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Russia tells 20 Czech diplomats to leave by Monday night in response to Prague’s expulsions

Twenty Czech diplomats have been declared personae non-gratae and must now leave Russia before the end of April 19, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday, a day after Czech officials expelled 18 diplomats to Moscow. … Read More >Russia tells 20 Czech diplomats to leave by Monday night in response to Prague’s expulsions

Czech officials say warehouse explosion blamed on Russians happened by accident – but still believe Moscow’s spooks were involved

Authorities in Prague have said they believe a 2014 blast at an ammunition depot was accidental, but doubled down on previous claims that Russian special services were involved as part of a plot to destroy arms exports to Ukraine. … Read More >Czech officials say warehouse explosion blamed on Russians happened by accident – but still believe Moscow’s spooks were involved

Czech govt bars Russia’s Rosatom from nuclear power plant contract tender amid diplomatic row

Russia’s nuclear energy corporation Rosatom won’t be invited for a security assessment as a bidder vying to renovate the Dukovany nuclear power plant, the Czech industry minister said, amid the diplomatic spat initiated by Prague. … Read More >Czech govt bars Russia’s Rosatom from nuclear power plant contract tender amid diplomatic row

In nod to China, New Zealand’s foreign minister says it is ‘uncomfortable’ with ‘expanding’ role of US-led ‘Five Eyes’ spy network

In a major acknowledgement of China’s concerns, New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said her country is “uncomfortable” with the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance’s efforts to expand its scope into dictating policy. … Read More >In nod to China, New Zealand’s foreign minister says it is ‘uncomfortable’ with ‘expanding’ role of US-led ‘Five Eyes’ spy network

11 police freed after violent anti-blasphemy protests in Pakistan as Muslim hardliners demand official boycott of France

Pakistan’s interior minister has confirmed that 11 police officers who were taken hostage by Islamist radicals during violent anti-France demonstrations last weekend have been released but more talks are needed to resolve issues. … Read More >11 police freed after violent anti-blasphemy protests in Pakistan as Muslim hardliners demand official boycott of France