Here are today’s top stories.
Brunei’s LGBT community flees ‘inhumane’ new stoning laws
Life in Brunei’s small and marginalized LGBT community has always been difficult, but the introduction of strict new Islamic law is forcing some to seek asylum overseas.
May’s endless Brexit has left the UK exhausted
If Brexit were a tennis match, it would be one of those grueling five-setters which has gone down to a tie-break in the last, with the score currently 60 games even, and neither player able to gain a clear advantage over the other.
India anti-satellite missile test a ‘terrible thing,’ NASA chief says
India’s anti-satellite missile test created at least 400 pieces of orbital debris, the head of NASA says — placing the International Space Station (ISS) and its astronauts at risk.
Apple cuts iPhone prices in China
The prices of iPhones in China are falling thanks to a tax cut that took effect Monday.
Second woman accuses Joe Biden of unwanted touching
A second woman has come forward in an interview with a Connecticut newspaper to allege that former Vice President Joe Biden touched her inappropriately.
Canada is warming at twice the global rate, report says
The report states Canada’s climate will continue warming up because of “human influence.”
Burger King is testing out an Impossible Whopper. This is why
Burger King has a plan to bring in new customers and encourage existing ones to buy more often: Vegetarian Whoppers.
Chinese kindergarten teacher detained after allegedly poisoning 23 children
A kindergarten teacher in China’s Henan province has been detained after she allegedly poisoned 23 children by putting nitrite into their food.
1MDB scandal: The playboys, PMs and partygoers
It is one of the world’s greatest financial scandals. Billions of dollars from a state fund meant to help the Malaysian people went missing, disappearing into the shadows of the global financial system.
Nipsey Hussle vigil stampede hurts 19
Police have named a suspect in the murder of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, hours after a stampede at a vigil injured at least 19 people. Authorities say Eric Holder is the man wanted in connection with the shooting on Sunday, which was ruled a homicide.
Jordan Pickford: Police investigate alleged incident involving England goalkeeper
Northumbria Police is investigating an alleged incident involving England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Video published on social media appears to show the Everton player, 25, involved in a fracas on a street. “At 12:19am (Monday), police received a report of a disturbance involving a large group of individuals on Tunstall Road, Sunderland,” a spokesperson said.
In pictures: Pope Francis visits Morocco
He met migrants and Muslim leaders, and held a Mass for the country’s small Roman Catholic community. The Pope celebrated Mass in a sports centre in the Moroccan capital Rabat on Sunday. Delighted worshippers thronged the cathedral. Speaking in Rabat’s cathedral, the pontiff warned Catholics against trying to convert people to their own belief, saying this “always leads to an impasse”.
Algeria’s Bouteflika to quit by 28 April
Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will step down before his mandate expires on 28 April, Algerian state media reports. The 82-year-old, who has been in power for 20 years, will ensure “continuity of the state’s institutions” before he quits, a presidential statement carried by APS news agency said.
Should Google, Amazon and Facebook fear this woman?
US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren says she’d consider dismantling the tech giants should she ever get the top job. But is this really necessary or even possible? A growing chorus of people think the big beasts of the tech world – Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon – are getting too big for their boots and should be dismantled.
2 Women Accuse Magician David Blaine Of Sexual Assault
Two women have accused celebrity magician David Blaine of sexual assault, the New York Police Department has confirmed. Dermot Shea, NYPD’s chief of detectives, said Blaine was ” under active investigation ” by the department’s Special Victims Unit. The performance artist offered no comment when approached by the Daily Beast, which first reported the allegations on Monday.
Kamala Harris Says Her Presidential Campaign Has Raised $12 Million
Sen. Kamala Harris said Monday that her 2020 presidential campaign raised $12 million in the first three months of this year, setting high expectations for what the wave of Democrats will have to make to compete in the crowded presidential race.
Another Whale Has Washed Up Dead With Plastic Packing Its Stomach
For the second time in two weeks, a whale has washed up dead with plastic packed inside its stomach, wildlife officials said. In the latest grisly discovery, off the coast of Sardinia, Italy, late last week, there were roughly 49 pounds of plastic inside the female sperm whale, along with a dead fetus.
Maisie Williams Deserves An Emmy For Her ‘Game Of Thrones’ Spoiler Prank
Maisie Williams stunned “The Tonight Show” audience into silence on Monday when she pretended to drop a sensational spoiler about ” Game of Thrones.” Williams, who plays Arya Stark in HBO’s hit fantasy drama, casually dropped what she claimed was a devastating detail about her character’s fate in the show’s eighth and final season during her interview with host Jimmy Fallon.
Trevor Noah: We Finally Know Where Biden Stands – “Too Close To Women’
Trevor Noah took a look at what he calls Joe Biden ‘s “Sniff-Kissgate” scandal on “The Daily Show” Monday and declared it “creepy.” Now we know where Biden stands – “too close to women,” he said.
President-Elect Of El Salvador Mocks Fox News Over ‘3 Mexican Countries’ Gaffe
Nayib Bukele, the president-elect of El Salvador, mocked ” Fox & Friends” on Monday over its ” 3 Mexican Countries” chyron gaffe. The Fox News’ morning show faced ridicule on social media Sunday over its on-screen caption which inaccurately referred to the independent nations of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras as “Mexican countries.”
‘Game of Thrones’ drops new Season 8 teaser, and it’s about togetherness
You might’ve already seen some screen recordings of Game of Thrones’ latest teaser floating around the internet, but now you can actually watch the real thing. A new promo for the final season of the much-loved HBO series dropped on Monday, and it’s all about, as Tyrion Lannister puts it, “fighting together.”
Stephen Colbert absolutely destroys Trump’s threat to close the border with Mexico
There are some things in life that get old quickly, but Stephen Colbert reading out the President’s tweets in his on-point Trump accent is not one of them. Even when the tweets in question happen to be very, very long.
Samsung really wants you to know the Galaxy Fold doesn’t have a crease problem
Samsung is gearing up to launch its much anticipated foldable phone but they are facing one speed bump: the crease. A video released on YouTube earlier this month showed the Galaxy Fold with a notable crease.
Bitcoin surges, hitting $5,000 for the first time this year
Bitcoin has been in a lull in recent months. The largest cryptocurrency’s price kept declining throughout 2018, finally finding a bottom at roughly $3,200 last December. Since then, it’s been a slow and shaky climb upwards. On Tuesday, however, the price of Bitcoin surged more than 15% in less than an hour.
Jon and Arya finally reunite in tense teaser for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8
Brace yourselves, Thrones fans. It’s time for the reunion we’ve all been waiting for. (No, it’s not Dany reconciling her newly icy relationship with Viserion – although we’re eager to see how that goes down too.) A new teaser for Season 8 of Game of Thrones finally depicts the long-awaited reunion ofJon Snow and Arya Stark.