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China 'severely concerned' over U.S. spying accusations

Bejing - China said Wednesday it was "severely concerned" over the arrest of one of its citizens in the U.S., one of six Chinese nationals charged with economic espionage.

US charges China academics in trade theft scheme

Washington - US prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three university professors, with a years-long scheme to steal mobile phone technology trade secrets for Beijing's benefit.

German spy agency 'helped US find bin Laden': Report

Berlin - Germany's foreign intelligence agency helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan where US special forces killed the al-Qaeda leader, according to a German news report published Sunday.

German spying scandal shows scale of problem: Snowden

Berlin - The scandal over Germany's alleged joint spying with the US on European officials and companies confirms the "massive" scale of international espionage going on, fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden said in comments published in the German press Fr...

Turkey detains 'Syria arms interception' prosecutors

Ankara - Turkish authorities on Thursday detained four prosecutors and one military officer in a controversial case over the interception last year of trucks that allegedly contained arms bound for neighbouring Syria.

Germany 'restricts spy cooperation with NSA'

Berlin - Germany's secret service has severely restricted cooperation with its US partner the NSA in response to a scandal over their alleged joint spying on European officials and companies, media reported Thursday.

German opposition targets Merkel ally in US spy scandal

Berlin - Germany's opposition kept up its attack on Angela Merkel's government Wednesday, charging that it did nothing to stop its foreign intelligence service spy on European politicians and companies for the United States.

France says it 'trusts' Germany to act on spying claims

Paris - France said on Wednesday that it was confident the German government will take the necessary action after claims that its intelligence services spied on top French officials.

Colombian ex-president Uribe defends jailed allies

Estanzuela - Colombian ex-president Alvaro Uribe vehemently defended several key allies Tuesday at the Supreme Court after a series of corruption and spying scandals that have been damaging for his Democratic Center party.

Spy claims expose cracks in Merkel's coalition

Berlin - A widening scandal over claims Germany helped the US spy on European targets triggered tensions in Angela Merkel's coalition Tuesday, which analysts said could potentially prove dangerous for the "untouchable" chancellor.

Austria files complaint after reported German espionage

Vienna - Austria lodged a legal complaint Tuesday following media claims that Germany helped the United States spy on European targets.

French lawmakers approve sweeping new spying powers

Paris - French lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a new law on Tuesday granting the state sweeping powers to spy on its citizens despite criticism from rights groups that the bill is vague and intrusive.

French lawmakers set to OK controversial spy bill

Paris - French lawmakers are set to approve a new law Tuesday granting the state sweeping powers to spy on its citizens despite criticism from rights groups that the bill is vague and intrusive.

Germany's Merkel defends cooperation with U.S. spy agency

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday insisted her country needed to work with American intelligence agencies, in the wake of claims Berlin helped the U.S. spy on EU leaders and companies.

Berlin deleted '12,000 NSA spying requests'

Berlin - The German intelligence service BND, which is accused of helping the United States spy on EU leaders and companies, had actually "deleted 12,000 requests" targeting European officials, according to Saturday's edition of the Der Spiegel weekly.

Colombia's ex-intel chief jailed for domestic spying

Estanzuela - A Colombian former intelligence chief was jailed for 14 years on Thursday for spying on judges, journalists and opposition figures in a high-profile case that stained the legacy of popular ex-president Alvaro Uribe.

Merkel government under pressure over US spy scandal

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel's government faces growing pressure over claims that Germany helped the United States spy on EU leaders and companies, and that a ministry lied about it.

Peru declares Chile spying row over

- Peru said Tuesday it had received a satisfactory explanation from Chile after accusing it of spying and would begin resuming normal relations, sending its ambassador back to Santiago.

Russian hackers read Obama emails: Report

New York - Emails to and from President Barack Obama were read by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House's unclassified computer system, according to The New York Times.

Israel court jails Belgian for spying for Iran

Lod - An Israeli court sentenced an Iranian-born Belgian to seven years in prison Tuesday after convicting him of spying for Tehran posing as a businessman.

Iran poses growing cyber threat to U.S.

Washington - Iran poses a growing threat to America's computer networks and has launched increasingly sophisticated digital attacks and spying on U.S. targets, according to a new report released Thursday.

Russia 'busts satellite spy ring': Space commander

Moscow - Russia has uncovered a group of spy satellites, the head of its space command said in a film broadcast Sunday, which warned of "enemy" satellites that could masquerade as space junk.

Turkey charges two policemen in Erdogan spying case

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Sunday charged two former policemen with illegally eavesdropping on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following their extradition from Romania, state-media said.

CIA elevates hackers to a powerful new role inside the government

On Monday, March 9, 2015, the CIA's hackers have just been moved up to a new position, and one of more power. John Brennan, CIA director, called for a "massive reorganization" of the CIA hierarchy and priorities, focusing on its hackers and hacking.

Turkey spy chief resumes duties after surprise U-turn

Ankara - Turkey's powerful spy chief Hakan Fidan on Tuesday returned to his duties in a surprise U-turn just over a month after sensationally quitting the job in a move that raised the prospect of a split in the Turkish elite.

Turkey's former spy chief quits election, gets job back

Ankara - Turkey's powerful former intelligence chief was on Monday reappointed head of the secret service after dropping a bid to run for parliament in upcoming elections, a government spokesman said.

Fidel Castro meets spies freed by U.S.

Havana - Cuba's Fidel Castro met this weekend with the three intelligence agents freed by the United States as part of last December's historic rapprochement, state media said Monday.

Former Al-Qaeda double agent says Muslims must fight extremism

Paris - A former jihadist who became an Al-Qaeda double agent says Muslims must do more to tackle extremism in their midst and that stopping lone wolf attacks is near-impossible.

'Spy mania' makes comeback in Russia amid Ukraine war

Moscow - What do a nuclear scientist, a young mother of seven, a church employee and a former military factory boss have in common? They've all been charged with high treason, espionage or disclosing state secrets in newly spy-phobic Russia.

Erdogan unhappy with Turkish spy chief's resignation

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he was unhappy with the decision by powerful intelligence chief Hakan Fidan to resign from his post and stand for parliament in June elections.
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