The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday July 12)

July 12, 2018

On this Thursday, here are the biggest stories on the internet.

Is the US NATO’s piggy bank? Here’s what to know

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Brussels with a clear message: NATO members must hike their defense spending and they must do it now.

Tears as Thai boys see parents for the first time since cave rescue

Wearing hospital masks and gowns, and waving to family members through protective glass, the freed Thai soccer players were finally able to have a reunion, of sorts.

Pompeo’s North Korea meeting went ‘as badly as it could have gone’

It began with great expectations, an eagerly-anticipated meeting with a reclusive leader, and a gift bag that included an Elton John CD.

Roger Federer suffers shock Wimbledon loss to Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer blew a match point and two-set lead against Kevin Anderson to crash out of Wimbledon in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Germany isn’t the only country that can’t quit cheap Russian gas

It came up again on Wednesday. President Donald Trump scolded Germany over its reliance on Russian gas. “Germany is a captive of Russia,” he said at a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “It’s very inappropriate.” There’s a long backstory.

Teen alleges she was raped by teachers and classmates for months, Indian police say

Seven people are under arrest in India after a 15-year-old alleged she was repeatedly raped by 19 people — three adults and 16 minors — over six months, Anuj Kumar, sub-inspector of the Ekma police station in eastern Bihar state told CNN.

Southwest Airlines to stop serving peanuts

Peanuts have long been the snack du jour for Southwest Airlines, years before it became one of the largest airlines in the (CNN) – United States. While some customers may mourn the loss of the iconic travel snack, the airline will stop offering peanuts on all flights as of August 1 “to ensure the best on-board experience for everyone, especially for customers with peanut-related allergies,” the airline said in a statement.

Drake breaks Beatles historic record

“Yesterday” a longstanding record from The Beatles felt the sting of a “Scorpion.”

Trump wants Nato to double spending target

US President Donald Trump has urged Nato allies to commit 4% of their GDP to military spending – double the current target. White House officials confirmed he made the remarks during the summit of Nato leaders in Brussels. Earlier, Mr Trump criticised Germany over its defence spending and energy reliance on Russia.

First hospital images emerge of Thai boys

The first pictures have emerged from the hospital where the Thai boys are being treated, after their dramatic rescue from a flooded cave system. In the grainy images, several boys can be seen in face masks and hospital gowns, at least one giving a victory sign for the camera.

Greece ‘expels Russian diplomats’

Greece has ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats and barred the entry of two others for allegedly undermining national security, local media report. The Greek government has accused the Russian officials of acting to obtain and distribute sensitive information. Russia said on Wednesday it would mirror the move by expelling two Greek diplomats, according to reports.

The model bitten by a shark while posing

The Exuma islands in the Bahamas are famous for their white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and endless photograph opportunities. So when model Katarina Zarutskie visited with her boyfriend and his family last month, she was keen to make the most of the beautiful sights.

German neo-Nazi murder trial reaches climax

A Munich court is poised to deliver its verdict on a neo-Nazi terror cell accused of 10 murders – one of modern Germany’s biggest criminal cases. The case exposed serious shortcomings in the German state’s monitoring of neo-Nazis. The main defendant is Beate Zschäpe, accused of complicity in the murders, which took place across several regions from 2000 to 2007.

Google Chrome is getting a major redesign, and you can try it out right now

In the bowels of Chrome experimental development, a new version of the web browser brews. It has a new tab shape, single tab mode, and so much more. And you can try it out now. The redesigned Chrome is now available on Canary for Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS.

This ridiculously cute robot will carry your luggage at the airport

We’ve all overpacked before a flight, which means we’ve all had to haul that bulging suitcase through the airport while attempting to find our gate. But if KLM Royal Dutch Airways has its way, you’ll be able to give those weary arms a break – all thanks to robotics.

Facebook given maximum fine by UK watchdog over Cambridge Analytica fiasco

Facebook is to receive the heaviest fine possible from the UK’s data watchdog after it breached the Data Protection Act twice. The maximum fine the Information Commissioner Office (ICO) is able to impose is £500,000 – a figure that’s pretty minimal compared to Facebook’s net worth of £445bn.

Paypal writes to deceased woman to tell her she’s ‘in breach of contract’ because she died

A recently bereaved husband received a letter sent by PayPal informing him that his late wife is “in breach of contract” because she died. Howard Durdle posted a copy of the letter PayPaul sent to his wife Lindsay after her death from breast cancer on 31 May.

Pete Souza reveals the cover for his book ‘Shade,’ and, well, you just have to see it

Break out your sunglasses, Pete Souza fans. The latest book cover has arrived and it’s a lot. On Wednesday, the former White House photographer, who is known for using his extensive Obama photo archive to clap back at Donald Trump’s every awful move, revealed the cover for his upcoming book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents .

Everything we know about the upcoming low-cost ‘iPhone 9’

As surely as the leaves will turn color, Apple will announce new iPhones this fall. Based on the flood of rumors and purported leaks hitting the internet daily, we’re expecting three new iPhones. The 5.8-inch iPhone X will probably get a refresh of the internals with faster performance.

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