The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday August 13)

August 13, 2019

A look at the top trending headlines today.

Hong Kong grounds all flights as protest paralyzes airport: Live updates

All flights grounded: All departing flights have been cancelled in Hong Kong, as thousands of demonstrators descend on the city’s International Airport earlier Monday. Alleged police brutality: A small number of protesters have been demonstrating at the airport all weekend, but today’s mass gathering was sparked by allegations of unnecessary police violence on Sunday.

A woman confronted Priyanka Chopra, calling her a hypocrite. The actress said she’s patriotic

The Indian actress was criticized Saturday for a tweet she posted in February during a serious escalation of the conflict between India and Pakistan.

Scaramucci no longer backs Trump’s reelection, says change may be needed at top of ticket

Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House communications director who has frequently defended President Donald Trump on television, said Monday he no longer supports Trump’s reelection bid and that the top of the 2020 Republican presidential ticket may need to be replaced.

Jeffery Epstein’s apparent suicide is fueling rumors and questions. Here’s what we know, and what’s next

Questions abound over Epstein’s final days and what’s next for plaintiffs who accused him of sex crimes. Here’s what we know, and what’s next:

Hong Kong isn’t just battling on the streets: There is also a war on misinformation

While Hong Kong protesters wage pitched battles with police on the street, fake news and misinformation are being spread online, fueling fear and suspicion.

A bear broke into a home, then smashed through the wall to escape police

A hungry bear that broke into a Colorado home at night made a daring escape from the cops, smashing a hole in the wall to force his way out of the building.

Gun owners in New Zealand voluntarily surrender more than 10,000 firearms in less than a month

More than 10,000 firearms have been voluntarily surrendered to authorities in New Zealand as part of a buyback scheme that was introduced after the country’s worst mass shooting in modern history.

Is the hermit nation of Turkmenistan on the brink of collapse?

For years, Turkmenistan has been able to survive on its vast gas reserves. But with the collapse of gas prices in recent years, the screws are tightening.

Huawei unveils its rival to Android. It’s called Harmony

Huawei has finally unveiled its own operating system, a move that could help shield the smartphone maker from the escalating US-China trade war.

Anthony Scaramucci Says GOP Could Replace ‘Chernobyl’ Trump On 2020 Ballot

Anthony Scaramucci, who infamously lasted 10 days in the administration of President Donald Trump, on Sunday compared his old boss to the most notorious nuclear disaster in history ― and said the president’s ongoing meltdown could lead to him getting replaced on the top of the Republican ticket for the 2020 election.

Florida Man Arrested For Threatening To Shoot Up Walmart After El Paso Massacre

Police said they’ve arrested a Florida man suspected of being a white supremacist for allegedly threatening to shoot up a Walmart right after a gunman killed nearly two dozen people at one of the superstores in El Paso, Texas.

Rocket mystery: What weapon was Russia testing?

Five Russian nuclear engineers who died in a rocket engine explosion have been buried in Sarov, a closed town 373km (232 miles) east of Moscow, where nuclear warheads are made. The Russian state nuclear agency, Rosatom, said the experts had been testing a nuclear-powered engine. But it gave no further technical details.

Africa live: Tekno ‘a threat to security over nudity video’

A Nigerian emir has blamed parents for not instilling enough discipline in their children, resulting in a rise of insecurity in the country where the security forces are struggling to fight kidnappings and an Islamist insurgency. The Emir of Gwandu, Muhammadu Bashar, also put rape and homosexuality on the list of the country’s ills.

Versace apologises after T-shirt draws China ire

Luxury brand Versace has apologised after an image on one of its T-shirts appeared to imply Hong Kong and Macau were independent territories. After fierce criticism on social media in China, Versace said it had made a mistake and had stopped selling the tops. It said it “respects the sovereignty of China’s territorial state”.

Ninja accuses Twitch of pushing porn on his unused account

Ninja has beef with Twitch, the platform where he first found fame. The superstar streamer whose real name is Richard Tyler Blevins now reps Microsoft’s competing Mixer, as of Aug. 1. But he left behind a community of 14.7 million followers on Twitch, and now he’s claiming Twitch is exploiting the community he built without his permission.

Universal cancels release of politically charged thriller, ‘The Hunt’

The Hunt won’t be making its planned Sept. 27 release, and there’s no timeline for when it will hit theaters. Universal officially shelved the upcoming Blumhouse thriller on Saturday, confirming the decision in a statement provided to Mashable.

Gwyneth Paltrow forgot she was in several Marvel movies with Samuel L. Jackson

We don’t know what jade vagina eggs are supposed to do, but helping memory clearly isn’t one of them. Goop founder and Marvel star Gwyneth Paltrow has a reputation for forgetting her fellow stars in some of the biggest blockbusters of movie history – including, most recently, Nick Fury himself.

The Force is definitely strong with this Darth Vader hot air balloon

The Empire is striking back… in Bristol, England. There’s nothing to fear if you live there and notice a giant Darth Vader head floating overhead. The Star Wars hot air balloon is part of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, the largest annual meeting of hot air balloons from around the world, running from Aug.

Netflix’s ‘The Family’ raises an eyebrow at secretive D.C. influence

The Family is more likely to give you forehead wrinkles than answers. Best categorized as an eyebrow raise told in five acts, Netflix’s latest docuseries takes aim at the Christian political organization The Family – officially known as The Fellowship Foundation. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of them by either name.

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