NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden apparently remains holed up in a Moscow airport, and Russia is keenly interested in seeing him leave. Venezuela has offered Snowden asylum but he still hasn't budged.
Vienna has demanded an explanation from Berlin over reports that Germany's BND agency spied on nearly 2,000 targets in Austria between 1999 and 2006. Austrian media said embassies were among the targets.
After the recent Singapore summit between North Korea and the US, Russian President Putin has issued an invitation to Kim Jong Un. A senior official met with Putin hours before the World Cup opening ceremony.
Five local lawmakers have been sentenced for election fraud in western Germany. Among them is a vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has drawn criticism for his trips to Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
The Pentagon has indefinitely suspended US-South Korea military exercises to support diplomacy with North Korea. President Trump also called North Korea an "extraordinary threat."
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