Robert Bowers the man accused of killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges on Thursday. Bowers’ plea came as the city’s Jewish community continued holding funerals for the victims. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. The shooting has been called the worst anti-Semitic crime in US history.
Google staff around the world held an unprecedented walkout to address the company’s treatment of its female employees. Google employees demanded various changes in company policy including how sexual misconduct allegations are handled. CEO Sundar Pichai told staff he supports their right to action. Employees used the hashtag #googlewalkout to highlight the worldwide protest.
Brazil’s new far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro appointed anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro to the position of justice minister. Moro oversaw ‘Operation Car Wash’ which was accused of unfairly targeting left-wing politicians. US national security adviser John Bolton said on Thursday that Bolsonaro is a ‘like-minded,’ grouping his election with other rightist leaders.
Two former Goldman Sachs bankers and a Malaysian financier were charged by the US Justice Department for laundering billions of dollars embezzled from Malaysia’s state development fund. Former Goldman Sachs Southeast Asia chairman Tim Leissner pleaded guilty to the charges and will forfeit $43.7 million. Malaysian financier Jho Low remains at large.
Fears are rising in India where tensions between the government and the central bank have been revealed to the public. The governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Urjit Patel, could reportedly resign in protest of political interference. The statement followed reports that the government has invoked special powers within the RBI Act that allow it to issue directions to the bank. The government responded to reports by saying it will respect the bank’s autonomy.
Protests continued for a third day in Pakistan on Friday as the ultra-Islamist party blocked roads to demonstrate against the acquittal of a Christian woman on death row for blasphemy allegations. The political party claims talks with the government have been unsuccessful. Thousands of far-right protesters showed up for the demonstration.