The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday April 11)

April 11, 2019

These are the stories making headlines today.

May’s position is looking shakier than ever as Brexit negotiations drag on

British Prime Minister Theresa May will face her fellow — for now — European Union leaders at a summit Wednesday with everyone around the table knowing she is running out of options on Brexit.

Japanese F-35 fighter crashes into the Pacific

A Japanese F-35 fighter crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, raising questions about reliability and security of the most expensive weapons system ever made.

Catholic bishop charged with raping nun in India

Police in India have charged a Catholic bishop with raping a nun, following months of protests and allegations of a coverup.

India election 2019: latest updates

What we’re covering here What we’re covering here It’s official. The world’s largest exercise in democracy will kick off on April 11. We’ll be following every twist and turn as up to 900 million people vote to choose their next leader.

Dalai Lama hospitalized with chest infection

The Dalai Lama has been hospitalized with a chest infection, but is in a stable condition, his aides said Tuesday.

‘The Crown’ has cast its Princess Diana

“The Crown” has cast its Princess of Wales.

The first-ever photo of a black hole is expected very soon

The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration is expected to release the first-ever photos of a black hole on April 10, and anticipation is building. The first target is Sagittarius A, the site of a supermassive black hole 26,000 light years away from Earth.

He found a body at his childhood home’s backyard during renovations. It was his mom

When Aaron Fraser began excavating behind his childhood home in Jacksonville, Florida, as part of a renovation in 2014, he made a gruesome discovery: human remains.

The anti-Facebook: Inside Pinterest’s slow and quiet rise

The team at Pinterest was nervous.

Royal baby name: What will it be?

Spring has arrived in the UK and amid the chaos of Brexit, another countdown is in full swing. Any day now, Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex will become parents for the first time.

Sudan police ordered not to intervene

Sudan’s police have ordered officers not to intervene against thousands of protesters who have demonstrated outside the army HQ in the capital, Khartoum, since Friday. The protesters demand the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir. Earlier, heavy gunfire was heard outside the HQ and there were reports soldiers protecting protesters had shot at government security agents.

Israeli election on course for dead heat

Israel’s general election is on course for a dead heat with nearly all votes counted, local media report. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the centrist Blue and White alliance are projected to win 35 seats each with most votes counted. The outcome puts Mr Netanyahu in a strong position to form a right-wing coalition government.

Global executions ‘fall almost a third’

Annual executions recorded worldwide fell by almost a third in 2018 to the lowest figure in more than a decade, Amnesty International says. Some 690 people were executed in 20 countries last year, excluding China, a fall of 31% on 2017 – when 993 deaths were recorded.

The strange fate of a person falling into a black hole – BBC Reel

If you fell into a black hole, you might expect to die instantly. But in fact your fate would be far stranger than that.

Africa Live: Body of tourist who fell into Nile taking selfie found

It’s nearly four weeks since Cyclone Idai struck southern Africa. The port city of Beira in Mozambique was particularly badly hit. The deputy representative for Unicef in Mozambique Michel le Pechoux told BBC Newsday there are still more than 3,500 confirmed cases.

Why is Libya so lawless?

Libya has been beset by chaos since Nato-backed forces overthrew long-serving ruler Col Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011. The oil-rich country, a key departure point for some of the thousands of migrants travelling to Europe, once had one of the highest standards of living in Africa, with free healthcare and free education.

Boeing to fix deadly 737 Max software, but is that enough for passengers?

Boeing, the American aircraft maker of the 737 Max 8 planes involved in two fatal crashes in a five-month period, is hustling to salvage its reputation so passengers and air carriers will fly on those planes again. (Out of all U.S.-based carriers, Southwest and American Airlines had the largest number of the planes in their fleets.)

Twitter takes down Trump campaign video after Warner Bros. copyright claim

Twitter has taken down a video posted by Donald Trump following a copyright complaint. The apparent 2020 campaign video was posted on Trump’s Twitter account on Tuesday, and featured the soundtrack to The Dark Knight Rises, which was the last film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series.

People shared their surreal, fleeting encounters with celebrities, and it’s delightful

Celebrities, despite how famous they may be, still need to do normal things. It’s these encounters with celebrities in the real world which have been the subject of discussion on Twitter, with people sharing their most surreal experiences with famous people.

Record-breaking python caught in Florida Everglades


Powerful photo shows how women are leading Sudanese protests

As protests in Sudan against President Omar al-Bashir continued on Monday, one powerful image of a woman protesting is speeding around Twitter and being heralded as a symbol of strength. The photo follows similar images and videos that have been posted across social media in recent days as the protests have continued.

Google’s drone delivery service just got approved for public use in Australia

Drone deliveries have been the subject of many a flashy promo video over the years, but until now, they haven’t been available for everyone to use whenever they want. That’s still the case in most of the world, but one part of Australia just won the ability to get things delivered through the air.

‘The Crown’ casts unknown lookalike for Princess Diana

She won’t be in Season 3, but Netflix’s The Crown has cast a Princess Diana for Season 4. Newcomer Emma Corrin will portray the Lady who became one of the most famous women in the world and a tragic chapter in history.

Tesla’s Sentry Mode helps police find burglar

A man breaking into a Tesla got his plans foiled by the company’s new Sentry Mode, which takes a video of the car’s surroundings when sensing a threat. ABC7 News reported Tuesday that Tesla Model 3 owner Jed Franklin alerted the police after getting a notice that Sentry Mode has been triggered, along with a “full view” of a man breaking into a backseat window of his Tesla, parked in San Francisco.

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