A Moscow court today sentenced Paul Whelan, a former US Marine, to 16 years in prison on allegations of spying in Russia. The case has since caused tension in as far as Russia and American relations are concerned. Judge Andrei Suvorov, in his ruling, stated that the 50-year-old former military man will serve his sentence in a maximum-security prison.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha made a phone call with her Czech counterpart, Tomas Petricek, and exchanged opinions on the cooperation measures related to the response to the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19). This is also the 30th anniversary of bilateral relations between Seoul and Prague.
Spain implemented national lockdown measures from March 15, and is expected to continue until April 26, but some measures have been lifted recently. An estimated 300,000 non-essential staff members returned to Madrid this week to work. Authorities have allowed some industries, including the construction industry, to resume work.
A man stormed a hospital and opened fire in a hospital in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and killed six people before fleeing and committing suicide on Tuesday. This is the worst attack in the country since 2015, when another gunman shot eight people, and was later killed in a restaurant in the southeastern city of Uhersky Brod. It is not yet known what provoked and angered the man to the extent of carrying out such an inhuman attack.
Monday was another bad day for Chinese tech giant Huawei. The Washington Post dropped a major bombshell on the company regarding alleged (highly-illegal) dealings in North Korea, and Czech Radio added another involving activities in their own country. The news adds fresh and serious doubts about the company’s potential western footprint, and bolster’s Washington’s case that the giant is a threat to American national security and users’ privacy. President Trump met tech CEOs in the White House Monday, partially to discuss what to do about it.