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.
Protests continue for a second day in Minneapolis and other U.S. cities after an unarmed man, George Floyd, died while being arrested. Some of them have escalated into riots, including looting and arson.
The United States Justice Department charges 44-year old Elena Khusyaynova of Saint Petersburg with conspiracy to defraud the United States for managing the financing of the social media troll operation that included the Internet Research Agency.
The Putin administration closes the United States consulate in Saint Petersburg and expels 60 U.S. diplomats from Russia as a retaliatory measure to the closing of the Russian consulate in Seattle, Washington.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power says the United States is investigating reports that Iran launched a medium-range ballistic missile in November, and if confirmed, will bring the issue to the U.N. Security Council and seek appropriate action.
Suspected insurgents detonate a motorcycle bomb in Mueang Yala District, southern Thailand, killing one person and wounding 20, one day ahead of the United States President Barack Obama’s visit to the country. [https:--www.washingtonpost.com-world-asia_pacific-motorcycle-bomb-kills-1-wounds-20-in-southern-thailand-ahead-of-obamas-visit-2012-11-16-f9903d6e-306f-11e2-af17-67abba0676e2_story.html (Washington Post)] [http:--www.bangkokpost.com-breakingnews-321727-yala-bomb-attack-kills-one ("Bangkok Post")]date=August 2019