The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday May 30)

May 30, 2019

Here are today’s biggest headlines in the world.

Everest makes you feel superhuman. But the mountain has other plans

Om Everest, CNN finds a perfect recipe for a season of summit disasters: Overcrowding, severe weather and inexperienced climbers

Boris Johnson to face court for alleged Brexit lies

The leading candidate to succeed Theresa May as British Prime Minister has been ordered to appear in court to face allegations he lied to the public during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign.

Australian helicopters targeted by lasers in South China Sea

Australian military helicopters were targeted with lasers during operations in the South China Sea this month.

Satellite images reveal strikes on Syria’s Idlib province

Airstrikes and fighting in Syria’s last rebel-held province have left a trail of damage visible from space. In satellite images from May 20 and May 26, swathes of fields in northwestern Idlib appear blackened, the neat lines of city streets and blocks become blurs of debris, and plumes of smoke dot the landscape.

Former Belgian king submits DNA in paternity case

The former king of Belgium, Albert II, has submitted a DNA sample in an ongoing paternity suit from an artist who claims to be his daughter, fathered during an alleged affair.

Huawei calls on Washington to ‘halt illegal action’ against the company

Huawei is pressing on with its lawsuit against the United States, challenging the constitutionality of a US law banning federal agencies from buying its products.

Real Madrid is ‘most valuable club in Europe,’ according to report

Real Madrid has been named the most valuable football club in Europe, according to financial consultancy KPMG, overtaking Manchester United.

Trump’s arms sale to Saudis undermines US values

Aaron David Miller says it’s hard to see much benefit in Donald Trump’s recent decision to make an end run around Congress and push through billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. And pretty easy to envision the downsides, particularly regarding munition sales to the Saudis.

Why China is building hundreds of new airports

While alarming and fascinating in equal measure, these headlines conceal another tale — one of a country undergoing a breakneck expansion into the world of flying as its people take to the sky in rapidly increasing numbers.

Bangladesh charges 16 for burning girl alive

Sixteen people have been charged in Bangladesh over the shocking murder of a teenager who was burned to death after reporting sexual harassment. Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, was doused with kerosene and set on fire on the roof of her Islamic school on 6 April, days after filing a complaint.

Tankers almost certainly hit by Iranian mines – US

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said “naval mines almost certainly from Iran” were to blame for the damage to oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this month. Mr Bolton provided no evidence to support the allegation.

Johnson to appear in court over £350m claim

Boris Johnson has been ordered to appear in court over claims he lied by saying the UK gave the EU £350m a week. The Tory leadership candidate has been accused of misconduct in public office after making the claim during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.

Europa League: Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri takes frustration out on cap

Europa League final: Chelsea v Arsenal Venue: Olympic Stadium, Baku Date: 29 May 2019 Kick-off: 20:00 BST Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live; live text commentary on BBC Sport website and app. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri appeared visibly frustrated as he walked out of training on the eve of the Europa League final against Arsenal in Azerbaijan.

Huawei: US ban will harm billions of users

A US move to put Huawei on a trade blacklist “sets a dangerous precedent” that will harm billions of consumers, the firm’s top legal officer said. Speaking at a press conference, Song Liuping said the trade ban would also “directly harm” American companies and affect jobs.

Johnson & Johnson in billion-dollar opioid trial

Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest drug manufacturers, has gone on trial in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit by the US state of Oklahoma. Prosecutors accuse the firm of deceptively marketing painkillers and downplaying addiction risks, fuelling a so-called “opioid epidemic”. Johnson & Johnson denies wrongdoing and says it marketed products responsibly.

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold won’t launch in June, reports claim

It appears that we’ll have to wait for Samsung’s foldable phone a little while longer. According to the Korea Herald, who cites anonymous industry sources (via Engadget), Samsung won’t launch the Fold in June.

Young people try to read an analogue clock and fail pretty spectacularly

Learning to tell the time is hard. But once you’ve got the hang of it, you’re set for life. Well, unless you’re one of these unfortunate young people who appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to put their time-telling skills to the test.

New ‘order’ sticker spotted in Instagram Stories

Instagram may be looking to ramp up its shopping features. A new “order” sticker recently appeared in the app’s Stories, alongside existing stickers as well as location and music features, according to a screenshot tweeted by social media consultant Matt Navarra.

Gamers arrested for playing ‘PUBG’ on their phones in India

In several cities in India, gamers have been arrested simply for playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (aka PUBG) on their phones. An astonishing BuzzFeed News report published Monday night took a deep dive into the extreme popularity of Battlegrounds in India, as well as government efforts to contain it.

YouTube Gaming’s days are numbered, before it shuts down for good

This week is the last for YouTube Gaming. While the closure was announced last year, the app will officially shut down and be merged with the main site on May 30, Google announced in a support post. Although YouTube will merge existing YouTube Gaming subscriptions to the main site, it’s not possible to transfer the games content which you’ve saved in YouTube Gaming.

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