The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday July 19)

July 19, 2019

Here are today’s top headlines.

Trump claims he disavows ‘send her back’ chant despite remaining silent and starting racist attacks

President Donald Trump claimed Thursday to be unhappy that his rally crowd broke out into chants of “send her back” as he denigrated a Democratic lawmaker he’d previously said should leave the US.

London mayor condemns Trump’s ‘blatant unashamed racism’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan stood up for Rep. Ilhan Omar and the rest of “The Squad” as he joined dozens of British politicians in condemning US President Donald Trump’s “blatant unashamed racism” against the four Democratic congresswomen.

Media react to ‘send her back’ chant at Trump rally

After President Trump assailed Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar at a North Carolina rally Wednesday night, his crowd of supporters broke into a chant, shouting in unison, “SEND HER BACK!”

Iran seizes foreign oil tanker with 12 crew, state media says

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have ambushed and seized a foreign oil tanker carrying 12 crew, according to the country semi-official Fars News.

Jeffrey Epstein must remain in jail until his trial on sex trafficking charges, judge rules

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, to remain in jail pending trial, rejecting the multimillionaire’s request to return to his Upper East Side mansion.

That Instagrammable lake? Actually a toxic quarry

Instagrammers have been warned not to dive into an idyllic-looking, turquoise lake in northern (CNN) – Spain, because its toxic waters could lead to health issues. Monte Neme, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, offers a stunning setting for Instagrammers looking for the perfect selfie.

Mosquitoes have been almost completely wiped out on two Chinese islands

A population of the world’s most invasive mosquito species was almost completely wiped out by an experiment on two islands in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, according to a study published Wednesday.

Netflix stock plummets after massive subscriber miss

Netflix has passed the 150 million subscribers milestone, but the celebration was muted.

Trump supporters chant ‘send her back’ at rally

The row between President Donald Trump and four Democratic congresswomen has escalated after his supporters chanted “send her back” at a campaign rally. The chants followed Mr Trump’s attacks on non-white lawmakers Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – all US citizens.

Death penalty for Morocco tourist murderers

Three Islamic State group supporters who murdered two Scandinavian hikers in Morocco have been sentenced to death. The verdicts for ringleader Abdessamad Ejjoud, Younes Ouaziyad and Rachid Afatti follow petitions on social media calling for their execution. Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were found beheaded in the High Atlas mountains in December.

Is this the greatest Bond film never made? – BBC Reel

James Bond has done some memorable things in his time, from dodging laser blasts on a space station to driving an invisible car across a glacier. One thing he hasn’t done, however, is deactivate a robot shark which is carrying an atom bomb through a Manhattan sewer. But he very nearly did.

Africa Live: US honours Nigeria imam who saved Christians

That’s all from BBC Africa Live for now. Keep up-to-date with what’s happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website. A reminder of today’s wise words: Lies bloom but bear no fruit.” A Hausa proverb sent by Ibrahim Muhammad Sulaiman, Kano, Nigeria, and Ibrahim Oumarou, Falls Church, Virginia, US.

No-deal Brexit will cause recession, says watchdog

The UK will fall into recession next year if there is a no-deal Brexit, the country’s spending watchdog has said. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said economic growth would fall by 2% by the end of 2020 if it left the bloc without an agreement.

How to talk to kids and teens about porn

There’s one scene in HBO’s new drug and sex-filled teen drama Euphoria that perfectly captures how easy access to the internet and porn is influencing young people’s real-life experiences. A high school boy is getting hot and heavy with a high school girl. He’s kind and respectful; she’s enthusiastically consenting.

Netflix raised prices-and lost 126,000 U.S. subscribers

For the first time since 2011, Netflix lost U.S. subscribers. The streaming video service said on Wednesday it lost 126,000 subscribers in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2019. The loss in U.S. subscribers wasn’t helped by the underwhelming 2.7 million global subscribers the company added – about half short of the 5 million it was expecting.

Seth Meyers rips into the Republicans dodging questions about Trump’s racist tweets

If you’re a Republican being asked about Trump’s most recent racist tweets, you have to develop a very unique skill set. Swiftly ducking into elevators and temporarily forgetting how Twitter works is a good start. In the video above, Seth Meyers takes “A Closer Look” at the recent Republican trend of doing everything possible to avoid answering Trump-themed questions.

Congressman implies Facebook’s Libra is a ‘shitcoin’

Congressman Warren Davidson really wants to talk about shitcoins. The representative from Ohio took pains Wednesday to make that clear during a congressional hearing examining the potential ramifications of Facebook’s proposed Libra digital currency. Over the course of the hearing, Davidson highlighted all the perceived benefits of bitcoin and laid out how “shitcoin” – like, he implied, Libra – fundamentally differ.

Facebook’s Libra is so shady it actually united Congress

For the second day in a row, Republican and Democratic lawmakers slammed Facebook over its digital currency, Libra. Members of the House Committee on Financial Services backed the message of their Senate colleagues from yesterday: they don’t trust Facebook. Rep.

FaceApp clones are also going viral, you should still be careful

There’s never been a better time to develop apps that can transform your lame selfies into senior citizen glamour shots. The popularity of the viral FaceApp, and perhaps the ensuing backlash against it, has boosted a number of other, lesser-known apps into the top ranks of the App Store and Google Play.

Pornhub says searches for aliens and Area 51 are out of this world

There’s a whole lot of talk about aliens on the internet right now, and it’s even driving people to go hunting for extraterrestrials on the web’s biggest adult video website, Pornhub. In wake of the viral Facebook event about storming Area 51 began making the rounds earlier in July, searches for both Area 51 and aliens have spiked on Pornhub, according to the site’s internal analytics team.

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