The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday August 1)

August 1, 2019

Here are today’s top headlines as we start the month.

Winners and losers from the first night of the CNN debate

The first of two CNN-sponsored Democratic presidential debates is over.

Dubai princess seeks forced marriage protection order

The sixth wife of the billionaire ruler of Dubai has applied to a London court for a forced marriage protection order, the UK’s Press Association news agency reported Tuesday.

My Lai: Ghosts in another Vietnam wall

Son My, Vietnam (CNN) – Two walls have brought me to tears. They are on opposite sides of the world, 8,600 miles apart. Both are filled with names of people I never knew but who have helped shaped the person I have become.

Twitter suspends account hours after Trump retweeted it

In a move that will likely embolden President Donald Trump’s claims that social media companies are biased against him and his supporters, Twitter suspended an account Tuesday evening that the President had retweeted just hours earlier.

The body of Indian coffee tycoon V.G. Siddhartha has been found

The body of Café Coffee Day owner V.G. Siddhartha has been found in a river in southern India two days after he went missing.

Beijing bans solo travel to Taiwan amid rising cross-strait tensions

The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it will suspend a program allowing solo tourists from 47 cities to visit Taiwan, amid rising cross-strait tensions.

North Korea launches two short-range ballistic missiles, South Korea says

North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast Wednesday, South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) said in a statement, the second such launch in less than a week.

Caster Semenya blocked from competing at World Championships

Runner Caster Semenya will not be able to compete internationally without taking testosterone-reducing medication, after a Swiss judge reversed an earlier ruling on Monday.

Samsung stock tumbles after profit drops 56% in second quarter

Samsung stock dropped on Wednesday after the world’s biggest smartphone maker reported a 56% fall in its operating profit for the second quarter, citing price declines in its memory chip business.

A Missouri man says he found a baby’s body in his mother’s freezer

Adam Smith said he’s known about the white cardboard box in his mother’s freezer his entire life. Now, he wonders if the body inside belonged to his sister.

They met on an airplane and fell in love across continents

(CNN) – He was a high school teacher from Boston. She was an Italian insurance worker. They met by chance, some 30,000 feet in the sky. Flash back to summer 2015. Sean Kavanagh, then 29, was traveling to the Middle East to teach for the summer, stopping off in Portugal’s Azores archipelago to see the bull-running festivities.

She’s 79 and sentenced to jail. Her crime: Feeding stray neighborhood cats

In a town with the same name as a famous fictional cat, a 79-year-old woman is sentenced to jail time for feeding stray cats, but there is more to the story than it appears.

Africa Live: Reagan described Africans at UN as ‘monkeys’

Photos and videos showing a man dressed as Jesus Christ have been widely shared on social media across Africa. But who is the man and what was he doing? One tongue-in-cheek tweet, shared more than 8,000 times and retweeted by among others South African opposition politician Julius Malema, says “a pastor from South Africa invited Jesus Christ from heaven to preach in his church”.

North Korea ‘fires multiple projectiles’

North Korea has fired multiple unidentified projectiles off its east coast, South Korea’s military is quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency. The launch was made from the Hodo peninsula on Wednesday morning local time, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) says, according to Yohnap.

Who gains most as Beyoncé champions African stars?

Some of Africa’s biggest music stars look set for success on a global scale having been handpicked by US singer Beyoncé to appear on her Lion King-inspired album. While Nigerian stars like Wizkid and Burna Boy have already broken through to the mainstream in the UK and US, their collaboration with the superstar in The Lion King: The Gift is bound to give their careers a bigger boost.

Second Ebola case confirmed on DR Congo border

A second case of Ebola has been detected on Democratic Republic of Congo’s border with Rwanda, raising fears the deadly illness could spread. The case was confirmed in the city of Goma, home to two million people, authorities said. More than 1,600 people have died of Ebola in DR Congo since the outbreak began in August 2018.

Samsung profits tumble by more than 50%

Samsung Electronics saw profits plunge in the second quarter as its key chip business faltered, and the firm also warned of “challenges” ahead. The world’s biggest smartphone and memory chip maker said operating profit fell 56% from a year earlier. The results reflect a broader industry slowdown, weighed down by the US-China trade war.

How Elizabeth Warren Turned Herself Into A Meme

DERRY, New Hampshire – Can we turn ourselves into memes? Do we have to turn into memes to get a point across in 2019? That’s worth considering in these nightmarish days on the platforms, where politics can seem like toxic fandom, with each day offering new data points for people to build up or tear down.

Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Teamed Up Instead Of Taking CNN’s Bait

DETROIT – A few minutes after Tuesday’s presidential debate, as reporters waited for interviews in a tent down the street from Detroit’s Fox Theatre, Faiz Shakir put on a breathless mock tone and held up his hand like a microphone. “Why didn’t they attack each other!?”

20 Tweets From The Democratic Debate That May Actually Make You Wanna Watch The Next One

ICYMI or were watching The Bachelorette finale instead, CNN hosted the first half of the second 2020 Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday. Here are some tweets that will actually make you wish you tuned in, if you didn’t.

Disney Star Cameron Boyce’s Cause Of Death Was Due To His Epilepsy, The Coroner Said

Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce’s official cause of death was due to an “unexpected” event related to his epilepsy, the coroner said Tuesday. Shortly after his death, a spokesperson for Boyce’s family told ABC News in a statement that the young actor “passed away in his sleep due to a seizure, which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.”

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