The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday August 23)

August 23, 2019

Here are today’s biggest headlines.

Blame humans for starting the Amazon fires, environmentalists say

Environmental organizations and researchers say the wildfires blazing in the Brazilian rainforest were set by cattle ranchers and loggers who want to clear and utilize the land, emboldened by the country’s pro-business president.

Trump’s contradictions hit a fever pitch

Something is eating at President Donald Trump.

Cracks are appearing in the Mideast’s most important alliance. That’s bad news for Trump

The partnership of Saudi Arabia and the UAE is the closest anywhere in the Mideast. It goes back decades, fashioned by antipathy towards Iran and support for Sunni causes across the Muslim world. But cracks in the alliance are appearing.

Macron delivers tough Brexit message to Johnson

When Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson spoke to reporters ahead of their meeting in Paris on Thursday, they stood side by side but sounded as if they were living in parallel universes.

Former Ghana international and ‘fan favorite’ Junior Agogo dies at 40

Junior Agogo, a former international footballer for Ghana, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol Rovers has died at the age of 40.

At 19 hours, it’s the world’s longest flight. But how will the human body cope?

(CNN) – Regular nonstop flights between the east coast of Australia and London or New York could soon become a reality. In preparation, Australian airline Qantas has announced three test flights, with 40 people traveling directly from London or New York to Sydney, to see how the human body copes with 19 solid hours in the air.

Meghan’s friend calls out ‘racist bullies’ who abuse the duchess

A friend of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has defended Prince Harry’s wife in a post on Instagram, calling out the “racist bullies” who criticize her, following years of “undeserved hate and abuse.”

German boy, 8, takes car on 87 mph night ride

An 8-year-old German boy stole his mother’s car and took it for a night time drive at 87 mph (140kmph) along a highway, local police have said.

Zimbabwean comedian ‘abducted and beaten’

A Zimbabwean comedian has been found after being abducted and beaten by masked gunmen in the capital Harare, her relatives and colleagues say. Samantha Kureya, known by her stage name “Gonyeti”, has been critical of the police and government in her skits.

Brazil environment minister heckled over fires

Brazil’s environment minister, Ricardo Salles, has been heckled at a meeting on climate change over the record number of fires in the Amazon. Satellite data published by the National Institute for Space research (Inpe) shows an increase of 84% this year for all of Brazil.

Africa Live: Death sentences upheld for Somali child rapists

A former rebel fighter in Somalia has been re-elected to lead Jubbaland, one of the country’s richest regions with the lucrative port of Kismayo as its capital. Ahmed Mohamed Islam, known by his nickname “Madobe”, won the controversial election, gaining 56 votes out of a total of 74 cast by local MPs.

Why Nigeria has restricted food imports

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to block food importers’ requests for foreign currency in a bid to boost local agriculture in Africa’s most populous country. It is a continuation of a policy that the president began after coming to office in 2015, when he banned the use of foreign exchange to import dozens of items including the staple food, rice.

Giraffes get trade protection amid falling numbers

Giraffe conservation has taken a big step forward with the world’s tallest mammals receiving enhanced protection from unregulated trade. The move will regulate the trade in giraffes and their body parts under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The vote was overwhelmingly approved, although some countries opposed it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Beyond big

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Beyond big The best big phone (again). by Raymond Wong Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Beyond big The best big phone (again).

Video shows bear stealing package of dog food from Chewy off family’s front porch

Apparently, Winnie the Pooh isn’t just going for honey anymore. In a video shared to Facebook by WNEP news anchor Jon Meyer , a bear makes itself at home by snagging a box of dog food from Chewy off a Pennsylvania family’s porch and dragging it back to the woods.

Apple’s wild instructions for cleaning your Apple Card are inspiring lots of memes

The Apple Card finally launched in the U.S. on Wednesday, and with it came a set of extremely specific care instructions. Why do you need care instructions for a credit card, you ask? Well, this isn’t just any credit card. It’s a credit card that makes you better than other people.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson named Forbes’ highest paid actor of 2019

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has outdone himself financially this year: the actor and former wrestler was named No. 1 on Forbes’ list of highest paid actors for the year.

Stephen King has a very bleak prediction for how Trump’s presidency will affect the U.S.

It’s been another odd couple of days for Donald Trump. There’s been that strange situation with him wanting to buy Greenland; whispers of a possible recession that have led to more angry tweets about the media; and as questions about the impact of his trade war with China ramped up, he stood in front of a group of reporters on Wednesday and said: “I am the chosen one.”

Why Instagram should take that viral hoax seriously

By now, you’ve probably heard about that ridiculous, nearly decade-old privacy hoax that went viral on Instagram thanks to a bunch of clueless celebrities. And while it’s easy to laugh at, it has some pretty serious implications for the company’s billion plus users.

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