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Germany extradites convicted top ex-spy to Croatia

Zagreb - A former top Yugoslavian spy, sentenced in Germany for the 1983 murder of a dissident, was extradited Thursday to Croatia to serve his 30-year jail term, the interior ministry said.

Probes show Russia staged Skripal attack from London

London - An open-source investigation has found that a top Russian military intelligence officer coordinated last year's Salisbury chemical attack from a London hideout using his phone and a few messaging apps.

Putin, May to meet at G20 after spy scandal: Kremlin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet in Japan this week for the first time since the row over the killing of a former Russian spy, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

US protests to Russia over arrest conditions of alleged spy

Moscow - The United States on Wednesday formally protested over the arrest in Russia of former US marine Paul Whelan, who has been jailed on charges of espionage since December.

Trump's Pentagon nominee quits, Iran targets CIA network

Washington - President Donald Trump lost his nominee for Pentagon chief on Tuesday, adding to the volatility in a tense standoff with Iran, which claimed to have dismantled a CIA network.

China probes FedEx after Huawei parcels misrouted

Bejing - China on Friday launched an investigation into FedEx for "failing to deliver express packages" to the correct addresses in the country, state media said, after the US delivery service misrouted some Huawei parcels.

Assange faces February US extradition hearing

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's full extradition hearing to face espionage charges in the United States will begin in February, an English judge ruled on Friday.

Senators warn Trump to not use Huawei as chip in trade talks

Washington - Two leading US senators warned President Donald Trump's administration Thursday to not use Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei's access to the US market as a negotiating tool in trade talks with Beijing.

Beijing blames Canada for deteriorating ties

Bejing - Canada should take the "entire responsibility" for a spiralling diplomatic row, China said Thursday, after Ottawa said Beijing had spurned a request for dialogue.

China snubbed Trudeau request for talks about detained Canadians

Ottawa - China ignored Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's personal request for dialogue to end a spiralling diplomatic row, his office revealed Wednesday.

North Korean leader's brother was CIA informant, book claims

Washington - Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother was an "informant" for the US Central Intelligence Agency before his assassination in 2017, according to a new biography of the North Korean leader published Tuesday.

North Korean leader's brother was CIA informant: Wall St Journal

Seoul - Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, was a CIA informant, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

China grants 5G licences for commercial use

Shanghai - China on Thursday granted 5G commercial licences to four domestic companies, taking a big step in its bid to be a global leader in next generation wireless networks amid fierce rivalry from the United States.

Huawei asks US court to throw out federal ban

Shenzhen - Chinese telecom giant Huawei stepped up its legal battle on Wednesday to overturn US legislation barring American federal agencies from buying its products amid an escalating high-tech dispute.

Huawei to ask US court to throw out federal ban

Shenzhen - Huawei said Wednesday the tech giant will ask a US court to throw out US legislation that bars federal agencies from buying its products.

'Don't be too optimistic': Huawei employees fret at US ban

Bejing - While Huawei's founder brushes aside a US ban against his company, the telecom giant's employees have been less sanguine, confessing fears for their future in online chat rooms.

China slams US 'lies' about Huawei's government ties

Bejing - China ramped up a war of words with the United States over Huawei on Friday, accusing Washington of spreading "lies" about the telecom giant thrust to the centre of their trade war.

Le Monde director summoned by French intelligence service

Paris - The managing director of the newspaper Le Monde, Louis Dreyfus, said Thursday he has been summoned for questioning by France's domestic intelligence agency, following a similar order against one of the daily's senior reporters.

Russian tabloid publishes 'Skripal audio recording'

Moscow - A Russian tabloid on Thursday published what it said was an audio recording of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned along with his daughter in Britain last year.

Top French journalist summoned by intelligence service

Paris - A senior reporter at France's Le Monde daily who broke the story of an explosive scandal concerning a security aide to President Emmanuel Macron has been summoned for questioning by the domestic intelligence service, the newspaper said Wednesday.

China slams US 'bullying' as firms step away from Huawei

Bejing - China berated the United States for "bullying" Huawei on Thursday as Panasonic joined a parade of foreign companies reviewing their ties with the telecom giant after a US ban linked to security concerns.

'Plan B': Huawei's operating system headache after Android ban

Fpo - Google's decision to partially cut off Huawei devices from its Android operating system has presented the Chinese tech titan with one of its most dramatic challenges yet: how to keep up with the competition if it cannot use the platform that powers nea...

Huawei founder says US underestimates company

Bejing - Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei on Tuesday shrugged off US attempts to block his company's global ambitions, saying the United States underestimates the telecom giant's strength.

Dutch probe China's Huawei for possible spying: report

Den Haag - Dutch intelligence services are investigating Huawei for possibly spying for the Chinese government by leaving a "back door" to data of customers of major telecoms firms, a report said Thursday.

China formally arrests Canadian ex-diplomat, businessman

Bejing - China said Thursday it has formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained for months on national security grounds, in a case that has inflamed tensions between Ottawa and Beijing.Ottawa denounced the move and demanded the pair's prompt release....

China formally arrests Canadian ex-diplomat, businessman: report

Bejing - China has formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained for months on national security grounds, a Canadian newspaper reported on Thursday, in a case that has inflamed tensions between Ottawa and Beijing.

US consular staffer in Turkey remains jailed as spy trial resumes

Istanbul - A US consular staffer was ordered to remain in custody by a Turkish court on Wednesday after the latest hearing in his trial on espionage charges -- part of a growing rift between Washington and Ankara.

Jailed Russian agent slams 'absurd' conviction

Moscow - Maria Butina, the only Russian arrested and convicted in the three-year investigation of Moscow's interference in US politics, on Tuesday called her conviction absurd and a "disgrace" for American justice.

Russian agent Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months in US

Washington - Maria Butina, the only Russian arrested and convicted in the three-year investigation of Moscow's interference in US politics, was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison.

Russian agent Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months

Washington - Maria Butina, the only Russian arrested and convicted in the three-year investigation of Moscow's interference in US politics, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Friday.
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