The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday July 12)

July 12, 2019

Here are today’s biggest headlines from select sources.

Study links a small glass of juice or soda a day to increased risk of cancer

A new study has linked drinking just a small glass of a sugary drink per day — 100 ml, about a third of a can of soda — to an 18% increase in overall cancer risk and a 22% increase in risk for breast cancer.

Iranian boats attempted to seize British tanker

Armed Iranian boats unsuccessfully tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday, according to two US officials with direct knowledge of the incident.

She disappeared at 15. A cryptic tip-off in the Vatican could hold key to her case

Emanuela Orlandi left her home in Vatican City 36 years ago and was never seen again. The case has gripped Italians ever since. Now, her brother hopes to find the answer in a small graveyard, just a few hundred meters from where their mother still lives.

The body of a missing US scientist was found in a Nazi bunker in Greece

The body of American scientist Suzanne Eaton was found inside a former Nazi bunker on the Greek island of Crete, police told CNN on Thursday.

By 2050, London’s climate will be as warm as Barcelona’s, says new study

An estimated 77% of the world’s cities are going to face dramatic changes in climate conditions by 2050, a new study says. A fifth will face conditions so extreme they don’t exist anywhere on earth yet.

France will impose a digital tax. The US has threatened to retaliate

French lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill that would impose a new tax on services provided by large internet companies despite the risk of a costly backlash from the Trump administration.

Britain’s new aircraft carrier just sprang a leak

Britain’s new multi-billion aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was forced to cut short sea trials this week after springing a leak.

How seizures can kill people with epilepsy

Twenty-year-old Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce died from a fatal seizure, according to his family. While officials have yet to release his cause of death, the tragedy has shined a light on a rare but devastating reality: Each year, about 1 in 1,000 people with epilepsy suddenly die.

22 countries sign letter calling on China to close Xinjiang Uyghur camps

More than 20 countries, including Japan and the United Kingdom, have issued a joint statement condemning China’s mass detention of Uyghur and other minorities in the country’s Xinjiang region.

Africa Live: Kenya orders halt to online betting payments

Shingai Nyoka BBC Africa, Harare A Zimbabwean politician has arrived in court where he is expected to be charged for allegedly threatening to “overthrow” President Emmerson Mnangagwa during a weekend rally in the rural district of Bikita. Job Sikhala, the deputy chair of Zimbabwe’s main opposition Movement for Democratic Change, denies the accusation.

Tourists die as freak storm hits northern Greece

Six tourists have been killed and at least 30 other people injured in a violent storm that swept across a region of northern Greece. Gale-force winds, heavy rain and hailstorms lashed Halkidiki, near the city of Thessaloniki, late on Wednesday, officials say.

Rapinoe demands equal pay for ‘badass team’

The outspoken co-captain of the World Cup-winning US women’s team had a message that went beyond sport.

Laurent Koscielny: Arsenal captain refuses to travel on club’s US pre-season tour

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel on the club’s pre-season tour of the US. The 33-year-old France defender is out of contract at the end of the 2019-20 season and is a reported target for French clubs Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon.

Reckitt Benckiser pays $1.4bn to settle US probe

This is a key moment for Norwegian. Bjorn Kjos was one of the founders of the company. As the man in the pilot’s seat since 2002, he was also the driving force behind its expansion from a tiny regional carrier to become a major player in Europe’s low cost market.

Disney wants to win over China with its new Mulan

There won’t be songs or talking dragons, and the film’s antagonist will be a Chinese sorceress, not an evil leader of the Hun army – but Mulan is making her return to the big screen.

‘The greatest broadcast in television history’

The mesmerising television coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago brought previously unthinkable images and ideas into the homes of millions, leaving a profound impact on pop culture and the American psyche .

Fake Amazon reviews surge around Prime Day

As products jockey for your attention on Prime Day, some of them will be playing dirty. Fake reviews on Amazon tend to surge around Prime Day, according to an analysis by the free review integrity analytics service Fakespot. This year’s Prime Day is right around the corner, spanning two days, July 15 and 16.

Mini Cooper is now electric and just as cute

The tiny British Mini Coopers have been around for decades ( six to be exact) – but on Tuesday the first all-electric version was revealed. The world premiere in Rotterdam in the the Netherlands showed off the electrified Mini that looks like its non-electric predecessors but with a modified grille and no exhaust pipe – since there’s no exhaust here with the zero-emission vehicle.

‘Friends’ to leave Netflix, head to new Warner Media streaming service

Friends will always be there for you – just not on Netflix. The beloved comedy series, originally produced by Warner Bros., will head to Warner Media’s upcoming streaming service newly named HBO Max. HBO Max isn’t set to launch until 2020, but will host roughly 10,000 hours of content, including HBO’s entire catalogue as well as WarnerMedia selections.

Megan Rapinoe calls out Trump: ‘Your message is excluding people’

Megan Rapinoe has some blunt words for Donald Trump. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night, Rapinoe was asked what message she would share with Trump. “Your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me, you’re excluding people that look like me, you’re excluding people of color, you’re excluding Americans that maybe support you,” the World Cup champion said in response.

The 5 best moments from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team’s victory parade

Come for Megan Rapinoe’s superstar poses, stay for the adorable young fans. On Wednesday morning, World Cup champion U.S. women’s national soccer team got the ticker tape parade through New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes” that they so richly deserved. For fans of the team who followed their path through this year’s World Cup, it was a well-earned celebration.

Facebook has no plans to launch its crypto wallet in India

Facebook’s Calibra – a digital cryptocurrency wallet that will let users send and receive the recently launched cryptocurrency Libra – probably won’t launch in India any time soon. A Facebook spokesperson told The Economic Times (via CoinDesk) that the company has “no plans to offer Calibra in India” due to “local restrictions within India that made a launch of Calibra not possible at this time.”

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