimean Tatars to Central Asia en masse, accusing them of sympathizing with Nazi Germany, and many died on the way or in exile.
New documentary provides an emotional look into Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's scandal 'nightmare'
Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin considered splitting up. This revelation about one of the country’s most high-profile political couples came in one of the many uncomfortable, intimate moments featuring the pair in the new documentary “Weiner.” The film, which documents Weiner’s ill-fated 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, also serves as a portrait of a family engulfed by scandal and the ravenous press coverage that comes with it. Abedin, a longtime aide to now-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, admitted in front of the documentary crew’s cameras that she and Weiner considered separating after his first fall from grace.
The Navy is reviewing procedures for keeping track of trainees who do not make it through the grueling course to become SEALs in the wake of three deaths involving sailors who participated in the last four training classes, military officials said. Two of the deaths involved trainees who had recently not made it through BUDS -- Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL -- training that selects the sailors who will join the elite special operations unit. In April, Seaman Daniel DelBianco, 23, committed suicide after he did not make it through "hell week," the intense week-long climax to BUDS during which prospective SEALs endure extreme sleep deprivation and tough physical conditions to see if they can carry out their military training under exhausting conditions.
Unconventional #13: Could Trump’s rise convince Clinton to pick Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Politicians in Texas, Arkansas and elsewhere vowed defiance — and other conservative states could follow suit — after the Obama administration told public schools across the U.S. on Friday to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
Facebook Inc, the social networking powerhouse, is conducting a full investigation into allegations of political bias, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement late Thursday. The accusation sparked an outcry on social media and prompted a U.S. Senate inquiry into Facebook's practices. Facebook has "found no evidence that this report is true," Zuckerberg said in a post published on his Facebook page, but added that the company would continue to investigate.
Donald Trump bristled during a Friday interview when he was asked about a recently unearthed audio recording of him allegedly discussing his own love life in third person. Earlier Friday, the Washington Post published a surreal, 14-minute phone call from 1991 between a man who said his name was John Miller — and who sounds like Trump — discussing Trump’s dating life. “He gets called by everybody in the book in terms of women,” the man says in the recording, which was with Sue Carswell, a reporter at People magazine.
By Dmitry Solovyov and Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin dismissed allegations that Russia had run a sophisticated doping programme at the last winter Olympics as treacherous slander on Friday, calling the ex-head of the country's doping laboratory "a turncoat." Two Russian winter sportsmen named as cheats by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former lab chief who has since fled to the United States, also denied wrongdoing, saying the charges were part of a campaign to besmirch the name of Russian sport. Russia, already battling to overturn a ban on its athletes taking part in this year's Rio summer Olympics, has been thrown on the defensive after a New York Times report cited Rodchenkov, the ex-head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory, as saying he ran a doping programme at the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics which included at least 15 medal winners.
The Obama administration will tell every U.S. public school district on Friday to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. The letter, signed by officials from the Education and Justice departments, does not have the force of law but contains an implicit threat that schools which do not abide by the Obama administration's interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid. "There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex," U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.