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The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday December 20)



Today’s top stories.

Trump signed letter of intent for Trump Tower Moscow project despite Giuliani insisting he didn’t

A newly obtained document shows President Donald Trump signed a letter of intent to move forward with negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Russia, despite his attorney Rudy Giuliani claiming on Sunday the document was never signed.

Michael Flynn sentencing postponed after judge issues blistering rebuke

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn expected to be sentenced Tuesday by a federal judge.

India’s Modi entering election year looking weaker than ever

Ahead of India’s general election next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing an unexpected image problem: he’s starting to look weak.

Softbank’s mobile business plunges after $24 billion IPO

Shares in SoftBank’s mobile telecommunications unit plummeted as much as 10% in Tokyo on Wednesday following Japan’s biggest ever IPO.

Congo Ebola outbreak: Up to 319 people dead

One of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history continues to worsen in the Democratic Republic of Congo with as many as 319 people now dead.

El Chapo trial witness describes meeting the boss, and the naked man chained nearby

Pedro Flores, a key informant in the case against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, testified in federal court on Tuesday, highlighting his meetings with the reputed cartel boss and the bloody drug war that drove him to cooperate with investigators.

Elon Musk’s first tunnel is finished. Here’s what it’s like to ride in it

We took a ride in the Boring Company’s first completed tunnel underneath Los Angeles.

Penny Marshall, co-star of ‘Laverne & Shirley’ and director of ‘Big,’ dead at 75

Actress Penny Marshall, who found fame in TV’s “Laverne & Shirley” before going on to direct such beloved films as “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” has died. She was 75.

Zimbabwe army used ‘unjustifiable’ force

Zimbabwe’s military used “unjustifiable” force against opposition protesters in the wake of this year’s presidential election, an inquiry has found. Six people were killed after troops intervened to curb protests in the capital, Harare, on 1 August. The independent commission said the army had acted disproportionately when it fired on fleeing demonstrators.

Belgian PM moves to resign in migrant row

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has offered his resignation just days after one of his main coalition partners quit in a row over migration. Mr Michel lost the backing of the nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) over his support for a UN migration deal signed in Marrakech last week.

EU communications ‘targeted by hackers’

Hackers successfully targeted the European Union’s diplomatic communications over a period of several years, The New York Times reports. Thousands of messages were intercepted in which diplomats referenced a range of subjects from US President Donald Trump to global trade. The breach was reportedly discovered by the cyber-security company Area 1.

Slums-row Hamilton ‘chose wrong words’

Lewis Hamilton has sought to explain a remark at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (Spoty) awards in which he apparently insulted his hometown. The F1 ace, who hails from Stevenage, said it had been his dream to “get out of the slums”.

Ariana Grande’s Upside-Down Christmas Tree Is The Perfect End To Her Year

If your 2018 has been more tumultuous than Ariana Grande’s, then ― first things first ― our sincerest apologies. But take solace in knowing that 2018 is mercifully drawing to a close. The “thank u, next” singer appears to be taking a tough year in stride, turning a Christmas tree upside-down as a nod to her triumphs and struggles over the last 12 months.

Chrissy Teigen Came Up With Brilliant Ploy To Get Her 2-Year-Old To Eat

It sounds like Chrissy Teigen ‘s 2-year-old daughter, Luna, has eighty-sixed the whole eating thing. So the cookbook author came up with a clever ― and very extra ― way to try to tempt her little one to indulge in the meals she prepares: creating a home restaurant menu.

Elon Musk’s underground tunnel has potential, but leaves a lot to be desired

At first, the alley looked like many others: cinder block walls, neglected asphalt, and chain link fences that back up on beige single family bungalows. There was one big difference, though. At the end of this unnamed alley between 122nd and 120th streets in Hawthorne, California is a subterranean elevator that can transport a small SUV underground.

Yes, there is an ‘Aquaman’ dildo you can buy

While everyone isn’t quite pleased with Aquaman , maybe this clearly unlicensed piece of merchandise will do better. Australian company Geeky Sex Toys have released AquaMoan, a silicone dildo which features a scaly texture and curves reminiscent of the Justice League hero, played by Jason Momoa.

Netflix is testing ‘Instant Replay’ feature that users already hate

Show me that tear-jerking scene again, Netflix! Netflix has confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that it is testing an “Instant Replay” button. The feature delivers a button prompt to viewers to “replay” what they just watched at the end of a scene, without any rewinding or fast forwarding necessary.

‘Fresh Prince’ star Alfonso Ribeiro sues Fortnite over the Carlton dance

Something is brewing!

Uber fired Anthony Levandowski. Now he’s back with a self-driving truck startup.

A name that came up often during the Uber v. Waymo trade secrets trial is back in the headlines: Anthony Levandowski. The former Google-engineer-turned-autonomous-truck-startup-founder-turned-Uber-self-driving-executive announced his latest startup, Pronto. Its “intelligent driving” system for commercial trucks, Copilot, was released Tuesday.

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