The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Monday August 27)

August 27, 2018

A look at the stories making global headlines today.

McCain’s tributes aim veiled shots at Trump

In death, Senator John McCain has let loose an international outpouring of sympathy, respect and thinly veiled criticism of President Trump.

John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81

Whenever America was in a fight during his long lifetime, John McCain was in the thick of it.

What it tells us that John McCain drank vodka with Hillary Clinton

The humanity and character of the late Senator McCain will be mourned deeply on both sides of the political aisle. He embodied a more moderate brand of conservatism — one that could separate politics and friendship — that now feels distant and very much missed, writes Timothy Stanley.

Former Vatican official calls for Pope’s resignation amid sex abuse scandal

The former Vatican ambassador to Washington, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, has urged Pope Francis to resign over his handling of sexual abuse allegations against a prominent cardinal in 2013.

Great Barrier Reef headed for ‘massive death’

The ‘Godfather of Coral’ predicts a ‘planetary catastrophe’

QAnon-believing ‘conspiracy analyst’ meets Trump in the White House

A right-wing conspiracy theorist and QAnon-believer appeared to visit President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday, according to a picture posted on his Twitter account.

YouTube star causes car crash that kills himself, a woman and her daughter

A YouTube star known as “McSkillet” Trevor Heitmann died in a wrong-way crash that also killed a mother and her 12-year-old daughter in San Diego this week.

Some dude bolted toward Jay-Z and Beyoncé at their Atlanta show. (He didn’t get far)

Everyone’s fine. But it did make for a “what just happened?” moment to close out a show that already had plenty of “what just happened?” moments (albeit, of the good kind).

Former presidents lead McCain tributes

Tributes from former US presidents and across the political spectrum have poured in for Republican Senator John McCain, who has died aged 81. Barack Obama, who beat Mr McCain to the White House in 2008, said they shared a “fidelity to something higher”. George W Bush described him as “a patriot of the highest order”.

Pope sorry Church ‘kept quiet on abuse’

Pope Francis has begged forgiveness for members of the Catholic Church’s hierarchy who “kept quiet” about clerical child sex abuse. He is ending a two-day visit to the Republic of Ireland by celebrating a Mass at Dublin’s Phoenix Park. The Argentine Pope asked forgiveness for the “abuses in Ireland, abuses of power, conscience and sexual abuses” perpetrated by Church leaders.

Meet an ivory trafficker’s ‘worst nightmare’

A groundbreaking new technique looks set to turn man’s best friend into a trafficker’s worst nightmare. It will allow dogs to sniff out ivory, rhino horn and other illegal wildlife products hidden in large shipping containers, using a tiny sample of air.

New Zimbabwe leader vows brighter future

Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed a “brighter tomorrow” for Zimbabwe after being sworn in as president. He also announced an inquiry into the deaths of six people in clashes between the army and opposition supporters after the July vote. The violence was “unacceptable”, he said.

Five times McCain clashed with Trump

While John McCain and President Donald Trump were in the same party, their rivalry was bitter. The Vietnam war hero was one of the most outspoken Republican critics of Mr Trump from the very start of his candidacy. Mr Trump meanwhile infamously questioned his heroism for being captured in the Vietnam War.

Egypt couple ‘killed by something in room’

The daughter of a British couple who died during a stay at an Egyptian hotel has insisted something in their room killed them. John Cooper, 69, and his wife Susan, 63, from Burnley, Lancashire, died in Hurghada on Tuesday. Egyptian investigators said on Saturday no traces of toxic gas had been detected in their room.

German town evacuated over WW2 bomb

A German town was evacuated for six hours to allow a World War Two bomb discovered there earlier in the week to be defused and disposed of. Some 18,500 people were moved from Ludwigshafen in central Germany from 08:00 local time (06:00 GMT) to 14:00.

The Best Stories About John McCain

POLITICS Capitol Hill staffers and reporters are among those sharing their favorite memories of the senator. The tributes to John McCain continued to mount on Sunday, honoring the legacy of the Vietnam war hero, Arizona senator and one-time GOP presidential nominee who died on Saturday from cancer at the age of 81.

Former Vatican Official Claims Pope Francis Knew Of Child Sex Abuse

DUBLIN (AP) – The Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States accused senior Vatican officials of knowing as early as 2000 that the disgraced former archbishop of Washington, ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, regularly invited seminarians into his bed but was made a cardinal regardless.

Chuck Schumer To Introduce Resolution To Name Senate Building After John McCain

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Saturday that he plans to introduce a resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office Building after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). “The Senate, the United States, the world are lesser places without John McCain,” Schumer said in a tweet.

Ex-Facebook Security Chief: ‘It’s Too Late To Protect The 2018 Elections’

Facebook’s former security chief warned that attacks on the American electoral system are alive and well ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, urging the country to learn from its mistakes and prepare itself to handle any threats connected to the 2020 elections. In a blog post titled, “It’s Too Late to Protect the 2018 Elections.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Release Coming Later Than We Thought

Winter is coming … with a little bit of a delay. Earlier this year, rumor had it that “Game of Thrones” Season 8 would begin airing sometime in April 2019. The gossip started with a quote Maisie Williams allegedly gave Metro in the U.K., which she later denied.

‘Fortnite’ developer had sharp words for Google after a scary Android exploit was discovered

Google essentially got slapped in the face when Epic Games, the developer of the super popular Fortnite , decided not to make the game available through the Play Store, but via its own app.

Watch Logan Paul get punched in the face

Apparently, the new way to settle YouTube beefs is to punch each other in the face and make a whole bunch of money off it. After months of hype, shit talking, and petty drama, YouTube has made its final descent into the gutter.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have added a furry friend to their family

With the Royal Wedding now in the rearview mirror, Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle are taking the next big step in their marriage: They’re adopting a dog. The newlyweds have reportedly adopted a Labrador according to People.

Donald Trump apparently thought the American flag has a blue stripe

In Donald Trump’s eyes, anyone who kneels during the National Anthem is a “son of a bitch.” But the 45th U.S. president could apparently use another grade school lesson or two on the American flag. On Thursday, Trump joined First Lady Melania Trump and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar for a photo opp at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio.

Elon Musk explains why he’s no longer considering taking Tesla private

Elon Musk has finally come to his senses. The Tesla CEO and erratic tweeter has shared a new blog post explaining his decision to keep the electric car company public instead of taking it private as he had previously suggested on Twitter.

YouTube ads are about to get a little less skippable

You might soon be seeing less of that “skip ad” button over on YouTube. In a video titled Want to earn more money from ad revenue?, posted on the platform’s official Creator Insider channel, YouTube announced a big change for its YouTube Partners.

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