TOP CLICKS: The week that was in viral stories

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Whether it’s local news, provincial and national politics, or the worlds of celebrity and sports, we have you covered.

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Some stories set the world on fire. And these ones are the most popular online stories from the past seven days, clicked on by Sun readers like you.

Here are our top stories:

Prince Harry’s rep denies he has luxury hotel room to stay on his own near home

Some people would give anything for there to be trouble in paradise for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

So when a story about the royal keeping a luxury hotel room to use when he needs a break from his wife and two children, the haters pounced.

That said, the couple’s busy rep denied such a room exists, claiming rumours of a spot at a private members club in Los Angeles are simply “not true.”

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Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take part in a working lunch session at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, on Friday, May 19, 2023. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via Getty Images) Photo by Ludovic Marin /Pool via Getty Images

Newspaper calls Trudeau a ‘buffoon’ after lecturing Italian PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was slammed for his “repugnant” behaviour after trying to “mansplain” democracy to Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni.

Prior to the private, bilateral talks at last week’s G7 summit in Japan, the self-described feminist told the Italian PM that “Canada is concerned about some of the positions Italy is taking in terms of LGBT rights,” adding that he was looking forward to speaking to her more about the issue and “other democratic principles that the world needs.”

Meloni shot down Trudeau’s criticism and told the Liberal leader he had fallen “victim” to “fake news.”

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Italian media quickly got wind of Trudeau’s latest misstep with the Milan-based Libero newspaper putting the PM’s infamous blackface pic on its front page with a headline, translated from Italian, that read, “This buffoon wants to teach us lessons.”

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Sono morto.

Takeout container filled with falafel, pita, eggs and chicken.
Takeout container filled with falafel, pita, eggs and chicken from Chamsine Restaurant. Photo by Chamsine /Instagram

Toronto health inspectors shut down Middle Eastern restaurant for nine infractions

Lots of restaurants in Toronto get written up for violations but manage to stay open while they fix the problems.

However, Chamsine, a Middle Eastern restaurant in the city, had to be closed until further notice because health inspectors found crucial infractions that presented “an immediate health hazard that cannot be corrected during an inspection,” Denette Wilford reported.

It should be noted that Chamsine passed all of its previous inspections. Hopefully this is just a blip and won’t happen again.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jokes with Speaker of the South Korean National Assembly Kim Jin-pyo as they pose for a photo before a bilateral meeting, Wednesday, May 17, 2023 in Seoul.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jokes with Speaker of the South Korean National Assembly Kim Jin-pyo as they pose for a photo before a bilateral meeting, Wednesday, May 17, 2023 in Seoul. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press) Photo by Adrian Wyld /THE CANADIAN PRESS

GUNTER: Trudeau continues to embarrass Canada on world stage

Trudeau not only embarrassed himself so badly that the Italian media weighed in with a blackface cover photo (see above), but he was also chastised for his weird wide-leg stance during a photo op with Kim Jin-pyo, speaker of the Korean National Assembly, a pose that we haven’t seen since Angelina Jolie’s appearance at the 2012 Oscars.

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Is the man really that clueless for thinking his attempt at hiding his height wouldn’t be captured by photographers? Or was he doing the nice, Canadian thing to do? The former, Lorne Gunter reported, because, if anything, he only made the difference in height between the men more obvious. And awkward.

Tina Turner is seen in 2000
Tina Turner is seen in 2000. (Avalon/Bang Showbiz) Photo by Avalon /Bang Showbiz

Tina Turner’s cause of death revealed day after she passed away

A day after Tina Turner passed away, her cause of death was revealed. According to her rep, the singer died from “natural causes” at her Switzerland mansion after a long illness.

Turner admitted two months before her death that she was in “great danger” due to her battle with kidney disease.

And a decade before her death the singer suffered a stroke, three months after her second marriage to Erwin Bach. Intestinal cancer and kidney failure came next, in 2017, but Bach donated a kidney, which saved her.

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