The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday February 22)

February 22, 2019

Here are the top stories as we end the week.

At least 70 dead in Dhaka fire that ripped through apartment blocks

At least 70 people have been killed after a fire tore through apartment buildings in a historic part of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, the latest such deadly blaze in the south Asian nation.

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 lineup: Foldable phones, 5G and phones that charge each other

A 5G device. A foldable phone that morphs into a tablet. A smartphone that can charge another smartphone when sandwiched together.

Justice Dept. preparing for Mueller report as early as next week

Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, with plans to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller’s confidential report

Trump says Alabama woman who joined ISIS should not return to US

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to allow Hoda Muthana, an Alabama woman who left in November 2014 to join ISIS, to return to the United States — despite her recent public plea to come back and stand trial in America.

Saudi Crown Prince arrives in Beijing to wrap up Asia goodwill tour

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman touched down in Beijing Thursday to begin the last leg of his Asia tour, designed to build relations as the kingdom faces a diplomatic chill in the West.

Juventus beaten at Atletico to leave Ronaldo on brink of Champions League exit

Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the final piece in the Juventus Champions League winning jigsaw.

Samsung unveiled a 5G phone but the network has a long way to go

Samsung announced on Wednesday its first ever 5G smartphone: the Galaxy S10 5G.

$375,000 price leads disabled mom to ration meds

The cost of the medication that allows Bhanu Patel to move shot up to $375,000 annually. Sen. Bernie Sanders recently sent a letter to Catalyst Pharmaceuticals demanding relief for patients like her, who use Firdapse to treat Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome.

Australian mammal becomes first to go extinct due to climate change

A small brown rat which lived on a tiny island off northern Australia is the world’s first mammal known to have become extinct due to “human-induced climate change,” the government says.

‘The hangman was too tired to hang me – three times’

On death row in Malawi, Byson Kaula was nearly executed three times – but on each occasion the hangman stopped work before hanging all the prisoners on his list. So he survived… until the country stopped executing people altogether. Byson Kaula says jealous neighbours were responsible for him being found guilty of murder.

Actor charged with false attack report

Chicago police say that US actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report. The Empire star had said he was subjected to a homophobic and racist physical attack by two men in January. Doubt was later cast on his account after US media reported that police believed he may have paid two Nigerian brothers to stage the attack.

US officer ‘planned terror attack’

A US Coast Guard officer has been arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack, court documents show. Police found a cache of weapons and ammunition at the Maryland home of Christopher Paul Hasson. The self-proclaimed white nationalist had drawn up a list of targets including prominent Democratic politicians, according to prosecutors.

Sadio Mane: Liverpool forward’s house burgled during Champions League match

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane’s house was burgled while he was playing in the Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Items including watches, mobile phones and car keys were stolen. The incident happened at Mane’s house in Allerton, south Liverpool between 18:00 and 23:45 GMT – while the 26-year-old was at Anfield.

Norway’s beautiful but treacherous road

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‘I’m 29 and I’m in £60k of credit card debt…’ – BBC Three

I was 24 when I got my first job in finance and I was desperate to fit in. My colleagues wore expensive suits and seemed to have endless funds for weekends away and posh dinners out. It was nothing like the charity sector where I’d started my career – where wages are low but people really care about the work.

Neptune’s smallest moon may have been created by comets

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. We’re all made of star stuff, but some things in the universe are created by comets.

Think you can tell between a real and computer-generated face? This website will test you.

So you might’ve been a bit freaked out about those extremely realistic, computer generated faces. Could you tell they were fake? Now, you can put yourself to the test with a website called It’s a simple quiz to determine if you’re good at telling the difference between a real human face and one created by an artificial intelligence algorithm.

Dog waits patiently until someone stops traffic so it can cross the street

A dashcam captures a dog waiting patiently until a human helps it cross the street.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z accept BRIT award in front of Meghan Markle portrait

Beyoncé and Jay-Z continue to be icons. The power couple accepted the BRIT award for Best International Group on Wednesday for their collaboration album “EVERYTHING IS LOVE.” The pop culture royalty couldn’t attend the London ceremony, so they sent a pre-recorded acceptance speech with a nod to literal royalty.

The best ‘Due to personal reasons’ memes to get you through the day

Everyone needs to take a personal day sometimes. But we’re sure that every HR department in the world is probably sick of the phrase “due to personal reasons” when someone requests the day off. After all, it could mean anything from “my great-aunt died” to “my nails need a fresh coat of polish and I don’t want to finish this expense report today.”

Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ take premium Android phones to the next level

No matter how much better the camera is on the Google Pixel 3 or how fast the OnePlus 6T is, no one makes Android phones quite like Samsung. After 10 years of iterating the Galaxy phone line, Samsung has arrived at the Galaxy S10 – easily the company’s most exciting phone in years.

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