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Japan arrests reported North Korean spy for alleged fraud

Toukyo - Japanese police on Wednesday said its special unit that deals with alleged espionage arrested an ethnic Korean resident on suspicion of fraud -- as local media reported he was acting as a spy for North Korea.

US, UK hacked into Israeli air surveillance: Report

Jerusalem - US and British intelligence agencies for years hacked into Israeli drones carrying out surveillance to prepare for a potential strike on Iran, Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot reported on Friday.

MI5 named Britain's best gay-friendly employer

London - Britain's MI5 spy agency was on Tuesday named the country's best employer for promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender diversity.

Kuwait sentences two to death for 'spying for Iran'

Kuwait City - Kuwait on Tuesday sentenced two defendants to death, including an Iranian being tried in absentia, after they were convicted of "spying for Iran" and plotting attacks in the Gulf country.

German lawmakers irked by NATO plane deployment

Berlin - A NATO force of reconnaissance planes that includes German personnel will be sent to help Turkey police its border, drawing ire from politicians in Germany who said on Sunday they were not consulted.

China arrests third Japanese, detains another for spying: Tokyo

Toukyo - Japan has confirmed Chinese authorities have arrested a third Japanese citizen and detained another on suspicion of spying.The series of arrests and detentions could strain already tense ties between Asia's two largest economies.

New Polish authorities raid NATO spy centre, fire staff

Varsovia - Poland's new conservative government on Friday continued a controversial drive to replace senior officials with its own appointees when it raided a NATO counter-espionage centre in Warsaw and fired its senior staff.

China, Taiwan in first-ever spy swap as ties improve

Taipei - Taiwan said Monday it has for the first time exchanged jailed spies with China, in another sign of closer relations between the two sides which recently held a historic summit.

Furious Venezuela demands U.S. name 'spies'

Caracas - Venezuela on Thursday demanded that Washington identify the agents involved in an alleged case of "outrageous" US spying against the state-run oil giant PDVSA.

CIA chief blasts Snowden in wake of Paris attacks

Washington - CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday blasted former analyst Edward Snowden, saying his intelligence leaks had undermined US security.

German 'triple agent' admits spying for CIA

Munich - A German suspected triple agent charged with treason admitted Monday to spying for the CIA, telling a court he had done so out of dissatisfaction with his secret service job."No one trusted me with anything at the Federal Intelligence Service (BND).

Hollande demands 'all information' on reported German spying

Valletta - French President Francois Hollande called Thursday for Berlin to supply all the information it had after reports Germany's foreign intelligence service spied on Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, saying it was not the kind of behaviour he expected betwee...

German intelligence 'spied' on Fabius, FBI, UN bodies

Berlin - Germany's foreign intelligence service spied on targets including French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, the FBI and the UN children's fund, a media report said Wednesday.

Britain to unveil plan for new digital-intel laws

London - Britain's government published proposals for new Internet spying laws Wednesday to keep pace with the digital age and crack down on terror threats, but critics have branded the package a "snooper's charter".

Germany reins in spy service over NSA report

Berlin - Germany on Friday announced new measures to curb the activities of its foreign intelligence agency after a damning official report revealed improper collusion with the US National Security Agency.

Use snail mail to thwart spies, Assange tells journalists

Brussels - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has urged journalists to use regular postal services to thwart government spying.

WikiLeaks publishes CIA chief's emails

Washington - The CIA accused WikiLeaks of "malicious intent" after the anti-secrecy campaign group published an initial tranche of documents Wednesday it said were from the personal email account of director John Brennan.

Review: ‘Bridge of Spies’ is a stirring but welcome crossing Special

‘Bridge of Spies’ is a dialogue-heavy historical drama from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, which manages to take its characters out of the typically stuffy back rooms and engage audiences for the entire length of its narrative.

Germany's secret services 'spied on France, U.S.'

Berlin - Germany's secret service, already under fire for having allegedly spied for Washington, had also spied for its own account on allies including France, German media claimed Thursday.

Wash Post slams Iran conviction of reporter, says will appeal

Washington - The Washington Post on Monday slammed the conviction of its reporter Jason Rezaian in Iran as an "outrageous injustice" and said it was working with his family and lawyer to prepare a quick appeal.

Iran says verdict issued on Washington Post reporter

Tehran - A verdict has been issued in the trial in Iran of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, the country's judiciary said, without detailing the judgment but hinting at a conviction.

Two more Japanese detained for spying in China: Media

Toukyo - Two more Japanese nationals have been detained in China on suspicion of spying, bringing the number of Japanese held by Chinese authorities for espionage to four, news reports said on Sunday.

UK spies can hack smartphones: Snowden

London - British spies can hack into phones remotely with a simple text message and make audio recordings or take photos without owners knowing, former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said on Monday.

Russia frees Estonian officer in Cold War-style spy swap

Moscow - Russia on Saturday freed an Estonian officer jailed for spying last month, exchanging him for a Russian spy in a Cold War-style bridge swap just days before President Vladimir Putin's visit to the United Nations.

Migrant influx raises far-right threat: Norway intel

Oslo - The biggest risk posed to Norway's national security by the influx of migrants is a possible violent reaction from the far-right, and not the infiltration of Islamists, Norway's intelligence service said Thursday.

Kremlin-backed hackers spying on Europe, Asia, U.S.: Security firm

Helsinki - Russia has been sponsoring systematic cyberespionage in Europe, the US and Asia for seven years, Finnish data security firm F-Secure claimed in a report published on Thursday.

Inside Cold War Oval Office: CIA releases intel briefs

Washington - On October 30, 1962 President John F. Kennedy received a secret CIA briefing on the first results of his diplomatic dance with Nikita Khrushchev to end the Cuban missile crisis.

Apology does not absolve Rainbow Warrior 'murder': captain

Wellington - An apology from a French secret service frogman who helped blow up the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in 1985 does not absolve him and then president Francois Mitterrand of "cold-blooded murder", the ship's captain said Monday.

French agent apologises for 1985 sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

Paris - The French secret service frogman who attached the mines which sank the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand 30 years ago apologised for his actions in an interview Sunday with investigative website Mediapart.

Snowden attacks Russia rights curbs

Oslo - Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on Saturday criticised Russia -- the country that has granted him asylum -- calling its crackdown on human rights and online freedom "fundamentally wrong" and said he would prefer not to live in exile.
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