News in Brief

Koreans Expelled as Spies



Four South Korean diplomats who had been in Moscow gathering information on North Korea have been expelled from Russia, the South Korean daily Chosun Ilbo reported.

The diplomats were expelled over disagreements with Russian officials on information sharing, Chosun Ilbo cited South Korean officials as saying.

South Korea has not reciprocated by expelling any Russian diplomats, the report said Sunday. (MT)




Nazarbayev Vows Reform



ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has promised the West that his country would pursue democratic change before its chairmanship of Europe's main human rights watchdog in 2010.

Kazakhstan won approval last year to take over the rotating annual chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Addressing the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the Caspian state's capital, Astana, on Sunday, Nazarbayev reassured the West that he was fully committed to democratic change. (Reuters)