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US punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks

US punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks

Technology
The US has imposed sanctions on 19 Russians, accusing them of interference in the 2016 US election and alleged cyber-attacks.They include 13 individuals charged last month by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused the Russians of "destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure". He said the sanctions would target "ongoing nefarious attacks" by Russia.The tactics of a Russian troll farmThe Trump-Russia saga in 200 wordsThe measures are being described in Washington as the strongest action taken by the Trump administration thus far against Moscow.Russia says it has already begun drawing up counter-measures.Who's been targeted?Five entities including the Russian military intelligence agency GRU are targeted in T...
US government shuts down as Congress fails to vote on budget

US government shuts down as Congress fails to vote on budget

World
The US government has officially shut down for the second time this year because Congress failed to meet a deadline to vote on a new budget.Senators struggled with last-minute objections from Republican Rand Paul, but have now passed the bill, which has gone to the House for its vote.Federal funding for government services expired at midnight (05:00 GMT).The 600-page plan proposes an increase in spending, by about $ 300bn (£215bn), on defence and domestic services.If the plan is passed in the House of Representatives and signed by the president in the next few hours, the shutdown could be rescinded before the US working day begins on Friday. But it is not clear how the House will vote, and how public services would be affected on Friday if the shutdown were to continue.What does a shutdown
Premier League considers winter break when new TV deal is agreed – cast your vote

Premier League considers winter break when new TV deal is agreed – cast your vote

Sports
The Premier League is considering introducing a winter break when the next television rights deal is agreed.The top leagues in Germany, France, Italy and Spain all take time out in mid-season.The Football Association has previously said a winter break is not feasible until the end of the current television deal in 2019.Talks have been ongoing for several months, and are understood to have been constructive.A January break has been under discussion which, if agreed, would not impact on the traditional festive football schedule.If you are viewing this page on the BBC News app please click here to vote.VoteAn announcement on the next Premier League TV rights is expected next week. The league is seeking an increase on the current £5.14bn deal which includes 168 live matches a season, with Sky
Twitter dispels Russian links to Brexit vote

Twitter dispels Russian links to Brexit vote

Technology
Twitter has told a parliamentary inquiry that it has found little evidence of Russian involvement in the 2016 EU referendum campaign.Writing to Damian Collins MP, who is leading the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee's inquiry into fake news and misinformation, the social media platform said it had examined accounts identified by City University as potentially being Russian state-sponsored.But it said: "We do not have sufficiently strong evidence to enable us to conclusively link them with Russia or indeed the Internet Research Agency."The Internet Research Agency is a Russian online influence agency.Video:Did Russia interfere in the EU referendum?Twitter also said: "If Twitter identifies further relevant information relating to the 2016 EU Referendum we will write to you a...
Pound at highest level since Brexit vote

Pound at highest level since Brexit vote

Business
The pound has climbed to its highest level against the US dollar since the Brexit vote.Sterling was up by more than a cent to reach nearly $ 1.37 in Friday trading. It was little changed against the euro, hovering below €1.13.It has not been as high versus the dollar since the result of the EU referendum in June 2016 sent the pound plunging from $ 1.50.That result saw sterling sliding to less than $ 1.20 in ensuing months before steadily gaining back ground over 2017.The latest rise on Friday was partly attributed to a report that Spain and the Netherlands were open to a softer Brexit deal for Britain.Bloomberg reported that the two countries' foreign ministers had agreed to work together for a divorce deal that would maintain close ties between the EU and Britain.That did little to help t