The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Friday May 5)

May 5, 2017

Here are the biggest stories on the internet today.

Salimianga Watu: Girl Left Regretting After Guy She ‘Blue Ticked’ Wins Sh221 Million Sportpesa Jackpot

Sometimes all it takes to potentially change your life is to reply to that text. A lady by the name Carol Morara is currently ‘counting her losses’ after the guy she snubbed on Facebook won the Sh221 million Sportpesa jackpot.

It Wasn’t Me: Jakoyo Midiwo Disowns Photos of Man Clobbering Another Man… But It Really Looks Like Him

Jakoyo Midiwo has pleaded Photoshop after a bunch of photos of a man who looks like him found their way online. On Twitter, photos of a man who bears close resemblance to Midiwo, ‘beating’ another man, surfaced on Tuesday. @leemakwiny wrote that the recently defeated politician has been lookin

Police Officer Shoots Bar Owner in the Head Before Killing Himself Over Sh400 Beer Bill

A man is nursing severe head injuries sustained from gunshots after his friend – a police officer – shot him following a disagreement over Sh400 debt. Samuel Onsoro, owner of Friends Club in Elburgon town, and Constable Isaac Wanjala were drinking at the pub when the disagreement ensued. Speak

North Korea: China stomping on ‘red line’ in relations

A commentary in the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun vowed North Korea would not give up its nuclear program. It accused China of “dancing to the tune of the US” and providing Washington excuses to deploy more military assets to the Korean Peninsula.

Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, to retire

The prince will stop accepting public engagements from September, the palace said. The Queen, who is 91 and has gradually scaled back her public appearances in recent years, will continue to carry out her duties supported by other members of the royal fanily.

French election: Marine Le Pen facing legal action after allegation against Macron

Le Pen, the far-right candidate, made the allegation during the final presidential debate ahead of Sunday’s election. “Following the complaint filed today by Emmanuel Macron, the Paris prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation into propagation of rumors with the purpose of surprising or misleading voters, forgery, use of forged documents and concealment of forged documents.

Trump to visit the Vatican, Israel and Saudi Arabia on first foreign trip

These stops are in addition to Trump attending a NATO meeting in Brussels on May 25 and a G7 meeting in Italy on May 26.

House to vote Thursday on Obamacare repeal bill

Top Republicans are very confident. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy emerged from Speaker Paul Ryan’s office Wednesday night all but triumphant. “We will be voting on the health care votes tomorrow. Because we have enough votes. It’ll pass. It’s a good bill,” McCarthy, R-California, told a scrum of reporters gathered outside.

Obama endorses French presidential candidate Macron

“I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run,” Obama says in a video, which Macron shared Thursday. “He has stood up for liberal values, he put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world. And he is committed to a better future for the French people.

Canada: Bombay Sapphire gin recalled for having too much alcohol

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the bottles were found to contain 77% alcohol by volume rather than the typical 40%. The agency said that a “small” number of 1.1 liter bottles were affected. It warned consumers to throw out the bottles or return them, but added that there were no reports of anyone becoming sick from drinking the gin.

Miley Cyrus sings Liam Hemsworth love story

After an almost three year split from the “Hunger Games” actor, the couple rekindled their romance last year and Cyrus has poured their love story into a song. “They’re going to talk about me if I come out of a restaurant with Liam,” she said.

Republicans Rush To Pass Health Care Bill Before You Find Out What’s In It

Once again, House Republicans are eyeing a vote on hastily cobbled together legislation to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act. They’re on the verge of doing this despite the evident lack of enthusiasm among GOP lawmakers themselves, widespread opposition from the health care industry and patient groups, and still no Congressional Budget Office evaluation of just what this bill would actually do to the health care system.

Joe Scarborough And Mika Brzezinski Are Engaged

The co-hosts of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ are finally confirming what viewers had suspected for months. Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are engaged, a spokesperson for the network told HuffPost. According the New York Post, who first reported the news, the couple made it official over the weekend while on vacation in Antibes, France.

Why Jimmy Kimmel’s Baby Boy Might Have Just Saved Obamacare

Jimmy Kimmel He doesn’t know it yet, but Jimmy Kimmel’s newborn son just made things really, really awkward for Republicans trying to repeal Obamacare. Kimmel opened Monday night’s show with an emotional story about his son Billy, who was born on April 21 with a congenital heart defect.

Chechen Authorities Allegedly Tell Parents: ‘Kill Your Gay Sons Or We Will’

The families of gay men allegedly being held in detention camps in Chechnya are reportedly being encouraged to kill their gay sons ― and according to survivors, many are complying. Throughout the course of April, different reports from Russia media claimed that gay men were being rounded up and held in “concentration camps” in the republic of Chechnya, with detainees subjected to torture and death.

International Basketball Federation Is Going To Finally Allow Hijabs

After three years of calls for change, the International Basketball Federation ratified rules on Thursday to allow athletes to wear traditional religious headwear during games. FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, had been considering the change since the Qatari women’s basketball team withdrew from the Asian Games in September 2014 because players were not allowed to wear hijabs on the court.

Unfortunate minister throws up during bride’s beautiful wedding vows

There the things that could go wrong on your wedding day that you can plan for. And then there are the things that could go wrong that you never in a million years would have seen coming. Your minister vomiting right in the middle of your wedding vows would be one of the latter.

Orangutan kept in a tiny wooden box for two years is finally rescued

He spent two years shut in a dark wooden box before he was finally rescued. Kotap, a young four-year-old male orangutan, was found in a box measuring just 10 square feet (1 square metre) when rescuers in Indonesia got to him.

This sheep’s revenge against a mean cat is extremely satisfying

Knowing that this cat almost definitely landed on its feet and then scurried off to lick its ego, there’s one thing we can all agree on here: It absolutely reaped what it sowed. After some really sharp antagonizing of a sheep that honestly looks like it was just chillin’, the cat had to go.

Facebook launches Express Wi-Fi in India, offers affordable, fast internet to millions

Facebook is having another go at how it can bring more people online, including in places that aren’t a big fan of the company’s earlier attempts. The social juggernaut on Thursday announced the commercial launch of Express Wi-Fi, an initiative part of, through which it is offering “millions” of Indians access to the entire web at an “affordable” fee.

Snapchat makes it way easier for brands to buy ads

Prepare to see more brands advertising on Snapchat. Snap, the company behind the platform, announced a new self-serve advertising tool on Wednesday that will make it much easier for marketers to buy full-screen placements. The company has been easing into this model for months.

Facebook is so, so close to 2 billion users

Early on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg penned a post on his decision to enlist 3,000 more people to monitor violent and other inappropriate videos on his social network. Later in the day, he announced the network now boasts 1.94 billion people (so close to the coveted 2 billion and still approaching the 3.6 billion who have access to the internet) who tap into the service every month.

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