The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday July 3)

July 3, 2020

These are the stories making international headlines today.

Trump’s anti-mask crusade is coming back to bite him

President Donald Trump’s refusal to set an example by wearing a face covering, despite growing evidence that it may be one of the most effective ways to slow America’s increasingly disastrous coronavirus pandemic, was always a political statement.

Unemployment soars in Latin America in the wake of the coronavirus

Millions of people are out of work in Brazil, Chile and Colombia, which have all attempted to re-open sectors of their economies but were hit with soaring infections.

Ending poverty in 2020 was going to be Xi’s crowning achievement. Coronavirus might have ruined it

This was supposed to be the year that Beijing would announce it had ended absolute poverty in China, fulfilling a key pledge of President Xi Jinping and one of the founding missions of the Chinese Communist Party.

Trump calls Black Lives Matter a ‘symbol of hate’ as he digs in on race

Trump continues seizing upon widening cultural divisions in a way he believes will appeal to voters concerned about safety and order

Trump’s resistance led intel agencies to brief him less and less on Russia

President Donald Trump’s resistance to intelligence warnings about Russia led his national security team, including those who delivered the President’s Daily Brief to brief him verbally less often on Russia-related threats to the US, multiple former Trump administration officials who briefed Trump, were present for briefings and who prepared documents for his intelligence briefings tell CNN.

Hundreds of brands are pulling ads from Facebook. Its largest advertisers aren’t among them.

Hundreds of companies have promised to halt advertising on Facebook and its sibling platform Instagram as part of month-long boycott officially set to begin on Wednesday, according to the civil rights groups behind the protest.

Italian police seize over $1 billion of ‘ISIS-made’ amphetamines

Police in Italy have confiscated a huge shipment of 14 metric tonnes (15.4 US tons) of amphetamines which they say was produced by ISIS in Syria.

Ed Henry fired from Fox News over sexual misconduct allegation

Fox News said Wednesday that Ed Henry, one of its top news anchors, had been fired after the network received a complaint last week of sexual harassment from years ago.

A 100-mph car chase in California ends with suspect driving over cliff and into the Pacific Ocean

What started out as reports of a man shooting into the air ended with him driving a car off a cliff.

Prague celebrates end of coronavirus lockdown with mass dinner party at 1,600-foot table

(CNN) – People in the Czech capital, Prague, built a 1,600-foot table and held a massive public dinner party on Tuesday, to celebrate the end of the country’s coronavirus lockdown. Residents stretched through the city’s streets and over its famous Charles Bridge after the government lifted restrictions on large gatherings.

Sia, 44, becomes grandmother after teenage son welcomes ‘two babies’

Singer Sia has become a grandmother — just weeks after announcing she had adopted two teenage boys.

US passes HK sanctions as world condemns new law

The US House of Representatives has approved new Hong Kong-related sanctions, after Beijing imposed a security law that was condemned by countries around the world. The measure, which was passed unanimously, penalises banks that do business with Chinese officials. It will have to be approved by the Senate before going to President Trump.

The man who decapitates French colonial statues

Cameroonian activist Andre Blaise Essama has been on a decades-long mission to purge his country of colonial-era symbols, long before the issue came to international prominence in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests. His main target has been French World War Two hero Gen Philippe Leclerc in the country’s biggest city, Douala.

‘I’m all for masks,’ says Trump in change of tone

President Donald Trump, who has often pushed back against mask guidance from health officials, says he would wear one “in a tight situation with people”. Mr Trump – who has avoided appearing in public with a mask – also maintained masks do not need to become mandatory to curb Covid-19’s spread.

Coronavirus updates: US daily virus infections hit new record – BBC News

Sean Coughlan BBC News, education correspondent The full-time return to school in September for all pupils in England will be based on keeping year groups apart in separate “bubbles”. The Department for Education is expected to confirm safety plans later based on reducing contact, rather than social distancing.

Tesla overtakes Toyota as most valuable car maker

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How the Black Death make the rich richer

In June 1348, people in England began reporting mysterious symptoms. They started off as mild and vague: headaches, aches, and nausea. This was followed by painful black lumps, or buboes, growing in the armpits and groin, which gave the disease its name: bubonic plague. The last stage was a high fever, and then death.

The young people fighting the worst smog in Europe

“We always knew there was a problem with pollution because we can see it,” says Kosta Barsov, who lives in Skopje, North Macedonia. “In winter it stinks – if I open my bedroom window while I’m studying it feels like I’m suffocating.

The 13 best viral videos of 2020, so far

Somehow, someway, we are halfway through the year 2020. Do not ask me how that is the case; I do not know. This year, well, this year has been both a blur and an eternity. Anyway, there have also been viral videos.

Facebook admits to improperly giving user data to third-party developers, again

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Facebook gave user data to third-party developers, even after specifically telling users it wouldn’t. In a Wednesday blog post, Facebook announced that (oops!) thousands of developers continued to receive updates to users’ non-public information well past the point when they should have.

America’s dad Tom Hanks is very disappointed in you for not wearing a face mask in public

If you’re thinking of breaking social distancing rules and refusing to wear a face mask in public spaces, know this: Tom Hanks is very disappointed in you. The actor, who was one of the first celebrities to be diagnosed with coronavirus back in March – and who has since fully recovered – made his views clear at a recent press junket, .

Scribd adds hundreds of magazines to its subscription service

Scribd is expanding its magazine offering in a big way. On Tuesday, the company announced that it’s adding hundreds of new magazine titles to its reading subscription service, including Harper’s Magazine, AFAR, OUT, The Knot Weddings Magazine, Food & Travel, and Wine Enthusiast.

The best weird social distancing tech of 2020 (so far)

Humans are social animals, which is why we can use all the non-human help we can get in our attempts to stop the spread of coronavirus by staying six feet away from each other. To meet the current moment, companies and crafty individuals have developed a number of technological innovations to encourage and enforce social distancing.

Why Earth has a stubborn spot that’s cooling

Earth is relentlessly heating. So it’s strange that there’s a persistent “cold blob” in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The cold blob (aka “warming hole”) is like a glaring pimple, easily apparent on recent NASA surface temperature maps.

Netflix’s ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ documentary reboot wants you to crack the case

All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Way back in 1988, NBC began airing Unsolved Mysteries, a weekly TV series that examined the strange events behind cold cases and paranormal activity.

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