The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Monday July 16)

July 16, 2018

Here are the stories making news headlines tonight. 

Trump tells officials how Putin will respond to meddling question

President Donald Trump plans to raise the issue of election meddling in his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he told officials during his UK visit that he already knows Putin will again deny interference in the 2016 election — and doesn’t expect much progress, according to a source familiar with the discussion.

British PM Theresa May says Trump advised her to sue the EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed the suggestion US President Donald Trump gave her last week that he claimed she found “too brutal.”

Thai boys trapped in a cave mourn Navy SEAL who died during rescue

The 12 boys who were trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for almost three weeks paid tribute to the Navy SEAL who lost his life during the rescue operation.

Gay men, adulterers publicly flogged in Aceh, Indonesia

Fifteen people, including five women, were punished with public caning Friday for violating Sharia law in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province.

Jaguar escapes zoo enclosure, kills 6 other animals

The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans remained closed on Saturday after a jaguar escaped its habitat and killed six other animals.

Woman survives 7 days after SUV plunges off cliff in Big Sur

An Oregon woman who disappeared a week ago was found alive at the bottom of an oceanside cliff in Big Sur, California, where she survived in the wreckage of her SUV by using her radiator hose to siphon water from a nearby creek, authorities said Saturday.

Why Prime Day is important to Amazon

The fourth Prime Day (and a half) will begin noon PT Monday, extending for 36 hours. The savings event this year is running longer than prior years, available for shoppers in more countries, and Amazon is promising a million deals – the most yet – for Prime members.

‘Ghana is the future of Africa’: Why Google built an AI lab in Accra

The question everyone was asking after Google announced that Google AI Lab was coming to Accra was “Why Ghana?” The answer is simple; Ghana is the future of Africa, says African tech pioneer Victor Asemota.

Justin Bieber and Katy Perry among Twitter users hit hardest by follower purge

The pop singer, along with Justin Bieber and former President Barack Obama, led a long list of celebrities, politicians, social media stars and news organizations who saw their followers drop as a result of Twitter’s purge of suspicious accounts.

Chicago clashes after US police killing

Police in Chicago have clashed with protesters after an officer fatally shot a black man who was suspected of carrying a gun. A crowd of about 150 people shouted “murderers”, threw objects and jumped on police cars during the confrontation in Chicago’s South Side area.

Trump tees off again before leaving UK

Donald Trump is playing a final round of golf at his Turnberry golf course after spending a second night in Scotland. The US president will leave the UK later ahead of a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. There is tight security at the Ayrshire resort but on Friday evening a protester managed to paraglide over it.

Minister resigns over sex texts to women

The minister for small business, Andrew Griffiths, has resigned from government after sending text messages of a sexual nature to two female constituents. The contents of the messages were revealed in the Sunday Mirror. Mr Griffiths, MP for Burton, and Theresa May’s chief of staff in opposition between 2004 and 2006, told the Mirror he was “deeply ashamed”.

Liverpool fan ‘conscious’ after attack

A Liverpool fan who was attacked before the team’s Champions League semi-final has “regained consciousness”, it has been reported. Sean Cox, from Ireland, suffered head wounds before the game with Roma at Anfield in April. Two Italian men have been charged with violent disorder.

U.S. National Intelligence Chief Sounds Chilling Alarm On Cyber Attacks

America’s director of national intelligence has issued a disturbing “red alert” about a dangerous new level of cyber warfare on the U.S. The danger signs are as serious as early signs ahead of 9/11, Dan Coats warned at a Washington think tank conference. “I’m here to say the warning lights are blinking red again,” said Coats.

Thai Boys Rescued From Cave Say ‘Thank You’ In New Video

The 12 boys who were rescued from a Thai cave with their soccer coach this week as part of an international effort appeared in a new video released Saturday to let the world know they’re all right ― and to say thanks.

Serena Williams Loses 2018 Wimbledon Final

After battling her way to the Wimbledon final, Serena Williams has come up short. In a stunning upset, the 7-time Wimbledon champion lost to Angelique Kerber of Germany in 2 sets: 6-3, 6-3. It was one of Williams’ most lopsided losses. Williams came out swinging but was easily overpowered by Kerber in back-to-back sets.

Taylor Swift Becomes A ‘Third Wheel’ As Fans Get Engaged Right In Front Of Her

It’s a love story, baby, she said yes! Taylor Swift posted a photo series Friday showing a proposal between two fans at a meet and greet at a Philadelphia show on Swift’s Reputation tour. The pop star, standing dead center between the two lovebirds, looks about as shocked as the bride-to-be.

Duchesses Meghan And Kate Spend First Solo Outing Watching Serena Williams At Wimbledon

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrived in their preppy best on Saturday to watch the Wimbledon final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber. The event marked the duo’s first solo outing as sisters-in-law, People reported. “We’ve always had a wonderful friendship,” Williams told Entertainment Tonight earlier this week.

Watch a tennis player mercilessly troll Neymar at Wimbledon

The defining meme of the 2018 World Cup has made its way to… Wimbledon. Swedish tennis player Jonas Bjorkman took part in his own impromptu #NeymarChallenge after getting hit with a ball during his match. After first laughing about the hit, Bjorkman pauses, then clutches his stomach and drops to the ground for some dramatic rolling.

Man eats any food on camera at the internet’s request, and it gets weird

This is the internet at its finest. Ben Rosen inexplicably had the same guy eating random food based on Redditors’ requests, recorded him eating it, and then posted it in the thread. He started with a video of the man, named Eric, eating a jar of plain mayonnaise, and said that he’d respond to any food request “with the appropriate video.”

Instagram went down on Friday the 13th, and everyone panicked

Welp, it’s Friday the 13th, so of course Instagram went down. The photo-sharing service experienced an outage that took out both the app and website for close to half an hour Friday. The source of the issue was unclear, but it appears to have started around 11:49 a.m.

Elon Musk’s kid-submarine was ‘a PR stunt,’ Thailand cave rescue diver says

One of the British divers who helped rescue the Thai soccer team just confirmed what many suspected about Elon Musk’s somewhat bizarre attempt at helping: It was never going to work. In an interview with CNN, British diver Vern Unsworth called Musk’s submarine “just a PR stunt” that “had absolutely no chance of working.”

Kit Harington shares heartbreaking update that he’s wrapped filming on ‘Game of Thrones’

We can’t stop saying goodbye to Jon Snow. First was said goodbye when he was dead. Then he wasn’t. But now we face the prospect of the final season of Game of Thrones in 2019, and know it’s for good this time.

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