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Russia demands US release 'spy', calls charges false

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his US counterpart Mike Pompeo on Saturday that the arrest of a Russian gun rights enthusiast on espionage charges in the United States was "unacceptable", his ministry said.

Russian 'agent' held on charges of seeking to infiltrate US govt

Washington - A Russian gun rights enthusiast who built a network of powerful Republican contacts under the direction of a Kremlin power-broker was ordered held without bond Wednesday after FBI counterintelligence agents accused her of conspiring to infiltrate the U...

Russian 'agent' faces charges of seeking to infiltrate US govt

Washington - If Maria Butina was a covert agent sent to Washington by Moscow, she was pretty open about it.

Russian 'agent' arrested in US to undermine Putin-Trump summit: Moscow

Moscow - Moscow on Wednesday slammed the arrest in the United States of a Russian national for conspiring to influence US politics, saying it was intended to undermine the "positive results" of a summit between the US and Russian leaders.

US arrests Russian agent for conspiring to influence US politics

Washington - A 29-year-old Russian woman has been arrested for conspiring to influence US politics by cultivating ties with political groups including the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun rights lobby.

Trump blames bad Russia ties on FBI 'witch hunt'

Apo - US President Donald Trump set the scene for his summit with Vladimir Putin on Monday by blaming the chill in relations with Moscow on the investigation into Russian interference in his election victory.

From Russian spy poisoning to British death: the Novichok affair

London - A British woman has died after being exposed to the same nerve agent that poisoned a Russian ex-spy and his daughter four months ago, a case that caused a major diplomatic fallout between Moscow and the West.

From Russian spy poisoning to diplomatic fallout

Paris - Two people found in a critical condition in southwestern Britain were exposed to the same nerve agent that poisoned an ex-Russian spy and his daughter earlier this year, police have said, although they have not established a link between the two incide...

Not up to US to decide on Assange asylum, Ecuador says

Quito - It's not up to Washington to decide the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Ecuador's top diplomat said Friday, following the visit of US Vice President Mike Pence.

Timor bugging whistleblower faces Australia criminal charges

Sydney - Criminal charges have been filed against a spy-turned-whistleblower who exposed a secret Australian bugging operation in East Timor, parliament heard Thursday, in what one MP called an "insane development".

Ex-CIA officer charged over damaging leak to WikiLeaks

Washington - A former employee in the CIA's cyber-spying operation was indicted Monday on charges of leaking hacking tools to WikiLeaks in one of the most damaging of the agency's breaches in recent years.

Belgium may probe whether Spain spied on Catalan leader

Apo - Belgian authorities faced calls Wednesday to investigate whether the Spanish secret services monitored former Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont in Belgium without telling Brussels.

Russian court gives Ukrainian reporter 12 years for espionage

Moscow - A Russian court on Monday sentenced a Ukrainian journalist to 12 years in a strict regime penal colony after he was found guilty of espionage, in a case Kiev has condemned as politically motivated.

Russian court gives Ukrainian reporter 12 years for espionage

Moscow - A Russian court on Monday sentenced a Ukrainian journalist to 12 years in a strict regime penal colony after he was found guilty of espionage, in a case Kiev has condemned as "politically motivated".

Medical staff who treated Skripals feared pair would not survive

London - Doctors in Britain who treated former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter following their March poisoning in Salisbury have said they initially feared the pair would not recover.

Russia seeks 14 years jail for Ukrainian reporter

Moscow - Russian prosecutors have asked a Moscow court to convict a Ukrainian journalist of espionage and jail him for 14 years, his lawyer said Monday, in a move condemned by Kiev.

France arrests two spies for passing secrets to China

Paris - Two former French spies have been arrested after being accused of passing classified information to China, officials revealed on Friday, highlighting what experts see as Beijing's push to develop its foreign intelligence capabilities.

'Unprecedented' foreign interference in Australia: spy chief

Sydney - Australia's spy chief has issued a new warning that foreign interference and espionage in the country had reached "unprecedented" levels that could cause "catastrophic harm" to Canberra's interests.

Mother of poisoned Russian spy demands access to son: TV

Moscow - Russian television showed an interview on Monday with a woman purporting to be the mother of poisoned Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, demanding British authorities let her to speak to her son."I have not seen my son in 14 years.

Britain turning 'blind eye' to corrupt Russian cash: MPs

London - British MPs urged the government Monday to clamp down on corrupt Russian money flowing through London, warning that turning a "blind eye" risked undermining its tough approach to Moscow.

Putin wishes Skripal 'good health' after discharge from hospital

Sochi - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday wished former spy Sergei Skripal "good health" after he was discharged from a British hospital following his poisoning in March. "God grant him good health...

Putin wishes 'good health' to ex-spy Skripal after hospital discharge

London - Russian President Vladimir Putin wished "good health" to former agent Sergei Skripal as he was released from a British hospital Friday, after recovering from a nerve agent poisoning alleged to have been orchestrated by the Kremlin.

Russian ex-spy Skripal discharged from hospital

London - Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned with a nerve agent in Britain, triggering a diplomatic crisis with Russia, has been discharged from hospital, the facility said Friday.

Ecuador to withdraw 'additional security' at London embassy

Quito - Ecuador announced Thursday it would withdraw additional security measures at its London embassy after an investigation found it plunged $5 million into a spy operation to protect WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Ecuador spied on Assange at London embassy: report

London - Ecuador spied on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its London embassy where he has been living since 2012, initially to support him but things changed after he hacked the mission's computers, the Guardian reported Wednesday.

Dutch govt dropping Kaspersky software over spying fears

Den Haag - The Dutch government is phasing out the use of anti-virus software made by Russian firm Kaspersky Lab amid fears of possible spying, despite vehement denials by the Moscow-based cyber security company.

Kaspersky to transfer infrastructure out of Russia

Moscow - Russian anti-virus software firm Kaspersky Lab, which is suspected by US authorities of helping the Kremlin's espionage efforts, said Tuesday it was moving its core infrastructure and operations to Switzerland.

US charges former CIA agent with spying for China

Washington - The US Justice Department announced Tuesday it had indicted a former CIA operative for spying for China, in a case that could be tied to the dramatic collapse of the CIA's China network eight years ago.

Trump defends CIA nominee Haspel amid questions about torture role

Washington - President Donald Trump on Monday defended his nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, who faces stiff opposition over her past role in the torture of suspected Al-Qaeda detainees.

Czech leader admits Novichok tests

Prague - Pro-Russian Czech President Milos Zeman said the Czech Republic had tested the substance Britain says was used to poison a former Russian spy on its soil.
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