Newspaper workers strike
Workers at one of the nation’s main national newspapers have gone on strike to demand better wages and conditions. Strikers on Friday hung a black-and-red flag on the gates of La Jornada in Mexico City. They locked the gates with a chain. One woman shouted: “For all they have done to the workers, strike!” La Jornada’s parent company issued a statement saying the strike had not been approved by 60 percent of its union workers and argued it “should be declared nonexistent.”
Ban Ki-moon to join Elders
Former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is joining The Elders, the group of former world leaders founded by former South African president Nelson Mandela to promote peace, justice and human rights worldwide. Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan is chairman of The Elders. He said on Friday in announcing the appointment that Ban “will bring a unique and valuable perspective based on his record of global leadership and understanding of geopolitics.” Former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, deputy chair of the group, said Ban would take on issues that he championed as secretary-general — climate action, gender equality and action to combat poverty. Ban was secretary-general from 2007 through last year.
Man jailed for hacking CIA
A man has been sentenced to two years in prison in connection with a series of computer hacks that targeted former CIA director John Brennan and other government officials. Andrew Otto Boggs, 23, of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, earlier this year pleaded guilty to unauthorized computer access for his participation in the hacking group “Crackas with Attitude.” In 2015 and last year, the hackers gained access to personal online accounts of senior US government officials. Boggs was known online as “INCURSIO.” The sentence imposed on Friday by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in Alexandria matched that sought by prosecutors.
Bear invades bedroom
A huge crash jolted 11-year-old Zach Landis awake in his Anchorage home, but it soon became clear this was not an ordinary intruder or even his sisters playing a trick on him. A black bear had just broken through the garden-level window of Zach’s tiny bedroom and was whimpering like a scared dog in the room. The boy screamed, and the man-sized animal bolted out the window and disappeared. The boy scrambled over shattered glass and ran upstairs to tell his parents. His father called police after seeing the damage left behind. No one was hurt, just shaken up.
Officer on leave over video
A suburban Chicago police officer captured on video pinning a black teenager to the ground and threatening him for trespassing has been placed on leave. Lansing Mayor Patricia Eidam announced the move on Friday after meeting with the teen’s family. She also said the investigation into the incident, that happened on Saturday last week, would be turned over to an outside governmental agency. A highly viewed Facebook video shows the officer, who was off duty at the time, pinning the 15-year-old to the ground after he and a white minor, who recorded the video, refused his orders to stay off his property.
The onset of summer has sparked a rise in incidents of “mask rage” in South Korea as more hot and bothered commuters either refuse to wear face coverings or leave parts of their faces exposed. In South Korea, Japan and other countries in East Asia, widespread mask wearing has been cited as one possible explanation for the region’s relative success in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. South Korea, one of the first countries outside China to be affected by the virus, flattened the coronavirus curve in April, although it is now struggling with dozens of daily cases, mainly in and around
‘WOULD NOT COMPLY’: The company’s user data are kept in Singapore and it would not turn the data over to Beijing even if asked, TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer said Social media app TikTok has distanced itself from Beijing after India banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, according to a correspondence seen by Reuters. In a letter to the Indian government dated on Sunday last week and seen by Reuters on Friday, TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer said the Chinese government has never requested user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked. TikTok, which is not available in China, is owned by China’s ByteDance, but has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience. Along with 58 other Chinese apps, including Tencent
PLAYING THE VICTIM? A Chinese spokesman sent a statement to Australian media saying that Beijing had ‘irrefutable’ evidence of Canberra’s widescale espionage Australia yesterday unveiled the “largest-ever” boost in cybersecurity spending, days after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke out about a wave of state-sponsored attacks suspected to have been carried out by China. Morrison and government officials said the country would spend an additional A$1.35 billion (US$928 million) on cybersecurity, about a 10 percent hike, taking the budget for the next decade to A$15 billion. The largest chunk of the new money would help create 500 jobs within the Australian Signals Directorate, the government’s communications intelligence agency. Morrison on June 19 said that a “state-based actor” was targeting a host of
The Philippine army chief yesterday expressed outrage over the fatal police shooting of four soldiers, including two officers, and demanded justice, as both sides provided contrasting accounts of the killings. Philippine Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Eduardo Ano, a retired military chief of staff who now oversees the national police, ordered that the police involved in Monday’s violence in Jolo in Sulu Province be disarmed and restricted for investigation. Police said the soldiers were killed in a “misencounter” with a group of police officers. The army said that the two officers and two enlisted men were on a mission against