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Ukrainian intelligence releases names of more than 600 alleged Russian spies

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Ukraine’s defense intelligence ministry released a list of more than 600 alleged Russian spies working in Europe in an apparent attempt to burn them and weaken Russia’s intelligence operations across the continent.The intelligence wing of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine released the “list of employees of the FSB of the Russian Federation registered at the address: Moscow, St. Bolshaya Lubyanka” on Monday. The FSB is the successor agency to the KGB, Russia’s notorious spy arm.RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE: LIVE UPDATESThe list, released in Russian and apparently unavailable on the English version of the ministry’s website, provides names, phone numbers, passport numbers, “registration addresses,” license plate numbers and occasionally financial details for 620 alleged Russian spies. In a few cases, the list includes a home address.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan, Armenia.
(Shutterstock)Fox News has not authenticated the list.One alleged FSB agent has a Skype address including the phrase “jamesbond007,” along with the characters “DB9,” referring to Bond’s Aston Martin. Another agent reportedly has a taste for “premium cars,” while a third is a heavy drinker who “systematically violates traffic regulations.”A former head of the British intelligence agency MI6 warned that only “10 per cent” of Russia’s operations across Europe have been uncovered, The Telegraph reported. 
The Russian Embassy in Berlin, Germany, seen on Nov. 5, 2021. 
(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)”We see the extent of Russian aggressive intelligence activities across Europe,” said Sir John Sawers, who led MI6 from 2009 to 2014. “We probably only know 10 per cent of what they’re doing. There will be a great deal that intelligence services do that we’re simply not aware of.”Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly put two FSB agents who reportedly scouted Ukraine on house arrest after Russia’s Ukraine invasion proved far more difficult than Putin appears to have considered at first.Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., called on the FBI to investigate the Russian Diplomatic Compound, located in New York City, which experts previously told Fox News Digital houses diplomats who are in the U.S. to spy on America. 
A view of the Russian Diplomatic Compound at 355 West 255th Street
(Google Maps)”We have been appalled and alarmed by Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine. We have been appalled by his war crimes against the Ukrainian people, and it is in that context that I have formally requested that the FBI open an investigation into reports of espionage at the Russian diplomatic compound,” Rep. Ritchie Torres told reporters Tuesday about the white high-rise tower located at 355 West 255th Street, in the Bronx borough.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Bronx Democrat called it “both metaphorically and literally a structure of surveillance.”Fox News’ Amy Kellogg and Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.

Volunteer vote-counters push for Hungary election integrity

BUDAPEST, Hungary — A grassroots civic initiative in Hungary, concerned over the integrity of an upcoming general election, has recruited more than 20,000 ballot counters to observe the high-stakes contest in which nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban will seek a fourth consecutive term.The effort to place at least two volunteer ballot counters in each of Hungary’s more than 10,000 polling places came from a belief among many supporters of Hungarian opposition parties that without observers from their side, vote tally irregularities could affect the outcome of the April 3 ballot.“It is not right that in Hungary in a large number of electoral districts … there are no ballot counters representing the opposition,” said Judit Szanto, a volunteer with Szamoljuk Egyutt (Let’s Count Together), one of several civic organizations recruiting and training ballot counters.“This thing was devised to organize people to oversee the cleanliness of the election on the suspicion that if they don’t, there will be fraud,” said Szanto, who provides training for the volunteers.Recent polls show that Orban, whose Fidesz party has held a nearly uninterrupted two-thirds parliamentary majority since 2010, is likely to face his closest election since taking power.United For Hungary, a coalition of six opposition parties spanning the political spectrum from liberal to centrist to right wing, has joined together in an effort to overcome what they see as a political, economic, media and electoral system dominated by the right-wing Fidesz and designed to give it an unfair advantage.Yet while the coalition’s strategy of coordinating its candidates across the country and running a single joint candidate for prime minister is likely to boost its performance on election day, the outcome of the contest in many districts could come down to only a few votes.Such a tight race makes accurate and transparent tallying critical, said Adam Sanyo, a data analyst assisting Let’s Count Together in training the ballot counters.“The counting process is actually quite important because even in those elections where the general public thought that it wasn’t a close election … in some of the constituencies we had very small margins between the candidates,” Sanyo said, adding that several of Hungary’s 106 districts are likely to be decided by fewer than 1,500 votes.On election day, the volunteers, each of which will be officially delegated by one of the six opposition parties, will operate alongside other ballot counters delegated by Fidesz.But in addition to counting ballots once polls are closed, they’ll also monitor the voting process throughout the day in each polling place, and have received training on how to recognize and report irregularities.“It’s not enough just to get people into the polling stations, it’s important that they know what’s going to happen there,” Szanto said. “They must be familiar with the laws and the electoral legislation to do their job properly.”Hungarians with sympathies for the opposition parties aren’t the only ones that will have their eyes on the election.The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has said it will send a full-scale election observation mission to Hungary, including 18 long-term observers and 200 others on election day — only the second time it has done so in a European Union country.In 2014, the OSCE called Hungary’s parliamentary election “free but not fair,” and noted that the 2018 vote was characterized by a “pervasive overlap between state and ruling party resources, undermining contestants’ ability to compete on an equal basis.”Orban’s critics have also pointed to alleged cases of vote buying and clientelism which they say have distorted the outcome of previous elections.A change to electoral law passed by the ruling party last year allows for Hungarians to vote in districts where they have a registered address even if they don’t reside there. This led the opposition and civic organizations to warn of “voter tourism,” where voters may register addresses in particularly competitive districts with the aim of tipping the result.An interim report by the OSCE released last week drew attention to such amendments to electoral law, which it said were adopted by the ruling party “without a genuine consultative process.””Most previous … recommendations remain largely unaddressed, including those related to the misuse of administrative resources and the blurring of state and political party roles, and campaign finance transparency,” the OSCE noted in its report.Hungary’s government has insisted that its elections are free and fair, and rejected concerns that the ruling party was at an advantage.A government spokesperson said in an email that the OSCE observers were “very welcome any time,” and that “the procedural management of elections in Hungary has always been considered as one of the best within the EU, and we hope that it will remain so.”According to Sanyo, the data analyst, the election result is likely to be decided by 10 to 15 districts where the vote is expected to be tight, and that even a few misallocated votes can have an effect on the outcome of the election.“That’s basically the message to (the ballot counters),” he said. “‘Your job is really important because this time, really every vote counts.’”

Brazilian president undergoing tests at military hospital

A key Brazilian official says President Jair Bolsonaro has been taken to a hospital in the capital to undergo tests for a possible intestinal obstructionBy DEBORA ALVARESMarch 29, 2022, 4:48 AM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been taken to a hospital in the capital to undergo tests for a possible intestinal obstruction.The institutional security minister, Gen. Augusto Heleno, confirmed to The Associated Press late Monday that Bolsonaro was at an army hospital in Brasilia.Bolsonaro has been in and out of hospitals since an attacker stabbed him in the abdomen during a campaign event before the 2018 elections. He has undergone seven surgeries since he became president in 2019.Brazilian media said the president had felt discomfort since lunchtime.

Brazil's Bolsonaro in hospital after feeling discomfort

A high Brazilian officials says President Jair Bolsonaro is being examined at an army hospital in the capital due to a possible intestinal obstructionBy DEBORA ALVARESMarch 29, 2022, 3:09 AM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was being examined at an army hospital in the capital due to a possible intestinal obstruction, a key minister said late Monday.The institutional security minister, Gen. Augusto Heleno, confirmed to The Associated Press that Bolsonaro had been taken to the hospital in Brasilia.Brazil’s president has been in and out of hospitals since he was stabbed in his abdomen at a campaign event before the 2018 elections. Bolsonaro has undergone seven surgeries since he became president in 2019.Brazilian media reported that the president had felt discomfort since lunchtime.

3 dead as small plane crashes into Mexican grocery store

A small plane has crashed through a wall of a supermarket just south of Mexico City, killing three people and injuring four, Officials say the three killed Monday were aboard the King Air twin-engine plane, which has a capacity of about nine passengersByThe Associated PressMarch 29, 2022, 12:18 AM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMEXICO CITY — A small plane crashed through a wall of a supermarket just south of Mexico City on Monday, killing three people and injuring four,Officials said the three dead were aboard the King Air twin-engine plane, which has a capacity of about nine passengers. The civil defense office in the state of Morelos did not say whether the inured were passengers or people shopping in the store.Photos distributed by the office showed the airplane’s fuselage lying amid scattered household goods inside the store in the town of Temixco, on the outskirts of the city of Cuernavaca.The craft apparently crashed through a cinderblock wall and hit the cleaning products section. Its tail and wings were nearly shorn off.The FlightAware website said the plane had taken off from the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.

California National Guard's relationship with Ukraine spans decades, now shifting to remote aid

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Sacramento, CA – The California National Guard has worked with the Ukrainian military since 1993. Now, nearly three decades later, a call center has been dedicated inside the California National Guard headquarters in Sacramento, to help streamline aid and relief to the Ukrainian military.  California’s National Guard helped train the Ukrainian military after 2014 and has worked with them on other training efforts since the Soviet Union dissolved. “We focused almost exclusively on helping to reform their military and helping to train their troops for combat,” California National Guard Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin said. The call center, he said, is something the guard has never done before. 
The California National Guard takes calls and communicates with the Ukrainian military and officials, to help streamline aid and resources from the United States Government, on March 16, 2022, in Sacramento, California. (FNC)

Myanmar's Suu Kyi misses court hearings due to quarantine

A legal official says ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has not attended recent court hearings in which she is a defendant because she has been quarantined due to possible exposure to the coronavirusBy GRANT PECK Associated PressMarch 29, 2022, 12:21 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBANGKOK — Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi did not attend recent court hearings in which she is a defendant because she has been quarantined due to possible exposure to the coronavirus, a legal official said Monday.Suu Kyi is being tried in the capital, Naypyitaw, in several cases involving charges of corruption, election fraud and violating a state secrets law.She has been detained since Feb. 1 last year when the army seized power and prevented her and her party from starting a second five-year term in office after a landslide victory in a 2020 general election.The legal official, who is familiar with the cases involving Suu Kyi, said the 76-year-old deposed leader missed a hearing on Monday in a case involving corruption charges because she was quarantined after some of the people helping with her care were found to be infected with the coronavirus.Suu Kyi, who has been vaccinated, has not tested positive, he said.She is being held at an undisclosed location in Naypyitaw where she has stayed following convictions on lesser charges for which she has been sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.The official spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid retaliation from the military government, which seeks to keep the proceedings secret. All of Suu Kyi’s court hearings have been closed to the media, diplomats and other spectators. She has not been seen or allowed to speak in public since she was arrested.She also missed hearings on the secrets charge last Thursday and election fraud trial on Friday, and will be absent from court again on Tuesday, the legal official said.The Health Ministry announced on Sunday 130 new COVID-19 cases and one related death, bringing the country’s total to 6,108,858 confirmed cases and 19,430 deaths.Poor public health services and disruptions caused by the military takeover led to a severe COVID-19 crisis last year with high numbers of deaths.Like other countries in the region, Myanmar is currently restoring activities that had been suspended to combat the spread of the virus.International airlines will be able to resume operations on April 17, and cinemas have been allowed to reopen in some areas after a two-year ban.