The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Friday June 29)

June 29, 2018

Here are some of the biggest stories in the world today.

Angela Merkel’s bad week could still get a lot worse

Not only did the German team crash out of the World Cup on Wednesday, she’s also facing a make-or-break week in her political career. By Sunday, she needs to wrangle a solution on European migration that will put a lid on the simmering political crisis that threatens her coalition government back home.

Satellite images show North Korea upgrading nuclear facility

New satellite images show North Korea has made rapid improvements to the infrastructure at its Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center — a facility used to produce weapons-grade fissile material, according to an analysis published by 38 North, a prominent North Korea monitoring group.

China will not give up ‘any inch of territory’ in the Pacific, Xi tells Mattis

“Our stance is steadfast and clear-cut when it comes to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Xi said, according to state media, adding that “any inch of territory passed down from ancestors can not be lost while we want nothing from others.”

Apple and Samsung settle their epic patent infringement battle

The two companies agreed to a settlement in the case, according to court documents filed Wednesday, but did not disclose the terms. The settlement closes a dispute that started in 2011 when Apple accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying the iPhone’s design and software features.

Beer is being rationed in the UK

Booker, a major UK wholesaler owned by Tesco , has confirmed that it’s limiting customers such as bars and grocers to 10 cases of beer (300 cans) per brand a day, the most dramatic consequence to date of a shortage that also threatens food production across Europe.

A man who couldn’t swim sacrifices his life to save a boy from drowning

His family says the selfless act was no surprise. “He would always do things for others. That’s just the way he was raised,” Ivan Gonzalez, Victor’s brother-in-law — and also the boy’s uncle — told CNN. Mozqueda, 22, left his Santa Clarita, California, home Saturday morning for a family trip to Sequoia National Park.

Britain’s royal family made even more money in 2017

Two sets of documents published Thursday provide new insights into how the royal family earned, distributed and spent its money in the financial year ended March 31. The reports divide income and spending into broad categories that make analysis difficult, but the biggest change from years past involves William, Kate and Harry, who are known formally as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.

Milky Way is full of ‘space grease,’ study finds

The study, conducted by the University of New South Wales in Australia and Ege University in Turkey, sought to better estimate how much organic matter is in space, giving scientists greater insight into how life is formed.

Buhari: It’s an injustice to blame me for herdsmen killings

Buhari has faced immense criticism on social media from furious Nigerians for his perceived silence over the violence, which many believe is being carried out by cattle herders from the Fulani tribe. They are angry at the relative ease at which the herdsmen repeatedly attack vulnerable communities across the country’s central region.

Serena Williams: Her daughter inspires her fight against financial abuse

Williams, a 23-time grand slam tennis champ and seeded 25th heading into next week’s Wimbledon Championships, started speaking out about the financial abuse aspects of domestic violence last year when she was pregnant with her first child, Alexis Olympia, born in September.

Migrant disputes loom over EU summit

The migration issue is back again – big time – for EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday. How to deal with the many undocumented migrants – mainly Africans – who continue to risk their lives in the Mediterranean, hoping to start new lives in the EU?

Several dead in Kenya market fire

At least 15 people have been killed in a fire in a market in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. More than 50 people were injured in the blaze, which broke out in the middle of the night destroying many properties.

Fans react to Germany’s World Cup exit

Commiserations and celebrations after Germany fail to make it past the tournament’s first stage.

The man who saved thousands of people from HIV

Greg Owen wanted a new drug, not available through the NHS, that would stop him becoming HIV-positive. But it was too late – he already had the virus. Despite this, he and a friend worked on an ambitious plan to help thousands of others get the new treatment.

France brings back national service

The French government has introduced a plan to bring back national service for all 16 year olds. It was an idea put forward by Emmanuel Macron in his presidential campaign, to promote a sense of civic duty and national unity among French youth. But some remain unconvinced of the benefits.

Dr Dre hit with $25m headphones bill

Dr Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine have been ordered to pay $25.2m (£19.2m) to a former partner in their headphone company, Beats. Steven Lamar claimed credit for the idea of creating a brand of celebrity-endorsed headphones.

Trump Says Justice Kennedy Retired Because ‘He Felt Confident In Me’

President Donald Trump basked in the news of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy ‘s upcoming retirement during a rally in North Dakota on Wednesday and promised to fill his seat with a conservative nominee who’s going to serve for “40 years” or more.

Israeli Airline Says It Won’t Force Women To Change Seats For Ultra-Orthodox Men

In response to an incident last week when several ultra-Orthodox men delayed an El Al flight after refusing to sit next to women, Israel’s national airline has announced it will no longer accommodate such requests.

This ‘Westworld’ Character’s Name Is Getting More Popular With Parents

A driving force behind many baby name trends is pop culture. This is especially true in the so-called Golden Age of TV. As we’ve observed with the names Arya and Daenerys, characters in “Game of Thrones,” it’s not uncommon to see the names of characters from popular TV shows become trendy.

Mexico Fans Expected The Worst. Mexico Nearly Gave It To Them.

WASHINGTON – Five years ago, the Mexican national soccer team needed a dramatic late goal from the United States to secure its place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On Wednesday, El Tri once again found itself requiring help from someone else after a 3-0 thrashing from Sweden in the final group stage match of the 2018 World Cup.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Reveals First Look At Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

If a resurrected Steve Trevor clad in a Members Only jacket wasn’t enough to get you amped about the ” Wonder Woman” sequel, then behold the first look at Kristen Wiig as the superhero’s new foe, Cheetah. Director Patty Jenkins has been blessing us with sneak peeks at the upcoming “Wonder Woman 1984,” which doesn’t actually hit theaters until November 2019.

Fire Sweeps Through Nairobi Market, Killing 15

NAIROBI, June 28 (Reuters) – Fifteen people died and 70 were injured when fire swept through a market and nearby homes in central Nairobi in the early hours of Thursday. The blaze broke out in a timber yard, said Nairobi regional coordinator Kangethe Thuku, a senior official. It started at around 2:30 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ star teases a tragic but ‘fulfilling’ conclusion for Jaime Lannister

With only six episodes remaining in the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones, no one is safe and anything can happen. But we’re still holding out hope that the character who underwent the most heartfelt redemption arc in the series will find his happy ending.

No, Harley Davidson’s CEO did not call Trump a moron, but don’t tell Twitter that

Did the CEO of Harley Davidson bash President Trump, calling him a moron? The answer is no, he didn’t call Trump a moron. But, if you were one of the tens of thousands of people who retweeted or liked this viral tweet you may believe he did.

Why Snapchat may soon let you play games in its app

Snapchat is starting to look increasingly more like old Facebook. In a bizarre twist of events, it looks like Snap is now embracing a strategy that’s not unlike Facebook’s playbook circa 2010. The latest sign of it comes from a new report in The Information, which says Snap has plans to launch a gaming platform inside of its app.

Boeing’s hypersonic concept jet could fly from NYC to London in 2 hours. Eventually, that is.

A passenger jet flying at hypersonic speeds could revolutionize air travel by cutting down a transatlantic flight from New York to London from seven hours to two. Er, theoretically, that is. Boeing is still trying to figure out how any of this will all actually happen, but the aircraft manufacturing company does have its eye on a launch date.

Apple may offer subscription bundles — and they sound a lot like Amazon Prime

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Apple is considering a sole subscription bundle for its TV, music, and online magazine services, if a new report in the Information is to be believed.

Mexico and South Korea: The newest of best friends after a World Cup triumph

Convincingly beaten 3-0 in its match against Sweden, Mexico were set to be the next team sent packing from the World Cup on Wednesday. Then, the incredible happened. South Korea’s team, the deus ex machina, scored twice in the final minutes of the game against Germany.

What’s coming to Netflix in July 2018

With the Bring It On franchise out the door on July 1st, Netflix is being a bit of a cheertator. Luckily, there’s plenty else to get your spirit fingers sparkling this month. Kevin Hart, Bo Burnham, Jim Jefferies, Joel McHale, and tons of other funny folks have new material coming out.

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