Here are the top stories as we end the month.
The Chinese Christians finding God and religious refuge in Kenya
In Nairobi, Chinese migrants are finding God as they integrate in highly Christian Kenya. But many don’t realize that back home the atheist Communist Party is waging a war against religion
Truck driver closed his eyes in fear moments before fatal Colorado pileup crash
Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos thought he was going to die and closed his eyes before his semi truck slammed into backed up traffic, sparking a massive fatal fire in Colorado, authorities said.
Josef Sural, Czech footballer, dies in bus crash, club confirms
Czech international Josef Sural has died following a minibus crash in Turkey, according to a tweet from his club.
‘Avengers: Endgame’ shatters records with $1.2 billion opening
The Avengers assembled the biggest box office in film history, far surpassing multiple records on the books.
Trieste half-marathon organizers spark outrage after banning African runners
Organizers of an Italian half-marathon have backed down after their decision to ban African athletes from participating sparked outrage and led to allegations of racism.
What parents should know about smart speakers
Are smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon’s Echo OK for kids? Should you buy smart home technology? What are the benefits of smart devices, and what are the privacy and security risks? Get answers to parents’ most-asked questions about smart devices.
How ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ conquered their universes
How ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ conquered their universes: By bridging the gap between serialized TV storytelling and blockbuster movie-making
PepsiCo offers to settle with Indian farmers it sued over potatoes for Lays chips
PepsiCo has offered to stop pursuing four small farmers in India it accuses of illegally growing a variety of potatoes registered for exclusive use in its Lays chips.
India is building a city from scratch to attract foreign investors
India is building a new city to give global investors an easy way into its booming economy.
Mozambique situation ‘worse than thought’
The situation in northern Mozambique is worse than thought, a UN spokesman says, days after Cyclone Kenneth ravaged the country. The system struck the Africa nation on Thursday with winds of 220km/h (140mph) which flattened whole villages. Around 700,000 people are now thought to be at risk in the area as torrential rains continue.
London Marathon 2019: Eliud Kipchoge on freedom, simplicity & power of the mind
Eliud Kipchoge’s eyes light up. He points to an electric blue band he is wearing on his wrist, where four simple words are written. “No human is limited.” It could sound like an inane Instagram post from a social media influencer. Coming from the greatest marathon runner of all time it feels anything but.
Africa Live: ‘Brief’ fire breaks out on Air Zimbabwe flight
“A beacon of journalism through the civil war”, “a voice for the voiceless”, “brave and courageous”, “gracious and committed” are just some of the tributes being paid to South Sudanese journalist and politician Alfred Taban, whose death was announced over the weekend.
Beijing defends Huawei amid 5G row
The UK should make “independent” decisions about whether to let Huawei help build its 5G network, according to China’s ambassador in London. The US, Australia and New Zealand say the Chinese firm is a security risk because of its ties to the state.
Can China’s plane-maker take on Boeing and Airbus?
For the past decade China, soon to become the world’s largest aviation market, has been developing its own planes as it seeks to loosen Western manufacturers’ grip on the sector. The planes made by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China – or Comac – have drawn plenty of criticism.
‘Game of Thrones’ fans react to the episode’s most surprising death
Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3. Game of Thrones fans around the world were stunned at the end of the Battle for Winterfell. The entirety of Episode 3, Season 8 of Game of Thrones had a tremendous amount of tension, beautifully built up through nearly 80 minutes of battle scenes and beloved characters fighting for their lives.
Cersei teases aftermath after the battle in eerie ‘Game of Thrones’ preview
If you can see through your tears, the scenes for next week on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 is here. And it is all about the bloody aftermath that will seemingly follow the Long Night we just survived. “We Have won the Great War,” Daenerys says.
Here’s the key Melisandre line from ‘Game of Thrones’ Ep 3 you may have missed
Warning: Contains chilly spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 3. If there’s one thing we should have learned by now with Game of Thrones, it’s that predictions are futile. After months of assuming the Night King would be the final, ultimate enemy, Arya came running into our lives and shattered him into a million dead pieces.
Lupita Nyong’o breaks down the links between ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Us’
Mild spoilers ahead for Us , proceed with caution if you haven’t seen it yet. Here’s a different song of ice and fire, compliments of Us star Lupita Nyong’o. For reasons that aren’t explained – and whatever, who cares, this is great – Nyong’o took to Twitter on Sunday to do a little analysis.
Indiegogo bans anti-vaxxers from fundraising on its platform
Indiegogo, the crowdfunding startup popular with filmmakers and other creatives, is banning anti-vaxxers from its platform. According to BuzzFeed News , the company will “no longer allow anti-vaccine fundraisers or any projects making health claims that do not have a scientific backing.”
‘Avengers: Endgame’ is an amazing flex by Marvel
Avengers: Endgame is not the best Marvel movie ever made. It’s not the prettiest or the funniest; it won’t blow your mind with new ideas or complicated character development. But it is the most Marvel movie ever made, and there’s something incredible about that.