The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday June 19)

June 19, 2019

Here are today’s biggest headlines.

They wanted a son so much they made their daughter live as a boy

In Afghanistan’s deeply patriarchal society, sons are highly valued over daughters — to the point where some parents dress their girls as boys in a centuries-old practice called “bacha posh.”

US sending 1,000 additional troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions

The US will send 1,000 additional US forces and more military resources to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Photo of sled dogs walking through water shows reality of Greenland’s melting ice sheet

Steffen Olsen, a scientist with the Danish Meteorological Institute, was on a routine mission in northwest Greenland to retrieve oceanographic and weather monitoring tools placed by his colleagues on sea ice when he ran into a problem.

Four injured in shooting during Toronto Raptors’ NBA celebration

Canadian officials said Monday’s shooting at the Toronto Raptors’ NBA celebration should not undermine a mostly peaceful commemoration of a historic win.

Trump may raise Hong Kong protests with Xi as city remains a thorn in Beijing’s side

Hong Kong has once again burnished its reputation as a thorn in the side of the Chinese Communist Party and its leader, President Xi Jinping, after protesters swarmed the city’s streets for the third time in one week.

Magician feared drowned after attempting Houdini-style trick in Indian river

An Indian stuntman who went missing in the Hooghly River on Sunday after attempting a Houdini-style daredevil stunt is feared drowned, according to authorities.

Huawei says US ban will cost it $30 billion in lost sales over two years

The founder and CEO of Chinese tech giant Huawei said the company will miss revenue forecasts by about $30 billion over the next couple of years as US attacks on the business do serious damage.

Ethiopia has been offline, and nobody really knows why

Internet outages that have prevented many Ethiopians from accessing online services has entered its seventh day, sparking anger and frustration among citizens.

France beats Nigeria in dramatic Women’s World Cup match

A largely uneventful Women’s World Cup between France and Nigeria came to life midway through the second half in Rennes as the host triumphed 1-0.

Iran will not wage war against any nation, says Hassan Rouhani

Iranian president speaks after US said it was sending 1,000 more troops to region

Boris Johnson accused of making contradictory Brexit promises to MPs

Eurosceptic backer warns that hardliners want frontrunner to rip up May’s deal

Eskilstuna: how a Swedish town became the world capital of recycling

The city was dying. Then somebody had a great idea to save it – make it the greenest place on Earth

Trump brands Australia’s ABC ‘fake news’ in case of mistaken Twitter identity

Public broadcaster replies with a quick ‘G’day!’ after US president lashed out at what he thought was the US commercial network

Study links teen sexting with risky behavior, mental health

A major new study found worrisome associations between teen sexting and mental health as well as risky sexual behavior. Youth who sext, compared to those who don’t, were more likely to have multiple sexual partners, experience anxiety and depression, and drink alcohol, take drugs, and smoke. They were also less likely to use contraception.

You can stay in Tony Stark’s cabin from ‘Avengers: Endgame’ on Airbnb for $800 a night

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Sorry, but Robert Downey Jr. is not included. Tony Stark’s digs can now be yours- for a couple of nights at least.

‘Hunger Games’ prequel novel coming in 2020

Author Suzanne Collins will return to Panem for an untitled prequel set 64 years before The Hunger Games. “Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Google Calendar scam adds malicious links to your schedule

Scammers are phishing in a new pond. As identified by Kapersky Labs in a report from Wired , bad actors are taking advantage of a Google Calendar setting that lets anyone place event invites in another user’s calendar.

This viral hack for peeling garlic is blowing Twitter’s collective mind

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. While the internet is riddled with ridiculously unnecessary “life hacks,” we think you’ll find this one quite a-peeling.

Elon Musk ‘deletes’ Twitter account after bizarre video game fan art scandal

After a weekend filled with more Twitter tomfoolery, Elon Musk has finally “deleted” his account on the social network. The 47-year-old Tesla CEO made his avatar pitch black, changed his display name to “Daddy DotCom” and tweeted that he had deleted his account in the wee hours of Monday morning.

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