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Russian diplomats leave North Korea by hand-pushed railcar after Covid closes borders

MOSCOW — Eight Russian diplomats and their families became unlikely social media sensations Friday after crossing the border home from North Korea by hand-pushed railcar. With borders closed and travel restricted due to Covid-19, the diplomats were forced to abandon any hopes of red-carpet treatment on their departure from Pyongyang and instead take an elaborate … Read more

Diplomatic row breaks out as Germany closes Czech and Austrian borders over virus mutations

Some 5,000 people were turned away from Tyrol’s border with Germany – Lennart Preiss/Getty Images Europe A diplomatic row has broken out after Germany closed its borders with the Czech Republic and the Austrian region of Tyrol in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus mutations. France warned Germany not to take any similar … Read more