The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday August 9)

August 9, 2019

Here are select news headlines from major sources today.

Modi could control Kashmir like China has Xinjiang and Tibet, by flooding it with migrants

The gleaming white bullet train whips through the Chinese countryside, past endless construction sites and new towns.

London police officer in critical condition after being attacked with machete

A London police officer is in a critical condition after a driver he pulled over attacked him with a machete.

With Hong Kong divided, Beijing tries new tactic to discredit protest movement

It has become a war of attrition. Ahead of the tenth consecutive weekend of protests in Hong Kong, neither the government nor demonstrators are giving an inch of ground.

China has a $1 trillion trade war weapon. Will it ever use it?

China has a hugely powerful weapon it could use in the trade war – it is America’s biggest creditor. But there are very good reasons why it’s highly unlikely to dump US Treasuries to drive up interest rates.

El Paso suspect’s mother called police concerned about gun

The El Paso shooting suspect’s mother called the Allen, Texas, Police Department weeks before the shooting because she was concerned about her son owning an “AK” type firearm, lawyers for the family confirmed to CNN.

Actor Danny Trejo saves a trapped baby from an overturned car

One of Hollywood’s best-known villains, Danny Trejo, came to the rescue of a baby that was trapped in an overturned vehicle in Los Angeles.

Earth’s roaming magnetic poles create longer periods of instability, study says

Unlike its geographical poles, Earth’s magnetic poles that serve as the foundation of our navigation are actively moving.

Kyrgyzstan special forces attempt to storm former president’s mansion

Kyrgyzstan special forces have stormed the home of the country’s former president Almazbek Atambayev in an attempt to take him into custody, according to Russian state media TASS.

Chicago mayor slams Ivanka Trump for ‘misleading’ tweets about the city’s recent gun violence

Chicago’s Democratic mayor is pushing back against Ivanka Trump’s “misleading” tweets about recent gun violence in the city, assailing President Donald Trump’s daughter for getting several facts wrong.

Beto O’Rourke Flatly Calls Trump A White Supremacist On Live TV

Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke called President Donald Trump a white supremacist during a live interview in El Paso, Texas, ahead of the president’s visit to the city after a deadly mass shooting that appeared to target Hispanic people. Asked on Wednesday by MSNBC ‘s Jacob Soboroff whether Trump is a white supremacist, O’Rourke said, without hesitation, “He is.”

‘Fire Tucker Carlson’ Trends As Fox News Host Announces Sudden Vacation

As # FireTuckerCarlson began trending on Twitter on Wednesday, Tucker Carlson announced that he would be taking some time off from his broadcast. On Tuesday, the Fox News host claimed that white supremacy is a “hoax” and “not a real problem in America.”

Kind Drivers Patiently Wait As Ridiculously Long Line Of Ducks Cross The Road

A driver in Biddeford, Maine recently captured a feel-good moment on camera after traffic stopped for a long line of ducks crossing the road, followed by another really long line of ducks followed by two dawdlers. “Proof that there are more good people in this world than bad!

Plant-based diet can fight climate change – UN

Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, UN experts have said. A major report on land use and climate change says the West’s high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming. But scientists and officials stopped short of explicitly calling on everyone to become vegan or vegetarian.

Zara: Inside the brand that changed fashion

I am seeing spots. More specifically polka dots, on a white maxi dress. Three women have walked by me – all wearing the same identical dress – in the half hour I’ve been sitting outside this café. I know it’s from Zara, I’ve tried it on, and now I’m seeing those spots everywhere.

‘Game of Thrones’ creators are heading to Netflix

Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been lured to Netflix, with an exclusive deal rumoured to run to nine figures. The pair will write, produce and direct new shows and movies for the streaming giant, according to Deadline .

Why Samsung removed the headphone jack from the Galaxy Note 10

Samsung is so over the headphone jack. After three years of bashing Apple for removing the 3.5 mm headphone jack from the iPhone, Samsung has joined its rival and killed the audio port from its new Galaxy Note 10 phones, too.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 pushes all-screen phones to their limits

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. The wait is over. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 is official and, no, it doesn’t have a headphone jack.

Xiaomi is working on a 108-megapixel phone camera. You read that right.

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. China’s Xiaomi is planning to launch a smartphone with a 108-megapixel camera. According to the company’s announcement on Weibo (via Android Authority), Xiaomi is working with Samsung to deliver the camera, which will take 12,032×9,024 pixel snaps.

Bernie Sanders says he’ll tell us if aliens exist if elected president

When Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders went on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Tuesday, the two spent an hour talking about health care, Sanders’ platform, climate change, yadda yadda. But in the last minute of the interview, they got to the real important issues: aliens.

8chan dumped by service known for hosting racist sites

Epik, the domain registrar and hosting provider that frequently steps in to help deplatformed far-right hate sites get back online, has drawn the line at 8chan . The domain name company’s controversial CEO, Rob Monster, posted a statement on Epik’s website on Tuesday.

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