The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday May 15)

May 15, 2018

Here are some links from the biggest stories today.

US to open controversial Jerusalem embassy

The US is to open its new embassy in Jerusalem – a move praised by Israel but condemned by Palestinians who are gathering for mass protests. Top US officials will attend the event, including President Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner.

Trump seeks to save Chinese jobs at ZTE

US President Donald Trump has said he wants to help save ZTE, one of China’s biggest telecoms companies. The firm has suspended operations after the commerce department last month banned US companies from selling it components for seven years. ZTE pleaded guilty to making illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea.

Operator denies blame after caller death

An emergency services operator has said she is not to blame after she mocked a young mother who died hours after calling the service in acute distress. Naomi Musenga, 22, called Strasbourg’s ambulance service with severe stomach pain and said: “I’m going to die”. “You’ll definitely die one day, like everyone else,” the operator replied.

Why does Ebola keep coming back?

The Ebola virus has reared its head again, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While it is impossible to predict exactly where and when the next outbreak will occur, we now know much more about how to prevent a crisis.

Gaza fence clashes in protest against Israel

Fresh clashes erupt between Palestinians and Israeli troops on the border fence in Gaza.

Beitar ‘Trump’ Jerusalem: Israeli soccer club renames itself

In an announcement made on Facebook Sunday, a day before the official opening of the new embassy, Beitar Jerusalem said it wanted to pay tribute to Trump’s “courageous move.” In a statement published on Facebook Sunday, the club said, “For 70 years has Jerusalem been awaiting international recognition until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel.

Iranian Foreign Minister visits Russia and China to try to save nuclear deal

Zarif will be discussing the agreement with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Monday. It follows a visit by the Iranian diplomat to Beijing on Sunday where he stressed the importance of keeping the accords, which were signed in 2015 with the aim of both halting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and stimulating the country’s economy.

Pompeo and Bolton outline North Korea plans as talks approach

White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that North Korea’s prospects are “unbelievably strong if they’ll commit to denuclearization.” “I think what the prospect for North Korea is to become a normal nation, to behave and interact with the rest of the world the way that South Korea does,” Bolton said.

Hawaii volcano: Lava spews from 18th fissure on Big Island

Hawaii’s Civil Defense Agency announced the latest crack in the ground Sunday evening. It is the 18th fissure to open on the island in the days since the Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3. Fissure 18 emerged near Halekamahina Loop Road — where fissure 17 erupted early Sunday, splattering lava tens of feet into the air.

Xerox pulls out of Fujifilm merger and teams up with Carl Icahn

The iconic US printer and copier company announced the move in a statement late Sunday, saying it had reached a new agreement with activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, who had bitterly opposed the Fujifilm deal. The Japanese company said it disputes Xerox’s “unilateral decision” and doesn’t think the US company has the legal right to ax the deal.

Find out about some of the big numbers behind the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Find out about some of the big numbers behind the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ hits China, becomes fifth biggest film ever

The Marvel and Disney blockbuster made $200 million for its opening in China this weekend. The film, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, is the second biggest 3-day weekend opening ever in China, when measured in local currency, according to Disney.

U.S. To Open New Embassy In Jerusalem, But Other Nations Prefer To Wait For Peace Deal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel launched celebrations on Sunday for the U.S. Embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem, a move whose break with world consensus was underscored by the absence of most envoys to the country from a reception hosted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Monday’s slated opening of the new embassy follows U.S.

Still No Apology From The White House Over ‘Dying’ McCain Dig

The public was appalled. The family was hurt. But the White House likely won’t apologize for an aide’s cutting comment that Arizona Sen. John McCain ‘s opposition to Gina Haspel heading the CIA didn’t matter because “he’s dying anyway.” In the past, Trump administration advisers have praised McCain’s years of public service in government and in the military.

Trump Changed His Burger Order To Make It A Little Healthier

President Donald Trump has made a tweak to his diet. Rudy Giuliani told the Washington Post that when the two met for lunch recently, Trump ate a burger, but with only half a bun as a means of making it healthier. Trump didn’t change what was inside the half-bun: The burger was still cooked well-done, as he likes it.

Trump Praises Late Mom On Mother’s Day But Skips Mention Of Melania

President Donald Trump praised his late mother as “incredible” in a Mother’s Day video on Sunday but made no mention of his wife, Melania, who’s the mother of his youngest son. Nor did he mention his two ex-wives, with whom he had four other children, in a message posted to Twitter.

Alexa as a baby name has dropped in popularity since the launch of Amazon’s Alexa

Guess no one wants a life of accidentally activating Amazon’s Alexa. The name Alexa has declined in popularity for newborns since the AI voice assistant debuted in 2014, as detailed in a blog post by University of Maryland sociologist Phillip Cohen.

You can’t shut down ‘This Is America’ memes. That’s what ‘This Is America’ is about.

Something strange has been happening since Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” video dropped. Memes are surfacing, as they inevitably do, and some people are pushing back. “It’s disrespectful” is a common criticism directed at the meme-makers and sharers.

Donald Trump now wants to save ZTE and everyone’s confused

Chinese smartphone maker ZTE might have found a savior, and it’s the last person you’d expect. President Donald Trump says he now wants to help save the beleaguered handset maker, tweeting Sunday that he wanted to give the company “a way to get back into business, fast.”

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