The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday August 29)

August 29, 2018

Here are links to the biggest stories today.

She wanted to be president, but ended up jailed instead

Rwanda is often described as the best place in the world for women in politics, with more female lawmakers in parliament than any other country, but supporters of jailed presidential hopeful Diane Rwigara say that’s not the case.

All sides in Yemen conflict could be guilty of war crimes, says UN

Parties fighting a brutal civil war in Yemen have conducted attacks that were “disproportionate” and could be considered war crimes, a United Nations panel of experts announced Tuesday.

Will Myanmar’s genocide generals ever face justice?

Myanmar’s ruling junta of generals and its ineffectual civilian government has little to fear from the international community — for now.

French environment minister quits during radio interview

France’s environment minister Nicolas Hulot announced his resignation during a live radio interview on Tuesday, citing his disapproval of government policies and efforts to tackle climate change.

Mourinho demands more ‘respect’ after humbling defeat

Whether it’s for his team’s recent sub-par performances, his touchline antics or media conference fireworks, Jose Mourinho is never far from the headlines.

Behind Trump’s decision to finally praise John McCain

Fed up with television coverage of Sen. John McCain’s death and eager to continue promoting his agenda, President Donald Trump remained silent for most of Monday about the Vietnam War veteran being honored by the rest of Washington.

Toyota invests $500 million in Uber

The automaker announced on Monday that it is investing $500 million in Uber and working more closely with the company to accelerate the development and deployment of self-driving vehicles. Uber plans to retrofit Toyota Sienna minivans with its autonomous technology and begin real-world testing in 2021.

US boy, 9, dies after ‘homophobic abuse’

A nine-year-old boy has killed himself after enduring four days of homophobic bullying at school in Denver, Colorado, his mother says. Leia Pierce told KDVR-TV that her son, Jamel Myles, revealed to her over the summer that he was gay. She said Jamel wanted to go to school and tell his classmates because he was “proud” to be gay.

Avicii’s family set up digital memorial

Avicii’s family have turned his official website into a digital memory board where fans have been invited to share their tributes online. The 28-year-old DJ, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was found dead while on holiday in Oman in April.

Australian worker overpaid by A$500,000

A worker in Australia has been paid more than 100 times their normal salary because of a decimal point in the wrong place. The worker was meant to get a salary of A$4,921.76 but instead found A$492,176 ($360,700; £280,250) in their account. The mistake was reported by the territory’s auditor-general who put it down to human error.

Need a job? Asia requires 240,000 pilots

If you need a job, you may want to consider training as an airline pilot and moving to China. Boeing forecasts that the Asia Pacific will need the greatest number of pilots, technicians and cabin crew over the next two decades.

Bridesmaid spends 15 hours escaping wedding

Life with a disability can sometimes give rise to unspoken questions and sensitivities, but amid the awkwardness there can be humour. The following is an edited version of a sketch by Lucy Jollow who has agoraphobia, delivered for the BBC at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mel B entering rehab for PTSD

Spice Girl Mel B says she’s entering a rehab facility to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The singer says the past six months have been “incredibly difficult” and claims she’s been drinking “to numb my pain”. The 43-year-old has been finalising her divorce from Stephen Belafonte, a relationship she says was abusive.

Trump Accuses Google Of Rigging Search Results To Feature ‘Bad’ News About Him

President Donald Trump accused Google of rigging its search engine results to feature overwhelmingly negative coverage of him and “others.” The “Fake New Media,” according to Trump’s early Tuesday Twitter messages, makes up “96 percent” of the news displayed in Google’s search for “Trump News.”

Secret Service Uses John McCain’s Old Code Name 1 Last Time In Touching Tribute

The United States Secret Service isn’t known for its emotional side, but the agency lowered its collective shades on Monday to pay tribute to the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The department tweeted a message that included McCain’s old code name from when he was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee: It was an honor to protect @SenJohnMcCain during his candidacy for President.

Keanu Reeves Has Casually Been Crashing Weddings

Keanu Reeves may not be on your wedding guest list, but don’t be surprised if he shows up anyway. Just like Bill Murray before him, the “John Wick” star seems to have a very impressive knack for turning up unexpectedly at strangers’ weddings.

Louis C.K. Makes Surprise Return To Comedy In First Gig Since Scandal

Louis C.K. made a surprise return to the stage on Sunday night, nearly 10 months after admitting to sexual misconduct against a number of female comedians. The comic performed unannounced at New York’s Comedy Cellar, a club he was known to frequent in the past, and did a 15-minute set, The New York Times reported.

Google lets you create a sticker version of yourself with selfies

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. With tools like Apple’s Memoji and Snapchat’s Bitmoji, you’re missing out if you don’t have an animated version of yourself on your phone.

YouTube will now tell you how much of your life you spend watching videos

Google is worried about your digital health. More specifically, your addiction to watching hours upon hours of YouTube videos. The search engine giant’s video giant, YouTube – the second most trafficked website in the world, right after, you guessed it, Google – is rolling out a new feature on iOS and Android devices that will track how much time you spend watching videos on the platform.

Everything you need to know about Jack Ryan before the show premieres

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is back. In the last 34 years, Ryan has appeared in more than 21 books, four movies, and a handful of video games. Bring yourself up to speed on his legacy before he hits the small screen in Amazon Prime Video’s new series.

Europe is way ahead of U.S. when it comes to electric vehicles

Europe can’t get enough electric vehicles. In the region so far this year, 195,000 electric vehicles were sold – up 42 percent from this period last year, according to a report from Swedish industry consulting group EV-Volumes. That’s more than the U.S., which saw 122,000 electric vehicles sold in the first six months of 2018.

Man catches foul ball in beer cup, then chugs

If you catch a foul ball with your beer cup at a baseball game, the only reasonable thing to do is to chug the remainder of your beer. A Cubs fan completed his legacy on Monday evening at Wrigley Field in Chicago during a game against the New York Mets.

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