News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 09, 2018, 08:55 AM(IST)

File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photograph:( Reuters )

Ahead of US midterm polls, senator says Russia has hacked Florida election systems

Russian operatives have penetrated some of Florida's election systems and could delete registered voters ahead of the November elections if the systems are not adequately protected, Florida US Senator Bill Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.

"They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about," Nelson told the newspaper, which posted an audio recording of the interview on its website.

US says it will impose sanctions on Russia for nerve agent attack in UK

Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.

A senior State Department official said it had notified the Kremlin of the sanctions earlier in the day.

Maratha groups demanding reservations call for Maharashtra bandh, police deployed across state

Security has been beefed up in Maharashtra as the Sakal Maratha Samaj, an umbrella body of Maratha groups, has called for a statewide bandh today.

The agitation has been called over the reservation issue.

A huge police contingent has been deployed in the state to keep a check on the situation. 

In face of US sanctions, Iran Supreme Leader says nothing to be concerned about

Iran's utmost authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Islamic Republic had nothing to be concerned about, a report on his official website said on Wednesday, as the country's clerical leadership faces biting US sanctions.

The sanctions imposed on Tehran this week have already led banks and many companies around the world to scale back dealings with Iran. Companies doing business with Iran will be barred from the United States, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday.

Lie, says Brad Pitt after Angelina Jolie accuses him of not paying child support

Brad Pitt on Wednesday rebutted claims that he had failed to support his children and accused his estranged wife Angelina Jolie of trying to manipulate the media in their long drawn-out divorce.

In the latest round of bitter accusations between the Hollywood power couple once known as Brangelina, Pitt's attorneys said the actor had paid over $1.3 million in bills for Jolie and their six children since their 2016 separation.

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