Sixty American diplomats have left the US embassy in Moscow after being expelled by the Russian government. It is the latest move in a diplomatic spat over allegations of Russian involvement in the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal.
Accused Russian agent Maria Butina, suspected of trying to influence US policy toward Russia, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and
cooperate with US authorities. She has likely taken a plea deal, reports said.
The US and the UK have accused Moscow and Beijing of trying to stall the OPCW's new ability to attribute blame for chemical attacks. Both sides traded bitter accusations of hypocrisy.
A senior administrator in the French Senate has been detained on suspicion of handing over sensitive information to Pyongyang. The information is "likely to undermine" France, according to judicial sources.
Russia's military spy chief has died just two years after the death of his predecessor. Igor Korobov faced US sanctions over alleged electoral hacking. Britain saw his GRU agency as the instigator of the Skripal affair.
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