Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned it plans to build missiles banned under a Cold War agreement if the US breaks the deal. Putin’s statement came after NATO accused Russia of having already violated the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed in 1987. Putin claims many other countries already developed weapons banned under the pact.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that plan fuel tax rises have been dropped from the coming year’s budget following violent protests by the ‘gilet jaunes’ (yellow jackets) in three major cities with others planned. The announcement came just a day after the government said the taxes would be postponed for 6 months.
Nearly 3,000 mourners gathered on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral to pay their respects to the 41st President of the US George H.W. Bush. Bush was called ‘America’s last great soldier-statesman.’ Former president George W. Bush called his father ‘a great and noble man.’ Wednesday was declared a national day of mourning.
A collection of internal emails released by the UK parliament revealed that Facebook staff considered selling user data to major advertisers. The documents show that Facebook used data for strategic advantage from 2012 to 2015 to favor partners and punish rivals. CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed using data to ‘increase the value’ of the network.
In the wake of the Larry Nassar sex scandal, USA Gymnastics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday in an attempt to reorganize. The organization reports at least 350 to 400 lawsuits by Nassar survivors nationwide which will be paid by insurance companies. USA Gymnastics says the bankruptcy filing does not affect its daily operations.
Five US Marines remain missing after a refueling plane and fighter jet crashed off Japan’s southwestern coast after a midair collision on Thursday. Two Marines have been rescued and at least one is in stable condition. The Marines Corps has described the crash as a ‘mishap.’ The planes were ‘conducting regularly scheduled training.’
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested on December 1st and faces extradition to the US. The daughter of the founder is being investigated in connection with possible violations of sanctions against Iran by Huawei. The Chinese embassy in Canada protested her Wanzhou’s arrest. Huawei said it has little information about the charges.