The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday June 25)

June 25, 2019

Here are today’s top stories.

Erdogan likes to say ‘whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey.’ His party’s defeat is a crushing blow

Istanbul election results may signal a shift in the political dominance President Erdogan and his party have grown accustomed to.

A Chinese invasion of Taiwan would be a bloody, logistical nightmare

Roaring out of the sky, an F-16V fighter jet lands smoothly to rearm and refuel on an unremarkable freeway in rural Taiwan, surrounded by rice paddies.

Beijing says it won’t allow Hong Kong to be brought up at G20

A top Chinese Foreign Ministry official said Beijing would “not allow” the Hong Kong protests to be brought up at the G20 meeting in Osaka beginning on Thursday.

‘That was not football’: England coach Neville

Distraught Cameroon players staged a series of extraordinary on-field protests over VAR decisions as England earned a quarterfinal clash with Norway at the Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 win in Valenciennes Sunday.

Fighting Ebola is hard but in the Congo mistrust is making it harder

CNN goes inside the Ebola outbreak in the Congo, which continues unabated 10 months after the first cases were confirmed in a region of simmering violence and extreme mistrust of the government.

Failed coup sees Ethiopia army chief shot dead by bodyguard

A failed coup in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara regional state government led to four people being killed, including Ethiopia’s Army Chief of Staff and the head of the important region, the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s confirmed Sunday.

Small slug throws Japan’s high-speed rail into chaos

A single, small slug has been blamed for a massive power failure that brought part of Japan’s high-speed rail network to a standstill last month.

Plane spotting at Thailand’s controversial airport beach

Phuket, Thailand (CNN) – It’s 9:55 a.m. and all’s quiet on Phuket’s Mai Khao Beach. Tourists stand on the shoreline, scanning the cloud-free skies for approaching aircraft, some looking at their phones for flight data. As the blurry form in the distance begins to take shape, the crowds scatter across the light brown sand, which is already scorching in the 35-degree Celsius heat.

McDonald’s goes designer and other highlights from Men’s Fashion Week

Spanning London, Florence, Paris and Milan — and even a branch of McDonald’s — the runways of men’s fashion season have been full of surprises. Over the last three weeks, the world’s leading menswear designers unveiled their Spring-Summer 2020 creations through a Europe-wide schedule of shows and presentations.

Africa Live: Kenyan ministers deny plotting to kill deputy president

People in the Arab world are increasingly saying they are no longer religious, according to the largest and most in-depth survey undertaken of the Middle East and North Africa. The BBC survey suggests 18% of young people across the region hold secular views, up 7% from nine years ago.

Are Arabs turning their backs on religion?

Arabs are increasingly saying they are no longer religious, according to the largest and most in-depth survey undertaken of the Middle East and North Africa. The finding is one of a number on how Arabs feel about a wide range of issues, from women’s rights and migration to security and sexuality.

Women’s World Cup: England boss Phil Neville ‘ashamed’ by Cameroon behaviour

England boss Phil Neville said he was “ashamed” by Cameroon’s behaviour after a World Cup last-16 victory he said “didn’t feel like football”. The Lionesses booked a quarter-final spot against Norway after a 3-0 win. But the game was marred by Cameroon’s extraordinary reaction to two video assistant referee decisions and several poor challenges on England’s players.

Turning carbon dioxide into cash

Scientists from round the world are meeting in Germany to improve ways of making money from carbon dioxide. They want to transform some of the CO2 that’s overheating the planet into products to benefit humanity. They don’t claim the technology will solve climate change, but they say it will help.

Why Janet Jackson is pop’s most underrated legend

Janet Jackson’s upcoming appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival has already made headlines. When the singer tweeted the poster for the internationally-renowned British weekender in March, fans spotted that she’d doctored the original image to promote herself from fifth on the bill to first, leapfrogging headline acts The Killers, The Cure and Stormzy, plus Kylie Minogue, who’s playing the Sunday afternoon ‘legends’ slot.

IKEA lets you design your own couch and Twitter is busy exploring the endless possibilities

In the market for a brand new couch? If the answer’s yes, IKEA’s website is here to help. If the answer’s no, that’s OK. You should still visit IKEA’s website. Why? Well, the furniture store that also sells the weirdly delicious Swedish meatballs has a bunch of planning tools on its website, which customers can use to get a better idea of how they want to furnish their space.

Woman fell asleep on an Air Canada flight and awoke to find herself alone on the plane

Most people know that flying can be scary, but it turns out simply sitting in a stationary plane at the airport can be a nightmare, too.

Slack, Google Docs, and more are banned in Microsoft offices

Keeping your company’s data safe can be tricky when your competitors are begging you to put all your conversations, projects, and hard work right into the palms of their hands. To make sure its competitors aren’t able to look behind its tightly drawn curtains, Microsoft has a list of online services that it forbids its workforce to use, according to a report from GeekWire.

The inventor of the USB sees our pain and explains their design

While plugging plug a mouse, a phone, or a thumb drive into your computer, you try to stick the USB into its slot, only to find it stopping prematurely. You flip it around, but it still won’t go in. So you flip it back to the original position and it slides in without a hitch.

The world’s ugliest dog for 2019 is a real Scamp

Can you believe it’s been an entire year since the bulky English bulldog Zsa Zsa was crowned as the World’s Ugliest Dog for 2018? Well, here we are. It’s June 2019 and the latest edition of the World’s Ugliest Dog competition was decided on Friday. And the winner is…

Instagram tests ‘Suggestions For You’ in DMs

Instagram is sliding into our DMs to encourage us to follow more people. Under some posts sent through Instagram direct messaging, a “Suggestions for You” panel will load featuring related accounts, Instagram confirmed to Mashable. For example, I recently opened a DM from my sister which contained a post she had sent me from a celebrity account.

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