Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned on Thursday after President Trump’s sudden withdrawal of US troops from Syria. Mattis wrote a resignation letter advising Trump to replace him with someone ‘whose views are better aligned with yours.’ Mattis will close out a 2-year working relationship with Trump remaining in his position until February 28, 2019.
The US Department of Justice charged two Chinese men who are allegedly part of a ‘hacking group’ for breaking into the computer networks of Western government agencies and companies. The group is known as Advanced Persistent Threat 10 and has been accused by both the US and UK of violating a commercial espionage agreement.
The US House of Representatives passed a spending bill including funds for President Trump’s border wall to keep US government agencies running through February. The bill now goes to the Senate ahead of a potential government shutdown on Friday night. The Trump administration is reportedly planning to withdraw some 7,000 troops from Afghanistan within months.
At least eight protesters were killed during conflicts with armed police in northern and eastern Sudan. A state of emergency and overnight curfew were instated following the deaths in eastern Sudan. Protests are taking place against bread and fuel price increases. Demonstrations began on Wednesday and escalated to violence resulting in deaths.
The second largest airport in the UK has been closed after what police called a ‘deliberate act’ using drones. Drones were spotted near the airfield of Gatwick Airport on Wednesday night causing its closure. The police are considering the ‘tactical option’ of shooting down the drone. The Army has been called to assist the police.
Slack users reported closure of their accounts after visits to countries under US sanctions. Slack says the move which affected users traveling to Iran and North Korea was made to comply with US regulations. Apple will be banned from selling some iPhone models in Germany after a second injunction granted to Qualcomm regarding infringement allegations.