As usual, here are links to the biggest stories on the internet today.
Crew on board a Cathay Pacific plane flying over Japan reported a suspected sighting of last week’s North Korean missile test, the airline said. The company confirmed to the BBC that crew witnessed “what is suspected to be the re-entry” of the missile into the earth’s atmosphere.
Jordan’s foreign minister has warned the US of “dangerous consequences” if it recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Ayman Safadi said he had told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson such a declaration would trigger great anger in the Arab and Muslim world.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the creation of a new virtual currency in a bid to ease the country’s economic crisis. He said the Petro would be backed by Venezuela’s oil, gas, gold and diamond wealth. Opposition MPs, however, poured scorn on the plan.
A hospital in the Indian capital Delhi has fired two doctors for mistakenly declaring a newborn dead. The doctors at the privately run Max Hospital had pronounced the baby dead hours after his twin who was stillborn on 30 November. The parents found that the baby was alive while they were on their way to his funeral.
The claim: Copies of a Vladimir Putin calendar have been “selling like hot cakes” in the UK. Reality Check verdict: We’ve been unable to find any shop in the UK stocking the calendar, while sales online have been limited.
Barack Obama said he believes more future leaders should be women. The former U.S. president was in Paris over the weekend, speaking to a group of media leaders, financiers and academics known as Les Napoleons. During the speech, he announced that it was time to put more women in power “because men seem to be having some problems these days,” AFP reported.
Continuing his ” America First” approach to foreign policy, President Donald Trump has pulled the U.S. out of a United Nations compact seeking global cooperation to protect the safety and rights of refugees and migrants. Trump’s decision to end America’s “participation in the Global Compact on Migration” was disclosed on Saturday by the U.S.
An alleged package thief got more than she bargained for when an eagle-eyed nanny intercepted her. Surveillance footage shows a woman hopping out of the passenger seat of a vehicle in Everett, Washington on Tuesday, and then running toward a home and returning to the car with a large package.
An Anglican minister is feeling the heat after a blog post in which he urged congregants to “pray in the privacy of their hearts” for Prince George to be gay went viral. Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth, who belongs to the Scottish Episcopal Church, wrote the original post nearly two years ago.
Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks decried President Donald Trump ‘s relentless attacks on the media on Saturday. Trump’s attempts to delegitimize mainstream media will only raise the stock of “agenda-filled” outlets, Hanks told CNN’s “Axe Files.” “They’re throwing dirt and oil into a bucket of water so that it all becomes undrinkable after a while,” Hanks said.
Love him or hate him, you can’t help but laugh at Drake sometimes. The rapper was hanging out on the sidelines for his home team, the Toronto Raptors, on Wednesday, and Drake appears panicked when cameras caught him pouring some Perrier during the game. His facial expressions are just too funny.
A Massachusetts police officer, who sparked national outrage over his Facebook comments on an article about the deadly car attack on counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, has been fired. Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri announced the firing Friday, telling local media that the officer, Conrad Lariviere, was determined to have “impaired the operation of the Springfield Police Department” and “discredited the department.”
The Ontario, California police department said in a press release that it received information on Saturday “regarding the abuse of a kitten by a young man.” Police identified a 16-year-old suspect but will not be disclosing his name, due to his age. Authorities said Saturday night that the suspect “has not yet been located and arrested.”
Over the past couple of days, you may have seen celebrities – like Grammy-nominee Cardi B, actress Cynthia Erivo, and model Bella Hadid – tweeting, snapping, and posting on Instagram about Libya. They’re talking about recent reports out of the country that sub-Saharan Africans are being sold as slaves, some for as little as $400.
When Kensington Palace announced the engagement of Prince Harry and the actor Meghan Markle on Monday morning, the news lit up Black and Brown Twitter. Some rejoiced, seeing it as a lighthearted victory (” I always knew Prince Harry was down with the swirl”) or a potential revolution (” If anyone can get us back our reparations for colonialism it’s Meghan Markle”).
Donald Trump waited 10 long months for the vindication of his first legacy-boosting win on Capitol Hill — the Senate vote on tax reform. But his triumph, when it came, was tainted by his worst moment as President — the plea deal ensnaring fired national security adviser Michael Flynn that epitomizes Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s relentless march closer to the Oval Office.
“Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That” is the headline of Bush’s op-ed for The New York Times. The piece was published online Sunday night, one day before Bush appears on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — an interview that was arranged just a few days ago.
Most of the rats and rodents in Australia today are descendants of a single species that arrived from Asia in two waves, the first 6 million years ago and the second about a million years ago. Like colonists of previous centuries, one or multiple rats arrived by way of the sea, scientists believe, clinging to floating foliage set adrift from the islands of Indonesia.
In a new book to be released Tuesday, Corey Lewandowski, who was fired as Trump’s campaign manager during the election, and David Bossie, another top aide, detail what it was like to work with Trump when he was running for President.
The harshest assessment came from Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, who said that bitcoin “ought to be outlawed.” “Bitcoin is successful only because of its potential for circumvention,” he told Bloomberg TV. “It doesn’t serve any socially useful function.”