The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday March 28)

March 28, 2019

Here are the top stories on the internet today.

Shadowy North Korean dissident group says it raided embassy, contacted FBI

A shadowy North Korean dissident group claimed responsibility for last month’s raid on Pyongyang’s embassy in the Spanish capital, Madrid on Tuesday but disputed allegations that what occurred at the diplomatic compound was an “attack” involving armed intruders.

A Boeing 737 Max 8 made an emergency landing after an engine problem

A grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft declared an emergency landing Tuesday in Florida after experiencing a reported engine problem, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

All of Jussie Smollett’s charges have been dropped, but Chicago’s mayor still calls his story a hoax

Chicago’s mayor and the city’s police superintendent reacted angrily Tuesday to news that Jussie Smollett’s charges were dropped, with both of them still calling Smollett’s claim that he was attacked a “hoax.”

Yale rescinds admission of a student whose family paid $1.2 million to get her in

Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student who was admitted as part of the ongoing college admissions scandal, the first instance of a school doing so since the scheme became public two weeks ago.

Netanyahu warns he’s ‘prepared to do a lot more’ after overnight Israeli strikes in Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is “prepared to do a lot more” after overnight Israeli strikes hit Hamas targets in Gaza, but by sunset on Tuesday an uneasy calm seemed to be holding, following the sharpest escalation in violence since the beginning of the year.

Justin Bieber stepping away from music because of ‘deep rooted issues’

Justin Bieber is focusing on his mental health right now, not music.

Former Chinese internet czar Lu Wei sentenced to 14 years in prison for bribery

China has sentenced the country’s former internet czar and top censor to 14 years in prison, after he was found guilty of corruption, a court statement said Tuesday.

Mike Pence says administration wants Americans back on the moon in 5 years

Vice President Mike Pence announced on Tuesday the administration’s plans for Americans to return to the moon within the next five years as the 50th anniversary of the first manned mission to the moon approaches.

Cycling heaven: The African capital with ‘no traffic’

A combination of various factors ranging from conflict to diplomatic isolation have unintentionally turned the Eritrean capital into a cycling paradise. Asmara only has about 500,000 inhabitants, which combined with low salaries, high import taxes and fuel shortages means the city has few vehicles. Those you do see often tend to be from a different age.

US county declares measles emergency

A county in New York state has declared a state of emergency following a severe outbreak of measles. Rockland County, on the Hudson River north of New York City, has barred unvaccinated children from public spaces after 153 cases were confirmed.

Manchester United: Louis van Gaal on his sacking, his legacy and life in retirement

It is almost three years since Louis van Gaal walked into a Wembley news conference and slammed the FA Cup on to the table. The Dutchman had just completed what he regards as his greatest managerial achievement: “Winning a trophy despite having a noose round my neck for six months.”

‘A third of Africans’ want to migrate

More than one in three Africans have considered emigrating, researchers for Afrobarometer say. Their continent-wide survey also found that young and educated people were more likely than others to want to leave their home country. For those who do leave, it is not to Europe or North America that most go to, but another African country.

The humble London home that became a museum

Behind the front door of an unassuming terraced house in south London lies the inspiring legacy of an uncommon man. The interiors are covered in intricate wooden carvings bearing Islamic, African and English influences, and produced entirely by hand by the building’s former owner – the writer and civil servant, Khadambi Asalache.

Twitter warns users about falling for birthday changing prank

A prank is making the rounds on Twitter, and it’s seemingly locking people out of their accounts. The trick gets people to change their birthday on the social media platform to 2007, which would purportedly unlock new colour schemes. Some of the prank posts have thousands of retweets.

Everything you need to know about Apple’s new credit card

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. Apple wants a permanent place in your wallet, and beginning this summer, you’ll be able to give it one.

Avocados recalled in six states over listeria contamination

Brunch is ruined.

Huawei launching smart glasses by July

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Facebook bans thousands of pages, accounts, and groups linked to Russia and Iran for ‘inauthentic behavior’

Facebook just took down multiple misinformation campaigns linked to Russia and Iran. On Tuesday, the social network announced it had removed 2,632 Facebook Pages, Groups and accounts that “engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior” on both Facebook and Instagram. Most of the accounts removed by Facebook this time around were connected to Russia.

‘Captain Marvel’ now at $910 million worldwide

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