The US and other Western countries accused Russia of running a global hacking campaign, with Britain calling Russia a ‘pariah state.’ The US Justice Department announced criminal charges against seven Russian intelligence officers in relation to a ‘lengthy and wide-ranging conspiracy’ after Dutch officials said they had disrupted a Russian cyberattack on the global chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday. The charges included cyber-hacking and distracting from Russia’s state-sponsored doping program.
Hundreds of protesters were arrested in Washington D.C. for demonstrating against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as the Senate prepares for Friday’s key confirmation vote. Protesters shared the ‘we believe survivors’ theme following sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. Facebook employees are outraged that Facebook’s Vice President for Global Public Policy Joel Kaplan seemingly supports Kavanaugh.
Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was jailed for 15 years for corruption Friday, October 5, becoming the latest of the country’s ex-leaders to be sent to prison. Lee, in office from 2008 to 2013, is the fourth former South Korean president to be jailed. Lee Myung-bak faced charges of having accepted around US$10 million in illegal funds from institutions like Samsung and his own intelligence service.
ActionAid charity announced on Thursday that Pakistan ordered 18 international aid agencies to suspend operations and leave the country within 60 days. ActionAid’s Pakistan director said no explanation was provided for the decision. ActionAid was informed it could ‘reapply for registration’ in six months. The decision is Islamabad’s latest move targeting foreign-funded groups.
The Trump administration escalated accusations that China tried to interfere in the US political process on Thursday when Vice President Mike Pence claimed ‘China wants a different American president.’ Pence said the US will expose Beijing’s ‘malign influence and interference.’ Pence also called on Google to halt development of a project with China.
NIke announced it is ‘deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations’ against Cristiano Ronaldo despite a statement issued by Juventus defending the soccer player. EA Sports commented they are ‘closely monitoring the situation’ as they expect brand ambassadors to act ‘in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values.’ Ronaldo denies the claims.
The Japanese city of Osaka ended its 60-year ‘sister city’ relationship with San Francisco due to a statue portraying Japan’s wartime use of sex slaves. Osaka’s mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura claims the ‘comfort women’ statue lacks historical evidence. In another historical context, an 8-year old girl discovered a 1500 year old iron age sword in Vidöstern lake in Sweden.