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Dutch officials showing four suspected Russian GRU officers captured on an airport security camera. Photo: Bart Maat/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands has expelled four Russian military intelligence officers who were attempting to hack the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a global watchdog investigating the Novichok poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England, reports the AP.

The details: Dutch authorities said the Russians were expelled from the country on April 13, the same day they were discovered in a hotel parking lot across the street from OPCW setting up a car full of spy equipment. A receipt shows the four men, who are also suspected of targeted the investigation into the 2014 Malaysian Airlines crash over Ukraine, took a taxi from the headquarters of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, to the Moscow airport.

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.