The Saudi government hired two Twitter employees to get personal account information about critics of the regime, US prosecutors say. The accounts included a journalist with more than a million followers, as well as other well-known critics, according to the complaint, which was unsealed in the US District Court in San Francisco. The employees were rewarded with a designer watch and tens of thousands of dollars in secret bank accounts, the allegation says.
Turkey has captured a wife of former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday. Erdogan didn’t name the woman, and Baghdadi, who died during a US raid on his compound in northern Syria late last month, was believed to have had several wives. Erdogan’s announcement comes a day after Turkey said it had captured Baghdadi’s sister, Rasmiya Awad.
A former Congolese rebel leader has been sentenced to 30 years for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed “Terminator”, was convicted on 18 counts including murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers. Ntaganda was the first person to be convicted of sexual slavery by the ICC and overall the fourth person the court has convicted since its creation in 2002.
Jacinda Ardern’s landmark climate legislation has passed in New Zealand parliament, with historic cross-party support, committing the nation to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and meet its commitments under the Paris climate accords. She said: “I absolutely believe and continue to stand by the statement that climate change is the biggest challenge of our time.
Two murder suspects who escaped from the Monterey County Jail in California on Sunday were captured. Santos Samuel Fonseca, 21, and Jonathan Salazar, 20, were locked up at the jail, facing murder charges in separate cases. They escaped by creating a hole in the ceiling, going through a maintenance gap and kicking open a hatch blocked by construction.