The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday February 19)

February 19, 2020

As the month roars on, these are today’s top stories from select sources across the globe.

Countries plan evacuations from Diamond Princess as coronavirus cases increase — live updates – CNN

Singapore Airlines has announced that it will reduce flights due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. In a statement released on Tuesday, the company said that Singapore Airlines and its regional wing SilkAir, “will temporarily reduce services across our network due to weak demand as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.”

Coronavirus death toll tops 1,800 as 780 million remain on lockdown in China

The death toll from the novel coronavirus has reached 1,873, as almost half of China’s 1.3 billion-strong population remain subject to varying forms of travel restrictions and other quarantine measures.

Here’s how long coronaviruses may linger on contaminated surfaces, according to science

It remains unknown exactly how long the novel coronavirus can linger on contaminated surfaces and objects with the potential of infecting people, but some researchers are finding clues by studying the elusive behaviors of other coronaviruses.

Bloomberg qualifies for Wednesday’s Democratic debate — his first

Michael Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, paving the way for the former New York mayor’s first appearance on stage with his 2020 rivals.

Turkey acquits defendants in controversial 2013 Gezi Park protest trial


Queen’s nephew, Earl of Snowdon, and his wife Serena to divorce

Queen Elizabeth II’s nephew, the Earl of Snowdon, has announced he is to divorce his wife after 26 years of marriage.

Soccer icon ‘disappointed’ players didn’t ‘protect’ racially abused star

Dutch soccer legend Ruud Gullit says he was “disappointed” to see players not back Porto striker Moussa Marega as he walked off the pitch after being subjected to racist abuse from opposition fans.

Medieval ‘Black Death’ mass grave uncovered in the English countryside

The sweeping scourge of the Black Death in 14th century England was so great it forced city-dwelling victims out to countryside hospitals, based on the tragic findings in a mass grave in Lincolnshire, England.

La Liga rethinks stance over apparent racist gesture by Real Mallorca coach

La Liga has clarified its stance on an alleged racist incident in a Spanish top tier football match following a public backlash.

Time is now for sustainable motor racing, and for women, says ‘female Elon Musk’

Motorsport and sustainability are finally on converging paths, says the woman dubbed the “female Elon Musk.”

China releases largest study on Covid-19 outbreak

Health officials in China have published the first details of more than 70,000 cases of Covid-19, in the biggest study since the outbreak began. Data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) found that more than 80% of the cases have been mild with the sick and elderly most at risk.

Son Heung-min: Jose Mourinho expects Tottenham forward to miss rest of season

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho does not expect Son Heung-min to play again this season and says the club’s injury situation “couldn’t be worse”. South Korea forward Son, 27, will have surgery this week after fracturing his arm during Sunday’s 3-2 win at Aston Villa, in which he scored twice.

‘I didn’t want to take coronavirus to Africa’

When Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, a 21-year-old Cameroonian student living in the Chinese city of Jingzhou, contracted the coronavirus he had no intention of leaving China, even if that were possible. “No matter what happens I don’t want to take the sickness back to Africa,” he said from his university dormitory, where he is now under a 14-day quarantine.

Jordan condemns Jerusalem Old City railway plan

Jordan has condemned a decision by Israel to advance a plan to build a railway line and station underneath the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. The Israeli transport ministry said on Monday that a new route had been approved for an extension of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed railway.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s display is near-perfect, says DisplayMate

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 6.9-inch, Dynamic AMOLED display is the best of any smartphone right now, at least according to display specialists at DisplayMate. It’s hardly surprising; Samsung has been making fantastic OLED display for years. But it appears the company has really pushed the envelope with the S20 Ultra’s display.

SpaceX juuust misses drone ship landing in otherwise successful mission

On Monday morning, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket as part of its fifth Starlink satellite mission – but the landing was a bit rough. With video streaming live, the Falcon 9 first stage appeared to miss the drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Jeff Bezos commits a cool $10 billion to fight climate change

Jeff Bezos is putting his money where his mouth is and donating $10 billion to fight climate change. Bezos made the stunning announcement in an Instagram post Monday afternoon, saying it’s all part of the new Bezos Earth Fund. Succinct! Unsurprisingly, he doesn’t share many specifics about the Bezos Earth Fund.

Forget foldable phones: Leaked TCL images reveal slide-out screen

We’re still trying to figure out how durable the Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola Razr are but TCL is possibly working on a new style of phone that slides. The report comes from CNET, which published photos of the phone. It initially looks like a regular-sized smartphone but has a second screen that slides out to make it tablet-sized.

‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ opening weekend box office runs rings around every other video game movie

Sonic The Hedgehog may be an empty cash grab slightly sweetened by an unhinged, perfectly calibrated Peak Jim Carrey performance, but it’s apparently what the people want. The long-delayed, redesigned live-action Sonic movie finally opened last week and promptly smashed the opening weekend box office record for video game film adaptations.

Watch this very good dog invade a pro soccer match

Everybody loves a good sports dog. The world was particularly blessed on Sunday when a very good dog invaded a Turkish soccer pitch, trying to get in on the action. The very furry and adorable incident happened during a TFF First League match between Fatih Karagumruk Spor and Giresunspor in Istanbul, Turkey.

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