The Top Stories on the Internet Today

April 1, 2019

Here are today’s top stories.

In Italy’s city of love, global far-right groups join forces under a ‘pro-family’ umbrella

In a 17th century palazzo in the Italian city of love, an international alliance of far-right politicians, conservative activists and religious leaders have united in hate.

Slovakia’s ‘Erin Brockovich’ elected first female president, in rebuke of populism

When Slovakia’s newly elected president Zuzana Caputova — the country’s first ever female president — delivered her acceptance speech on Saturday she immediately set herself apart from the wave of populist parties sweeping Europe.

Biden responds to Lucy Flores’ allegation, says ‘not once’ does he believe he acted inappropriately

Former Vice President Joe Biden responded for the first time on Sunday to allegations that he made a Nevada politician feel “uneasy” in 2014 when he kissed her on the back of her head, saying that he never believed he acted inappropriately.

Toby Alderweireld’s own goal sends Liverpool top of the Premier League

“Ugly” was Jurgen Klopp’s assessment of the way his Liverpool team eked out a thrilling last-gasp 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as the Merseyside club returned to the top of the Premier League.

Brunei’s new anti-gay law goes into effect this week. Here’s how the world is reacting

A law goes into effect Wednesday in Brunei that will punish adultery and homosexual sex with death. Here are some of the reactions from around the world

‘Dumbo’ underwhelms but ‘Us’ crosses $100 million at the box office

“Dumbo” didn’t fly quite as high as expected this weekend.

Boxer who kissed female reporter also squeezed her buttocks, reporter says

A female reporter who was kissed by a boxer without her consent during a post-fight interview last weekend says the athlete didn’t stop there.

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”.

North Korea calls embassy raid a terror attack

North Korea has described a break-in at its embassy in Spain last month as a “grave terrorist attack”. In its first official comment, Pyongyang called for an investigation and said it was closely watching rumours that the FBI had played a role.

‘Pitch up, pitch up!’ – Ethiopian pilot

Details have begun to emerge of the final moments of an Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed three weeks ago. An anti-stalling system on the plane, a Boeing 737 Max, has been blamed for the disaster which killed all 157 people on board.

Xenophobic attacks spark SA response

South Africa’s foreign minister has called an urgent meeting with ambassadors following attacks against foreigners in Durban. Early on Monday morning three people died amid protests targeting shops, many of which are foreign-owned. Around 50 people sought shelter at a police station when a group of unemployed South Africans forced them out of their homes in the night.

Elizabeth Holmes trial: What’s going on with the Theranos founder after ‘The Inventor’

The federal government is taking Elizabeth Holmes to court. As you probably know by now, she was the founder and CEO of Theranos, the blood-testing startup featured in the HBO doc The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (as well as a book, podcast, and, soon, a feature film starring Jennifer Lawrence).

The ‘Us’ version of a Discover commercial is a twisted Jordan Peele nightmare

Saturday Night Live gives you another excuse to never deal with customer service.

Elon Musk drops first SoundCloud track, ‘RIP Harambe.’ Yes, you read that right

Elon Musk just colonized a whole new world of WTF. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO dropped a track on SoundCloud called “RIP Harambe,” a heavily auto-tuned song about the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla whose 2016 killing launched a million memes. Musk offered little explanation, simply tweeting “Emo G Records” and a link to the SoundCloud.

Chris Evans may ‘cut ties’ with Tom Brady over Trump

Chris Evans, Avenger and overall number one Chris, may have to snap his finger and turn his Tom Brady fandom into dust if the superstar quarterback continues to support President Donald Trump. The revelation came in a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter , pegged to the upcoming Avengers: Endgame which is projected to make roughly a bajillion dollars at the box office this summer.

New ‘Game of Thrones’ images are all about Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen is ready for Winterfell, alright. In a new batch of Game of Thrones Season 8 images released by Sky Atlantic, the UK’s showdistributor, the Mother of Dragons is adjusting well at the Stark ancestral home.

Plot twist: Jeff Bezos’ affair leak may have been Saudi government attack

It’s a surreal geopolitical development that can be described as “incredibly 2019.” Jeff Bezos’ security advisor has determined that the party responsible for hacking the Amazon CEO’s private messages and releasing evidence of his marital infidelity to The National Enquirer was … the government of Saudi Arabia.

The latest cover of ‘Time’ shows Trump singin’ in the rain

Trump’s back on the cover of Time, but now instead of drowning in the Oval Office he’s shown walking outside, singing in the rain. Since 2017, Time Magazine has visually depicted the president’s controversial, ever-changing narrative through dramatic cover art illustrated by Tim O’Brien.

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