The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday July 25)

July 25, 2018

A look at some big headlines today.

The latest on the deadly Greece wildfires

What we’re covering here What we’re covering here Worst in a decade: Wildfires burning near Athens are the worst to hit Greece since 2007. The victims: At least 74 people have died and another 187 people have been injured in the fires.

An iceberg as tall as Big Ben is threatening a village in Greenland

A fishing community off western Greenland is living in fear that a massive iceberg stuck beside it could break up and hurl tsunami-like waves at their island.

Tour de France riders inadvertently tear-gassed

The Tour de France — cycling’s most prestigious race — was temporarily halted Tuesday after tear gas, used to disperse protesters by police, inadvertently got into the eyes of some riders.

Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet

Israel says it shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered Israeli airspace on Tuesday, raising fears of further military escalation in the region.

Thai soccer team rescued from cave to become novice Buddhist monks

The young Thai soccer team whose dramatic evacuation from a cave captured the world’s attention took their first steps in becoming novice Buddhist monks on Tuesday, in a ceremony intended to honor their rescuers.

Dogs rush to help when owners cry, study suggests

Dogs will move faster to be with their owners, on average, if the owner is crying versus humming a tune, a small study finds.

Rugby World Cup Sevens: New Zealand wins historic title

New Zealand became the first side to win back-to-back Rugby World Cup Sevens titles after defeating England 33-12 in San Francisco.

First electric Ferrari faster than original: ‘It absolutely decimated it’

Purists may be horrified by the thought of an electric Ferrari, but can speed win them over?

Rare witness to Stalin prison horror dies

A rare survivor of the harshest Stalin-era labour camps has died aged 89 in Russia’s far east. Vasily Kovalyov had survived icy punishment cells and beatings in the USSR’s notorious Gulag prison system. During an escape attempt in 1954 he spent five months hiding in a freezing mine with two other prisoners.

Israel anger at Turkey ‘Hitler’ remarks

Israel’s prime minister has angrily rebuffed comments by the Turkish president who called Israel the “most fascist, racist state” in the world. Benjamin Netanyahu accused Recep Tayyip Erdogan of “massacring Syrian and Kurds”, after Mr Erdogan compared Israeli political leaders to Hitler. Mr Netanyahu tweeted that under Mr Erdogan’s rule, Turkey had become a “dark dictatorship”.

‘Snapchat queen’ guilty of boyfriend death

A woman who posted a video on Snapchat of her on-off boyfriend as he lay dying has been found guilty of manslaughter. Fatima Khan, 21, was found guilty of organising the death of Khalid Safi, 18, from Ilford, who died from stab wounds in December 2016.

Outrage over India ‘poverty porn’ images

An Italian photographer’s series on hunger in India has triggered massive backlash online, with many calling the images exploitative and “poverty porn”. Alessio Mamo posed poor Indians in front of a table with “fake food” on it and made them cover their eyes. They were shot in two Indian states which have high rates of malnutrition.

Paul Ryan On Trump Revoking Security Clearances: ‘He’s Just Trolling People’

WASHINGTON ― House Speaker Paul Ryan characteristically laughed off concerns about President Donald Trump revoking the security clearances of his political opponents Tuesday, dismissing the president’s actions as just “trolling.” “I think he’s trolling people, honestly,” the Wisconsin Republican said, chuckling at his own answer.

Seth Meyers Tells Trump To Step Away From The Caps Lock

“Late Night” host Seth Meyers called out President Donald Trump for his keyboard habits. “The president is facing an intense political backlash over his press conference last week with Vladimir Putin,” Meyers said on Monday night’s show. “His administration still has thousands of migrant children jailed and separated from their parents.

Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Trump’s Double Standard On Russia And Iran

Jimmy Kimmel is puzzled by President Donald Trump’s all-caps tweet toward Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.

Putin Has Trump By The Balls In Jim Carrey’s Latest Biting Portrait

Jim Carrey roasted President Donald Trump over his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin with his latest artwork shared online Monday. The actor-artist’s new piece depicts Trump and Putin at their summit in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Trump has his hands down his pants and a caption beside Putin’s head reads, “I Keep The Balls.”

Trevor Noah Under Fire For Offensive 2013 Joke About Aboriginal Women

Comedian Trevor Noah is under fire for a past joke about indigenous Australian women, and some have called for boycotting his comedy tour in the country scheduled to begin next month. Noah, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” made a derogatory joke about the physical appearance of aboriginal women during a 2013 stand-up special.

Mila Kunis Says She’s At Fault For Macaulay Culkin Breakup: ‘I Was A Dick’

Long before Mila Kunis reunited with her “That ’70s Show” love interest, Ashton Kutcher, Kunis dated “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin for eight years before announcing their split in early 2011. In a new interview on Dax Shepard’s podcast, ” Armchair Expert,” the actress blames herself for their “horrible, horrible breakup.”

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch kindly reminds Google that he’s still alive

Hello, Google. Just a friendly reminder that Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is very much alive and not at all dead, despite what your search engine may have recently suggested. On Monday, the 84-year-old senator tweeted a screenshot of his Google search results, which falsely indicated that he’d died on September 11, 2017.

Devastating photos show the impact of deadly wildfires in Athens

Devastating photos give a small insight into the colossal impact of wildfires currently raging near Greece’s capital. Forest fires burning near Athens have seen at least 50 people killed, and over 100 injured. According to the Associated Press , the two major fires have burned through pine forests east and west of the capital, with thousands of residents and tourists forced to flee.

Google Translate is generating ominous religious prophecies for some reason

Google Translate is, er, having some issues.

‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator Dan Harmon issues apology following offensive sketch

Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon has apologized after an offensive sketch from 2009 resurfaced on the internet. The two-episode sketch dubbed “Daryl” was a parody of the TV series Dexter, appearing as part of Channel 101, a monthly short film festival which Harmon co-founded.

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