Russia Seizes Ukrainian Naval Vessels, Wrong Person Killed by Police, U.S. Border Closure at Tijuana, and More

Russia Seizes Ukrainian Naval Vessels, Wrong Person Killed by Police, U.S. Border Closure at Tijuana, and More
  • Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels off the Crimean Peninsula in a major escalation of tensions between the two countries, reports the BBC. Two gunboats and a tug were captured by Russian forces. A number of Ukrainian crew members were injured. Each country blames the other for the incident. The crisis began when Russia accused the Ukrainian ships of illegally entering its waters. The Russians placed a tanker under a bridge in the Kerch Strait, the only access to the Sea of Azov, which is shared between the two countries. Russia has requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says has been called for 11:00 this morning in New York.

  • A young black man was killed by a police officer during a shooting at an Alabama mall on Thursday when he was thought to be the shooter, according to AP. An 18-year-old man and a 12-year-0ld girl were wounded in the shooting. Police initially said they thought Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., who was carrying a handgun, was responsible but later retracted that statement. They later said it was unlikely that Bradford had done the shooting. Investigators now believe that more than two people were involved in the initial fight ahead of the shooting, and that "at least one gunman" is still at large who could be responsible. Police said while Bradford "may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that wounded the 18-year-old victim." About 200 demonstrators marched Saturday evening through the Riverchase Galleria mall in suburban Birmingham and held a moment of silence for Bradford at the spot where he was killed.

  • U.S. authorities closed the country's busiest border crossing and fired tear gas into Mexico on Sunday to repel Central American migrants approaching the border, reports Reuters. Traffic in both directions was suspended for several hours at the San Ysidro port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana. Thousands of Central American migrants who arrived in a caravan camped out in a sports stadium in Tijuana. On Sunday, Mexican police broke up a daily protest, triggering a rush toward the U.S. border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped the migrants with a volley of canisters emitting large clouds of gas. The Mexican government claimed to have retaken control of the border crossing after nearly 500 migrants tried to cross the U.S. border "in a violent manner," and vowed to immediately deport Central Americans who attempt to enter the United States illegally.

  • In other news, Paris police used tear gas and used water cannons Saturday to disperse protestors who demonstrated for a second weekend against rising fuel prices and the government. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck western Iran near its border with Iraq on Sunday night, injuring more than 500 people. The Camp Fire in Northern California is now 100 percent contained; at least 85 people have died and about 249 are still missing. TechRadar offers tips to retailers for mitigating cybersecurity threats on Cyber Monday. In China, a facial recognition camera publicly shamed a famous businesswoman for jaywalking after its systems caught her face crossing an intersection; but the camera had captured a picture of her in an advertisement on the side of a bus.