US Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has said federal agents “will not retreat” in their efforts to protect government buildings in Portland. “If you are a violent rioter looking to inflict damage to federal property or law enforcement officers, you need to find another line of work,” he said. US President Donald Trump sent federal agents to Portland in Oregon to end weeks of anti-racism protests there.
British lawmakers have reached a damning conclusion about the possibility of Russian electoral interference in the U.K.: The Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee said it can’t determine whether the Kremlin tried to influence the 2016 Brexit referendum, because the British government hasn’t even tried to find out. The committee released that conclusion Tuesday in a long-awaited, oft-delayed and heavily redacted report.
All 13 people taken hostage on a bus in western Ukraine were freed unharmed on Tuesday after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy spoke by phone with the hostage-taker and agreed to his demand to endorse a 2005 animal rights documentary. Police arrested the suspect, whom the state security service (SBU) identified as 44-year-old Maksym Kryvosh, who seized the bus in the city of Lutsk.
In a dramatic escalation of tensions, the State Department has ordered the closure of China’s Houston consulate — a move the Chinese on Wednesday called an “outrageous and unjustified” provocation. On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced an indictment charging two Chinese nationals— both in China — with hacking governments, dissidents, human rights activists and private companies, including those engaged in COVID-19 vaccine research.
The boss of a drugs company that has agreed to deliver up to 100 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine to the UK has told Sky News there is a more than 50% chance of it reaching patients. Thomas Lingelbach, chief executive of France-based Valneva, also told Sky’s Ian King Live that he did not believe the drug would be widely available before the middle of next year.