The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday June 18)

June 18, 2020

Here’s what’s making headlines across the world today.

Pressure grows on India’s Modi after deadly skirmish with China over Himalayan border

After around two-dozen soldiers died in a bloody skirmish Monday night between Chinese and Indian forces on the Himalayan border, both sides are attempting to deescalate the situation even as some in India call for a more forceful response.

Steroid reduces risk of death in severe Covid-19 patients, trial suggests

The widely available steroid drug dexamethasone may be key in helping to treat the sickest Covid-19 patients in the hospital who require ventilation or oxygen, preliminary results from the UK-based Recovery Trial suggest.

Even if Europe wanted to break away from China post-Covid, it couldn’t

The Covid-19 pandemic has kick started a difficult global conversation about whether Western liberal democracies should radically rethink their relationships with China, an authoritarian regime upon whom many of these nations’ economies rely.

Police officers across the US have quit their jobs in recent days. Here is where there have been resignations

Since George Floyd’s death three weeks ago, the role of America’s criminal justice system has been catapulted to the forefront of national conversation with thousands calling for sweeping changes within the country’s policing system.

South Korean Unification Minister offers to step down amid worsening spat with North Korea

South Korea’s Minister of Unification offered his resignation Wednesday, potentially becoming the latest casualty of the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two Koreas.

One woman’s 350-mile trek home to escape Covid-19

Maria Tambo had reached a breaking point. She was scared and desperate. Her children were hungry. They had to leave Lima. After nearly two months of quarantine, she started for home with her daughters on foot, an epic journey of 350 miles.

Trump scrambles to suppress inconvenient information with Bolton book and coronavirus

There’s a common motivation in the White House’s attempt to suppress John Bolton’s book and its state of denial over alarming new trends in the coronavirus pandemic: President Donald Trump doesn’t want Americans to see information that could harm him or the narrative he has constructed.

Buffalo protester Martin Gugino has a fractured skull and cannot walk

Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old protester who was pushed by two Buffalo, New York, police officers earlier this month, has a fractured skull and is not able to walk, his lawyer said in a statement provided to CNN on Monday.

Rare letter detailing Van Gogh and Gauguin’s brothel visits sells for $237K at auction

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN The only known letter to have been jointly written by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, in which the former details the pair’s visits to French brothels, sold for more than 210,000 euros ($237,000) at a Paris auction on Tuesday.

A gang tried to kidnap one of China’s richest people. It didn’t end well for them

Midea Group founder He Xiangjian was held hostage with his family for hours in a kidnapping attempt that was reportedly foiled when his son swam across a river to alert police, local media and authorities said.

Donald Trump is ‘looking to sue his niece Mary’ over her tell-all book

Mary Trump will release ‘Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,’ on July 28, according to her publisher Her uncle Donald, 74, is now looking into legal action against his niece, 55 She reportedly signed a non disclosure agreement regarding their relationship The

Megan Fox’s new beau Machine Gun Kelly cites telling lyric

Machine Gun Kelly seemingly gave a thumbs up to the notion that he and Megan Fox are dating in a tweet he sent Monday. The 30-year-old rapper/actor quoted a lyric from his song Bloody Valentine, which featured Fox, 34, in the music video. The Houston native wrote: ‘i’m calling you girlfriend, what the f***.’

Google bans right-wing sites The Federalist and ZeroHedge from its ads

Google banned ZeroHedge and contacted The Federalist about its content too It’s unclear what the content ZeroHedge posted that prompted the move NBC suggests it was over reports claiming George Soros was behind BLM protests Google won’t say how and when it stripped ZeroHedge of its profitability NBC quoted a

John Bolton calls Trump a liar in clip from his primetime TV interview

U.S. attorney in D.C.

Mark Zuckerberg wants to register 4 million new voters but keep showing them Trump’s posts

As the U.S. presidential election approaches, tech companies’ responsibility to halt misinformation has become all the more pressing. To that end, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday that Facebook will announce on Wednesday “the largest voting information campaign in American history.” It still won’t be taking down Trump’s incendiary posts, though.

Pornhub launches Premium Lovers, a premium membership for couples

At a time where we’re either constantly on top of our partners (and not in a euphemistic way) or haven’t seen them in months, Pornhub has launched Premium Lovers, a membership for couples. In addition to the standard Pornhub Premium features, the couples membership offers a “lover’s playlist,” where you can share your favorite videos with your partner.

Trevor Noah makes powerful speech about the ‘common thread’ between police killings

Protests against police brutality have now passed their third weekend, and show no signs of slowing. But even as more and more people lend their support in real life as well as in digital campaigns, more people are dying.

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