The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday August 14)

August 14, 2018

Here are some of the stories making world headlines today.

Turkey’s currency crisis gets worse with fresh 11% plunge

The Turkish lira dropped as much as 11% against the dollar in morning trading in Asia. It had already plummeted more than 20% last week as a political clash with the United States intensified and investors fretted about the Turkish government’s lack of action to tackle the problems plaguing its economy.

The schoolboys in Yemen were chatting and laughing. Then came the airstrike

Video taken by one of the Yemeni schoolboys killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike last week shows the children laughing and playing hours before tragedy struck.

Trump encourages boycott against Harley-Davidson

President Donald Trump said it’s “great” that consumers might boycott Harley-Davidson if it moves some motorcycle production overseas.

Trump vows to double steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey

President Donald Trump said Friday he is greenlighting a doubling of steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey and warned that US relations with the country “are not good at this time.”

Omarosa recorded John Kelly firing her

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former “Apprentice” star and estranged aide to President Donald Trump, claimed on Sunday that she recorded White House chief of staff John Kelly firing her in the Situation Room.

Side with Trump on Iran, US ambassador tells Britain

The United States ambassador to the UK has called on Britain to side with President Donald Trump on Iran or risk “serious trade consequences” for UK businesses.

Taipei hospice fire leaves 9 dead, 15 injured

Fire ripped through a hospital in Taiwan Monday, killing at least nine people and injuring more than dozen, authorities said.

Hippo kills tourist taking photos in Kenya

The tourist, Chang Ming Chuang, 65, was taking pictures of the hippo when it attacked.

Idris Elba tweets spark further James Bond speculation

Actor Idris Elba leaned into, and away from, speculation that he will play the next James Bond with some Sunday morning tweets.

Tesla’s slow disclosure raises governance, social media concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tesla Inc’s () handling of Chief Executive Elon Musk’s proposal to take the carmaker private and its failure to promptly file a formal disclosure has raised governance concerns and sparked questions about how companies use social media.

Samsung may suspend operations at China mobile phone factory:…

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd () is considering suspending operations at one of its mobile phone manufacturing plants in China due to slumping sales and rising labor costs, the Electronic Times reported on Monday. Samsung might stop producing mobile phones this year at Tianjin Samsung Telecom Technology, its Chinese mobile phone manufacturing base in Tianjin, the South Korean newspaper said.

Lee, Wrangler owner to spin off jeans unit into public company

VF Corp will spin off its denim business that houses Lee and Wrangler jeans into an independent public company, it said on Monday, seeking to sharpen its focus on more profitable brands such as Vans shoes and The North Face outdoor wear.

Heathrow passport queues more than 2.5 hours

Delays at Heathrow Airport passport control left passengers queuing for up to two and a half hours last month, figures show. On 30 out of 31 days in July, the border force missed its target of a 45-minute wait or less for 95% of visitors from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Ronaldo: Brazilian World Cup winner in hospital with pneumonia

Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldo says he will be discharged on Monday, after being admitted to hospital in Ibiza with pneumonia. The 41-year-old was responding to local reports that he had been in intensive care at Can Misses Hospital. Ronaldo scored 62 times for Brazil, including both goals when they beat Germany in the 2002 World Cup final.

The fastest-sinking city in the world

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 20 5 0, say researchers. Is it too late?

Bayer shares tumble over weedkiller case

Shares in German pharmaceutical group Bayer have dropped sharply following a US verdict linking a product to cancer. By mid-morning on Monday, Bayer’s shares had lost 10.4% of their value. Bayer owns agriculture giant Monsanto – which was ordered by a California judge on Friday to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a man who said ingredients used in a weedkiller had caused his cancer.

More Than 100 Newspapers Are Banding Together To Fight Trump’s ‘War On The Press’

To counter what it describes as President Donald Trump ‘s “dirty war against the free press,” The Boston Globe is urging newspapers across the country to take a coordinated stand against his anti-media attacks. And scores have already answered the call to battle.

Kellyanne Conway Has Trouble Naming A Top Black White House Aide

Kellyanne Conway, the chief counselor to President Donald Trump, had difficulty on Sunday naming the top black aide working in the White House following the firing of former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman late last year. Newman was the most prominent, high-level black in the West Wing as Trump’s director of communications for the White House office of public liaison.

‘The Meg’ Devours The Competition At The Box Office

LOS ANGELES, ( – “The Meg” devoured the competition at the domestic box office. Warner Bros.′ big-budget shark thriller opened well above expectations, biting off $44.5 million when it opened in 4,118 North American locations. That was easily enough to nab the No.

Saudi Arabia might be interested in helping Tesla go private

Nearly a week after Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted his intention to take the company private, we still don’t know much about the funding for the endeavor – which Musk said was “secured.” And while the U.S. Securities and Exchange commission is reportedly looking into Musk’s claims, speculation is running wild.

Dozens of Vegas slots went offline simultaneously during a hacker convention

The casino is “pretty certain” it wasn’t hacked. The annual DEF CON hacking convention returned once again to Las Vegas this weekend, and with it came the typical good-natured mischief that’s bound to happen when thousands of cybersecurity professionals congregate in one spot. Early Saturday morning at the Linq casino, however, looked to be something else entirely.

Idris Elba pokes fun at James Bond rumors on Twitter

Rumors that Idris Elba will be the next James Bond have been flying for, well, about a decade. But the actor fueled the latest batch of them – then dashed our hopes, maybe? – with a series of cryptic tweets on Sunday morning. “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” he tweeted early on Sunday.

18 classic viral videos that will always be hilarious

It’s Viral Market Crash week on Mashable. Join us as we take stock of the viral economy and investigate how the internet morphed from a fun free-for-all to a bleak hellscape we just can’t quit. Long before Vine and Instagram, sites like Newgrounds, eBaum’s World, and of course YouTube were the breeding grounds for viral video legends.

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