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Regional News • Europe
The Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian Embassy staff over the 2014 blast
Embassy of Russian Federation in Prague, Czechia
Embassy of Russian Federation in Prague, Czechia Credit: Hynek Moravec (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

The Czech Republic announced Saturday that it was expelling 18 Russian diplomats who it has identified as spies in a case related to a huge ammunition depot explosion in 2014.

"There is a reasonable suspicion that Russian secret agents of the GRU service were involved in the 2014 explosions of an ammunition dump in the Czech village of Vrbětice. The Czech Republic has consequently expelled 18 Russian diplomats.", wrote Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Twitter.

Sports
Lewis Hamilton beats Sergio Perez to take Imola pole
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton Credit: LAT Images for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedez, took pole position ahead of Sergio Perez, Red Bull, in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying session. Hamilton now has 99 pole positions in his career.

Max Verstappen took the third position and Charles Leclerc put the Ferrari fourth.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Democrats to introduce bill to expand Supreme Court to 13 justices
U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C
U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C Credit: Carol M. Highsmith (Public Domain)

Liberal congressional Democrats unveiled a proposal Thursday to expand the number of seats on the Supreme Court from nine to 13 — a move Republicans have blasted as "court-packing" and which has almost no chance of being voted on after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she "has no plans to bring it to the floor."

"We are not packing the Supreme Court, we are unpacking it," Jerrold Nadler said at a news conference in front of the Supreme Court.

Regional News • Europe
Europe surpasses 1 million Covid-19 deaths
Europe surpasses 1 million Covid-19 deaths
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Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 1 million people have died from Covid-19 in Europe, the World Health Organization announced on Thursday.

The WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge warned that the situation remains "serious," with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region.

Regional News • Americas • United States
The US expelled 10 Russian diplomats and issues sanctions over SolarWinds hacking attack

The US has announced sanctions against Russian entities and expelled 10 Russian diplomats in response to a hacking attack and election interference.

President Joe Biden's executive order "sends a signal that the United States will impose costs in a strategic and economically impactful manner on Russia if it continues or escalates its destabilising international action," the White House said.

Regional News • Europe
Denmark stops AstraZeneca vaccine rollout completely
Denmark stops AstraZeneca vaccine rollout completely
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Denmark has removed the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from its vaccination program, saying it is not needed because the country has already reached "such an advanced point" in its vaccine rollout.

The Danish Health Authority said studies had shown a higher than expected frequency of blood clots following doses, affecting about one in 40,000 people.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Biden says US to leave Afghanistan on September 11
Biden says US to leave Afghanistan on September 11
Credit: The U.S. Army, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

President Joe Biden announced Wednesday the withdrawal of all United States troops from Afghanistan by September 11, after two decades of fighting militants. The US would miss a May deadline for a pull-out agreed with the Trump administration's Taliban last year.

"It's time to end this forever war," said Biden.

Regional News • Middle East
Egypt seizes Ever Given ship in Suez Canal, demands $900 million in compensation
Ever Given ship
Ever Given ship Credit: kees torn, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

An Egyptian court ordered the vessel's Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha, to pay $900 million in compensation due to losses inflicted when the Panamanian-flagged Ever Given prevented marine traffic from transiting through the vital global trade waterway.

Shoei Kisen Kaisha said insurance companies and lawyers were working on the compensation claim and refused to comment further.

UK Club, the protection and indemnity insurer for the Ever Given, said Tuesday that they had responded to a claim from the Suez Canal Authority for $916 million and questioned its basis.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Will Smith movie 'Emancipation' abandons Georgia over voting restrictions
Will Smith speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International
Will Smith speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith announced they would move production on their runaway slave thriller "Emancipation" out of Georgia in protest over the state's controversial new voting restrictions. This is the first film to pull its production out of the state because of the legislation.

“At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to achieve true racial justice,” said Smith and Fuqua in a joint statement Monday.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Lucy Liu joins Helen Mirren in the Shazam sequel
Lucy Liu at Elementary panel at 2012 Comic-Con
Lucy Liu at Elementary panel at 2012 Comic-Con

After Dame Helen Mirren's announcement as Hespera, the divine foe that will face down Billy Batson, the Shazam sequel added Lucy Liu to its cast as Kalypso.

The Shazam! sequel stars Zachary Levi as the adult version of teenager Billy Batson (a reprising Asher Angel), who transforms into a superhero. David F. Sandberg is back as director.