The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday April 22)

April 22, 2020

Here are today’s top headlines.

US source: North Korean leader in grave danger after surgery

The US is monitoring intelligence that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is in grave danger after a surgery, according to a US official with direct knowledge.

South Korea says ‘no unusual signs’ detected about Kim Jong Un’s health

South Korea says it can’t corroborate reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is gravely ill, with an official in the presidential office saying Seoul believes he is with officials traveling outside the capital, Pyongyang.

Trump claims he will temporarily suspend immigration into US due to coronavirus fears

President Donald Trump said late Monday night he will sign an executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the United States as the nation battles the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

No, oil below $0 doesn’t mean the gas station will pay you to fill up

Even though a historic decline for oil sent prices negative on Monday, don’t expect to get paid to fill up your gas tank any time soon.

A free press in China could have prevented the coronavirus pandemic, media watchdog says

Strongman leaders around the world are using the coronavirus crisis to stifle journalists, a leading press freedom watchdog has warned, as it bemoaned a missed opportunity to highlight the severity of the outbreak in its early days in Wuhan, China.

Virgin Australia enters voluntary administration. Richard Branson says it’s ‘not the end’

Virgin Australia has entered voluntary adminstration as the coronavirus crisis continues to devastate the global travel industry.

Justin Trudeau is pushing for stricter Canadian gun laws after deadly shooting in Nova Scotia

In the wake of a deadly shooting rampage in Nova Scotia, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his administration is moving ahead with stricter gun laws.

Prince Harry pleaded with Thomas Markle not to talk to press in lead up to wedding, court documents reveal

Prince Harry pleaded with his soon-to-be father-in-law Thomas Markle to stop speaking to the press shortly before he and Meghan married in 2018, according to documents filed in the UK high court.

Health workers face anti-lockdown protesters in dramatic photos

A small group of health care workers counterprotested at a large rally in Colorado demanding the state reopen and ease the restrictions designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tom Hanks recounts his exhaustion and wife Rita Wilson’s nausea during coronavirus

Tom Hanks is getting personal about the coronavirus battle that he and his wife Rita Wilson experienced.

Immigration to US to be halted due to virus – Trump

US President Donald Trump has announced he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend all immigration to the US to fight the coronavirus. On Twitter, He cited “the attack from the Invisible Enemy”, as he calls coronavirus, “as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens”.

Somali diaspora sends home stories of coronavirus woe

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe reflects on the impact that coronavirus is having on the Somali community in London. The signs for Dahabshiil, the Somali money transfer company, are a familiar sight in some London’s streets.

Coronavirus: Liverpool v Atletico Madrid virus link an ‘interesting hypothesis’

Speculation over a possible link between coronavirus cases in Liverpool and the club’s Champions League match with Atletico Madrid last month is an “interesting hypothesis”, a scientific adviser to the UK government has said.

Hope in Italy as active coronavirus cases drop

The number of people officially identified as infected with coronavirus in Italy has fallen for the first time since the country’s outbreak began, authorities have said. As of Monday, there were 108,237 people either being treated in hospital or recovering at home, 20 fewer than the previous day.

Coronavirus: Uefa update due on Tuesday on plans to finish season

Uefa will provide an update on plans to finish the 2019-20 season to all its 55 national associations at a video conference on Tuesday. European football’s governing body hopes to end the campaign in August, although with every league bar Belarus still suspended there are doubts over whether that deadline can be met.

Trump’s immigration ban could hit tech sector

President Donald Trump’s immigration ban could be a big blow for the fast-growing US technology sector. A rising number of migrant workers, particularly from Asia, head to the US to work in Silicon Valley. Alongside Mexico, China and India now provide large numbers of the new working population.

Facebook removes listings for anti-lockdown protests

Facebook has banned event listings that violate government social distancing policies. On Monday, the social media giant removed the listing for anti-quarantine protests in California, New Jersey, and Nebraska. The discussion sparked outrage from some including the son of President Donald Trump who claimed the company’s move violated free speech.

David Attenborough is giving virtual geography lessons to kids at home

Attenborough will teach kids all about oceans, mapping the world, and why animals look the way they do.

Facebook launches map to help identify coronavirus hot spots early

Most surveys on Facebook are pointless. This one might end up saving lives. Facebook has partnered with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to build a map meant to track symptoms and potentially predict coronavirus hot spots.

LG’s fancy Velvet phone fully revealed in new video

A week ago, LG announced a smartphone that embodies a new philosophy for the brand. The first thing it changes is the naming scheme; instead of using alphanumerical designations (LG V60 ThinQ doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it), the company is moving toward “familiar and expressive names.”

Oil prices are negative and nobody is really sure what that means

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches into 2020, the cost of crude oil plummeted to less than $0 per barrel on Monday. What does that mean? Most on Twitter are confused. Social distancing orders and self-quarantine mean that many oil suppliers have an excess of crude oil, since energy needs are down.

This is what a socially-distanced protest looks like

In this time of social distancing, standing in a large crowd of protesters seems unthinkable, like a distant memory. But more than 2,000 people did exactly that on Sunday in Tel Aviv, Israel, standing six feet apart (two metres) in Rabin Square to protest actions taken by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the coronavirus pandemic.

John Oliver lambasts Fox News and Rush Limbaugh over coronavirus misinformation

On Sunday, John Oliver launched his fifth Last Week Tonight segment on the coronavirus, this time turning his steely gaze on certain media treatment of the pandemic – and how it’s all feeding back to Donald Trump.

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