Gatwick Airport Closed After Drones Cross Perimeter, US Budget Deal Advances, Catholic Church Withheld Names of Accused P

Gatwick Airport Closed After Drones Cross Perimeter, U.S. Budget Deal Advances, Catholic Church Withheld Names of Accused Priests, And More
  • ​​The UK’s Gatwick Airport grounded all flights after drones were spotted flying over its perimeter fence on Wednesday night. Local authorities said the incident was not terror-related but was a “deliberate act” of disruption and that the drones appeared to be industrial size, according to the BBC. “The police are looking for the operator and that is the way to disable the drone,” said Gatwick Airport Chief Operating Officer Chris Woodroofe, adding that police did not want to shoot the drones down because of the risk of stray bullets.​

  • The U.S. Senate passed legislation overnight that will keep the federal government open until February, but that does not include funding for U.S. President Donald Trump’s border wall. “While the White House indicated Mr. Trump was open to reviewing whatever Congress could pass, the president did not immediately weigh in on the short-term plan,” CBS News reports. The bill now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives, which must also pass it before it heads to Trump’s desk.

  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the White House issued a report that includes a new program for active shooter situations.​ The program, "Observe/Navigate/Escape," is being offered as an alternative for schools that do not want to teach young kids to fight during an active shooter situation. 

  • Amnesty International issued a warning that government hackers have been targeting secured email services with phishing attacks. The hackers, allegedly from an unnamed nation in the Gulf region, have been targeting Google, Yahoo, Protonmail, and Tutanota email services and have affected human rights defenders and journalists, according to Forbes.

  • The names of at least 500 priests accused of sexually abusing minors were withheld by the Catholic Church in Illinois, according to a preliminary report by State Attorney General Lisa Madigan. “The report said that 690 priests were accused of abuse, and only 185 names were made public by the dioceses as having been found credibly accused of abuse,” The New York Times reports. 

  • China detained a third Canadian this week, saying that a woman is undergoing “administrative punishment” for working illegally in the country. “The detentions of the Canadians followed the December 1 arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.,” according to Reuters. “Meng was arrested at the request of the United States, which is engaged in a trade war with China.”

  • Denmark moved forward with approving funding to send foreign criminals to a small island, despite criticism for the plan. “With Denmark taking an increasingly tough stance on immigration, the government wants to send up to 100 people who have completed jail sentences but cannot be deported because they are at risk of torture or execution in their home countries to the island of Lindholm,” The Guardian reports.

  • In other news, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, U.S. and UK lawmakers call for greater oversight of Facebook, suicide among U.S. veterans is rising but millions in outreach went unspent, and WIRED takes a look at the 21 scandals—so far—that Facebook has endured in 2018.