Intelligence service chief recalled

On Wednesday the government recalled the director of the civil intelligence service, Karel Randak, from his post. The Office for Foreign Relations and Information, which Mr. Randak ran since 2004 works to gather intelligence abroad and falls under the jurisdiction of the interior ministry. Analysts say that Wednesday's decision is likely part of a larger plan to merge the Office for Foreign Relations and Information with the Czech Republic's main intelligence unit, BIS. Government ministers are preparing to propose a plan for the revamped intelligence service by October 31.