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Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack

Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack

World
The US Department of Justice has charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 US elections.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the dozen accused used spear phishing emails and malicious software.He said the hackers also stole data on half a million voters from a state election board website.The Kremlin said there was no evidence linking the 12 to military intelligence or hacking.The claims were "an old duck" and a "heap of conspiracy schemes", said Moscow's foreign ministry in a statement.Friday's indictment was the first by US officials to directly charge Russia's government with meddling in the US vote two years ago. Four intriguing lines in Mueller charges Who's who in Russia-Trump drama? What are the a...
Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Technology
Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged Friday in an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media propaganda, aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump and harming the prospects of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most direct allegation to date of illegal Russian meddling during the campaign that sent Trump to the White House. It also marks the first criminal charges against Russians believed to have secretly worked to influence the outcome. Trump claimed vindication, noting in a tweet that Russian interference efforts alleged in the indictment began in 2014 — "long before I announced that I woul
Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThirteen Russians have been charged with interfering in the US 2016 election, in a major development in the FBI investigation.Three of those named have also been accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five have been accused of aggravated identity theft.The announcement was made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling.Three Russian companies are also named in the indictment.The Trump-Russia saga in 200 wordsOne of them is the Internet Research Agency, based in St Petersburg, which the 37-page indictment said "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016 US presidential election".Speaking at a news conference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said there was...
FTSE 100 at lowest level since December 2016

FTSE 100 at lowest level since December 2016

Business
A volatile week for world stock markets has ended with more losses with London's FTSE 100 Index following US and Asian markets lower.The slide of more than one percent for the UK's blue-chip index on Friday comes on top of its 1.5% decline on Thursday, taking it below 7,100 to its lowest level since December 2016.The FTSE saw a drop of nearly 5% over the week.European indexes were also sharply down.The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its second biggest fall in history on Thursday, with the decline of 1,032 points only surpassed by the drop of 1,175 witnessed on Monday.This placed the index into what is known as the correction phase, when there is a drop of more than a tenth.It was another choppy session for the Dow on Friday as it turned 1% higher in early trading before reversing th...
Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Science
Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Last year's increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years. Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years.Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable.This year's greenhouse gas bulletin produced by the WMO, is based on measurements taken in 51 countries. Research stations dotted around the globe measure concentrations of warming gases including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. The figures published by the WMO are what's left in the atmosphere after significant amounts are absorbed by the Earth's "sinks", wh