The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday August 15)

August 15, 2018

Here are links to the stories making headlines from select global sources.

Turkish lira weakens slightly to 6.92 against dollar

The Turkish lira weakened slightly to 6.92 against the dollar on Tuesday morning, having pulled back from a record low of 7.24 a day earlier after the central bank pledged to provide liquidity.

Italy motorway bridge collapses near Genoa, so far no victims reported

A motorway bridge collapsed on Tuesday near the northern Italian port city of Genoa, local police and fire brigade officials said, adding that no dead or injured had so far been reported.

Turkey says lira will strengthen, dollar has ‘lost credibility’

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s finance minister promised to protect the lira on Tuesday, after it fell to a record low against the dollar this week, and said the U.S. currency had “lost credibility” because it had been exploited as a political tool.

Trump calls former Apprentice star turned White House aide ‘a dog’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling her “a dog” as his fellow former reality TV star continued to publicly release recordings from her time in Trump’s orbit.

Coca-Cola bets on Kobe sports drink in fight with Gatorade

(Reuters) – Coca-Cola Co () is buying a minority stake in a sports drink brand backed by basketball star Kobe Bryant, it said on Tuesday, seeking to mount a stronger challenge to PepsiCo’s () Gatorade. Coca-Cola’s investment in BodyArmor – which will make it the brand’s second largest shareholder – comes as its Powerade drink steadily cedes market share to Gatorade.

Pedestrians injured after car hits barriers at UK parliament, man…

A man was arrested after a car collided with security barriers outside London’s parliament building and a number of pedestrians were injured, police said on Tuesday.

Bridge collapses in Italy: Live updates

What we know now What we know now What happened: A long section of the Morandi Bridge near Genoa collapsed around noon local time (or 6 a.m. ET) Tuesday. Victims: At least 11 people have been killed, according to Italian media. What caused the collapse: Police said that a violent storm caused the bridge to give way.

Trump calls Omarosa a ‘dog’ in latest attack on ex-aide

President Donald Trump on Tuesday referred to former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, the only African-American to have served in a senior role in the White House, as a “dog.”

Before and after the Italy bridge collapse

A large section of a highway bridge in northern Italy collapsed during torrential rains Tuesday, crushing several vehicles and causing a number of fatalities.

White House paranoia deepens after Omarosa tapes

Secret tapes. Nondisclosure agreements. A lot of name calling.

Historic face transplant gives suicide survivor a ‘second chance’

When Katie Stubblefield was 18, she tried to kill herself with a gun. Now, she is the youngest face transplant recipient in US history and wants to raise awareness around suicide prevention.

Facebook to broadcast La Liga games for free in India

Under the agreement announced Tuesday, the social network will broadcast 380 first division La Liga matches a year. The games, which will feature teams including FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, will be shown live and for free. The three-year deal is the latest example of tech companies wresting sports broadcasting rights away from traditional broadcasters.

Eco-friendly open-air urinals cause uproar in Paris

An attempt by officials in Paris to tackle public urination by installing open-air urinals, or “uritrottoirs,” has outraged some residents of the French capital.

The world’s most liveable city named

The Austrian capital, Vienna, has beaten Australia’s Melbourne to be named the world’s most liveable city. It’s the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual survey. The worldwide league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare.

Swedish roaming gangs set 80 cars on fire

Dozens of cars have been set alight in Sweden overnight, in what police say may be a co-ordinated criminal action. Up to 80 vehicles were badly damaged by gangs of black-clad youths, beginning at about 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT).

SA to eradicate deadly school toilets

South Africa is to get rid of all pit latrines in state schools within two years after a five-year-old pupil drowned in a toilet in March. “This is an initiative that will save lives and restore the dignity of tens of thousands of our nation’s children,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

Google tracks users who turn off location

Google records users’ locations even when they have asked it not to, a report from the Associated Press has suggested. The issue could affect up to two billion Android and Apple devices which use Google for maps or search. The study, verified by researchers at Princeton University, has angered US law-makers.

‘Foul-mouthed’ parrot swears at firefighter

A “foul-mouthed” parrot launched a four-letter tirade at a firefighter as he tried to rescue the bird from a neighbour’s roof in north London. Jessie’s owner had asked for help after the multilingual Macaw parrot spent three days on the roof in Edmonton. The RSPCA called in the London Fire Brigade (LFB) to rescue the bird.

Cryptocoins are worth less than $200 billion for the first time since 2017

In May 2017, I’ve called some experts and asked them ” Why are Bitcoin and Ethereum growing so fast?” This was after an intense period of growth for both popular cryptocurrencies, especially Ethereum, which was up 1,400% in three months. The market cap of all cryptocurrencies put together at the time seemed unreal: 80 billion dollars.

Apple and Facebook could be asked by Australia to build tools to get around encryption

Like the FBI, Australia has been finding ways to get past encryption, with big tech companies famously not making it easy for authorities. In response, Australia’s government unveiled draft plans on Tuesday to make companies help intelligence and law enforcement agencies with access to encrypted messages and devices – but without building a backdoor.

Instagram users are reporting the same bizarre hack

Krista, an Instagram user with more than 4,500 followers on her fitness account, noticed something strange on Saturday evening: she had been logged out of her account. When she tried to log back in, she got a message that her username didn’t exist.

Trump once referred to Nepal as “nipple” during a briefing

Welcome to another day living under the Trump administration. According to a Politico report published on Monday, during a 2017 briefing to prep for a meeting with the prime minister of India, President Donald Trump called the country of Nepal “nipple” and laughed when he referred to the country of Bhutan as “button.”

Trump didn’t know Omarosa had been fired, new tape seems to show

President Donald Trump runs a tight ship – poised to crash into an iceberg at any second. No one knows this better than master villainess and former senior Trump administration official Omarosa Manigault.

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