WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump's re-election coffers shrank in September as he fell behind Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the campaign's money race, putting him at a disadvantage in the final weeks before the Nov 3 election. In a financial disclosure filed on Tuesday night (Oct 20) with the Federal Election Commission, the Trump campaign said it had about US$63 million (S$85.5 million) in the bank at the end of September after spending about US$139 million that month. A month earlier, the Trump campaign reported having US$121 million in cash. Biden's campaign has yet to report its cash holdings at the close of September. But the former vice president's campaign said this month that together with the Democratic Party, it had US$432 million in the bank. Trump and his Republican Party had just US$251 million in the bank, his campaign manager said this month. Biden has held a significant lead over Trump in national polls for months, although Reuters/Ipsos polling shows a somewhat closer race in the battleground states likely to decide the winner. Trump has fallen far behind the Democrat in recent months at fundraising and spending.
LONDON/WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Britain and the United States on Monday (Oct 19) condemned what they said were a litany of malicious cyberattacks orchestrated by Russian military intelligence, including attempts to disrupt next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. British and US officials said the attacks were conducted by Unit 74455 of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, also known as the Main Centre for Special Technologies. In an indictment unsealed on Monday, the US Justice Department said six members of the unit had played key roles in attacks on targets ranging from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea to the 2017 French elections. British officials said the GRU hackers had also conducted"cyber reconnaissance" operations against organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Games, which were originally scheduled to be held this year but postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The officials declined to give specific details about the attacks or whether they were successful, but said they had targeted Games organisers, logistics suppliers and sponsors. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: "The GRU's actions against the Olympic and Paralympic Games are cynical and reckless. We condemn them in the strongest possible terms."
The incident came amid a series of Islamist extremist attacks in 2015-2016 that rocked France. Another Paris court is currently holding a two-month trial into January 2015 attacks that killed 17 people at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket.