‘Russian bounties led to at least one US death’
Russian bounty offers to Taliban militants are believed to have led to the death of at least one US soldier in Afghanistan, according to American intelligence, two newspapers reported, and Congress yesterday demanded more information about the reports. The Washington Post reported late on Sunday that several American soldiers are believed to have died as a result of the Russian programme, which the Kremlin has denied and which US President Donald Trump has said he was never briefed on. The Post said the intelligence stemmed from US military interrogations of captured militants.
An ex-policeman accused of terrorising California with a string of slayings, rapes and break-ins attributed to a serial predator dubbed the ‘Golden State Killer’ pleaded guilty yesterday to the first of 13 counts of first-degree murder charges against him. Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, entered the plea as part of a broader agreement with prosecutors from 11 California counties to admit to all allegations against him, charged and uncharged, in a crime wave dating back to the mid-1970s, prosecutors said at a hearing. Under the terms of the plea deal, as outlined by prosecutors and a judge at the hearing, DeAngelo will face a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.