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

May 16, 2018

Here are links to some of the stories making headlines today.

Jerusalem and Gaza — A world apart

In Gaza, at least 55 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces, including one boy who was 12 years old. In Jerusalem, Israeli leaders ceremoniously hosted an American delegation to officially open the US embassy. In Gaza, 35,000 Palestinians protested in 12 different locations, burning tires, hurling stones, and flying burning kites.

She says a pilot raped her, and now she’s afraid of running into him at an airport

Rowe did not respond to repeated requests for comment and CNN was unable to identify legal representation for him. Morgan filed a police report, but prosecutors dropped the case, citing insufficient evidence. “This is an industrywide issue,” Morgan said.

Controversial nude painting makes history

A once-controversial nude by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani has become one of the most expensive artworks ever to sell at auction.

Trump, China, ZTE and the art of the deal

So while it seems illogical that someone who won power accusing China of stealing American jobs now wants to s ave US-sanctioned technology firm ZTE to rescue Chinese jobs, the move is perfectly compatible with his character.

What was Melania Trump’s kidney procedure?

The White House did not elaborate on the condition or the procedure. “When I hear benign kidney condition, most of the time, you’re thinking a cyst and a cyst is basically a fluid-filled structure that can sometimes develop on top of the kidney, or within the kidney,” CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said.

Time is running out for treating gonorrhea

Like a few years earlier, the doctor gave him a handful of antibiotics to take for a few days that would clear up the infection. It wasn’t a big deal. In fact, as King describes it, it was “simply an errand to run.” But it was the calm before the storm, in more ways than one.


Israel defends Gaza action as 55 killed

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said his military was acting in self defence during violence on the Gaza border that left dozens of Palestinians dead. Some 55 were killed and 2,700 wounded by Israeli troops, Palestinian officials said, on the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war.

The secret executions in Europe’s ‘last dictatorship’

When the guards come, these inmates never know if it is for the last time. On death row in Belarus, the only country in Europe that still uses the death penalty, they are never told when they will be executed. And when it happens, it is all kept as a state secret.

Parents who bring their children to die

The past days’ deadly Islamist attacks in Indonesia have stood out because two families – parents and their very own children – were the attackers. While children have been used as suicide bombers before, it is rare that parents take their own children to die along with them.

Meghan’s father may not attend wedding

It is unclear whether Meghan Markle’s father Thomas will walk her down the aisle on Saturday as planned. Mr Markle told celebrity news website TMZ, at his home in Mexico, that he had decided not to attend his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry.

Why Trump and Jerusalem was not about peace

“Our greatest hope is for peace.” Those were the words of Donald Trump in a recorded message at the Jerusalem ceremony. But the opening line in White House talking points cut straight to the top priority: “President Donald J Trump keeps his promise.”

Superman actress Kidder dies aged 69

Actress Margot Kidder, best known for her role as Lois Lane in Superman, has died aged 69. A funeral home in Livingston, Montana, where the actress lived, said Kidder died at her home on Sunday. She rose to fame starring alongside Christopher Reeve in the Superman films of the 1970s and 1980s.

All the cool phones I wanted from 2000s rap videos

This post is part of Mashable’s You’re Old Week . Break through the haze of nostalgia with us and see what holds up, what disappoints, and what got better with time. It feels like ages ago, but there was a time when some phones carried a certain cachet.

Another personality quiz is coming back to haunt millions of Facebook users

Welp, it looks like another quiz app may have exposed millions of Facebook users’ personal data. A personality quiz app created by researchers exposed personal data on more than 3 million Facebook users, according to a report published in New Scientist.

Man with the ‘golden arm’ who gave blood for 60 years donates for last time

James Harrison is a hero unlike you’ve come across before. The 81-year-old Australian has been giving blood for the last 60 years, and in the process helped save the babies of more than 2 million Australian women. Harrison’s blood contains an antibody used to make a medication called Anti-D, which is given to mothers with a negative blood type.

You know you’re getting old when you remember using these phones

Remember these?

Japanese railway company apologises for train leaving 25 seconds too early

Look, you wouldn’t catch us complaining if a train left just that little bit early. But in Japan, where the railway system is famous for being consistently punctual, no more or less, leaving too soon doesn’t quite fly with authorities.

Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ is No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, as it should be

Looks like Childish Gambino has another earworm on his hands. Earlier this month, the rapper, also formally known as Donald Glover, released his new single ” This Is America.” Since its video was uploaded to YouTube, it’s racked up over 111,000,000 views – an incredibly impressive feat considering it’s only been up for nine days.

Dad jokes, ranked

Let’s face it, dads have horrible jokes. But sometimes, the jokes are so horrible they’re amazing. Every once in a while, a wholesome dad joke is just good on its own. And sometimes, a dad will tell you a joke they know is terrible, but their delight in telling it somehow makes it great.

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