The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday June 23)

June 23, 2020

Here are some of today’s biggest headlines.

How Britain has failed to deal with systemic racism

Racism in Britain may attract less global attention than in the United States, but it is no less present — and Black Britons say it is past time for the country to face up to its colonial history and act to stamp out racial inequalities.

A noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall, NASCAR says

The racing organization says they have launced “an immediate investigation.”

Russian football team lost 10-1 after Covid-19 forced it to field youth team

A key Russian Premier League soccer match has come under scrutiny, after a top club was forced to field its youth squad when its entire first team was quarantined for coronavirus.

Smelly durian fruit sends six to hospital and forces evacuation

Twelve German postal workers received medical treatment and dozens more were evacuated due to a pungent suspect package — which turned out to be a shipment of the notoriously smelly durian fruit.

China revealed some details of Hong Kong’s national security law and it may be as bad as critics feared

Since Beijing revealed plans to impose a national security law on Hong Kong, defenders of the bill have argued that fears of what it could do to the city’s political freedoms and civil liberties are overblown.

Theodore Roosevelt statue will be removed from the front steps of the Museum of Natural History

The museum requested the removal of the Theodore Roosevelt statue, which features the nation’s 26th President on a horse with a Native American man standing on one side and an African man standing on the other.

Why white rhino numbers increased 34,000%

(CNN) – The southern white rhino has been to the brink of extinction and back, but even as it continues to be under threat from poachers, it’s survival is largely thanks to the conservation work of one park. Today, most of these rhinos can trace their ancestry back to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park (HiP) in KwaZulu-Nata, South Africa.

Vladimir Putin strongly hints he will run again for president

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hinted strongly in a new interview that he will run again for president, if a series of constitutional amendments allowing him to do so are approved in a July 1 referendum.

Lewis Hamilton attends Black Lives Matter protest, organizes commission to increase diversity in motorsport

Since George Floyd’s death last month, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has been one of sport’s most outspoken athletes in showing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Supermodel Joan Smalls pledges half her wages to Black Lives Matter — and calls on industry to do the same

Written by Ananda Pellerin, CNN While anti-racist protests continue daily around the world and online, the fashion industry finds itself in the cross hairs of controversies about offensive business and creative practices.

Brazil passes 50,000 coronavirus deaths

Brazil has become the second country, after the US, to register more than 50,000 deaths from Covid-19. The grim milestone comes days after the country confirmed more than one million coronavirus infections. But experts say the the true numbers are higher due to a lack of testing and the outbreak’s peak is still to come.

Trump held off Uighur sanctions for China deal

President Donald Trump says he did not sanction Chinese officials further over the detention of Muslims in Xinjiang as he was in the “middle of a trade deal”. Mr Trump told the Axios news site that achieving a “great” deal meant he could not impose “additional sanctions”.

Jose Mourinho: Tottenham manager defends his record on strikers

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho defended his record of nurturing strikers following criticism from former Arsenal player Paul Merson. After Harry Kane drew a blank in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United, Merson said the forward would not manage a high goal return under Mourinho because of his style of play.

The surprisingly literal story of stealing someone’s thunder – BBC Reel

If anyone has stolen your thunder, you might be consoled by the surprisingly literal history behind this idiom. Lexicographer, etymologist and broadcaster Susie Dent takes to the stage to explain more. Animation by Adrian Hartrick and Dominika Ozynska

The stark divide between ‘Straight TikTok’ and ‘Alt TikTok’

Mashable is celebrating Pride Month by exploring the modern LGBTQ world, from the people who make up the community to the spaces where they congregate, both online and off. If you’ve been on TikTok long enough, you’re probably familiar with Alt TikTok. If you haven’t heard of that term before, it’s probably because you’re on Straight TikTok.

Researchers pioneer revolutionary keg-sized nuclear reactor with a 3D printed core

In what could be a truly transformational breakthrough in nuclear power technology – a field plagued by horrendous disasters and stalled progress – researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab have designed a nuclear reactor with a 3D printed core.

Tesla’s Cybertruck makes its debut as a museum exhibit

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles reopened its doors on June 19 and visitors were treated to an up-close taste of our electric car future. Tesla’s Cybertruck is on display at the museum for a full week, until June 27.

The book Trump tried to stop being published is massively pirated online

The Room Where it Happened, an upcoming memoir by ex-national security adviser John Bolton, is a big thorn in the side of Donald Trump’s White House – so big, in fact, that the administration tried to block it from being published.

Trump’s campaign won’t admit it, but they got trolled hard in Tulsa

Donald Trump and his campaign expected gigantic crowds at his latest rally in Tulsa, Okla., so much so that outdoor “overflow” activities were planned. The rows upon rows of empty blue venue seats on Saturday night had to be a let down.

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