The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday May 22)

May 22, 2019

Here are the most important headlines today.

A legacy of man-eating lions and lunacy haunts Kenya’s railways. Will the China-built $3.6B line change that?

The new Standard Gauge Railway line cost $3.6 billion in loans and has been the subject of intense scrutinty in Africa.

China’s latest trade war card isn’t as strong as Beijing thinks

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s actions this week have been rich with symbolism.

What did Huawei do to land in such hot water with the US?

Huawei has endured a tenuous relationship with the United States for a decade, reaching a boiling point last week when the Trump administration banned American corporations from doing business with the Chinese company.

Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda dead at 70

Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda, who recovered from a near-fatal accident to become one of motor racing’s greatest drivers, has died aged 70, according to Reuters.

Judge orders Trump accounting firm to hand over records to Congress

A federal district judge has told the accounting firm Mazars it will need to turn over Donald Trump’s accounting records from before he was President to the Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee.

Officials close the Eiffel Tower as a man climbs it

Officers are still talking with a man who climbed up the side of the Eiffel Tower on Monday afternoon, triggering an evacuation of the famous structure, French police told CNN.

Out with the old kilogram, in with the new — scientists introduce more accurate measure

A kilo is a kilo is a kilo, right?

Here’s why Sikhs were offended by this $790 Gucci turban

It’s only been three months since Gucci had to apologize for its blackface sweater. But it seems the brand hasn’t learned its lesson. The Italian fashion house made headlines earlier this week for its “Indy Full Turban,” which was listed for sale on the website of luxury department store Nordstrom for a whopping $790.

20 best things to do in Kenya

Folks who have never been there tend to think of (CNN) – Kenya as a one-trick pony — an awesome safari destination and little more. But East Africa’s No. 1 travel destination (nearly 1.5 million international visitors in 2017) is actually a multifaceted place with a wide variety of adventures both rural and urban.

Africa Live: SA judge dies of snake bite in Zambia

The Kenyan government has threatened to deport foreigners found to be running illegal betting businesses. Interior Minister Fred Matiangi said on Monday that some foreigners had applied for different business permits, only to change course when they got their licences.

White House tells ex-aide not to testify

The White House has directed one of its former legal advisers not to testify to a congressional committee about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Department of Justice and White House both released statements on Monday arguing that Donald McGahn was under no obligation to give evidence.

Kylian Mbappe: PSG say France striker will remain at club next season

Kylian Mbappe and Paris St-Germain’s “shared history will continue next season”, say the French champions. France World Cup winner Mbappe won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award on Sunday and hinted in his acceptance speech about “a new project elsewhere”. When asked to clarify the comments, the 20-year-old said: “I said what I had to say.”

Electric cars still to win over drivers

Only one in four people would consider buying a fully electric car in the next five years. That is the finding of one of the most comprehensive studies into UK consumers and pure electric vehicles. There has been a renewed focus on the climate and environment recently.

The tycoon who just paid off 400 students’ debt

Four hundred college seniors in the US state of Georgia just received a dream graduation present from billionaire investor Robert Frederick Smith: he paid off their student loans. Who is this American philanthropist?

Critics have mixed feelings about how ‘Game of Thrones’ ended

Game of Thrones has ended and the reviews have been pouring in about how the biggest series on television wrapped things up. While many agree that most of the final season was a rocky, unpleasant road to go down, reactions to the series finale have been mixed.

Huawei gets temporary relief from its U.S. ban

The Trump administration is temporarily easing its ban on Huawei. In an announcement on Monday, the U.S. Department of Commerce said it would be giving the Chinese tech giant a 90-day exemption from trade restrictions, thanks to a Temporary General License (TGL).

Gmail freaks out users by saying a ‘new device signed in to’ their account

Don’t freak out. On Monday afternoon, Gmail mistakenly sent multiple users a security alert, notifying them that an unknown device had signed into their account. The number of affected users is currently unknown. However, according to a G Suite admin who chose to remain anonymous, the issue was widespread enough for Google to issue a notification about it in its Admin Panel.

Why Trump’s Huawei ban could cripple the company

Things just keep getting worse for Chinese tech giant Huawei. After Google revoked Huawei’s Android license over the weekend, a handful of U.S. companies, including chipmakers Qualcomm and Broadcom and storage supplier Western Digital have reportedly stopped working with the Chinese company as well.

Grad attempts a backflip during graduation ceremony, and it doesn’t go well

After slogging through four (or more) years of all-nighters, unforgiving professors, and incomprehensible readings, college grads deserve to jump for joy. Or perhaps, backflip for joy? Twitter user @viridianna_g captured a moment of pure graduation elation at the El Paso Community College ceremony – that is, until their hype came tumbling down.

The ‘Game of Thrones’ cast signs off with a touching video: Watch

As the world says goodbye to Game of Thrones, the cast of the show also has to say goodbye. In a nice little sign off video, Game of Thrones actors Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), John Bradley (Sam), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Maisie Williams (Arya), and Sophie Turner (Sansa) thank fans for their support and love in the show and say good bye to the world of Westeros.

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