The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday March 7)

March 7, 2019

A look at today’s top stories.

Trump launches political war of survival

Donald Trump’s entire life story of fighting and surviving, of cheating personal and professional ruin over and over, has delivered him to his greatest battle yet — the one to save his presidency.

President pressured staff to grant security clearance to Ivanka Trump

President Donald Trump pressured his then-chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn to grant his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump a security clearance against their recommendations, three people familiar with the matter told CNN.

Sean Spicer says he’ll cooperate with House Judiciary probe of Trump

Sean Spicer said Tuesday he plans to cooperate with the House Judiciary Committee’s probe into President Donald Trump. The former White House press secretary is one of 81 people the committee has asked to provide documents.

Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile site, analysts say

Satellite images appear to show that North Korea has begun rebuilding a portion of a facility previously used to test long-range missile engines, analysts said Tuesday, raising potential questions about the future of US-North Korea negotiations.

Italy may become largest economy yet to back China’s Belt and Road: reports

Italy may be about to sign up to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, becoming the largest economy yet to join the global infrastructure initiative, a signature policy of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In a Kylie Jenner world, what does it mean to be a ‘self-made’ billionaire?

Last July, when Forbes put Kylie Jenner on the cover of its America’s Richest Self-Made Women list, a controversy erupted over the magazine’s description of her as “self-made.”

India denies that Pakistan intercepted one of its submarines

Delhi has denied Pakistan’s claim that it intercepted an Indian submarine that attempted to sail into its waters, as the two nations continued to trade barbs after a week of escalating tensions.

Real Madrid eliminated from Champions League after humiliating defeat by Ajax

For the first time since May 2015 — a run stretching 46 months — Real Madrid is out of the Champions League.

North Korea ‘rebuilding rocket launch site’

New satellite images of North Korea suggest it is restoring a rocket launch site it had pledged to dismantle, say analysts. The images were taken two days after talks between the leaders of the US and North Korea ended without them reaching a deal on denuclearisation.

Star charged over Instagram assault

South African music star Mampintsha has been charged with assault after a video showed him hitting his girlfriend, who is also a popular musician. Mampintsha, whose real name is Mandla Maphumulo, apologised but said he had acted in self defence.

The president who doesn’t speak

For many Algerians it is difficult to understand how their 82-year-old president, who suffered a stroke six years ago and can hardly walk or talk, can run the country. This turned to disbelief when it was announced that Abdelaziz Bouteflika was running for a fifth term in April – he did not even turn up in person on Sunday to register his candidacy.

Africa Live: Trump renews Zimbabwe sanctions

That’s all from BBC Africa Live for now. Keep up-to-date with what’s happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website. A reminder of today’s wise words: It’s a marvel to see a leopard playing with a goat.”

Is Kosovo’s capital city the ugliest in Europe?

Pristina, Kosovo has the distinction of often being dismissed as one of Europe’s ugliest capitals. It’s certainly a place I never thought I’d visit. My only reference point of the place was from some dark, distant corner of my mind, remembering tragic news coverage of the Kosovo War in the late 1990s after years of ethnic cleansing that displaced some 750,000 ethnic Albanians.

Here’s Exactly What The Dems’ Trump Investigators Are Looking For

No one knows exactly what Democrats’ investigations of President Donald Trump will turn up. But the distribution of Dems’ initial 81 document requests – sent Monday to an array of individuals, organizations and government agencies – reveals a lot about congressional investigators’ plans.

R. Kelly Vehemently Denies Sex Abuse Accusations In Tense CBS Interview

R. Kelly cried during a tense interview with CBS’s Gayle King on Tuesday as he vehemently denied the numerous allegations he faces of sexual abuse and sex with minors. CBS revealed clips of the interview, set to debut in full on Wednesday morning. Weighs In On Kylie Jenner’s ‘Self-Made’ Billionaire Label Again

The official Twitter account for has once again challenged reports that describe Kylie Jenner as a “self-made” billionaire. The site tweeted a response to a Forbes report published Tuesday that declared Jenner, 21, the “youngest self-made billionaire ever.” “Haven’t we gone over this?”’s Twitter account wrote, including its definition of “self-made.”

Donald Trump Tried To Troll Hillary Clinton (Again). She Hit Him With ‘Mean Girls.’

Donald Trump may have mocked Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she would not enter the 2020 presidential race on Tuesday, but it was only a matter of time before the president seemed to lose at his own game.

New ‘Game Of Thrones’ Trailer May Hint At Sad Season 8 Spoiler

We have no problem raising a glass to the Season 8 trailer of ” Game of Thrones.” But when Cersei pours herself a goblet, there’s reason to worry. Among the many shots in the new trailer is a sequence featuring Cersei Lannister ( Lena Headey), in which she seems tearful while sipping on some wine.

There will only be one Blockbuster store left on the planet soon

While there was plenty of fanfare around the Alaskan Blockbuster (which is now sadly closed), there was one still trading thousands of miles away in Australia. However, the second last Blockbuster on this planet, located in the Perth suburb of Morley, is closing down at the end of March.

Google kills political ads during Canadian election instead of complying with transparency laws

We’re jealous of Canada again, and not just for their healthcare. Google won’t run political ads during Canada’s 2019 election, according to The Globe and Mail . Google made its decision in response to a new set of election advertising transparency rules, which Google said would be too difficult to comply with.

Forbes gets roasted for naming Kylie Jenner its youngest ‘self-made billionaire’

Forbes was hotly critiqued for calling Kylie Jenner a soon-to-be “self-made billionaire” back in July, when she was poised to hit the $1 billion mark. Now she’s hit it, so they did it again. As part of its annual ranking of the world’s richest people, the magazine named 21-year-old Jenner, who founded beauty company Kylie Cosmetics in 2015, the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

Apple iPhone supplier Corning is developing flexible glass for foldable phones

One of the biggest challenges of foldable phones is screen durability. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X look crazy futuristic, but they have plastic screens that aren’t as scratch-resistant as the glass displays on regular phones. That’s no good and will be a big step backwards for durability.

Every detail we noticed from the new ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 trailer

PHEW. The Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer just dropped. And we are in full tin foil hat theory mode. Take a look at the full thing here, then join us below for a second-to-second breakdown of what’s happening and what it means for the final season when it premieres on April 14.

Some self-driving car systems have trouble detecting darker skin, study says

Last year, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon were called out for using facial recognition technology that was biased against people with dark skin. Well, it looks like self-driving cars could have the same problem. An analysis from Georgia Tech researchers found that systems used by self-driving cars to detect pedestrians had trouble picking out people with darker skin tones.

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