The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday May 24)

May 24, 2019

Here are the biggest headlines today.

Mobile networks are suspending orders for Huawei smartphones

Mobile networks in Asia and Europe are suspending orders for Huawei smartphones following the US decision last week to restrict the company’s access to American technology.

A rare look inside Huawei, China’s tech giant

The Chinese company Huawei is one of the giants of the tech industry. It’s the world’s largest provider of telecommunications equipment, a leader in next-generation 5G technology, and last year it passed Apple to become the second-biggest smartphone seller in the world. But to many, especially in the West, there’s still an air of mystery around it.

India election results: live updates

What we’re covering here What’s happening: India’s Election Commission is set to announce the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections Who’s in the game: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on course to win another term, according to exit polls The race isn’t over yet: Exit polls have been wrong in the past and Rahul Gandhi’s Congress Party is putting up a fight, as are several regional rivals Why it’s significant: It’s the world’s biggest elections and900 million people were eligible to vote in a process that took six weeks.

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

Botswana has scrapped its ban on hunting, citing an increase in conflicts between elephants and humans during the five years the rule was in place.

Snakebites: The hidden health crisis that kills 200 people a day

The World Health Organization wants to halve death and disability from snakebites by 2030.

Ethiopian crash could have been prevented if Boeing took pilots’ concerns seriously, union says

American Airline’s pilots’ union is calling Boeing’s response to two fatal plane crashes “inexcusable,” claiming the crashes might not have happened if the company had listened to pilots.

Why Wanuri Kahiu’s lesbian romance film was banned in Kenya

Wanuri Kahiu’s role model is an African feminist icon who dedicated her life to planting trees — and fighting the Kenyan authorities. “She was a woman who was coming up against the government and being spoken about in the most horrific ways,” Kahiu said of environmentalist Wangari Maathai, who launched the Green Belt movement before becoming the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

J.J. Abrams reveals how Carrie Fisher is incorporated in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will included unused footage of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia left over from the 2015 film “The Force Awakens.” Director J.J. Abrams explains how he pieced the scenes together.

World Cup: Fifa drops plans to expand Qatar 2022 to 48 teams

Plans to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams have been abandoned by Fifa. Fifa president Gianni Infantino said last year the expansion from 32 teams could be brought forward from 2026 to the 2022 tournament in Qatar. The change would have required Qatar to share hosting duties with other countries in the region.

China confirmed as source of rise in CFCs

Researchers say that they have pinpointed the major sources of a mysterious recent rise in a dangerous, ozone-destroying chemical. CFC-11 was primarily used for home insulation but global production was due to be phased out in 2010. But scientists have seen a big slowdown in the rate of depletion over the past six years.

Panasonic halts business with Huawei

Japan’s Panasonic said it was halting business with Huawei to comply with US restrictions. Panasonic said the ban applies to goods having 25% or more of US-originated materials, according to reports. However, there was some confusion about Panasonic’s position when, later in the day, its Chinese website said the firm would continue to supply Huawei.

Man Utd 1999 Treble: Near misses, determination & ‘pure luck’

On 26 May, it will be 20 years since Manchester United completed a remarkable Treble – becoming the only team to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in one season. The club are marking the achievement by hosting a Champions League final rematch against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford, and will also be paying tribute on next season’s kit.

Regulators to discuss grounded 737 Max

Aviation regulators from around the world will meet on Thursday to decide when the grounded Boeing 737 Max will return to the skies. The meeting, led by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), could set out a timetable for when the aircraft can return to service.

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly made a fake, racist social media profile in Cameron Winklevoss’ name

If you believe Ben Mezrich’s reporting, young Mark Zuckerberg was a huge asshole. Like, the make a fake and racist social media profile for someone you don’t like kind of asshole. The author of The Accidental Billionaires, the 2009 basis for Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network, is back at it again with some wild claims about the Facebook CEO’s early days.

John Wick director talks about hitting Keanu Reeves with a car

Former stuntman and director of the John Wick series, Chad Stahelski, shares secrets about actors doing their own stunts.

Clever scientists locate the source of outlawed, ozone-killing pollution

Detectives have sniffed out a big source of an outlawed, invisible, and odorless gas, currently wafting through Earth’s atmosphere. This chemical, CFC-11, is illegal everywhere in every country, because it depletes Earth’s ozone layer – which protects life from solar radiation.

Rihanna moved to London and British people are basically screaming right now

The United Kingdom has a new queen, friends. That queen is called Rihanna. In an interview with The New York Times, RihRih casually mentioned the fact that moved to London earlier this year. Sorry, what?! In the interview, published on Monday, Rihanna talked about some of the things that she’s “come to appreciate” since moving to London.

Emilia Clarke feared being hated by Beyoncé after ‘Game of Thrones’ finale

Emilia Clarke worried Beyoncé would “hate” her due to her character’s turn at the end of ‘Game of Thrones.’

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