The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday March 3)

March 3, 2020

Here are some of today’s biggest headlines.

Coronavirus updates and live news: Global death toll tops 3,000 – CNN

By Joshua Berlinger and Adam Renton, CNN Updated 11:56 p.m. ET, March 1, 2020 The Seoul city government has filed a legal complaint against the leaders of a religious group at the heart of the South Korean coronavirus outbreak, on charges including homicide, the city announced in a news release today.

Italy reports a 50% increase in confirmed coronavirus cases

Italy reported a 50% increase in coronavirus cases Sunday, as the US further restricted travel and the famed La Scala opera house closed.

A Wuhan evacuee was released from quarantine in Texas and later tested positive for the coronavirus

A person in San Antonio, Texas, who had previously tested negative twice for the coronavirus, and was released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is now back in quarantine after a subsequent test came back positive.

Obama tells Biden he won’t endorse anybody yet

Former President Barack Obama did something this weekend that he’s been unable to do so far in the Democratic primary race: Call former Vice President Joe Biden and offer his congratulations.

Child drowns off Greek coast after Turkey opens border with Europe

A child has died after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Greek island of Lesbos, in what is believed to be the first reported death since Turkey announced it was opening its borders with Europe last week.

Vatican to open controversial WW2-era files on Pope Pius XII

Secret archives at the Vatican will be opened for the first time on Monday, giving scholars access to documents that may shed light on the controversial figure of Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of failing to help to save Jews during World War II.

NASA images show a decrease in China’s pollution related to coronavirus

Satellite images released by NASA and the European Space Agency reveal that air pollution over China has gone down since the coronavirus outbreak.

Vanessa Bryant ‘devastated’ by allegations that crash photos were shared

Kobe Bryant’s widow is “absolutely devastated” by allegations that first responders shared photos from the helicopter crash that killed the NBA legend, their 13-year-old daughter and seven other people, an attorney for Vanessa Bryant says.

Why a president stood down after just one day

One of the two men declared president of Guinea-Bissau has resigned from the post after just one full day in office, saying his life was in danger. Cipriano Cassam√° was chosen by lawmakers as president following disputed elections in December.

War of words as Nigerian English recognised by OED

Nigerian English words have recently been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), but there is still a debate in the country about what constitutes proper English, as the BBC’s Nduka Orjinmo writes from Lagos. “Come to an all-night prayer vigil to welcome the ember months,” read a text from my mother.

North Korea ‘fires missiles in first test of year’

North Korea has launched two unidentified projectiles, South Korea’s military says, in its first apparent weapons test of the year. Little is known about the projectiles, except that they were launched from the North’s east coast towards the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

Anthony Joshua to fight Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

British world champion Anthony Joshua will fight Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday 20 June. Bulgarian Pulev, 38, is the mandatory IBF challenger to take on Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles. Joshua won back the belts with a unanimous points victory over Andy Ruiz Jr.

Christian Louboutin – king of the killer stiletto

A new exhibition about shoe and fashion accessories designer Christian Louboutin showcases his key creations – including more than 400 shoe designs – and opens a window on to his unusual upbringing and a broad spectrum of inspirations crucial to an understanding of his work.

11 best mobile games to cure your boring commute

Editors independently select all products and services featured here. If you buy something through our links, we may receive a commission. Commuting to work is an unfortunate, unavoidable reality of modern life, but mobile games make it a lot less miserable.

New algorithm generates every possible melody to curb copyright lawsuits

It’s become a regular occurence in the music industry: An artist a song. The song becomes a hit. Fans of another artist notice similarities to one of their songs. That other artist’s label or legal team also notices these similarities. The two artists either come to an agreement or go to court over royalties based on who owns the copyright.

Scientists made an environmentally friendly gin from peas. Yes, it will still get you drunk.

Garden peas are probably the last thing you’d ever expect to go into your gin and tonic. But, scientists at Abertay University and the James Hutton Institute in Scotland have created a gin using garden peas. Yes, you read that correctly.

Vivo’s new Apex concept phone has zero ports and a 7.5x optical zoom camera

Vivo’s first Apex phone, unveiled in Feb. 2018, was the first functional phone with nearly no bezels and a pop-up selfie camera. It was just a concept, but it was way ahead of its time, with countless manufacturers later ditching various display-obstructing elements from their phones, one by one.

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