The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday August 2)

August 2, 2019

Here are the biggest headlines in the world today.

Winners and losers from the second night of the CNN debate

The second Democratic presidential debate in as many days in Detroit is over.

Thousands are trapped in a desert settlement in Syria, near a US military base

A desert settlement in a US-protected zone in Syria has not received aid in months, and the US says it can do little to help.

US believes Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza is dead

The US believes late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden is dead, a US official told CNN on Wednesday.

US sanctions Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif

The United States sanctioned Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Wednesday, following through on a weeks-old threat that is likely to elevate already heightened tensions with Iran.

US Navy jet crashes in Death Valley National Park, injuring 7

A US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashed Wednesday in Death Valley National Park, at a spot known to aviation enthusiasts as Star Wars Canyon, according to park spokesman Patrick Taylor, who told CNN that seven visitors suffered minor injuries as a result.

Flight attendant pulled a funny fast one on passengers

One Southwest Airlines employee literally put herself into the (CNN) – travel fray when it came to jockeying for overhead bin space. Passenger Veronica Lloyd was surprised to find a flight attendant in the overhead compartment on her flight from Nashville to Atlanta on Monday. “She was up there for about five minutes.

Dubai princess seeks court order to prevent child’s forced marriage

The sixth wife of the billionaire ruler of Dubai has applied to a London court for an order to prevent one of her children from being forced into marriage, news agencies reported.

Officials feared Ebola would reach this transit hub. Now a second person has died of the disease

A second person has died after contracting Ebola in Goma, a major transit hub in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the Rwandan border, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

The UK auto industry is facing a slow death

The British car industry has been written off before. Brexit presents the biggest challenge it has faced since the 1970s.

Democratic candidates face off for second debate

As Democrat presidential hopefuls prepare to face off in a second night of debates, all eyes are on former Vice-President Joe Biden, the party’s frontrunner. He will be sharing a stage in Detroit with nine other Democrats, including California Senator Kamala Harris. In their prior debate in June, Ms Harris aggressively attacked Mr Biden’s race relations record.

Rwanda shuts DR Congo border amid Ebola crisis

Rwanda has closed its border with DR Congo in response to the Ebola crisis. At least two people have died from the virus in the eastern Congolese city of Goma, near the Rwandan border. It is one year today that DR Congo declared what has become its worst outbreak, with more than 1,800 people dead and over 2,700 infected.

Gareth Bale: Zinedine Zidane reminds Welshman of ‘responsibilities’

Zinedine Zidane said he hoped Gareth Bale had been training after reports suggested the Real Madrid forward was playing golf while his team-mates were competing at the Audi Cup. The French coach earlier explained the Welshman did not travel to Munich for the two-match tournament because he was not fit.

Africa Live: Burundi opposition offices ‘smeared with faeces’

A new terminal has been opened at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s economic capital. Terminal 3 has the capacity to serve 3.5 million more passengers, increasing traffic at the airport to six million annually.

China billionaire accused of evading $1.8bn tariff

Chinese billionaire Liu Zhongtian has been indicted in the US over allegations he evaded $1.8bn (£1.5bn) in tariffs on aluminium imports. Prosecutors accuse Mr Liu of using the aluminium company he founded to smuggle huge amounts of the metal into the US. The firm, China Zhongwang Holdings, did not immediately respond to a BBC request for comment.

Did Disney shape how you see the world?

Do you whistle while you work? Perhaps you prefer to just keep swimming. Or maybe you’re trying to fit your phenomenal cosmic powers into an itty, bitty living space.

Amazon requires sellers to use less packaging

What’s more groan-inducing than slicing open a bulky box and wading through mounds of plastic and paper only to find a small gadget inside? This – plus the box-within-a-box phenomenon – is a common experience for Amazon shoppers. Now the internet giant wants to change that.

TV streaming service Locast sued by ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox

Four of the biggest names in broadcast television – ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox – have filed a lawsuit against Locast, a small TV streaming service that broadcasts over-the-air local stations for free. According to the Wall Street Journal , the TV networks have filed suit in federal court in an effort to shut down the service.

People watch Netflix while walking, apparently, and the company wants their data

Here’s to “Netflix and Stroll” becoming the new “Netflix & Chill.” It seems there’s enough of a niche audience that watches Netflix while they’re walking about that the streaming service is collecting data to test giving customers on the move better quality video.

Joe Biden flubs his website during debate, so of course someone bought the domain already

At the end of CNN’s second Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night, all the candidates ended their closing statements with their websites. Except Joe Biden, who got confused. He gave the number to his text line with no context instead.

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