The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday August 22)

August 22, 2019

Here are today’s top stories.

Trump postpones Denmark trip after Prime Minister refuses to discuss sale of Greenland

Less than two weeks before his scheduled trip to Denmark, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he has postponed his visit to Copenhagen after the Danish Prime Minister disputed his interest in buying Greenland as “absurd.”

China says it has detained a UK consulate employee

An employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong who has been missing for almost two weeks has been detained in mainland China, the country’s foreign ministry confirmed Wednesday.

Jewish leaders outraged by Trump saying Jews disloyal if they vote for Democrats

President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats, saying “it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

Venice fines architect $86K for tourist-unfriendly bridge

(CNN) – Venice has spent the last few years trying to curb the overtourism that has plagued it. But now Italy’s famed city of canals has taken action against a bridge that isn’t capable of handling the tourists they already have.

Africa begins countdown to being polio free

Africa has gone three years without a case of wild polio being detected, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, a significant milestone in the quest to eradicate the disease.

US drone shot down over Yemen

A US MQ-9 drone was shot down over Yemen on Tuesday by a surface-to-air missile, a US official tells CNN.

Trump admin formally approves fighter jet sale to Taiwan

The Trump administration has formally approved a major $8 billion arms sale to Taiwan involving 66 new F-16C/D fighter jets, the State Department announced Tuesday, a move that comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over a range of issues, including trade and Hong Kong.

Trump mocks Tlaib’s tears, says she ‘grandstanded’ over grandmother visit

President Donald Trump on Tuesday mocked Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s grief over her decision not to visit her grandmother in the West Bank after initially being barred by Israel, claiming the Democratic congresswoman “grandstanded” when she shed tears Monday.

Beginning today, you won’t be able to buy plastic bottles of water at San Francisco International Airport

(CNN) – Air travelers to and from the City by the Bay will now experience water in new ways. The airport is adding plastic water bottles to its list of restricted food service items as part of an effort to become the world’s first zero-waste airport by 2021.

Trump cancels Denmark visit over Greenland sale spat

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a state visit to Denmark after the nation’s prime minister said Greenland was not for sale to the US. The president was scheduled to visit on 2 September, at the invitation of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II.

Africa Live: University blocked off by Zimbabwe riot police

Ten migrants jumped off a rescue ship, hoping to swim to an Italian island. A common point of discussion among diaspora communities is whether parents should send their children back to their native countries for schooling. “My mum told me on my birthday, ‘you’re not coming back with the rest of the family’,” says Titi Abi Odusanwo.

Spider-Man: Sony ‘disappointed’ over Disney split

Sony says it’s “disappointed” not to be working with Disney on future Spider-Man films. We might not see actor Tom Holland in new Marvel movies, because a fresh deal can’t be reached over the character.

Brazilian Amazon burning at record rate, space agency warns

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, according to new data from the country’s space research agency. The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) said its satellite data showed an 83% increase on the same period in 2018.

Inter Miami: David Beckham’s US stadium site ‘contaminated’

The proposed stadium site for David Beckham’s Inter Miami franchise in the MLS has arsenic contamination levels more than twice the legal limit, says an environmental report. Melreese golf course has been closed until further notice by Miami’s city council after the findings.

The first reactions for ‘IT Chapter Two’ are in and everyone’s obsessed with Bill Hader

Get your therapist on speed dial, becauseIT Chapter Two is nearly here to retraumatise you with everything from a scary clown to how harrowing growing up is – and the first reactions are in as critics and fans stream out of the first screenings. The overall mood is: IT Chapter One, but more.

Spider-Man may be leaving the Marvel Universe. Here’s what we know so far.

Just when you thought all the remaining Avengers were safe, a new threat has emerged. Sony and Disney have been unable to reach new terms in their partnership over Spider-Man, and as a result, Deadline reports, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will no longer serve as producer on future films about the webslinger.

Porn site leaks over a million users’ private info

The great thing about the internet is that no one has to know you have a serious thing for hentai pornography. Unless, that is, the porn site you have an account on leaks your personal information. Over a million account holders faced that unexpected reality this week after security researchers announced a data breach affecting the site.

Bluetooth is bad and you should stop using it

Everyone uses Bluetooth. Perhaps they shouldn’t. The technology that we’ve come to rely on to connect our phones, smart speakers, cars, vibrators, and toasters is problematic for reasons more serious than pairing issues. Bluetooth has been shown time and time again to be a security and privacy nightmare – albeit one that can be mostly solved with a simple toggling of an off switch.

How did this ridiculous Instagram privacy hoax from 2012 fool so many stars?

Famous folks including Usher, Julia Roberts, Taraji P. Henson, Dave Bautista, Rob Lowe, Josh Brolin, Judd Apatow, Retta, Scooter Braun, Adriana Lima, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and high-profile beauty influencers all fell for an ancient social media copypasta – this time focused on Instagram and a vague threat of posts becoming “public” and able to be used in “court cases”.

Everything coming to Amazon Prime Video in September 2019

Celebrate back-to-school season with some good, old-fashioned homework – courtesy of Amazon Prime Video. This September, the streaming service is assigning a whole bunch of cinematic classics to your watch list. From timeless comedies likeElection to haunting dramas like The Talented Mr. Ripley , they’ve got plenty of those movies you’ve been meaning to get around to seeing for years, but just haven’t found the time for yet.

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