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Iran says it has arrested head of US-based 'terrorist group'

Tehran - Iran said Saturday it has arrested the head of a US-based "terrorist group" accused of being behind a deadly 2008 bombing in the southern city of Shiraz and of other, abortive attacks.

Australia accused of failing scholar jailed in Iran

Sydney - Friends of a British-Australian academic jailed in Iran on spying charges launched a public campaign to win her freedom Thursday, saying that Australia's strategy of quiet diplomacy had failed.

UK-Australian academic moved to harsh Iranian jail

Sydney - A jailed British-Australian academic has been moved to a notorious prison outside Tehran, Australian officials said Tuesday, issuing a blunt warning to Iranian authorities that they are responsible for her safety.

Russia and China out to undermine US election, says Biden

Washington - Russia and China are trying to undermine US democracy in the run-up to November's presidential election, Joe Biden said, citing intelligence briefings he is now receiving."The Russians are still engaged in trying to delegitimize our electoral process.

Austrian politicians trade accusations over Wirecard

Vienna - The dramatic collapse of German payment provider Wirecard fuelled a political row in Austria Monday, with former right-wing coalition partners trading accusations of links to key players in the scandal.

Spying claims are latest twist in Germany's Wirecard thriller

Berlin - The plot thickens in the spectacular collapse of payment provider Wirecard: the Austrian man at large over Germany's worst financial fraud scandal may also have had links to secret services.

Employee of Merkel's press office suspected of spying for Egypt

Berlin - A man who worked in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's press office is suspected of having spied for Egypt, a government report said Thursday.

Russian bounties: Pentagon vows 'action' if intel confirmed

Washington - Top Pentagon officials pledged Thursday to "take action" if the US military could corroborate intelligence suggesting Moscow paid militants linked to the Taliban to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan.

Pompeo insists US firm on Russia but leaves open door to Putin

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration insisted Wednesday it has been firm with Russia over Afghanistan but kept open the door to inviting President Vladimir Putin for a summit.

Pompeo doesn't rule out inviting Putin to expanded G7 summit

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday left the door open to President Vladimir Putin attending a US summit but insisted the administration has been firm over Moscow's activities in Afghanistan.

Trump briefed on Russian bounties in February: report

Washington - Donald Trump received a written briefing about alleged Russian bounties offered to Afghan militants to kill American troops as early as February, The New York Times said Monday in a new report undercutting the US president's assertion that he was not t...

Once again, US-Russia tensions soar despite Trump

Washington - Donald Trump has spent much of the past four years musing about warmer ties with Russia. But explosive new allegations show that relations may only get worse.

White House says no intel consensus on Russia bounties

Washington - President Donald Trump was not briefed on reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militias to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan due to concern over the accuracy of the intelligence, a White House spokeswoman said Monday.

Trump says spies deemed Russia-Taliban intel not 'credible'

Washington - Donald Trump said he was not briefed on US intelligence related to Russian activity in Afghanistan because it was not thought "credible" by the secret services.

US thinks Russia spies aided Taliban attacks: report

Washington - US intelligence has concluded that a Russian unit offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill troops of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, The New York Times reported Friday.

Australian intelligence raids target lawmaker over China links

Sydney - Australian intelligence officers and police raided the home and office of an opposition politician Friday as part of an investigation into alleged Chinese influence operations, officials said.

Pompeo compares ex-security advisor John Bolton to Edward Snowden

Washington - John Bolton's explosive tell-all account of his time as National Security Advisor is comparable to Edward Snowden's disclosure of state-backed mass surveillance of US citizens, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

Trudeau slams 'political' detentions, after China spy charges

Ottawa - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday blasted China's detention of two Canadians for "political ends," following charges against them for spying.

US demands that China free two charged Canadians

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday demanded that China free two Canadians who were charged with spying following a row involving all three nations.

CIA-trained former Cuban spy Antonio Veciana dies in Miami

Miami - Cuban Antonio Veciana, a CIA spy who dedicated his life to trying to kill Fidel Castro and destabilize the island's communist government, has died in Miami at 91, his daughter said Friday.

Trudeau 'disappointed' China has charged two Canadians

Ottawa - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he was "disappointed" that China formally charged two Canadians with spying and renewed calls for their release.

China charges Canadians with spying, Ottawa 'disappointed'

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he is "disappointed" that China has formally charged two Canadians with spying, more than 18 months after their arrest amid a row between Beijing and Ottawa.

China charges Canadians with spying, 18 months after arrest

Bejing - China has formally charged two Canadians with spying, officials said Friday, more than 18 months after they were arrested in a spat between Beijing and Ottawa.

Family of American 'spy' imprisoned in Russia expects trade

Washington - The brother of the American sentenced by a Russian court to 16 years in prison for espionage said Tuesday he believes Moscow wants to exchange him for a notorious arms dealer or Russian diplomatic properties shuttered by Washington.

US 'outraged' as Russia convicts American of spying

Washington - The United States expressed outrage Monday over a Russian court's conviction of American Paul Whelan on espionage charges, saying he was deprived of a fair trial.

Russia sentences US ex-marine to 16 years in spy trial

Moscow - A Russian court on Monday sentenced former US marine Paul Whelan to 16 years in a penal colony for espionage in a verdict that has outraged Washington.

Russia to deliver verdict in spy trial of US ex-marine

Moscow - A Russian court on Monday will deliver a verdict in the trial of former US marine Paul Whelan who risks up to 20 years in prison on an espionage charge.The hearing at Moscow City Court is due to start at 0800 GMT.

Iran says will execute spy who helped US target general

Tehran - Tehran said Tuesday it will execute an Iranian for spying for the United States and Israel after his conviction was upheld for helping the US to locate a top Iranian general killed in a drone strike.

Iran to execute spy who helped US target general: judiciary

Tehran - Iran said Tuesday it will execute a man whose conviction for spying for the US and Israel by helping target a top Iranian general has been upheld by the supreme court.

FIN7 hacking group member arrested by the U.S. Special

U.S. officials have arrested an alleged member of the FIN7 hacking group (also known as the Carbanak Group) who have been involved in several high-profile cybersecurity incidences.
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Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
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A scene from 'Spies in Disguise'
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Casino Estoril  in Portugal not far from Lisbon is the place where Ian Fleming encountered Dusko Pop...
Casino Estoril, in Portugal not far from Lisbon is the place where Ian Fleming encountered Dusko Popov and used that chance encounter/impression as the basis for the James Bond character in his novels.
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Dusko Popov the playboy. Born to a wealthy and prominent family, he was accustomed to living well and cultivated an impressive lifestyle that drew people to him, especially the ladies.
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