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U.S. spy agency targeted top Brazilian officials: WikiLeaks

Bras - Aside from listening in on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's phone calls, US spies also targeted top political and financial officials, according to new information released by WikiLeaks on Saturday.

Germany's Spiegel weekly says it was spied on by U.S. intelligence

Berlin - German news weekly Der Spiegel charged Friday that it was spied on by US secret services and said it had filed a criminal complaint with the country's chief prosecutor.

US envoy called to Merkel office over fresh spying reports

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office asked the US ambassador to come in Thursday over new allegations of NSA spying, which threaten to drive a new wedge through transatlantic ties.

Pakistan privacy activists slam 'unethical' British hacking claims

Islamabad - Pakistani rights campaigners have urged Islamabad to take action to protect the privacy of its citizens after leaked top-secret documents appeared to show British intelligence had gained access to almost all the country's Internet users.

Italy denies role in CIA extraordinary rendition of imam

Strasbourg - Italy denied any involvement on Tuesday in the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" of an Egyptian imam kidnapped in Milan in 2003 on charges of terrorist connections.

Danish historian to take KGB claims to European court

Copenhage - A Danish historian fined for claiming a journalist was a KGB agent at the height of the Cold War will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Journalist Greenwald denies claim that Snowden files breached

Washington - A journalist who published the first reports from Edward Snowden's leaked documents offered a detailed rebuttal Monday to allegations that Russian and Chinese spies accessed the former intelligence contractor's files.

Britain pulls spies as Moscow cracks Snowden files: reports

London - Britain has been forced to move some of its spies after Russia and China accessed the top-secret raft of documents taken by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, British media reported.

Iran asks Austria to secure nuclear talks against spying

Tehran - Iran has asked Austria's government to take immediate measures to protect the cyber security of nuclear talks, media reported Saturday after reports emerged of suspected espionage at negotiation venues.

U.S. data breach is intelligence coup for China

Washington - The hacking of millions of US government employees is likely part of an effort by Chinese intelligence for long-term profiling -- and possibly more nefarious things.

Israel denies spying on Iran talks hotels

Ginebra - Swiss and Austrian investigators have launched probes into alleged spying in hotels hosting delicate Iranian nuclear talks, with Israel denying Thursday its secret services were involved.

Turkey daily accuses authorities of smuggling jihadists to Syria

Istanbul - A Turkish daily on Friday published images it said showed the Turkish spy agency helping to smuggle jihadists into Syria, the latest allegations by the newspaper accusing the authorities of aiding extremist groups across the border.

Erdogan takes legal action against Turkey paper over Syria claim

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday filed a criminal complaint against a top daily newspaper and its editor for publishing images allegedly showing trucks belonging to the state intelligence service helping send weapons to rebels in Syria...

Turkish PM dismisses Syria arms video as election ploy

Kayseri - Turkey has said the release of images allegedly showing spy agency trucks carrying weapons into Syria early last year was an election ploy, with the prime minister denouncing what he called an "illegal action" against Turkey's interests.

Belgium, Netherlands probe Germany after spying claims

Brussels - Belgium and the Netherlands have launched probes into claims of widespread espionage by Germany, which is accused of helping the US spy on Berlin's closest allies in Europe, officials said Friday.

Prague court acquits femme fatale who toppled Czech PM

Prague - A Prague court on Friday dropped abuse of power charges against a top aide to former Czech prime minister Petr Necas, whose centre-right government collapsed over a bribery and spy scandal in 2013.

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.
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