The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Friday August 11)

August 11, 2017

Here are the stories making headlines today.

Media Blackout: Raila Odinga Press Conference Declaring Himself Winner Cut Abruptly

In an act of putting the country first, Kenya’s main TV stations have put an end to a TV press conference called by Nasa to declare Raila the president-elect. The conference that ended a few moments ago was aired for the most part, but was cut short abruptly during the Q and A session.

After Uhuru and Raila, This Unlikely Woman Had The Most Votes in the Country

The results are in and Jubilee has carried the day on all levels of government. All indications are that President Uhuru Kenyatta will serve a second term. Right from the word go, Uhuru opened a safe gap between him and Raila and has stuck there ever since.

We Called It: Uhuru’s Re-election Plus 5 Governors

Last week and Monday this week, we ran a series of articles predicting how some gubernatorial races would go. We tried not to be like the rest who were cautious not to call a winner in hotly contested counties, and dived right in. Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Kakamega, Meru, Machakos and Nairobi.

Trump: Maybe ‘fire and fury’ comment ‘wasn’t tough enough’

President Donald Trump reiterated his bellicose warning to North Korea from earlier in the week, telling reporters at his golf club in New Jersey on Thursday that his threat to bring “fire and fury” if North Korea continued to threaten the United States may not have gone far enough.

US destroyer in South China Sea called ‘provocation’ by Beijing

The USS John S. McCain sailed near Mischief Reef in a “freedom of navigation” operation. The reef is an artificial island built by China in the Spratly Islands, known by China as the Nansha Islands. The operation occurred at an awkward and tense moment, amid the war of words between the United States and North Korea.

Climate report: Multiple records in 2016

Global land surface temperatures last year were highest in 137 years of record keeping. * Sea surface temperatures were also at their highest. * Sea levels were at record highs in the 24 years that satellite record keeping has been used.

CNN Poll: Nearly seven in 10 judge Congress a failure so far

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have earned the ire of most Americans, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, with nearly seven in 10 (68%) judging the Republican Congress a failure so far after last month’s repeal and replace plan died in the Senate.

Why teenagers are fleeing to war-torn Yemen

The flow of migrants crossing a small sea passage from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, which has continued unabated for years, reached a record of over 117,000 migrants and asylum seekers in 2016 — up from around 100,000 the year before. Officials believe the figure for 2017 will be even higher.

London double-decker bus crashes into shop

The crash took place in Lavender Hill in southwest London before before 7 a.m. local time. Police said the driver of the bus had been taken to hospital; emergency services freed the two passengers trapped on the top deck using an aerial ladder.

Facebook’s new video service is called ‘Watch.’ But will you?

The social media giant has announced a new video platform called “Watch” that will feature live and recorded show episodes. Facebook has been trying for years to become a major player in digital video, but still lags behind its competitors.

The iPhone 8’s most important feature might have just been discovered

Somewhere deep in Apple’s new spaceship campus, CEO Tim Cook and chief design officer Jony Ive are cursing out the world as fanatic developers continue unearthing clues about the unreleased iPhone 8 from a recent software leak. The latest discovery: The iPhone 8 might have a resizable virtual home button that would replace the iPhone’s physical home button.

HBO reportedly caved and offered hackers a ‘bounty payment’ of $250,000 last month

The hackers behind a massive cyberattack on HBO have leaked a message from the network in which they say an exec offered a “bounty payment” $250,000, Variety reports. A source close to the channel confirmed the veracity of the email, according to the site.

CNN just fired it’s biggest pro-Trump voice

Sometimes, watching Jeffrey Lord talk up Donald Trump on CNN over the past two years, I got the sense that he was barely holding it together. His lips seem to curl up at the edges at times, a near-smile, like he was thinking, “Wow, I can’t believe how much I get paid to spew this rancid dumbassery.”

Pornhub reveals that yes, of course, tons of people are looking for boobs. Duh.

Have you heard? Boobs are back. Yes, they have once again been christened trendy by the vague entity that decides such things. (We’ll give your eyes a second to stop rolling.) So Pornhub decided to have a look at how this renewed love of breasts is playing out in people’s porn habits.

Two female artists are on a mission to collect 1,001 beautiful butts

Two female artists are embarking on a rather, um, unusual mission: to collect 1,001 butts. Yes, butts. Montreal-based artists Emilie Mercier and Frédérique Marseille are photographing women’s backsides in an attempt to celebrate the beauty of the female derrière.

Bronn from ‘Game of Thrones’ says his postman won’t talk to him after he shot Daenery’s dragon

Ser Bronn of the Blackwater, sellsword supreme, Tyrion’s champion, Kingslayer saver, possible Dragonslayer, soon-to-be lord of the most lit castle in Westeros and the closest thing Game of Thrones has to Han Solo, is not very popular at the moment. (As a Lannister I am struggling to understand why, but your mileage may vary.)

Kenyans celebrate the well-prepared #GitheriMan voter – BBC News

As Kenya digests the results of this year’s election, a photo of a man queuing to vote holding a bag of a Githeri has emerged on social media, providing some light relief during tense times. Githeri is a traditional meal of boiled maize and beans, also known as mutheri, which is filling, nutritious and cheap.

Kenya election 2017: AU and Commonwealth say poll credible – BBC News

Foreign observers have expressed confidence in Kenya’s electoral process, despite opposition claims of massive fraud. Tuesday’s poll was credible, African Union and Commonwealth observers said. The European Union said that candidates should accept that losing was “natural” in a democratic contest. Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has alleged that counting has been manipulated to give incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta victory.

The accidental invention of the Illuminati conspiracy

It’s the conspiracy theory to dwarf all conspiracy theories. A smorgasbord of every other intrigue under the sun, the Illuminati are the supposed overlords controlling the world’s affairs, operating secretly as they seek to establish a New World Order. But this far-fetched paranoia all started with a playful work of fiction in the 1960s.

Inside China’s ‘skyscraper capital’

In just 40 years, Shenzhen has transformed from a fishing village to a booming innovation hub, with skyrocketing economic and population growth.

Thai granny completes university degree at 91 – BBC News

A 91-year-old woman from Thailand who says it’s “never too late to study” has completed her bachelor’s degree after more than 10 years of work. She spoke to Watchiranont Thongtep of the BBC’s Thai service. Kimlan Jinakul had always wanted to go to university but as a young girl simply did not have the opportunity.

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