Britain and the United States on Monday condemned what they said were a litany of malicious cyberattacks orchestrated by Russian military intelligence, including attempts to disrupt next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. British and U.S. officials said the attacks were conducted by Unit 74455 of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, also known as the Main Centre for Special Technologies.
Ireland will return to the highest level of coronavirus restrictions from midnight on Wednesday – with the prime minister suggesting the country will be able to celebrate Christmas “in a meaningful way” if the new lockdown is taken seriously. Micheal Martin warned that the evidence of a potentially grave situation in the weeks ahead is now “too strong” to ignore.
The French government has ordered a mosque to close after it shared videos condemning Samuel Paty, the teacher who was killed on Friday after showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils. The Pantin mosque, just north of Paris, will close for six months on Wednesday. It posted videos on Facebook before Mr Paty was killed that called for action and revealed his school’s address.
Residents in the Canadian town of Asbestos have voted to rename their community to distance it from the once-ubiquitous mineral now recognized as being extremely poisonous and linked to lung and other cancers. The town, formerly home to one of the world’s largest asbestos mines, voted 51.5% in favor of changing its name to Val-des-Sources over five other options.
A Danish man convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine escaped the suburban Copenhagen jail where he is serving a life sentence but was recaptured nearby on Tuesday. In 2018, Madsen was sentenced by the Copenhagen City Court to life in prison for killing Kim Wall, a 30-year-old reporter from Sweden whom he lured to his homemade submarine in 2017 with the promise of an interview.