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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.

Thousands of Clinton emails released, scores retroactively classified

Washington - The US State Department released over 4,000 more of the emails former secretary of state Hillary Clinton kept on a private server and revealed that some 150 others have been retroactively classified.

Obama says sorry to Japan after WikiLeaks claims of US spying

Toukyo - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologised to Tokyo after WikiLeaks claimed Washington had spied on Japanese politicians, a government spokesman said.

UK spooks kept files on Nobel author Lessing: Archives

London - Britain's intelligence services kept tabs on Nobel winning author Doris Lessing during the 1950s, fearing that her communist sympathies had been "fanned almost to the point of fanaticism", according to archived documents released Friday.

Archives reveal UK concern over Spanish Civil War fighters

London - Archived British files on high-profile Britons fighting in the Spanish Civil War, released Friday, reveal that radicals returning from foreign wars have long been a cause for concern for security services.

Germany lays treason charges against 'triple agent'

Berlin - German federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a suspected triple agent with treason and corruption, in a case that emerged during a furore over revelations of widespread US spying.The 32-year-old identified as Markus R.

Pakistan's ex-spymaster Hamid Gul dies aged 79

Islamabad - Pakistan's former spymaster Hamid Gul, who trained Afghan resistance fighters against the Soviets and helped create the Taliban, has died at the age of 79.

No date yet for verdict in U.S. reporter spy trial: Iran

Tehran - The trial in Iran of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian on spying charges has yet to end, Tehran's justice department chief said Sunday, days after the journalist's lawyer said proceedings were over.

Four Frenchmen jailed in Dominican Republic for drug running

Santo Domingo - Four Frenchmen have been sentenced to prison terms of 20 years for drug trafficking in the Dominican Republic, a punishment a French official said Saturday was "very heavy.
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