The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday July 16)

July 16, 2019

Here are the biggest headlines in the world today.

Trump tweets racist attacks at progressive Democratic congresswomen

President Donald Trump used racist language on Sunday to attack progressive Democratic congresswomen, falsely implying they weren’t natural-born American citizens.

AOC responds to Trump’s racist attacks: ‘You cannot accept that we don’t fear you’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday sharply criticized President Donald Trump for implying that she and other freshman House Democrats were not natural-born American citizens, saying the President is “angry because (he) can’t conceive of an America that includes us.”

China’s economic growth slumps to lowest in 27 years as the trade war hits

China’s economic growth slumped to its lowest level in nearly three decades as the world’s second largest economy feels the effects of a prolonged trade war with the United States.

A man on a flying board soars above Bastille Day crowds in Paris

French inventor Franky Zapata soared over Bastille Day celebrations in Paris on a flying board, dazzling the crowd and President Emmanuel Macron.

First case of Ebola confirmed in DR Congo border city of Goma

The first case of Ebola has hit Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a major urban transit hub on the Rwandan border.

She moved from Canada to Somalia to tell positive stories, but ended up dead in a terrorist attack

Hodan Nalayeh was a victim of a brutal terrorist attack that ripped through Kismayo, the normally serene and beautiful port city in Jubaland, about 500km south of the capital Mogadishu.

Duchess Meghan meets Queen Bey at ‘The Lion King’ premiere

Two royal couples showed up at “The Lion King” premiere on Sunday.

Rihanna’s Harper’s Bazaar China cover sparks questions of cultural appropriation

In one photo, Rihanna gazes down, a dainty Chinese fan in one hand and a bright red sash around her waist. In another, she poses in front of a traditional folding screen, the golden ornaments in her hair reminiscent of the royal fashions of ancient China.

Lewis Hamilton wins record sixth British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton claimed a thrilling victory at Silverstone on Sunday to win a record-breaking sixth British Grand Prix.

Hunt in bid to ease Iran nuclear deal tensions

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is launching a fresh bid to stop the Iran nuclear deal unravelling and ease tensions in the Gulf. Mr Hunt will meet EU foreign ministers in Brussels to raise concerns about Iran breaching some of its commitments.

Is this the future of underwater exploration?

I was waiting on the jetty when Kym and Terry came up from their sub ride later that day. How was it, I asked, genuinely curious to know how Terry, who knows the reef so well, would compare it to scuba diving. “We saw a barramundi cod,” Terry said, “and lots of coral, some beautiful fish.

Trump racially-charged tweets attack congresswomen

US President Donald Trump has attacked “progressive Democrat congresswomen” in a series of racially-charged tweets. He claimed the women “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe”, before suggesting they “go back”. He then said Speaker “Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements”.

China’s economy grows at slowest pace since 1990s

China’s economic growth slowed in the second quarter to its weakest pace since the early 1990s, official figures showed. In the three months to June, the economy grew 6.2% from a year earlier. The result was in line with forecasts. China has moved to stimulate its economy this year by boosting spending and delivering tax cuts.

The mystery of unexplained earthquakes

Fear seizes the TV presenter at the very moment her TV studio starts to shake. She stops, mid-monologue, and falls silent. The shaking worsens. Other presenters seated around the awkwardly large plastic table sit stock still, save for a few worried glances left and right. Then the shaking gets stronger.

Donald Trump hit a new low with racist tweets and everyone noticed

It’s Sunday, June 14, and Donald Trump is saying racist stuff on Twitter. While that’s been true of many other days during Trump’s presidency, the Sunday tweets were particularly vicious (and incorrect in their fundamental assertion). They’re so bad, in fact, that the people of Twitter quickly took the mean-spirited and bombastic U.S.

Curiosity rover is seen creeping up a rugged Martian mountain

A satellite zooming around Mars spotted a lone machine, the Curiosity Rover, exploring the rugged Martian terrain. The car-sized rover, which has traveled almost 13 miles on Mars over the last seven years, is now carefully inching up the base of Mount Sharp, a 3.5-mile tall mountain sitting in the middle of the sprawling Gale Crater.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is going public

Richard Branson’s space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, is going public, which will make it the first publicly listed human spaceflight company. First reported by the Wall Street Journal and confirmed by VG, a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) called Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp.

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