Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig on Tuesday asked Congress for new authority and resources in order to regulate cryptocurrencies for better tax collection and to avoid frauds and scams.
A report on the origins of Covid-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis claiming the virus leaked from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is plausible and deserves further investigation, according to people familiar with the classified document.
As part of its COVID-19 vaccine drive, Washington state announced Monday that licensed marijuana stores in Washington state can offer a free joint to anyone over 21 who gets a COVID-19 shot at an on-site vaccine clinic by July 12, the Associated Press reports. Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board has called its drive the “Joints for Jabs” program.
Global law enforcement agencies have busted an international crime network by monitoring encrypted phones used by criminals, officials announced Tuesday. The operation led to hundreds of arrests and drug and weapon seizures across 16 nations.
An encrypted communications platform developed by the FBI facilitated a global sting operation that targeted criminality in 16 countries and resulted in over 800 arrests, the Washington Times reports. Led by the FBI, Operation Trojan involved the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the European Union police agency Europol and law enforcement agencies in delivering what police officials described as “an unprecedented blow” to criminal organizations.
Multiple websites ranging from government to news sites went offline briefly across the globe, underscoring broader concerns about vulnerabilities in online communications.
Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic, who became known as the ‘Butcher of Bosnia,’ has lost his appeal against a 2017 conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity.
A pastor in Oran Province, Algeria has been sentenced to one year in prison for “shaking the faith” of Muslims with Christian literature at the bookshop he managed, Morning Star News reports. Pastor Rachid Seighir was given the prison term just a few days after another judge ordered his Oratoire Church building in the city of Oran to be shut down.
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi announced Monday that the Iranian government has failed to answer questions about the discovery of uranium particles at three sites that may have been connected to Iran’s nuclear program, the Times of Israel reports. Grossi called on Iran to provide the required information without further delay.
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously against an illegal, but temporarily protected, immigrant seeking permanent residency in the country.