The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday April 13)

April 13, 2017

Here are some of the stories making global headlines this Thursday.

Tillerson arrives in Moscow for potentially heated Russia talks

The White House said Tuesday Russia and Syria were trying to “confuse the world community about who is responsible” for a chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province on April 4 that killed more than 80 people.

Xi and Trump discuss North Korea, Syria by phone, China says

Trump has repeatedly called on China to do more to rein in its unruly neighbor, which has stepped up its missile development and nuclear program since 2016. The US has sent an aircraft carrier strike group to the region after the latest missile test by North Korea last week, drawing a forceful warning from Pyongyang.

Putin implies plot to stage attacks in Syria and blame the Syrian regime

“We have information from a variety of sources that such provocations… are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including in southern suburbs of Damascus,” Putin said Tuesday during a news conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Spicer apologizes for Hitler comparison: ‘It was a mistake to do that’

White House press secretary Sean Spicer apologized Tuesday after saying Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” during World War II in an effort to shame Russia’s alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his use of chemical weapons.

Taiwan bans eating dog and cat meat

The island’s official Central News Agency (CNA) said the revision showed the transition “from a society in which dog meat was regularly consumed” to where “many people treat pet cats and dogs as valued members of their families.” Previously, the Animal Protection Act only covered the slaughter and sale of dog and cat meat.

Rethinking monogamy today

For many couples, monogamy — staying sexually exclusive with one partner — is expected and assumed. It’s even included in many marriage vows. But as some people are increasingly realizing, monogamy isn’t for everyone. In fact, consensual non-monogamy can be a healthy option for some couples and, executed thoughtfully, can inject relationships with some much-needed novelty and excitement.

Huge fire destroys French refugee camp

Large numbers of migrants and refugees — including unaccompanied children — have been left homeless, according to an aid agency. The fire, which destroyed wooden shelters at the Linière camp in Grande-Synthe on the outskirts of Dunkirk, began with a fight amid tense and overcrowded conditions, a spokeswoman for the prefect of the Nord region of France told CNN on Tuesday.

Jimmy Kimmel Rips Sean Spicer For Breaking Key Rule Of ‘Press Secretary School’

After the White House press secretary falsely claimed during a press briefing that Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons , Kimmel imagined just what was going through Spicer’s mind as he was saying it. “Did I just defend Hitler?” said the spoof voice inside Spicer’s head.

Bill O’Reilly Announces Vacation Amid Reports He Could Get Booted

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly announced Tuesday night that he’s taking a vacation ― and, according to at least one report, he may not be back. New York magazine cites four sources as saying the host of “The O’Reilly Factor” could lose his job as the company that owns the network investigates sexual harassment allegations.

Daily Mail Settles With Melania Trump Over Modeling Story

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Daily Mail agreed on Wednesday to pay Melania Trump an undisclosed sum and issue an apology after the news group published an article about her previous professional work as a model. She had filed a $150 million (120 million pound) lawsuit against the Daily Mail’s owner in New York claiming the article had cost her millions of dollars in potential business.

David Letterman’s Pie-Loving Mom, Dorothy Mengering, Dead At 95

Dorothy Mengering, the mother of David Letterman who made occasional appearances during his time hosting “Late Night,” died Tuesday. She was 95. From her kitchen in Carmel, Indiana, Mengering ― known simply as “Dave’s Mom” ― showed up often via satellite to play a heartwarming pie guessing game, in which her son guessed which types of pie she’d baked.

20 million people are at risk of starving to death. Here’s how it got so bad.

Our world produces enough food to feed all its inhabitants. When one region is suffering severe hunger, global humanitarian institutions, though often cash-strapped, are theoretically capable of transporting food and averting catastrophe. But this year, South Sudan slipped into famine, and Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are each on the verge of their own.

Putin: U.S.-Russia Ties Worse Since Trump Took Office

Levels of trust between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated since U.S. President Donald Trump took office, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast on Wednesday. Asked about relations since Trump became president, Putin said, according to a transcript of the interview released by the Kremlin: “One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved, but rather has deteriorated.”

Ex-Iranian President Ahmadinejad Plans To Run Again

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – Ex-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad submitted his name on Wednesday for registration as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election in May, state media reported. The move by the former hardline president was seen as a challenge to the authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who had ordered him not to run.

‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ trailer leaks early, looks amazing

Our first look at the next chapter in EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront series is here, a little earlier than expected. We’ll take it. The short, 30-second commercial clip crams in quite a few details if you look closely – as Star Wars fans are already doing, naturally.

Goodbye forever, Windows Vista

The end has finally come for one of the world’s most hated pieces of software, Windows Vista. As of Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows Vista, the company announced in a support article.

Policeman’s safe cycling demonstration goes very wrong, very fast

You know exactly what’s going to happen in the clip below the minute you start watching it. All the elements are there: the crowd of onlookers, the steep flight of concrete steps, and the policeman in the helmet and the high-vis yellow jacket, who was apparently on hand to demonstrate cycling safety to children.

Amazing Mom throws her daughter the ultimate poop-themed party

When Rebecca Marose asked her 3 year old Audrey what kind of birthday party she wanted, the consistent answer was “poop.” “For months, every time we mentioned her party, Audrey requested ‘poop balloons and a poop cake,'” said Rebecca in an interview with Huffington Post, The Missouri mother tried offering her daughter more conventional birthday themes, but Audrey’s resounding desire was “poop.”

Armani model and math teacher gets blasted for racist stereotypes in ‘workout video’

You may recognise Armani model Pietro Boselli as “the world’s hottest math teacher,” which made headlines last year. But more recently, he’s gotten in a bit of hot soup after posting a “workout video” of him lifting a Filipino man.

Not again. Another story about a United passenger emerges-this one with handcuffs.

Yet another story about a mistreated United passenger has made the news. Geoff Fearns, president of Tripacific Capital Advisors, told the that last week-before the viral incident involving a man being dragged off a plane-that he was threatened with handcuffs for refusing to give up his $1,000 seat on a flight from Kauai to Los Angeles for “somebody more important who came at the last minute.”

82-year-old woman spins hot beats as a club DJ in trendy Tokyo

Japan’s first octogenarian DJ can spin a mean beat. 82-year-old Sumiko Iwamuro, who goes by “DJ Sumirock,” is a monthly fixture at DecabarZ, a club in the heart of Shinjuku, Tokyo. And boy can she play. Iwamuro, who’s spent over 50 years running a gyoza (dumpling) restaurant, only took up the turntables in her 70s, after her husband passed away.

Seth Rogen’s North Korea tweet is too real

Celebrities and politics, am I right? Seth Rogen doesn’t seem the likeliest candidate for outspoken activism, but his unique career experiences do address one subject: North Korea. “I don’t have much authority to speak on political matters,” Rogen tweeted on Tuesday. “But one thing I can DEFINITIVELY say: Don’t fuck with North Korea.”

Borussia Dortmund postpone their Champions League clash

Borussia Dortmund have called off their Champions League clash with Monaco Three explosions went off near the team coach as it travelled to the game The quarter-final first-leg will take place on Wednesday at 5.45pm BST Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League quarter-final clash with Monaco has been postponed for 24 hours after an explosion shattered windows on their team bus.

Juventus 3-0 Barcelona: Dybala brace hands Allegri’s side advantage

Paulo Dybala scored for opener for Juventus after just seven minutes into the quarter-final first leg Dybala doubled his tally just 15 minutes later when he took advantage of more slack Barcelona defending Giorgio Chiellini sealed the first leg victory when he guided a header past goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen Juventus travel to Barcelona’s Nou Camp for the second leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday, April 19 Paulo Dybala has a trademark celebration.

Arsenal board divide over future of Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger’s future has caused a split in the Arsenal board, with the club now unlikely to reveal whether their manager will stay or go before the end of the season. Even after Monday’s humiliating 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace – which left the dressing room in a ‘morgue-like’ state, according to a source – Wenger has no intention of quitting Arsenal.

Arsenal to suffer huge financial blow if club misses top four

Arsenal pocketed £45.6million for participation in 2015-16 Champions League Business model has relied upon Arsene Wenger leading his team to top four Having lost to Crystal Palace on Monday, Arsenal are seven points adrift Players would miss out on millions due to bonuses built into contracts Arsenal are set to suffer a significant financial hit if they fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Stan Kroenke says thanks a billion to Arsene Wenger after valuation

Arsenal now valued at £1billion following club’s record-breaking share deal Stan Kroenke’s reluctance to sack manager could be due to financial strength A notorious former football thug is working on door of Gary Neville’s hotel American ring announcer Michael Buffer will work at Clapham Grand for charity Arsenal’s £1billion valuation following a record-breaking share deal explains absentee owner Stan Kroenke’s reluctance to ditch besieged manager Arsene Wenger.

David de Gea will not be sold to Real Madrid by Manchester United

De Gea has been stung by criticism from Mourinho over lack of assertiveness Goalkeeper was left out of the United side who won at Sunderland last Sunday His absence alerted Real Madrid, who want the 26-year-old to return to Spain Manchester United will resist bids from Real Madrid for David de Gea, who has been stung by criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.

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