The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday August 1)

August 1, 2018

These are the stories making global headlines as we start the new month.

Trump repeats Giuliani defense: ‘Collusion is not a crime’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday embraced a line of defense offered by his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, that “collusion is not a crime,” even though he continued to deny any alleged ties between his campaign and Moscow during the 2016 election.

The secret Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani know about the Russia probe

The biggest misconception surrounding the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is that it will likely end in some sort of legal proceeding involving President Donald Trump.

Russia dumped 84% of its American debt. What that means

Between March and May, Russia’s holdings of US Treasury bonds plummeted by $81 billion, representing 84% of its total US debt holdings. The sudden debt dump may have contributed to a short-term spike in Treasury rates that spooked the market. 10-year Treasury yields topped 3% in April for the first time since 2014.

Demi Lovato experiencing ‘complications’ from apparent overdose

Demi Lovato is experiencing “complications” and remains hospitalized following her apparent drug overdose, two sources close to the singer tell CNN.

Manchester bomber was rescued from Libya by Royal Navy

The Manchester suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a pop concert in May 2017 had been rescued from the civil war in Libya by Britain’s Royal Navy just three years earlier.

Rare two-day protest over China vaccine scandal reveals public anger

A group of angry Chinese parents and activists have gathered twice in two days outside government buildings in Beijing to protest a recent scandal over defective vaccines, a rare display of public dissatisfaction in the tightly-policed Chinese capital.

France bans smartphones from schools

French children will have to leave their smartphones and smart devices at home or switched off when they are at school starting in September.

They ate raw centipedes. Then came the headaches

Two people in China ate raw centipedes, according to a report published Monday, and were later diagnosed with rat lungworm infections.

Rare dolphin-whale hybrid spotted near Hawaii

Scientists from the Cascadia Research Collective have discovered a rare dolphin-whale hybrid off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii, according to a report published last week.

Zimbabwe opposition leader says has done exceedingly well in vote:…

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader said on his official Twitter feed on Tuesday his party had collected results from more than 10,000 polling stations, which showed the MDC had done exceedingly well and was ready to form the next government.

Robot hand learns real world moves in virtual training

Researchers backed by Tesla Inc founder Elon Musk and Silicon Valley financier Sam Altman have found a novel way to use software to teach a human-like robotic hand new tasks, a discovery that could eventually make it more economical to train robots to do things that are easy for humans.

Norway demands Israel explain seizure of boat bound for Gaza

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway has asked Israel to explain the legal grounds for detaining a Norwegian-flagged fishing boat seized while activists tried to sail with aid to the Gaza Strip, Norway’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

Erdogan spokesman says Turkey would retaliate against U.S. sanctions

Turkey will retaliate against any U.S. sanctions over the trial of a Christian pastor on terrorism charges but expects the two countries to resolve their differences through diplomacy, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

Iran rejects Trump offer of talks as ‘humiliation’, without value

LONDON (Reuters) – Senior Iranian officials on Tuesday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer of talks without preconditions as worthless and “a humiliation” after he acted to reimpose sanctions on Tehran following his withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal.

Google Maps on iOS can now ‘match’ you with restaurants

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Figuring out where to eat has never been easier. Google Maps on iOS has been updated Tuesday with a feature that shows you how well you “match” with a restaurant.

Intense ‘Venom’ trailer introduces your not-so-friendly neighborhood parasite

We’re finally getting to know Venom in this full trailer for his eponymous film about the origin of the parasitic alien super-villain from Spider-Man comics. And while Venom may be the obvious villain, we have our suspicions about Dr. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed).

NASA study says setting off bombs over Mars isn’t the best idea

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Remember when Elon Musk said he wanted to nuke Mars?

Someone from ‘The Office’ actually responded to this Netflix tweet about ‘The Office’

Ever wondered if all those “Which character are you?” internet quizzes actually get played by the actors themselves? Well, now you know. Sort of. On Monday night, the official Netflix Life Twitter account tweeted out an old classic. There were some strong responses… …Ultimately, though, none of them could compete with this.

Nicole Kidman casually catches a giant spider like it’s no big deal

Turns out Nicole Kidman is just as much of a badass IRL as she is on the screen. Maybe even more so. Just take a look at her latest Instagram post, which sees her fearlessly capturing a terrifying arachnid while her children screech in fear in the background.

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