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Czech government resigns

On Thursday, the government of the Czech Republic resigned following a no-confidence vote in parliament earlier this week. This presents a new twist for Washington's anti-missile defence plans for Eastern Europe.

The Czech Republic is one of the countries that was to host the shield, but now the government – which strongly supported it – has been ousted.

Topolanek's government was strongly criticised for signing the agreement with the U.S. to place radar bases on the country's territory. Recent polls showed two-thirds of the population opposed this decision.

Back in the U.S., officials are putting the Pentagon plans for the anti-missile system under the microscope.