Following a tip-off from the United States, Russia arrests two men planning a New Year's Eve attack in the city of Saint Petersburg.
Sources: Sky News
Sources: Sky News
Facebook says it has discovered a Russian influence campaign based in Saint Petersburg called Peace Data on the site which targeted left-wing voters in the United States and United Kingdom, by recruiting freelance journalists to write English-language articles concerning domestic politics, racial and political tensions, and criticism of President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden. Twitter says it has suspended five accounts related to the Russian campaign.
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