The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday July 24)

July 24, 2020

On this Friday, these are the stories making global headlines.

China harboring military-linked fugitive scientist at San Francisco consulate, FBI says

Tensions between the United States and China have continued to ratchet up following the forced closure by Washington of Beijing’s consulate in Houston, amid revelations that federal prosecutors are seeking a Chinese scientist accused of visa fraud who they say is hiding out in China’s consulate in San Francisco.

Pinning hopes on vaccine is not the right coronavirus strategy, expert says

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‘Indian Matchmaking’ presents painful truths about skin color and love in Indian culture but does nothing to challenge them

Written by Aditi Sangal, CNN On Netflix’s “Indian Matchmaking,” marriage consultant Sima Taparia travels the world to meet with hopeful clients and help them find the perfect match for an arranged marriage. The format of the show is simple. Hopeful brides- and grooms-to-be meet with Taparia — often with their overbearing parents in tow — for an initial consultation.

North Korea ‘ghost ships’ washed up in Japan because of China’s ‘dark’ fishing fleet, NGO says

The dead just kept coming in 2017. Now, a new report by international nonprofit Global Fishing Watch explains why.

Kim Kardashian addresses Kanye West’s mental health and asks for compassion

Kim Kardashian West has shared a message about her husband Kanye West and mental health.

Mars is the latest arena in the US-China rivalry

Two years after humans last landed a probe on Mars, both the United States and China are launching missions to the red planet this month and setting up a new arena for their growing rivalry.

Hostage siege ends in Ukraine after President agrees to recommend 2005 Joaquin Phoenix film

An hours-long hostage siege ended in the Ukrainian city of Lutsk on Tuesday night after President Volodymyr Zelensky met one of the alleged gunman’s unusual demands — to endorse a 2005 documentary about humanity’s abuse of animals.

One year after being sentenced, ‘El Chapo’ is hoping an appeal can get him out of Supermax, his lawyer says

Just one year ago, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the former most powerful and dangerous kingpin in the world, was sentenced to life in prison, plus 30 years.

Painting an airplane: Why every layer counts

(CNN) – Airlines are some of the most recognized brands in the world, and there’s no better billboard for them than the fuselage of their own aircraft. Once upon a time airline liveries were all about national flags. They were both a symbol of a country’s pride and an expression of the quasi-diplomatic status airlines enjoyed (hence the term “flag carrier”).

Kanye picks up baby clothes at Walmart with Damon Dash after bank trip

Kanye West enjoyed a spot of retail therapy at a Walmart store after a trip to the bank Wednesday Friends including Damon Dash flew in to rally around the star following his late-night Twitter meltdowns Kanye and Dash were pictured browsing a Walmart store in Wyoming before bagging kids’ clothes

Trump denies asking ambassador to bring British Open to golf course

The president on Wednesday dismissed reports he had asked Woody Johnson to speak to UK officials about choosing his course for the tournament ‘I read a story about it today, and I … no.

Joe Biden calls Donald Trump ‘the first racist president’

Joe Biden on Wednesday addressed a virtual town hall organized by a union Biden was asked by a health-care worker about Trump terming COVID ‘China flu’ Biden said Trump’s discrimination of people was ‘absolutely sickening’ He said racists have ‘tried to get elected president.

Bill Gates warns multiple doses of any COVID vaccine may be necessary

Bill Gates spoke to CBS News’s Norah O’Donnell on Wednesday night Gates said that ‘serious mistakes’ were made by the Trump administration He said silencing experts like Dr Anthony Fauci and CDC chiefs was illogical Gates said that getting pupils back to school was of immense importance He pushed for

Twitter hackers slid into more DMs than previously known

Whoever hacked Twitter walked away with a lot more than just bitcoin. The San Francisco-based social media giant has continued to release additional details of the July 15 hack that saw verified accounts compromised and used to push a classic cryptocurrency scam. Today, Twitter announced that more accounts had their direct messages accessed than was previously known.

The Atlantic Ocean is now hurricane fuel

The Atlantic keeps breaking records. Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, the earliest time on record for the seventh named storm of the season to form (a tropical storm, which earns a name, has wind speeds of at least 39 mph).

Trump’s latest boast about his “very hard” cognitive test instantly became a bleakly funny meme

Of all the many things to be concerned about right now, the mental acuity of Donald Trump is certainly one of them. It’s also one of the things he’s currently talking about incessantly, presumably to avoid discussing the coronavirus pandemic that’s claimed more than 145,000 lives in the U.S. and counting.

Elon Musk announces next Tesla factory location

And the winner is… Austin, Texas. Elon Musk finally announced the location of Tesla’s next U.S. car plant on Wednesday’s earnings call. The gigafactory is where the forthcoming Cybertruck will be built. About 2,000 acres on the Colorado River is “basically going to be an ecological paradise,” Musk said.

Chris Evans explains the challenges he faced launching a political website

Chris Evans: actor, superhero, and – as of very recently – political platform-builder. The Marvel star announced last week on Twitter that astartingpoint.com (a project he’s been working on for a while) is now live. The website features short videos of U.S.

OnePlus Nord is a 5G, selfie-friendly budget phone made for Gen Z

Over the past month, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has taken to Instagram to post quirky memes and rather eccentric videos in order to tease its upcoming mid-range phone. OnePlus is clearly taking a new route here, straying from its standard marketing techniques that include glossy photos and aesthetically pleasing promotional clips in an attempt to attract and relate to the younger crowd – specifically, Gen Z.

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