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'About Us, Without Us': The Day The Munich Agreement Was Signed

Eighty years ago -- on September 29-30, 1938 -- the leaders of Germany, Italy, France, and Great Britain signed the Munich Agreement, allowing Nazi Germany to annex part of Czechoslovakia without even inviting Prague to the talks.

High Stakes, Strong Emotions In Macedonia Referendum

Macedonia’s September 30 referendum has failed. The poll over a name-change, which promised to open the path to NATO membership for the Balkan country, provoked passionate protests at home, as well as in neighboring Greece.

Thousands Protest In Kosovo Over Possible Land Swap With Serbia

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the capital of Kosovo on September 29 to protest a possible territory swap with Serbia, holding banners and national Albanian flags and chanting, "No bargaining with national land!"

Turmoil In The Orthodox World: What's Going On?

A Ukrainian Church -- that currently doesn’t even exist -- is about to change the Orthodox world. A higher authority in Constantinople is considering granting it independence. This move is angering the Russian Orthodox Church.


Low Turnout Defeats Macedonian Referendum On Name-Change

A September 30 referendum to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece was defeated after only 36.9 percent of the country’s 1.8 million eligible voters cast ballots, well below the 50 percent needed to validate the nonbinding poll. But among those who did vote, results show 91.5 percent voted yes.

Russia Delivering Advanced Air Defense To Syria, Despite U.S. Objections

Russia has started delivering an S-300 missile defense system to Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, “to ensure 100 percent safety and security of our men," he said.

Russian Investigative Reporter Leaves Country Fearing Prosecution For Work

Russian investigative journalist Sergei Kanev, who took part in a Bellingcat probe into the Skripal poisoning case, says he has left the country fearing possible prosecution for his work.

Yarovaya Regulation On Data Storage Is Enacted

A regulation requiring telecom providers in Russia to store all user data for a period of 30 days, and increase data storage capacity by 15 percent annually over the next five years has come into force. For every 30-day period, operators must store all users’ voice traffic, text messages, images, video and other electronic data and transfer it at the request of intelligence services. The regulation, part of the so-called Yarovaya package, contradicts EU standards on personal data protection. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Ukraine’s Kuchma Resigns From Minsk Contact Group

Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has resigned his position as the country’s representative to the Minsk group charged with settling the conflict in Donbas. Kuchma told reporters on September 28 said he had attended about 100 meetings, and was tired of the pro-forma results. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Former Ukrainian Transport Minister Arrested In Moscow

Russian media are reporting that former Ukrainian transport minister and MP Nikolai Rudkovsky was detained in Moscow on September 28 on allegations that he participated in an attack on the Russian embassy in Kyiv in June 2014. (Russian Service)

Three Boys Reported Killed By Land Mine In Eastern Ukraine

Three boys have been reported killed and another injured by a land mine in a separatist-controlled town in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine Demands Access To Imprisoned Film Director Sentsov

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has demanded access to Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who has been on a hunger strike in a Russian prison for more than four months.

Fourth Suspect Charged In Murder Of Slovak Journalist And Fiancee

Slovakia’s state prosecutor has charged a fourth person in connection with the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kusnirova, a double killing that produced street protests that toppled the government of former Prime Minister Robert Fico in March.

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