A United States fighter jet shot down an unidentified high altitude object overflying the state of Alaska, the second time in a week that such an operation takes place, it was announced on Friday by the White House .
The United States Air Force Saturday shot down a spying balloon belonging to China while it was flying over territorial waters in the Atlantic Ocean, Washington confirmed. At the time it was shot down, it was reported to be about 18 km above sea level and 11 km off the coast.
US authorities said they detected a Chinese spy balloon flying over Latin America in addition to the one already spotted over US airspace which has triggered further diplomatic discrepancies between Washington and Beijing.
A Chinese researcher who took refuge from US authorities at China's consulate in San Francisco is now in American custody and is expected to appear in court on Monday, US Justice Department officials said.
Julian Assange used the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a “centre for spying”, the country's leader has said. Lenin Moreno also said no other nation had influenced the decision to revoke the WikiLeaks founder's asylum, which he said followed violations by Assange.
Germany is considering ways to block Huawei from its next-generation mobile phone network, according to reports. Berlin is exploring stricter security requirements which may prevent Huawei products being used in its 5G network.