The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Monday July 8)

July 8, 2019

Here are today’s top stories.

Iran to breach uranium enrichment limits set by landmark nuclear deal

Tehran has started to increase uranium enrichment beyond the purity threshold it agreed to as part of a landmark nuclear deal, the Iranian government announced Sunday.

Can overtourism be stopped in its tracks?

We first hear about these places when we’re kids. Famous (CNN) – destinations full of wondrous architecture, spectacular scenery or ancient mysteries that fire our imaginations and fill us with yearning. We dream, we grow, we save up all our money and one day we finally get to visit — only to discover that everyone else is visiting at the same time.

A Melania Trump tree statue gets mixed reviews in her Slovenian hometown

Written by Matthew Robinson, CNN Melania Trump has made a surprise reappearance near her Slovenian hometown of Sevnica, emerging from a tree stump in the form of a rustic wood statue.

Kevin Spacey was questioned by London police about sex assault allegations in the UK, Variety reports

Actor Kevin Spacey, who’s due to appear in court Monday in an indecent assault and battery case, has been questioned in the US by officers from London’s Metropolitan Police Service over alleged sexual assault offenses in the UK, Variety reported exclusively Saturday.

Residents found billionaire Chris Cline’s helicopter overturned in water near the Bahamas

West Virginia coal billionaire Chris Cline died in a plane crash near the Bahamas along with his daughter, her three college friends and two other people, authorities said.

How Celine Dion became the queen of couture week

Written by Marianna Cerini, CNN Forget the influencers and ignore the models. Celine Dion is the undisputed queen of couture week. The Canadian songstress has rocked a number of dramatic looks since the start of fashion’s most rarefied event, turning heads and attracting photographers as she made Paris her personal catwalk.

Here’s why we call the open-mouth smooch a ‘French kiss’

Every great love story culminates with a “French kiss.” Here’s how the practice got its name.

Dutch company develops partly solar powered car

The Lightyear One is a car with solar panels stretching across its roof to charge the electric vehicle’s batteries. But whether it’s really a “solar powered car” depends on how you drive it.

Nigeria joins the ‘world’s largest free trade area’

African superpower Nigeria has signed an agreement which aims to increase trade between African countries. This leaves Eritrea as the only African country not to be part of the trading bloc. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signed the landmark agreement at the African Union (AU) summit in Niger.

Will Facebook’s digital money be good for Africa?

In our series of letters from African journalists, technology writer Andile Masuku looks at what the launch of Facebook’s digital money could mean for Africa. From early next year, Facebook intends to let its two billion-odd users – more than 139 million of whom are in Africa – make digital payments through its apps and popular messaging service WhatsApp using a new crypto-currency called Libra.

The 3,000-year-old secret to a successful business? – BBC Reel

Since ancient times, sailors have believed that painting a blue eye onto their boats will protect them and ensure a successful voyage. In modern Turkey, fishermen continue this tradition by decorating their boats with the nazar boncuğu, eye-shaped talismans made from blue glass.

The hidden hunger affecting billions – BBC Reel

You can’t feel all forms of hunger – some ‘hidden’ forms can be much more dangerous to your health. Millions of people do not get enough micronutrients in their diet, leading to disorders like blindness. New kinds of crop could help to create more nutritious foods.

Amazon at 25: The story of a giant

“There’s no guarantee that can be a successful company. What we’re trying to do is very complicated,” said Jeff Bezos in 1999, just five years after launching the online firm. That the firm’s founder was so uncertain of its future seems surprising.

Boeing loses big order for 737 Max aircraft

Flyadeal, the low-cost airline Saudi Arabian airline, has cancelled an order for 30 Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The decision follows the crashes of two 737 Max jets, the first in Indonesia in October followed by one in Ethiopia in March, which killed 346 people.

Meghan and Harry share adorable photos from baby Archie’s christening

It’s a big day for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but an even bigger day for royal baby Archie. On Saturday, Meghan and Harry’s son Archie was christened, and the royal family shared two photographs on Instagram so people all around the world could join in celebration.

Mind-blowing bowling robot video is completely computer-generated

The above video, the creation of motion graphics designer Tom Coben, is mind-blowing for multiple reasons: the terrifyingly good bowling robot and the fact that the entire video is completely computer-generated. When Coben shared it to Twitter, the video went hugely viral, garnering over 70,000 retweets and 14.5 million video views as of Friday afternoon.

Samsung Galaxy phone ads may have been too splashy for Australia

Samsung is facing multi-million dollar fines in Australia, as the country watchdog sued the company over misleading Galaxy phone ads. According to Reuters, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has sued Samsung, claiming the company promoted Galaxy phones as suitable to use in swimming pools and saltwater without having adequately tested them for such activities.

Watch a custom-made giant fireworks tank explode in a blaze of glory

You probably saw some pretty great fireworks on the Fourth of July but you probably didn’t see anything quite like this custom-made giant fireworks tank of glory. Genius Peter Sripol, who’s powered up NERF guns before, turned his attention to those little fireworks tanks, but decided it was time for a super-duper-sized example.

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