The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday February 14)

February 14, 2020

Here are some of the top headlines this Valentine’s day.

Coronavirus live updates China records over 14,800 new infections in one day – CNN

North Korea has extended its coronavirus quarantine period from 15 days to 30 days, according to reports in state-run news service KCNA. “Anxiety and concern of the international community about the novel coronavirus infection rapidly spreading worldwide are growing stronger with each passing day,” KCNA said.

Australia’s climate crisis has been building for years but no one listened

Australia was already grappling with extreme heat and one of the worst droughts on record when devastating bushfires tore through the bone dry land.

‘As each day passes, the chances of evacuation slip by.’ The Nigerian students ‘abandoned’ in Wuhan

Since the Chinese city of Wuhan went into lockdown two weeks ago, university student Victor Vincent has watched as other international students on his campus have returned home.

Confirmed coronavirus cases top 60,000 as China expands what counts as diagnosis

The Chinese province at the center of the novel coronavirus outbreak reported a record spike in deaths Thursday, bringing the total number to more than 1,300 people globally, as experts warned the epidemic could “create havoc” in less prepared countries.

Barclays CEO Jes Staley under investigation over links with Jeffrey Epstein

The American chief executive of Barclays, Jes Staley, is being investigated by British regulators over his relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, the bank said in a statement on Thursday.

Nissan’s profits plunge 83% and the coronavirus threatens its turnaround plans

Nissan reported on Thursday that operating profit fell to 54.3 billion yen ($495 million) for the three months ended in December, plunging 83% compared to the same period a year earlier.

Canceling Tokyo Olympics ‘not being considered’

There are currently no plans to cancel the Tokyo 2020 Games despite the novel coronavirus outbreak in Asia, Olympic organizers have confirmed.

Biggest turtle that ever lived had 10 foot shell with horns

About five to ten million years ago, giant turtles that dwarfed humans reigned supreme in South America. Its shell reached nearly 10 feet in length and weighed 2,500 pounds.

‘Extreme caution’ urged over China virus slowdown

The apparent slowdown in the number of new coronavirus cases in China should be viewed with “extreme caution”, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. “This outbreak could still go in any direction,” WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus warned. Earlier, China reported its lowest daily number of new coronavirus cases – 2,015 – for two weeks.

African football body Caf in disarray, audit reveals

Football’s governing body in Africa has been shown to be in a state of disarray, both in terms of finances and governance, an audit has revealed. The investigation into the Confederation of African Football (Caf), carried out by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), found its accounting as “unreliable and not trustworthy”.

Cruise ship rejected by five ports docks at last

A cruise ship that was stranded at sea, because ports were worried about passengers bringing coronavirus, has been allowed to dock in Cambodia. The odyssey of the MS Westerdam saw it turned away by five places in Asia.

Odion Ighalo kept away from Man Utd training ground

Manchester United’s new signing Odion Ighalo is training away from the club this week as a precautionary measure following his arrival from China. United have decided on the policy because of the risk – albeit extremely slight – posed by coronavirus.

Africa Live: Buhari booed over burning of motorists – BBC News

A key witness in the murder case against Lesotho’s first lady has told the BBC she has fled to neighbouring South Africa because she fears for her life, and is seeking refugee status. First Lady Maesaiah Thabane has been charged with the murder of the prime minister’s previous wife, Lipolelo Thabane.

Seth Meyers mocks Trump’s totally predictable failure to ‘learn from’ being impeached

On Feb. 11 Trump took to Twitter to call Roger Stone’s proposed sentencing a “miscarriage of justice”, which seems a bit rich coming from a man who just escaped an impeachment trial. Subsequently, in a turn of events that I’m sure is not related at all, all four prosecutors on the case quit, while the Justice Department announced it would reduce Stone’s sentencing recommendation.

Netflix announces Pete Davidson standup special: ‘Alive From New York’

Editors independently select all products and services featured here. If you buy something through our links, we may receive a commission. Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson will get his first Netflix comedy special, Alive From New York. Davidson did standup for years before Saturday Night Live, including appearances on Comedy Central, which premiered his first standup special in 2016.

Bloomberg is running his campaign’s Twitter like a brand, and it’s not landing

There’s no other way to write this: Mike Bloomberg’s official presidential campaign tweeted a photo of his face superimposed over a meatball. Yes, it was strange. And it wouldn’t be the last time the billionaire’s campaign would do something plainly odd online.

It’s official: Mobile World Congress has been cancelled due to coronavirus fears

Mobile World Congress 2020 is officially cancelled. The world’s biggest annual phone show has been called off due to concerns over the coronavirus, according to an email from GSMA CEO John Hoffman obtained by . GSMA is the mobile industry organization that runs MWC.

Why Trump can dynamite a sacred, protected hill to build the border wall

To make way for the expanding border wall, contractors hired by the Trump administration are presently blasting away protected land in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – a park established more than 80 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. But that’s not all.

Woman documents her escape after Amazon package traps her inside her house

Being legitimately trapped in your house is practically an introvert’s dream. Just imagine. “Oh, sorry, yeah I’m gonna have to cancel. There’s an Amazon package blocking my door and I can’t get out.” That’s kind of what happened to TikTok user izzybrooke. And I think I wish it happened to me?

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