Russian President Vladimir Putin called the poisoned ex-Russian spy a ‘traitor’ and a ‘scumbag.’ Putin said the media treated Sergei Skripal like ‘some kind of human rights defender.’ Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury, with UK officials blaming two Russian military intelligence agents. Meanwhile, the British and Dutch intelligence revealed that four operatives from the RUSSIA’S GRU spy unit tried to hack the chemical watchdog looking into the Salisbury poisonings back in April and the operation was busted.
The US has been ordered to ease sanctions reinstated against Iran by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s highest court. The court ruled the US must remove ‘any impediments’ to the import of humanitarian goods and products and services linked to civil aviation safety by Iran. The US claimed the ruling was a ‘defeat’ for Iran since humanitarian-related transactions are allowed. The ICJ cannot enforce the rulings.
Rosmah Mansor the wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged with 17 counts of money laundering on Thursday in an investigation into billions of dollars missing from state coffers. Mansor and Najib are the target of a widespread graft probe launched following the surprise election of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in May.
Three months after his helicopter escape from prison, French ‘jailbreak king’ Redoine Faïd was arrested. Faid was arrested along with three others including his brother in a house raid in the Oise region north of Paris. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe praised the ‘meticulous’ police for completing the operation ‘without any clashes.’
The first nationwide test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System occurred on Wednesday with virtually every American’s cell phone receiving an alert. The system is meant to warn of terrorist attacks and widespread disasters. A Navy veteran was arrested by the FBI this week for sending two envelopes with poison to the Pentagon.
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo denies allegations made by former teacher Kathryn Mayorga that he raped her in 2009. Mayorga was inspired by the #MeToo movement to share her story. Ronaldo said the allegation goes ‘against everything I am,’ asserting ‘I refuse to feed the media spectacle.’ Ronaldo has 20 days to respond to the lawsuit.