The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday February 12)

February 12, 2020

Here are some of the top headlines from around the world today.

Coronavirus live updates: Death toll surpasses 1,000 in mainland China – CNN

The human cost of China’s coronavirus outbreak is tragic, mounting and already readily apparent. The cost to businesses around the world could alsobecome severe inthe coming weeks. Manufacturers around the world have come to depend on parts from China to keep their own supply chains going.

China table tennis team takes refuge in Qatar amid coronavirus outbreak

The Chinese table tennis team has taken up Qatar’s offer of a training base to avoid returning home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips and wife Autumn to divorce

Queen Elizabeth’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, and his wife Autumn have decided to divorce, a spokesman for the couple has revealed in a statement.

Sudan will hand deposed president Omar al-Bashir over to the ICC

Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir will be handed over to the International Criminal Court to face war crimes charges, a senior government source told CNN Tuesday.

Boat capsizes in Bangladesh killing 15 Rohingya refugees

A vessel carrying Rohingya refugees capsized in the Bay of Bengal Tuesday, killing at least 15 people, Bangladeshi authorities told CNN.

Pele has become depressed and reclusive, says his son

Brazilian legend Pele has become depressed due to his poor health and inability to walk unaided, according to his son.

Elon Musk’s verdict on Facebook: It’s ‘lame’ and you should delete it

Elon Musk has taken another swipe at Facebook.

Inside Kim and Kanye’s stunning Los Angeles mansion

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have opened the doors of their California mansion to Architectural Digest magazine, which defines it as a “wildly idiosyncratic family refuge in suburban Los Angeles.”

Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Joseph Shabalala dies

Joseph Shabalala, who helped introduce the sound of traditional Zulu music to the world, has died aged 78. The musician was best known as the founder and director of choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which won five Grammy awards and featured heavily on Paul Simon’s Graceland album.

Coronavirus officially named Covid-19, says WHO

The World Health Organization says the official name for the new coronavirus will be Covid-2019. “We now have a name for the disease and it’s Covid-19,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. It comes after the death toll from the virus passed 1,000. Tens of thousands of people have been infected.

Yemen’s humanitarian emergency near breaking point

A crisis within the world’s greatest humanitarian emergency could be reaching breaking point over the control of lifesaving aid millions of Yemenis need to survive. Major donors and some of the world’s biggest aid agencies will meet in Brussels on Thursday in an effort to forge a collective response to what is being widely described as unprecedented and unacceptable obstruction by Houthi authorities who hold sway over large swathes of northern Yemen.

When a homeless couple moved in with a millionaire – BBC Reel

After living on California’s streets for a decade, Greg and Marie received a remarkable invitation. A local businessman asked if they wanted to share his $4m home. A year later, we reveal what happened next – and what the experiment tells us about America’s homelessness crisis.

How Kenya used satire to tackle Moi’s presidency

About 60,000 Kenyans are expected to attend Tuesday’s state memorial service for former President Daniel arap Moi, but, as veteran journalist Joseph Warungu writes, people learnt to laugh at the once all-powerful leader while he was still in office.

Trevor Noah’s team created a Joe Biden ‘insult bot’ on Twitter and it’s really something

Anyone who’s seen that viral video of Joe Biden arguing with a voter in Iowa will know that he sometimes has a slightly odd way with words. Especially insults. In an attempt to tap into the Democratic candidate’s somewhat unique style of verbal sparring, the team at The Daily Show has created a special tool: a Twitter bot designed to personally insult anyone who tweets at it, Biden style.

From its kitchen counters to the bathroom, this two-story house is covered in 2 million Lego tiles

What would it feel like living in a house that’s been decorated with Lego bricks from floor to ceiling? Designed by artist Camille Walala, The House of DOTS is a two-story fantastical house covered in two million LEGO DOTS tiles.

Guillermo shares jokes and pounds tequila with Oscars stars on the red carpet

Another year, another tequila-fuelled Oscars red carpet session with Guillermo. 2020 saw Jimmy Kimmel’s colleague repeating what he does best: stopping celebrities on their way in to the Academy Awards, plying them with booze, and telling jokes that are so bad they end up being good.

You simply have to see Kumail Nanjiani’s dad’s socks

It’s been a week. Between the Iowa caucus disaster, the State of the Union, and Trump’s inability to blend his orange makeup, we’ve been through a lot. We deserve a dash of wholesomeness, and actor Kumail Nanjiani’s father is here to deliver.

Apple is getting fined again for screwing up iPhone batteries

Apple’s 2017 ” batterygate” isn’t quite over yet – at least not in France. On Friday, France’s competition and fraud watchdog, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) announced that it was fining Apple €25 million ($27 million US) for intentionally slowing down older iPhones.

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