The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday July 2)

July 2, 2020

Here are today’s top stories.

Sweeping national security law imposed as Hong Kong marks handover anniversary

Hong Kong woke up to a new reality on Wednesday, after China’s central government imposed a sweeping national security law late the night before that critics say has stripped the city of its autonomy and precious civil and social freedoms, and cements Beijing’s authoritarian rule over the territory.

Judge temporarily blocks publication of tell-all book by President Trump’s niece

A New York judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the publication of an unflattering tell-all book written by President Trump’s niece that Simon & Schuster is set to publish in July.

He was an athlete in the best shape of his life. Then Covid-19 nearly killed him

It’s been a little over two months since those touch-and-go days and Ahmad Ayyad still recovering. But he has a message — for those who refuse to wear a mask during this pandemic, for those dismissive of public health guidance, for those in the prime of their health and feel invincible against coronavirus.

Trump defends honoring racists in monument debate

As American institutions remove symbols or names tied to racist ideology, they have found a consistent opponent in President Donald Trump.

Wrongly arrested Black man said he knew he was going to be falsely accused as police approached him

As Valdosta police approached Antonio Smith, he was terrified and thought he was going to “get pinned for something I didn’t do,” he told CNN.

Harvey Weinstein victims were awarded $19 million in compensation fund

The New York Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday a nearly $19 million settlement for women who experienced sexual abuse and harassment by imprisoned former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Carl Reiner, longtime comedy legend, dies at 98

Carl Reiner, the writer, actor, director and producer whose many decades’ worth of credits — including “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The 2000 Year Old Man” — showcased a ready wit and a generous spirit, has died.

Francis Bacon painting sells for $84M at first-of-its-kind virtual auction

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN A Francis Bacon triptych sold for over $84 million during a virtual auction at Sotheby’s, on what was an encouraging — and highly unusual — evening for the coronavirus-hit art market.

Tokyo Disney parks reopen after 4-month closure due to coronavirus

(CNN) – All of Disney’s Asia parks have now officially reopened, with Tokyo Disney Resort welcoming visitors to its two theme parks from July 1. Both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea have been closed since late February due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A man graduated with a degree in ninja studies. Yes, it’s legit

A 45-year-old Japanese man has become the world’s first person ever to graduate with a master’s degree in ninja studies.

Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward scores 700th goal in draw with Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi scored the 700th goal of his career with a Panenka penalty in Barcelona’s La Liga draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. The Spanish giants’ all-time top scorer hit the landmark goal for club and country by gently chipping the ball into the net as Jan Oblak dived the wrong way.

Coronavirus updates: US buys up global supply of remdesivir – BBC News

The Australian state of Victoria has recorded another 73 infections as an outbreak grips Melbourne. After two weeks of daily double-digit increases, the state is re-imposing a lockdown in 36 suburbs from midnight tonight (14:00 GMT Wednesday). It will affect about 300,000 residents in the city of five million, and last for four weeks.

How to take afternoon tea like a Brit – BBC Reel

When faced with cake, tea and a fine selection of pastries, it’s the question everyone wants to know – how do I make the ensuing binge look graceful? British etiquette expert William Hanson guides through the dos and don’ts.

Airbus to cut 15,000 jobs amid coronavirus fallout

Aerospace giant Airbus says it plans to cut 15,000 jobs as it deals with the effects of the coronavirus crisis. It will cut 1,700 jobs in the UK, along with thousands more in Germany, Spain and elsewhere. The move is subject to talks with unions which have opposed compulsory redundancies.

This UV-powered smart mask blocks nearly 100% of pathogens, pollutants

Made by Detroit-based Redcliffe Medical, Leaf is a transparent mask with N99+ HEPA-carbon filtration.

Amazon Prime Video launches watch parties with up to 100 participants

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. Amazon Prime Video is upping its game in the socially distanced streaming wars.

Carl Reiner, beloved comedy legend, is dead at 98

The legendary producer, writer, director, and actor Carl Reiner is dead at 98. Reiner died of natural causes on Monday night at his Beverly Hills home, reported. (TMZ first broke the news on Tuesday.) His passing marks the end of a wildly successful career that included timeless collaborations with Mel Brooks and indelible contributions across the board to TV and film.

Twitch (temporarily) bans Donald Trump’s channel

Over the past few days, Twitch has banned Dr. Disrespect and other popular streamers amid a social media campaign that outed users for sexual harassment and abuse. On Monday, Twitch continued its crackdown, banning President Donald Trump from the popular livestreaming platform.

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