Amid accusations of crimes against humanity from six nations, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro attended the UN General Assembly on Wednesday to ‘defend his country.’ Maduro previously threatened to skip the assembly over fears for his safety. The US Treasury Department imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela’s First Lady Cecilia Flores a year after freezing Maduro’s assets.
Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen lost his appeal against a life sentence for torturing and murdering Swedish reporter Kim Wall. Madsen apologized to Wall’s family before receiving the ruling. South Africa is outraged after the alleged rape of a 7-year-old girl in a restaurant bathroom. The suspect was charged with rape and possessing drugs.
Uber came to an agreement on Wednesday to pay $148 million to settle cases in 50 states over a 2016 data breach which affected 7 million drivers and 50 million customers globally. Uber’s former CEO, Travis Kalanick, paid hackers to keep the breach under wraps and Uber waited a year before publicly announcing the incident.
President Trump accused China of interfering with US midterm elections, saying ‘They do not want me, or us, to win.’ Trump says China is attempting to ‘meddle’ because he is the ‘first president to ever challenge China on trade.’ A former Google employee warned of China’s ‘disturbing’ plans to monitor and censor its citizens online.
The organization Bellingcat conducted an investigation which revealed that the real name of one of the men suspected in the Salisbury poisonings is Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga. Chepiga is a colonel in the Russian military intelligence service. Meanwhile, a member of protest punk band Pussy Riot said he was ‘convinced’ he was poisoned by Russia’s secret service.
Julie Swetnick stepped forward on Wednesday as the third accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and alleged that Kavanaugh spiked drinks at high school parties to facilitate rapes. Christine Blasey Ford who initially made allegations against Kavanaugh said the assault ‘drastically altered’ her life. Kavanaugh submitted 1982 calendar pages as part of his defense.