The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Monday April 8)

April 8, 2019

Here are today’s top headlines.

Saudi nuclear program accelerates, raising tensions in a volatile region

On the outskirts of Riyadh, a building site is quickly being transformed into the birthplace of Saudi Arabia’s quest for nuclear power, a bid that has sparked concern in the US Congress and fury in Tehran.

Germany once pleaded with Britain to stay in the EU. Now the love has cooled

It wasn’t so long ago that German politicians wrote a love letter to Britain, published in The Times, pining for British humour, ales at the pub and a proper cup of milky tea. Timed just before Valentine’s Day, the letter read:

Aviation world faces moment of reckoning after 737 MAX crashes

It was a moment the aviation world had been waiting for since a second deadly crash grounded the 737 MAX fleet: Boeing gathered hundreds of pilots, airline executives, and regulators to unveil a fix that would return the jetliner to the sky.

Activist or spy? The curious case of a Cold War nuclear scientist

The two police officers trailed the university professor as he left his home in the southwest London suburbs and walked to the local railway station.

The fascinating world of China pigeon racing

Every day during the racing season, 55-year-old Zhang Yajun wakes at 4 a.m. and carefully loads bamboo cages containing his 76 cherished racing pigeons into a van. Then he drives up to 200 kilometers (124 miles) from his Beijing apartment to release them.

Egypt discovers a tomb full of mummified cats, mice and other animals

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced its most recent discovery of a preserved double graveyard containing the remains of a man, his wife, and mummified animals, including cats and mice.

How to find hidden cameras in your Airbnb

(CNN) – Airbnbs have changed the way we vacation, offering accommodation that adds a whole new dimension to travel. Sometimes that extra dimension is delightful — a unique place to crash in a cool neighborhood, or the chance to experience life like a local.

Rwanda marks 25 years since genocide

Commemorations have begun in Rwanda to mark the 25th anniversary of the genocide that killed about a tenth of the population. The country will mourn for 100 days, the time it took in 1994 for 800,000 Rwandans to be massacred. Most were minority Tutsis, killed by ethnic Hutu extremists.

The genocide orphans still searching for their names

A quarter of a century after the Rwandan genocide, some orphans are still desperately searching for any clues about their lost pasts. Oswald knows nothing about his life before the moment a young woman picked him out of the pile of bodies in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, as he tried to suckle a dead woman’s breast.

How Algeria’s army sacrificed a president to keep power

When the head of Algeria’s army declared the president was too ill to rule he revealed where the real power lies in Algeria, writes James McDougall, an expert on the history of Algeria. For Algeria’s 82-year old former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, it is “game over”, as slogans on the country’s streets have been saying since mid-February.

Israel PM vows to annex settlements

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected. Israelis go to the polls on Tuesday and Mr Netanyahu is competing for votes with right-wing parties who support annexing part of the West Bank.

The Earth-like planets we have found may not be like Earth – BBC Reel

There are more planets in our galaxy than there are stars, says science writer and astrophysicist Adam Becker. He explains what these ‘exoplanets’ are like to the BBC’s Melissa Hogenboom and Michael Marshall, with help from the animators at Pomona Pictures.

Tunisia leader, 92, won’t seek re-election

Tunisia’s 92-year-old president has announced he does not plan to stand in elections expected this November, despite calls for him to run. Beji Caid Essebsi told a meeting of his ruling Nidaa Tounes party someone younger should take charge. Mr Essebsi won the country’s first free presidential poll in 2014.

‘Our Planet’ exemplifies how nature docs can make you feel very small, but extremely powerful

From flocks of birds to colonies of ants, big group shots are a staple in most nature documentaries. Meticulously filmed and explained, these scenes often depict some massive group of animals – occasionally in tandem with another massive group of animals – working to accomplish a monstrous task that’s somehow critical to their survival.

Netflix confirms it will no longer support AirPlay capability

The days of beaming your favorite Netflix show to your Apple TV are officially over. Netflix suddenly and unceremoniously stopped supporting AirPlay capability, quietly informing users accustomed to the wireless streaming feature of the change via service support page. “AirPlay is no longer supported for use with Netflix due to technical limitations,” the announcement read, offering up few additional details.

Chris Evans is launching a political website with some help from Congress

A video of actor Chris Evans asking members of US Congress to participate in his to-be-launched political website leaked to CNN, spoiling the breadth of his formerly secret project. As reported by CNN, the video shows Evans meeting with congresspeople, including Senators Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, and encouraging them to answer questions about prescient political issues on camera.

Snap’s plan to fight Facebook is bold

Snap has long been known for its secretive ways. Even after going public in 2017, CEO Evan Spiegel rarely divulges much about the company publicly, save for quarterly earnings calls. But that may be starting to change.

Snap’s plan to fight Facebook is bold

Snap has long been known for its secretive ways. Even after going public in 2017, CEO Evan Spiegel rarely divulges much about the company publicly, save for quarterly earnings calls. But that may be starting to change.

Samsung expects quarterly profit to plummet 60 percent compared to a year ago

Things are not going well in Samsung-land. Ahead of its earnings report later this month, the South Korean electronics giant shared earnings guidance for operating profit in the first quarter of 2019 – and it doesn’t look good.

Elon Musk explains why there is a camera inside of the Tesla Model 3

Back in 2017 we learned that the Tesla Model 3 has an inactive camera above the rearview mirror looking into the car. Seems … creepy. Well, recently on Twitter, CEO Elon Musk revealed what that camera is doing there. It’s to help Tesla compete with Uber and Lyft in the future, duh.

‘Captain Marvel’ soars past $1 billion at global box office

Here’s to more female superheroes.

Should we abolish the Constitution?

This new Broadway play explores the Constitution today

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