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.
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.
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!"
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.
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 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 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.
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)
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)
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 have been reported killed and another injured by a land mine in a separatist-controlled town in eastern Ukraine.
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.
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.