The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday August 16)

August 16, 2017

Here are some stories making headlines today.

North Korea leader ‘briefed’ on Guam missile plan – BBC News

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been briefed on a plan to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, state media says. But the report said he would watch US actions before making a decision on “the enveloping fire at Guam”.

Sierra Leone mudslides: Search for Freetown survivors continues – BBC News

The desperate dig for survivors was due to resume at first light in Sierra Leone’s capital, after mudslides and floods claimed the lives of more than 300 people. Their homes in Freetown were engulfed after part of Sugar Loaf mountain collapsed following heavy rain early on Monday morning.

Why video games are obsessed with the apocalypse

Video games are, in a way, the perfect medium through which to depict the post-apocalypse. If we assume that after the collapse of civilisation everyone will revert to a brutal state of nature, then violence is the natural engine of the drama. And video games are very good at violence.

Saudi Arabia’s missing princes – BBC News

In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government – and there is evidence that all were abducted and flown back to Saudi Arabia… where nothing further has been heard from them.

Trump Advisory Council Silent On Merck CEO’s Resignation Over Charlottesville

WASHINGTON ― Most of the CEOs on the White House manufacturing council remained silent on Monday after one of its members resigned in protest over President Donald Trump ‘s botched response to Saturday’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Donald Trump Retweets Man Calling Him ‘Fascist’

President Donald Trump retweeted a man calling him a “fascist” Tuesday. Twitter user Mike Holden was responding to a “Fox & Friends” tweet that featured a report about Trump “seriously considering” pardoning Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona.

Now Trump Is Being Stalked By A Giant Freaky Rat

Move over, giant chicken. President Donald Trump has a new inflatable parody ready to follow him around. And this one is even uglier. Trumpy the Rat made its debut near Trump Tower in New York on Monday during the president’s first visit to his home since taking office in January.

In Rare Double Euthanasia, 91-Year-Old Couple Died ‘Confidently Holding Hands’

Ninety-one-year-old lovebirds Nic and Trees Elderhorst kissed each other goodbye and, while still holding hands, died together in a rare double euthanasia, a Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported last week. The couple, who hailed from the town of Didam in the Netherlands, died on their own terms on June 4, their daughter told the paper .

Wrestling Great Ric Flair Has Surgery After Medically Induced Coma

Pro wrestling icon Ric Flair is grappling with a health scare. After being put into a medically induced coma, the 68-year-old two-time WWE Hall of Famer successfully underwent surgery for an undisclosed problem Monday, ESPN reported. Flair rep Melinda Morris Zanoni denied earlier reports that the operation was heart-related and used an emoji urging supporters to pray for Flair.

DACA Marks Fifth Anniversary Amid Looming Legal Threat

AUSTIN, Texas ― Tuesday marks the fifth anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, former President Barack Obama’s farthest-reaching immigration reform. But instead of celebrating, many of the program’s beneficiaries will be out in the streets protesting a looming legal challenge to destroy it.

Tiger Woods Had 5 Drugs In His System At Time Of DUI Arrest

When Tiger Woods was arrested in May on suspicion of driving under the influence, the golfer had five different drugs in his system, a toxicology report released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said this week.

How Alfred Sambu’s Son Died in 1993… A Sad Story About Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga has refused to concede defeat and has only halfheartedly appealed for calm. This is despite immense local and international pressure, after what most people agree was a credible election. Some political analysts had predicted well before the election that Raila would try and force a

Fake News Country: Did The Mungiki Conduct a Massacre in Mathare and Lucky Summer on Sunday Night?

Did Mungiki conduct ethnic massacre in Mathare slum and Lucky Summer on Sunday? If you ask many Kenyans on social media, they did and the mainstream media gave it a blackout. If it was given a blackout, then how did they learn about it?

Strong for Ababu: Namwamba’s Wife Works Out at Gym ‘Mwitu’ with Homemade Weights (PHOTOS)

It appears Ababu Namwamba’s wife, Priscah Mwaro, is mustering the strength to cope with her husband’s loss in last week’s General Election. The former ODM secretary-general was defeated by former MP Raphael Wanjala in one of the biggest political casualties of this year’s polls. Wanjala regain

Russia Decoded

A country of mystery, power, and influence, Russia has dominated international headlines in 2017. Want to know about Russia’s secret service, oligarchs, its media, military, Putin’s power, the Kremlin? CNN gives you a 101.

India police arrest four men over ‘Game of Thrones’ episode leak

The men were arrested in Mumbai after an investigation into the leak of an episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones before its scheduled release on August 7. The suspects are connected to Star India, which has the rights to air the hit TV series in the country.

Taylor Swift wins court case

Swift accused Mueller of groping her at a meet-and-greet event in June 2013. He will be required to pay$1 in damages to Swift. The jury, comprised of six women and two men, also found the singer’s mother, Andrea Swift, not liable for tortious interference. After the reading of the verdict, Swift embraced her mother.

Being ‘fat but fit’ is a myth, study confirms

Carrying those extra pounds can increase risk of coronary heart disease by up to 28% even if your other results appear normal, further disproving the notion that people can be “fat but fit.”

Marijuana for pain, PTSD: Studies find evidence lacking

But when it comes to using marijuana to treat chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder, two related reviews published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine find little scientific evidence to support either its effectiveness or its safety.

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