The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday September 18)

September 18, 2020

Here are today’s biggest headlines from select sources.

Only the US has more coronavirus cases than India. But unlike Trump, its leader seems immune from criticism

Modi is seen by many as a “national messiah” who is working on a grander agenda to reshape the Indian nation along Hindu lines, and is not accountable for day-to-day government failures, say analysts.

Everything you thought you knew about Vikings may be wrong

In the biggest study of its type, researchers claim they have “debunked” the modern image of Vikings.

Trump disputes CDC head’s vaccine timeline and mask claims

President Donald Trump again contradicted his own health officials’ coronavirus statements — this time on the importance of mask wearing and the timing for a vaccine.

Indonesians caught without a mask forced to dig graves for Covid-19 victims

Villagers who refuse to wear masks are being forced to dig graves for victims of Covid-19 by local authorities in one part of rural Indonesia, in the hopes that a little bit of manual labor and empathy will convince others to do their part to help stop the pandemic.

Singapore says it’ll start paying people to work out with Apple’s smartwatch

Over the past week, the company has made a splash in the city-state by unveiling a shiny new “floating” store and a new partnership with the government aimed at boosting the use of its smartwatch.

Outrage as Nigeria sentences 13-year-old boy to 10 years in prison for blasphemy

Child rights agency UNICEF has condemned the sentencing of a 13-year-old boy to 10 years in prison for blasphemy in northern Nigeria.

A Boston University lecturer was killed in an elevator accident

Carrie O’Connor, a 38-year-old French lecturer died of traumatic asphyxia in an elevator accident in her Boston apartment, police said.

Jim Carrey will play Joe Biden on ‘SNL’

“Saturday Night Live” has found its Joe Biden.

Why passenger jets could soon be flying in formation

(CNN) – Birds are the undisputed masters of aerodynamics. No matter how many supercomputers and wind tunnels scientists throw at solving flight’s thorny calculations, they’ll never match the perfection of airborne avians. A focused peregrine falcon diving on its prey, a pair of feisty hummingbirds in a territorial dogfight, or a huge albatross soaring effortlessly for days over the ocean are the envy of aerodynamicists and pilots.

Uganda jail break: More than 200 prisoners escape Moroto facility

A government disarmament program in the early 2000’s took most of the guns out of the hands of civilians, but sporadic clashes between different communities have continued to happen, our correspondent notes.

New Zealand faces worst recession on record

New Zealand is in its deepest recession in decades, following strict measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic which were widely praised. The country’s GDP shrank by 12.2% between April and June as the lockdown and border closures hit.

Bale on verge of agreeing Spurs deal

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is on the verge of agreeing a deal with Tottenham Hotspur, seven years after leaving the Premier League club. Bale, 31, moved from Spurs to Real for a then-world record £85m in 2013 and has since scored more than 100 goals and won four Champions League titles.

Boeing ‘withheld crucial information’ on 737 Max

Two fatal crashes of Boeing 737 Max aircraft were partly due to the plane-maker’s unwillingness to share technical details, a congressional investigation has found. It blames a “culture of concealment” at Boeing, but says the regulatory system was also “fundamentally flawed”. Boeing said it had “learned many hard lessons” from the accidents.

PlayStation 5 showcase reveals a bunch of exciting new game trailers

Sony hosted a live showcase for the upcoming PlayStation 5 console on Wednesday, giving us a look at a bunch of exhilarating games coming in the next generation along with some new details about the system including its prices and release date in November.

PlayStation 5 preorders are now live at Walmart, Target

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. UPDATE: Sept. 16, 2020, 7:31 p.m. EDT Since publishing this story, the PS5 consoles are already listed as “out of stock” at Walmart.

The long-awaited Harry Potter PS5 game has a trailer and a name: ‘Hogwarts Legacy’

The PS5 showcase finally revealed a title and a name for the long rumored Wizarding World console game: Hogwarts Legacy. The trailer confirms that the game takes place during the late 1800s, over a hundred years before the events of Harry Potter, and follows a Hogwarts student with a mysterious, world-changing power.

PlayStation 5 is out on Nov. 12, for $499

You wanted a price and release date for Sony’s next-generation gaming console? Here it is. The PlayStation 5 will be out on Nov. 12 in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea for $499 (in the U.S. at least), with a wider launch to follow on Nov.

Obama says he has a finsta and now everyone is trying to find it

On the list of celebrity finsta accounts we’d most like to find, President Barack Obama’s name is right up top – just below Beyoncé, but way above Ben Affleck. While it’s unclear if the former president actually has a fake Instagram account, in a recent voter PSA he recorded for ATTN, Obama sent the internet into a frenzy by hinting that he’s the proud owner of a finsta.

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