The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday August 15)

August 15, 2019

Here are select headlines from the biggest sources today.

Police and protesters clash at Hong Kong airport: Live updates

The latest: Riot police clashed with protesters at Hong Kong’s airport, but officers have started retreating. Earlier today: For the second day in a row, check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled. Anti-China extradition bill movement: The protests were sparked in early June by a proposed law which would have seen people extradited into mainland China’s opaque justice system.

Why Hong Kong is protesting

Hong Kong is facing a major political crisis as it heads into a 10th week of mass demonstrations. What started as a movement against a controversial law has expanded into something much bigger.

German economy shrinks as ‘golden decade’ comes to an end

Germany’s economy shrank in the second quarter as global uncertainty and trade fights took a toll on its manufacturers.

India’s car market just had its worst month in 18 years. 1 million jobs are at risk

Just two years ago, India’s huge car market was booming and global players were rushing to invest. Now it’s been slammed into reverse.

China rejects US Navy request for Hong Kong port visits amid protests

Amid ongoing unrest in Hong Kong, Chinese officials have rejected a US request to have two US Navy ships make port visits there in the coming weeks.

Trump made 21 false claims last week

President Donald Trump made 21 false claims last week, well below his recent weekly tallies, as he stayed largely quiet in the wake of the massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Israeli flight attendant dies after contracting measles

An Israeli flight attendant and mother of three has died of the measles. Rotem Amitai, 43, died Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel. Amitai had traveled from New York to Tel Aviv a few days before developing a fever in March.

A gay penguin couple adopted an egg in a Berlin zoo

After fruitless attempts to hatch stones and fish, a gay penguin couple at a German zoo may finally parent a chick of their own.

Radiation 16 times normal after blast, Russia says

Radiation levels near the site of a deadly rocket explosion in Russia’s far north spiked 16 times above normal, Russia’s weather service has said. Rosgidromet measured radiation levels in the port city of Severodvinsk after the blast. The explosion happened off the coast of the city at a military facility in the White Sea last Thursday.

The post office 930 miles from the mainland – BBC Reel

Far away from European or African mainland sit the Azores islands. The city of Horta is home to one of the most remote bars in the world, where sailors from around the globe collect their mail during their voyages across the vast Atlantic ocean.

Africa Live: Kenya police raid mansion in drugs investigation

An officer in the UK police force who has been appearing on the Nigerian version of Big Brother despite her bosses refusing her permission has tweeted that “tough times don’t last but tough people do”. Earlier, the Metropolitan Police said it was carrying out an internal investigation after PC Khafi Kareem – known as Khafi on the show – went on the programme “without authority”.

Trump delays some tariffs on Chinese imports

The US is delaying imposing tariffs on some imports from China until 15 December because of “health, safety, national security and other factors”. The products include mobile phones, laptops, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, and certain footwear and clothing. The surprise news from the United States Trade Representative office sparked a 5% jump in Apple shares.

Media giants to merge in latest mega-deal

Entertainment giants CBS and Viacom are to merge in the latest media mega-deal as broadcasters adapt to changing consumer demands. The new company will have more than $28bn in revenue and comprise brands like MTV, Comedy Central and Showtime. The deal would reunite the two firms, which were previously under the same corporate umbrella until a 2006 split.

Amazon claims its Rekognition software can now detect fear

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. It seems that just like bees, Amazon can sense your fear.

Mint-condition set of Pokémon cards sells for $107,000

A full 103-card set of first edition Pokémon cards sold for $107,000 at auction on Saturday, an amount of money that could have gotten you around 35,000 packs of cards back when they first hit the U.S. in the late ’90s.

Instagram now lets anyone make their own AR effects

Get ready to see a lot of new augmented reality effects in Instagram. The photo-sharing app is now prominently featuring user-generated AR selfie filters in a move that seems like a direct challenge to Snapchat’s Lenses. Instagram has been testing its AR creation software, called Spark AR Studio, for some time, but now it’s making it more widely available.

Daredevil moose dives off a cliff, swims away like nothing happened

It’s always whiplash-inducing when you see an animal in a place it’s not meant to be. Cats on roofs, bears in cars, etc. But I guarantee you that one of the most shocking is watching this moose’s daring leap. The video shows a young moose scaling some rocks on the cliffs of Nippers Harbour in Newfoundland, Canada.

Samsung might launch a phone with a fast-charging graphene battery next year

Samsung is working to launch a smartphone with a graphene battery as soon as next year, leaker of phone-related news Evan Blass tweeted on Monday. According to Blass, Samsung hopes to have “at least one” phone with a graphene battery either in 2020 or 2021.

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