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The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday November 30)



Here are the biggest headlines as we end November.

Activists on two continents work to disrupt Saudi Crown Prince’s face-saving tour

Activists on two continents are trying to disrupt Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s first global tour since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate last month.

China to build underwater bullet train route

(CNN) – There’s no slowing China’s high-speed rail ambitions. Beijing has just green lighted a project to build the first underwater bullet train route in China. The line will connect Ningbo, a port city south of Shanghai, to Zhoushan, an archipelago off the east coast.

The UK government says its Brexit deal will hurt the economy

It’s official: The British government’s plan for leaving the European Union will be bad for the economy.

US life expectancy drops in 2017 due to drug overdoses, suicides

Life expectancy in the United States declined from 2016 to 2017, yet the 10 leading causes of death remained the same, government researchers say. Increasing drug overdose deaths and suicides may explain this slight downtick. CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said the trend is “sobering.”

A convicted murderer says he killed 90 people and got away with it. The FBI believes him.

The confessed killings occurred across the country, from Los Angeles to Miami, Houston to Cleveland, all between 1970 and 2005.

What it would cost to make iPhones in the US

President Donald Trump is considering new tariffs on China that could make iPhones way more expensive for Americans.

US defends backing for Saudi-led Yemen war

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has defended the administration’s backing of Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen, saying withdrawing support would undermine efforts to reach a ceasefire. He told US Senate members that their planned vote on such a move was “poorly timed” and would help Yemeni rebels.

Twilight of the Taj

The Taj Mahal is India’s most famous building, attracting millions of tourists. But a combination of neglect and pollution is threatening its existence. Rabindranath Tagore, one of India’s most celebrated poets, described the Taj Mahal as “a tear of marble… on the cheek of time”.

Woman ‘to win Georgia presidential vote’

Exit polls in Georgia suggest that Salome Zurabichvili, backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, has beaten a united opposition candidate in a presidential run-off. Ms Zurabichvili, a former French diplomat, won at least 55% of the vote, Edison Research and Gallup polls say. She leads Grigol Vashadze, an ally of ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Japan firm to pay out over wartime labour

South Korea’s top court has ordered a Japanese firm to compensate Koreans it used as forced labour in World War Two. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited has been ordered to pay up to 150m won ($133,000; £104,000) to 28 South Korean victims or their families. The court’s ruling upholds two separate damages suits against the firm.

Letting agency ‘asks for £300 to view homes’

A letting agency has been demanding hundreds of pounds in payment before prospective tenants are allowed to view properties for rent, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has found. The practice, by Flintons, breaches guidelines and could be unlawful. Shadow housing minister Melanie Onn said renters needed more rights and the case was the “tip of the iceberg”.

Trump Floats Potential Pardon For Paul Manafort In Mueller Probe

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump publicly floated the possibility that he’d pardon former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in connection with the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller. Trump, in an interview with the New York Post, made the dubious claim that he’d never discussed pardoning Manafort, but said he wouldn’t “take it off the table.”

Scientists Respond To Trump’s Latest Unhinged Climate Remarks: ‘It’s Almost Satire’

Nearly two weeks ago, President Donald Trump said ” raking and cleaning and doing things ” would have prevented the deadliest wildfire in California history, and bizarrely credited Finland with the idea ― something the Nordic country denied. Last Wednesday, he about how temporarily cold weather in one place disproves long-term global temperature trends.

What Happened When My 12-Year-Old Black Son Sat Next To A Trump Supporter On A Plane

The days on either end of Thanksgiving are the nation’s busiest when it comes to travel. When my husband and I decided to spend the holiday with my family in Kansas, we knew that the flights from New York would be packed, that the airport security lines would be long, that everything would be slower and more frustrating because of the volume of fellow travelers.

Twitter Users Hurl The Holly After Trump Is Hailed For Bringing ‘Christmas Back’

That had Twitter users wondering: Just where did Christmas go? Zinke’s introduction was actually recycled; he made a remarkably similar comment at last year’s tree-lighting ceremony, calling Trump ” the man who brought ‘Merry Christmas!’ back to our nation’s capital.” Neither Christmas nor “Merry Christmas” have ever left.

He May Be One Of The Most Prolific Serial Killers. You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Him.

Samuel Little may not be a household name yet, but the FBI believes he could be one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history. Little, 78, has reportedly confessed to at least 90 murders in 37 different cities dating back to about 1970.

Starbucks says it’s going to block porn on its public WiFi

If you’ve been pairing your peppermint mocha at Starbucks with a little porn, your time is up. As of 2019, folks won’t be able to use the coffee chain’s public WiFI to watch porn, as first reported by Business Insider .

Former Facebook employee releases internal memo accusing the company of failing its black users and employees

A former Facebook employee is going public with his claims that the company is failing its black employees as well as its black users. “Facebook has a black people problem,” begins Mark S. Luckie’s internal memo shared publicly for the first time on Tuesday.

Google got rid of ‘Smart Compose’ pronouns because humans are sexist

Unlike a lot of email signatures these days, Gmail doesn’t specify its preferred pronoun. To avoid perpetuating gender bias, Gmail stopped its ” Smart Compose” text prediction feature – which provides likely ends of sentences and other phrases for Gmail users while composing emails – from suggesting pronouns, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Apple chimes in on iPhone XR sales but offers no specifics

Apple mixed things up with now fewer than three new iPhones this year – all of them incorporating Face ID and the iPhone X design language. Amid several reports of Apple lowering orders for iPhones components, the tech giant is finally chiming in.

Ⓒ 2014 Nairobi Wire

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