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alquemist posted a topic in Politics and World EventsGerman elections 2017: Angela Merkel wins fourth term but AfD makes gains, exit poll says – live updates Exit poll puts Merkel’s CDU/CSU on 32%, with Social Democrats in second place on 20% AfD (Alternative for Germany) takes 13% and projected to be first far-right party to enter Bundestag in six decades 23m ago17:02 Exit poll: Merkel on course for fourth term, but big breakthrough for AfD Angela Merkel is heading for a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor after her centre-right CDU party and its CSU sister party won 32% of the vote, initial exit polls have projected. The estimation puts the Christian Democrats comfortably ahead of their outgoing coalition partner and main rival, the Social Democrat SPD party led by Martin Schulz, which ended a miserable campaign with just 20% – a near rout. But as predicted, the far-right, anti-immigration AfD has spoiled the chancellor’s party, clearing the 5% parliamentary threshold for the first time in its four-year history with a score of 13%, making it the third largest party in the Bundestag and possibly the official opposition. The smaller, pro-business FDP party, Merkel’s favoured coalition partner, looks set to return to parliament after missing out in 2013 with a share of 10%, while the Green party won 9% and the left-wing Die Linke 9%. (pictures are not from the original article) German elections 2017 - first results
Magician posted a topic in Politics and World Eventshttp://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/snapchats-bob-marley-filter-prompts-blackface-backlash-w203499 Snapchats Bob Marley Filter Prompts Blackface Backlash April 20, 2016 @ 4:55 PM By Evan Real Courtesy of Kylie Jenner/Snapchat To celebrate America's unofficial marijuana holiday, 4/20, Snapchat released a filter on Wednesday, April 20, that allows users to digitally alter their faces to look like the late, weed-smoking reggae legend Bob Marley. The lens, which gives a Snapchatter Marley's signature crocheted cap, dreadlocks and dark skin, has infuriated many social media users, who lashed out at the app, calling the latest update a form of blackface. "@Snapchat I am very offended about the Bob Marley filter for 4/20. IT IS BLACK FACE!," one tweeter complained, while another fumed: ".@Snapchat delete the Bob Marley filter NOW. It is blackface, it's racist, and it's disrespectful to reduce such an important artist to this." Rather than remove the filter, Snapchat issued a statement in response to the backlash, defending the company's decision to create it. "The lens we launched today was created in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate, and gives people a new way to share their appreciation for Bob Marley and his music, the company wrote of the singer, who died of cancer in May 1981. Millions of Snapchatters have enjoyed Bob Marley's music, and we respect his life and achievements." Kylie Jenner, who currently reigns as the most-viewed person on Snapchat, was one of many users who tried on Marley's mug. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star shared a video of herself as the Jamaican-born icon, saying, "Yaaas, bitch, yaaas." Tell Us: What do you think about Snapchat's new 4/20-inspired Bob Marley filter?