The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday August 27)

August 27, 2019

Here are today’s top stories.

G7 leaders talk climate, trade and Iran: live updates

Final day of summit: World leaders have gathered in the French city of Biarritz for the last day of G7 talks. The G7 group represents some of the world’s major economies — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.

Magazine publishes image of wrong model in Adut Akech feature

Written by Amy Woodyatt, CNN South Sudanese-Australian supermodel Adut Akech has spoken of her anger and sadness after a prominent Australian magazine published an article about her, but with the image of a different black model, noting that the mix-up “would’ve not happened to a white model.”

Macron slams Bolsonaro for ‘disrespectful comments’ about his wife

French President Emmanuel Macron has described his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro as “extremely disrespectful” after the South American leader appeared to mock his wife, Brigitte Macron, in a Facebook post.

Axios: Trump floated the idea of using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes headed for US

President Donald Trump has floated multiple times the idea of thwarting hurricanes headed for the US by bombing them, including by dropping nuclear bombs on hurricanes to disrupt their course, Axios reported Sunday, citing conversations with sources who heard Trump’s comments and were briefed on a National Security Council memo that recorded the comments.

Scaramucci and Walsh could be key to Trump’s defeat

Dean Obeidallah writes that if Democrats are committed to making President Trump a one-term president, they will need to embrace the likes of Joe Walsh and Anthony Scaramucci, who can help peel away Republican support.

The man who tried to unite India’s fragmented economy has died

The man who implemented India’s biggest economic reforms of the 21st century has died.

Staten Island seawall: Designing for climate change

By 2025, New York’s Staten Island will be fortified by a towering seawall running 5.3 miles along the coast, an engineering feat designed to ward off a growing threat. The climate crisis is predicted to create more powerful and extreme weather systems all over the world, and coastal engineers are racing to respond with structures to reduce their impact.

G7 ‘close to agreeing’ help for Amazon fires

International leaders gathering at the G7 summit are reportedly nearing an agreement to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday a deal to provide “technical and financial help” was close. Leaders from the US, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, the UK and Canada continue their meeting in the seaside town of Biarritz on Monday.

Africa Live: Sudan declares Red Sea emergency over clashes

Namibia is investigating the deaths of at least five crocodiles in the Kunene – the river that flows between it and Angola. Reports from people on the Namibian bank say the reptiles appear to have been poisoned, then cut open, with their limbs removed.

‘I can’t believe I’m a statue in New York’

A Zimbabwean-born academic who taught herself to read from her brother’s schoolbooks says she was shocked to learn that a life-size statue of her would be unveiled in the US. “I’m just so humbled – it is unbelievable,” Tererai Trent told BBC Focus on Africa.

Why nuking hurricanes is a bad idea

Using nuclear weapons to destroy hurricanes is not a good idea, a US scientific agency has said, following reports that President Donald Trump wanted to explore the option. The Axios news website said Mr Trump had asked several national security officials about the possibility.

Macron decries Bolsonaro’s ‘rude’ jibe at wife

French President Emmanuel Macron has lashed out at Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro for endorsing “rude” remarks about his wife. A supporter of the Brazilian president mocked Mr Macron’s wife, Brigitte, 66, in a Facebook post. The post contained a photo contrasting the French first lady’s appearance with that of Mr Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, 37.

What happens when you age? – BBC Reel

In the United States, longevity has increased since the year 1900, where life expectancy was 47. Today, people live on average until 92 and the fastest growing age group is 85 and older. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab, researchers are exploring what it means to grow old and how to help design a world that is more inclusive for the ageing population.

Trump says US and China to resume trade talks

President Donald Trump has said the US and China will “very shortly” resume trade talks after a weekend of escalating tension with Beijing. “China called last night… said let’s get back to the table. So we’ll be getting back to the table,” he said.

New Alexa smart speaker skill plays music for your dog

“Who let the dogs out? Woof! Woof!” That’s one of the songs (along with any other remixes of the Baha Men’s 2000 hit) we’d include on the new Alexa smart speaker skill for your dog. Puppy Jams! is an iHeartRadio music skill that plays songs for your dog even if you’re not around.

Disney’s Avengers Campus attractions will include Spidey ride and Wakanda visit

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the Marvel universe, now’s your chance. Well, more accurately, next year’s your chance. Disney has confirmed Avengers Campus, a new Marvel-themed land, is coming to Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Paris in 2020. The park was first teased at the last D23, back in 2017, and details have trickled out bit by bit since then.

Dazzling ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ footage from D23 Expo is finally online

Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker made a big splash over the weekend with new footage that debuted at Disney’s D23 Expo featuring – among other things – Rey wielding a dual-bladed lightsaber, a la Darth Maul. Well. That’s here, and it’s a whole lot cooler than it sounds from that description.

Disney unveils new details about Galactic Starcruiser, the Star Wars hotel

All aboard for the galaxy far, far away. On Sunday at D23 Expo, Disney unveiled new details about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the much-hyped Star Wars resort and experience coming to Disney World in Florida. In essence, it’s a Star Wars hotel on steroids.

‘The OA’ fans have created an online destination to celebrate the canceled Netflix series

The OA was something special, and its fans are now finding ways to rep both the show and its big ideas in their daily lives. We know by now that the canceled Netflix series wasn’t for everyone.

Disney+ fires up a thrilling first trailer for Star Wars spinoff ‘The Mandalorian’

Holy smokes, it’s finally here. At D23 Expo Friday, Disney unveiled a trailer for The Mandalorian, the first-ever live-action Star Wars series – and one of the first-ever original shows for their streaming service, Disney+.

YouTube belatedly decides to ban intentionally disturbing ‘kids’ videos

Better late than never, I guess. YouTube, everyone’s favorite place to become radicalized, announced this week that it will no longer allow videos targeted at children that have specific types of disturbing content. This move follows years of criticism that the video hosting site allowed bad actors to put violent and otherwise troubling content in front of kids.

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