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Q&A: Mexican spying scandal

Mexico - Since the story first broke that the Mexican government was allegedly spying on -- of all people -- advocates of a soda tax, the list of those targeted with powerful spyware has kept swelling.

US bans Kaspersky software amid concerns over Russia ties

Washington - The US government has moved to block federal agencies from buying software from Russia-based Kaspersky Labs, amid concerns about the company's links to intelligence services in Moscow.

Mexico spying targeted probe of 43 missing students: experts

Mexico - International experts sent to Mexico to investigate the disappearance of 43 students in 2014 were targeted with spyware sold to the government, researchers said Monday.

Lithuania sentences Russian spy to 10 years

Vilnius - A Lithuanian court on Friday sentenced a Russian security official to 10 years in prison for spying after prosecutors accused him of attempting to bug the president's home.

Lithuania sentences Russian spy to 10 years

Vilnius - A Lithuanian court on Friday sentenced a Russian security official to 10 years in prison for spying after prosecutors accused him of attempting to bug the president's home.

Mexico spying also targeted opposition party: report

Mexico - Leaders of one of Mexico's top opposition parties were targeted with spyware sold to the government, researchers said Thursday, adding to a snowballing scandal over spying on journalists, activists and other public figures.

Mexico used 'tools of tyranny' to spy on journalists, says top reporter

Mexico - Forty minutes into an interview, noted Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui picks up her phone and jokingly greets the government agents she alleges have been spying on her."Hello? Interior ministry?... Thanks for listening!

Mexico to ask FBI for help in journalist spying probe

Mexico - The Mexican attorney general's office said it would ask the US Federal Bureau of Investigation for help probing allegations that the government spied on journalists and activists.

Putin praises Russia's 'unique' spy network

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Saturday praised Russia's network of intelligence officers as "unique people" who are devoted to the country.

CIA knew in August that Putin sought to boost Trump: report

Washington - The CIA had top-level intelligence last August that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an operation to help Donald Trump win the US presidential race, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Germany spied on White House: report

Berlin - Germany's foreign intelligence service long spied on numerous official and business targets in the United States, including the White House, Spiegel weekly reported Thursday.

Mexican journalists, activists accuse govt of spying on them

Mexico - A group of prominent journalists and activists in Mexico accused the government Monday of spying on them, saying their phones had been hacked with Israeli spyware sold exclusively to the state.

Trump says no proof on 'collusion' with Russians

Washington - Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday to insist that despite months of investigating, no proof has emerged that he colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor.

Sharp rise in violent Islamist extremists in Sweden: intelligence

Stockholm - The number of violent Islamist extremists in Sweden has soared from 200 in 2010 to "thousands", intelligence agency Sapo said Friday, while noting that only a handful were deemed able to carry out a terror attack.

Top secret leaks plague US spy agencies

Washington - The publication of a top secret National Security Agency report on Russian interference in the US election Monday was just the latest in a string of disruptive leaks.

Kremlin 'resolutely' denies Russia hacked US vote

Moscow - The Kremlin on Tuesday strongly denied a leaked US report that Russian military intelligence hackers tried to infiltrate into US voting systems before last year's presidential election.

Leaked intel report shows Russian hackers probed US voting systems

Washington - A top secret US report showing that hackers from Russian military intelligence tried repeatedly to break into US voting systems before last year's presidential election raised new alarms Monday about the extent of Moscow's meddling.

Russia tried to hack US voting systems for months: report

Washington - A top secret National Security Agency document shows that hackers from Russian military intelligence tried repeatedly to break into US voting systems before last year's presidential election, The Intercept reported Monday.

Russia's disinformation efforts hit 39 countries: researchers

Washington - Russia's campaign of cyberespionage and disinformation has targeted hundreds of individuals and organizations from at least 39 countries along with the United Nations and NATO, researchers said Thursday.

China flexes muscle in spy games against US

Bejing - A cartoon posted in a dusty alleyway in the heart of Beijing warns passersby not to fall prey to the charms of foreign men: they might be spies.

China flexes muscle in spy games against US

Bejing - A cartoon posted in a dusty alleyway in the heart of Beijing warns passersby not to fall prey to the charms of foreign men: they might be spies.

China flexes muscle in spy games against US

Bejing - A cartoon posted in a dusty alleyway in the heart of Beijing warns passersby not to fall prey to the charms of foreign men: they might be spies.

Senior White House aide 'person of interest' in Russia probe: report

Washington - The FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties with Russia has extended to a current senior White House official, the Washington Post reported Friday.

Russia probe's Robert Mueller: a lawman's lawman

Washington - Robert Mueller, named Wednesday to take over the US probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, has a reputation as a tough lawman who once even stood up to a president.

Russia probe's Robert Mueller: a lawman's lawman

Washington - Robert Mueller, named Wednesday to take over the US probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, has a reputation as a tough lawman who once even stood up to a president.

British-Norwegian ex-soldier freed from Congo jail

Oslo - A British-Norwegian dual citizen who was serving a life sentence for murder and espionage in a Congolose prison was released and returned to Norway on Wednesday, authorities said.

Putin 'ready to provide recording' of Lavrov-Trump exchange

Sochi - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow could provide a recording of a controversial exchange between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump that has plunged the White House into turmoil.

Putin 'ready to provide recording' of Lavrov-Trump exchange

Sochi - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow could provide a recording of the exchange between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump, but his aide later suggested he had meant a written transcript.

Putin 'ready to provide recording' of Lavrov-Trump exchange

Sochi - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow could provide a recording of the exchange between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump, but his aide later suggested he had meant a written transcript.

Trump, Netanyahu speak by phone amid intel uproar

Jerusalem - Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have spoken by phone, a spokesman said Wednesday, as controversy brewed over the US president's sharing of intelligence with Russia that came from Israel.
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