The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Monday June 25)

June 25, 2018

Here are the stories making global headlines today.

Turkey elections: Erdogan faces tough challenge as country votes

Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics since his rise as prime minister in 2003 and has transformed the nation. He implemented policies that encouraged sustained economic growth and development, he challenged Turkey’s secular foundations by bringing Islamic conservatism to public life and he gutted public institutions by having tens of thousands of people — many his critics — arrested following a failed military coup in 2016.

Prince William arrives in Jordan as he starts Middle East tour

The Duke of Cambridge was greeted by Crown Prince Hussein, the son of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, at the airport in Jordan’s capital, Amman. The Jordanian prince then drove William to a technology-focused event for young people linked to the Crown Prince Foundation.

Landmark day for Saudi women as driving ban ends

The end of the controversial ban brings the ultra-conservative Gulf nation into line with the rest of the world. It also represents the culmination of years of campaigning by rights activists who have sometimes been arrested and imprisoned for their efforts.

At least 5 injured in building explosion and fire in Germany

Several people were hospitalized after the blast at a building in the western city of Wuppertal late Saturday night, police said in a statement. “At the moment it cannot be ruled out that there are other people in the building, the search activities are continuing,” the statement said.

Sarah Sanders says she was kicked out of restaurant because she works for Trump

“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” Sanders posted on Twitter Saturday. “Her actions say far more about her than about me,” Sanders said.

Tom Arnold says he has tapes of the President that have yet to be heard by the public

While appearing on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” Arnold was asked by CNN’s Poppy Harlow about his upcoming show for Viceland about President Donald Trump, which focuses on tapes. “Do you have any tapes of the President that the public is not already aware of?” Harlow inquired. Arnold replied simply: “Yes.”

Mo Salah considering quitting Egypt national team

Mo Salah is considering quitting the Egyptian national team due to his unhappiness over what has happened in Chechnya, where the team was based during the World Cup at Russia 2018, a source close to the Liverpool forward has told CNN.

‘Game of Thrones’ stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are married

Several co-stars were in attendance, including Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Peter Dinklage. Harington and Leslie announced their engagement in September in The Times of London. Harington plays Jon Snow on the hit HBO series, which will air its final season next year.

68 years after the Korean War, hundreds of US families are still searching for closure

Growing up, she knew the word “Korea” before she even understood what it meant. “I’d heard that word since before I could talk,” she told CNN. “It was just part of our life.”

Zimbabwe poll ‘to proceed despite attack’

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa says elections will go ahead as planned on 30 July, despite what he said was an attempt on his life on Saturday. Forty-one people were injured in the blast at a rally in the city of Bulawayo, which occurred close to Mr Mnangagwa as he was leaving the stage.

A woman takes the wheel in Saudi Arabia

As Saudi Arabia lifts its ban on women drivers, Roa Altaweli, a midwife in Jeddah, makes her first drive to work. Here is her story. I woke up earlier than usual today. I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep. Today I’m driving to work, and for the first time I’m not taking a backseat.

Game of Thrones stars hold castle wedding

Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have married at a ceremony in Aberdeenshire. The couple – who played on-screen lovers Jon Snow and Ygritte – met on the fantasy show in 2012. Guests lined the path outside Rayne Church, near Inverurie, showering the newly-weds with flower petal confetti.

Sheeran stops gig for the loo – twice

Ed Sheeran temporarily stopped his latest sell-out concert on his world tour to go to the toilet – twice. The Grammy award winning singer halted his Saturday night set in Cardiff because he “needed a pee” after performing his smash hit Galway Girl.

Obituary: The mother who forgave her daughter’s killer

In June 2007, 10 years after he murdered her daughter, Suman Virk turned to Warren Glowatski and hugged him. Glowatski, who had just learned he would soon be released from prison, then shook the hand of Virk’s husband, Manjit. It wasn’t the first time they had met.

Saudi Arabia Officially Lifts Decades-Old Ban On Women Drivers

At the stroke of midnight local time on Sunday, extraordinary scenes unfolded on the roads of Saudi Arabia. Women were seen behind the wheels of cars and astride motorcycles – driving on the country’s streets for the first time in decades, following the Islamic kingdom’s decision to lift the world’s only ban on female drivers.

Big Tech Companies Are So Powerful That A Nation Sent An Ambassador To Them

In many ways, Casper Klynge is your average diplomat. The 44-year-old tech ambassador of Denmark arrived on his post with a letter from Queen Margrethe II, engages his counterparts on behalf of his government and studies the actions and culture of his host.

This Is What It’s Like To Seek Asylum In America For Being Gay

I can’t believe how far I’ve come in fulfilling my identity and freely living as my truest self. Just this past weekend, I found myself once again beating my face with contour, eye shadow and glitter as I was getting ready to perform in drag with three of my closest friends.

Netflix Chief Communications Officer Fired For Using The N-Word

Netflix’s chief communications officer Jonathan Friedland has been fired following two separate instances of using the N-word, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ironically, Friedland first used the word in a meeting about offensive words in comedy. Attendees at the meeting informed Friedland later that his use of the term had upset some people.

Seth Rogan Rejected Paul Ryan’s Photo Request In Front Of The Speaker’s Kids

Actor Seth Rogen appeared on “The Late Show” Friday and told host Stephen Colbert about the time he rejected Paul Ryan in front of the House speaker’s kids. While attending a summit on brain health, organized by former Massachusetts Republican governor Mitt Romney, Rogen ran into Ryan, who was there with his teenage sons.

17 of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s best Instagram posts from 2018 so far

Though the happy corners of the internet are few and far between, if there’s one place we’ve come to count on, it’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Instagram page. No, we are not joking. Why? He posts great work-out videos! He fake feuds with Kevin Hart! He loves pancakes!

The World’s Ugliest Dog contest crowns its latest, absolutely PRECIOUS winner

All dogs are good dogs. But all dogs are not beautiful dogs (on the outside, at least). The World’s Ugliest Dog competition brought its annual show to the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in California on Saturday night. And the precious angel you see pictured above, a 9-year-old English bulldog named Zsa Zsa, was chosen by a panel of judges as the contest’s latest winner.

Restaurant bombarded with Yelp reviews after refusing to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, is being bombarded with online reviews after refusing to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Donald Trump’s press secretary, and her family. On Friday night, Jaike Foley-Schultz, who claims to be a waiter at The Red Hen, explained on Facebook that he waited on the White House official for about two minutes before his boss asked her to leave the establishment.

Watch the trailer for the last episode of ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’

“It is considered enlightening and therapeutic to think about death for a few minutes a day,” Anthony Bourdain says in the preview for the final episode of Parts Unknown, Season 11. “Life is but a dream.”

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