Hello, I'm David Harper with the BBC News. The US Justice Department has indicted six Russian military intelligence officers, accusing them of carrying out devastating cyber attacks around the world. With more details, here's our security correspondent Gordon Correira. The six Russian military intelligence officers, some pictured in uniform in an FBI most wanted poster, were accused of involvement in some of the most damaging cyber attacks of recent years. These include switching off the Ukrainian power system, a 2017 attack on businesses estimated to have cost up to $10 billion globally, the targeting of the French election and the disruption of the opening ceremony of the 2018 winter olympics. The aim of such public accusations is to deter future activity. But Russia has consistently denied any role.
The United States has decided to remove Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism in return for more than $300 million in compensation to American victims of terrorist attacks. The decision was announced by President Trump on Monday. The payment relates to Al-Qaeda's bombing of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in the 1990s, in which the Sudanese government was accused of being involved.
Ireland is to impose its highest level of coronavirus restrictions on what the country's leader described as probably Europe 's strictest regime. Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the level five measures starting on Wednesday would remain in place for six weeks, and include closing all non-essential shops, restricting restaurants and pubs to take-away only and forbidding people from traveling more than 5 kilometers from their homes. Mr. Martin said that evidence of the gravity of the coronavirus crisis was now impossible to ignore. I feel very personally and profoundly the sense of disappointment, the feelings of loneliness, perhaps even the despair that this announcement will bring for many. But I ask you to remember this. Even as the winter comes in, there is hope and there is light. If we pull together over the next six weeks, we would have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in a meaningful way.
New research suggests that bottle-fed babies may be swallowing tiny plastic particles along with their milk, with the highest levels found in the United States Australia and Europe. Catt Weiner has this report. About 80% of standard feeding bottles used worldwide contained plastic called polypropylene. When heated to high temperatures required for sterilization, these shed millions of micro-plastics and trillions of even smaller nano-plastics. The scientists estimated that on average, infants are exposed to more than 1.5 million micro-plastic particles per day during the first 12 months of life when fed using polypropylene bottles. They say not enough is known about the impact on infant health and they've produced sterilization guidelines to reduce micro-plastic exposure. World news from the BBC.