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Austria on guard as politician claims Turkish 'assassination plot'

Vienna - While other candidates in Vienna's recent municipal elections were out campaigning, Green politician Berivan Aslan had to stay home due to what she says was an assassination plot with links to the Turkish state.

Australia 'deeply concerned' as writer faces China spying trial

Sydney - Australia on Wednesday expressed deep concern at the prosecution of writer Yang Hengjun after Beijing officials confirmed an espionage case against him would go ahead.

Taiwan rejects China spy claims as 'creating terror'

Taipei - Taipei accused Beijing Tuesday of "creating terror" after state media aired a series of reports on espionage that included alleged confessions of two Taiwanese in Chinese custody.

Spy case of Australian writer reaches China court

Bejing - The espionage case against detained Australian writer Yang Hengjun has reached a Beijing court, China's foreign ministry spokesman said Monday, in a rare update on a man held incommunicado for months since his arrest last year.

Maduro announces arrest of 'American spy' near Venezuelan refineries

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro said Friday that an "American spy" had been arrested near two Venezuelan refineries, after authorities foiled a plot to "cause an explosion" at another oil complex."Yesterday we captured...

France detains senior military officer suspected of spying

Paris - A senior French military officer stationed at a NATO base has been indicted and detained on suspicion of spying for Russia, local media and legal sources said on Sunday.

Sparking fury, White House halts election security briefings to Congress

Washington - The White House has revealed it is to end in-person briefings to congressional intelligence committees about foreign election interference, sparking accusations Saturday that it was covering up Russian help for President Donald Trump's reelection.

Op-Ed: Espionage – The new spy plague in Australia reflects real tension

Sydney - Australia is hardly the world’s idea of a center of espionage, but there’s now a big problem. A host of cyberespionage issues have been officially reported as a serious threat related to Australian defence programs by the Department of Defence.

Iran says it has arrested head of US-based 'terrorist group'

Tehran - Iran said Saturday it has arrested the head of a US-based "terrorist group" accused of being behind a deadly 2008 bombing in the southern city of Shiraz and of other, abortive attacks.

Australia accused of failing scholar jailed in Iran

Sydney - Friends of a British-Australian academic jailed in Iran on spying charges launched a public campaign to win her freedom Thursday, saying that Australia's strategy of quiet diplomacy had failed.

UK-Australian academic moved to harsh Iranian jail

Sydney - A jailed British-Australian academic has been moved to a notorious prison outside Tehran, Australian officials said Tuesday, issuing a blunt warning to Iranian authorities that they are responsible for her safety.

Russia and China out to undermine US election, says Biden

Washington - Russia and China are trying to undermine US democracy in the run-up to November's presidential election, Joe Biden said, citing intelligence briefings he is now receiving."The Russians are still engaged in trying to delegitimize our electoral process.

Austrian politicians trade accusations over Wirecard

Vienna - The dramatic collapse of German payment provider Wirecard fuelled a political row in Austria Monday, with former right-wing coalition partners trading accusations of links to key players in the scandal.

Spying claims are latest twist in Germany's Wirecard thriller

Berlin - The plot thickens in the spectacular collapse of payment provider Wirecard: the Austrian man at large over Germany's worst financial fraud scandal may also have had links to secret services.

Employee of Merkel's press office suspected of spying for Egypt

Berlin - A man who worked in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's press office is suspected of having spied for Egypt, a government report said Thursday.

Russian bounties: Pentagon vows 'action' if intel confirmed

Washington - Top Pentagon officials pledged Thursday to "take action" if the US military could corroborate intelligence suggesting Moscow paid militants linked to the Taliban to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan.

Pompeo insists US firm on Russia but leaves open door to Putin

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration insisted Wednesday it has been firm with Russia over Afghanistan but kept open the door to inviting President Vladimir Putin for a summit.

Pompeo doesn't rule out inviting Putin to expanded G7 summit

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday left the door open to President Vladimir Putin attending a US summit but insisted the administration has been firm over Moscow's activities in Afghanistan.

Trump briefed on Russian bounties in February: report

Washington - Donald Trump received a written briefing about alleged Russian bounties offered to Afghan militants to kill American troops as early as February, The New York Times said Monday in a new report undercutting the US president's assertion that he was not t...

Once again, US-Russia tensions soar despite Trump

Washington - Donald Trump has spent much of the past four years musing about warmer ties with Russia. But explosive new allegations show that relations may only get worse.

White House says no intel consensus on Russia bounties

Washington - President Donald Trump was not briefed on reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militias to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan due to concern over the accuracy of the intelligence, a White House spokeswoman said Monday.

Trump says spies deemed Russia-Taliban intel not 'credible'

Washington - Donald Trump said he was not briefed on US intelligence related to Russian activity in Afghanistan because it was not thought "credible" by the secret services.

US thinks Russia spies aided Taliban attacks: report

Washington - US intelligence has concluded that a Russian unit offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill troops of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, The New York Times reported Friday.

Australian intelligence raids target lawmaker over China links

Sydney - Australian intelligence officers and police raided the home and office of an opposition politician Friday as part of an investigation into alleged Chinese influence operations, officials said.

Pompeo compares ex-security advisor John Bolton to Edward Snowden

Washington - John Bolton's explosive tell-all account of his time as National Security Advisor is comparable to Edward Snowden's disclosure of state-backed mass surveillance of US citizens, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

Trudeau slams 'political' detentions, after China spy charges

Ottawa - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday blasted China's detention of two Canadians for "political ends," following charges against them for spying.

US demands that China free two charged Canadians

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday demanded that China free two Canadians who were charged with spying following a row involving all three nations.

CIA-trained former Cuban spy Antonio Veciana dies in Miami

Miami - Cuban Antonio Veciana, a CIA spy who dedicated his life to trying to kill Fidel Castro and destabilize the island's communist government, has died in Miami at 91, his daughter said Friday.

Trudeau 'disappointed' China has charged two Canadians

Ottawa - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he was "disappointed" that China formally charged two Canadians with spying and renewed calls for their release.

China charges Canadians with spying, Ottawa 'disappointed'

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he is "disappointed" that China has formally charged two Canadians with spying, more than 18 months after their arrest amid a row between Beijing and Ottawa.
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