The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday April 9)

April 9, 2019

A look at today’s top stories.

Nielsen ouster lays bare Trump’s own immigration crisis

The forced resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is not just the usual story of an administration racked by chaos and the short shelf life of almost everyone who works for an imperious and grudge-bearing President.

Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx says calls for her resignation are personal

Foxx said she’s been asking herself “what is this really about?”

Pakistan accuses India of planning new attack

Pakistan’s foreign minister says the government has “reliable intelligence” that India was planning an attack next week — claims its nuclear neighbor immediately dismissed as “irresponsible and preposterous.”

Maldives President who promised to investigate China headed for landslide election win

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s political party looks to have scored a landslide victory in parliamentary elections Sunday.

Governments are rushing to regulate the internet. Users could end up paying the price

In early 1996, John Perry Barlow — founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and one-time member of the Grateful Dead — declared the internet to be independent of national governments.

Motel 6 will pay $12 million after several locations gave their guest lists to ICE

Motel 6 will pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit that said several Washington state locations gave their guest lists to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Scientists just captured a record 17-foot-long python in Florida

The massive female python, found in the Florida Everglades, weighed 140 pounds and contained 73 developing eggs.

Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho dies at 70

The man who helped turn Korean Air into a global powerhouse has died.

Trump replaces homeland security chief

US President Donald Trump has announced Secretary of Homeland Security Kisrtjen Nielsen is leaving her position. In a tweet, the president thanked her for her service and said she would be temporarily replaced by Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. Ms Nielsen has held her position since December 2017.

Why the future of French is African

French President Emmanuel Macron has described Africa as “the continent of the future”, but it may also save his country’s language from the decline it is experiencing elsewhere in the world, writes Jennifer O’Mahony. When Dakar rises each morning, the first port of call is the boulangerie for a baguette.

Evacuations as Libya unrest worsens

International powers have begun evacuating personnel from Libya amid a worsening security situation. US Africa Command said it had relocated an unspecified contingent of US forces, while India said it had evacuated peacekeepers to Tunisia. Rebel forces under Gen Khalifa Haftar have advanced from the east with the aim of taking the capital, Tripoli.

Tourist and guide freed after Uganda kidnap

A US tourist and her guide have been rescued after they were kidnapped at gunpoint while on safari in Uganda. Kimberly Endicott, 35, and Jean-Paul Mirenge were set upon as they drove through the Queen Elizabeth National Park on the evening of 2 April.

‘Shoddy’ Huawei work risks Westminster ban

A top cyber-security official has said Huawei’s “shoddy” engineering practices mean its mobile network equipment could be banned from Westminster and other sensitive parts of the UK. GCHQ’s Dr Ian Levy told BBC Panorama the Chinese telecom giant also faced being barred from what he described as the “brains” of the 5G networks.

Nissan votes to oust Ghosn from its board

Nissan shareholders have voted to oust the company’s former boss Carlos Ghosn from its board. The decision to sever ties with Mr Ghosn was made at a an extraordinary shareholders meeting held on Monday. Mr Ghosn was re-arrested in Tokyo last week while out on bail pending trial over claims of financial misconduct.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ press conference left chairs empty to honor fallen comrades

Warning: This story contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War . Sometimes a press conference is just a press conference. But it’s not often a memorial that punches you right in the heart. On Sunday, Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame press conference held in Los Angeles reminded us of exactly how many of our MCU comrades have fallen, by leaving chairs empty among the stars.

UK looks to crack down on social media companies which don’t stop harmful content

The UK is set to unveil new measures against the spread of harmful and violent content on the internet. The Online Harms white paper, set to be released on Monday morning by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, introduces a new independent regulator for social media companies, file hosting sites, and other companies which host content.

Did Netflix just tease a Beyoncé documentary?

Clear your schedule next Wednesday, friends. A Beyoncé documentary is (probably) on the horizon. On Sunday, several Netflix accounts tweeted a promotional image for something called “Homecoming,” set to debut on April 17. Beyoncé fans noticed instantly that the ad’s typeface was the same as the typeface on Bey’s Coachella merch.

All the best ‘Game of Thrones’ theories and predictions, season by season

What matters about the White Walker origin reveal? Can Bran influence the past? Why does the Night King marking Bran matter? Will the Children of the Forest return, or are they now extinct? What happened to Bran when he became the Three-Eyed Raven? What do Bran’s visions mean?

Creepy Joe Biden fails at sensitivity training on the ‘SNL’ cold open

Saturday Night Live’s latest cold open chose as its target an overly handsy white male politician with a history of touching women inappropriately. Not, not . I’m talking about Joe Biden. The former Obama Vice President’s struggles with keeping his hands to himself is now a matter of public record, and – in the sketch’s view – a concerned Democratic Party wants to get him some much-needed sensitivity training.

6 hilarious SNL ‘Game of Thrones’ sketches you can binge right now

Jon Snow may know nothing, but boy are we hoping Game of Thrones star Kit Harington understands what he got himself into. Considering the promo for Haringtonhosting the April 6 episode of Saturday Night Live involves Leslie Jones having him pelted with doughnuts and shamed, Cersei Lannister style, you can bet The Prince That Was Promised will be on the receiving end of at least a few Thrones jokes come airtime.

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