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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.

US reporter faces Iran spy trial verdict 'within week'

Tehran - Jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian should learn his fate "within a week" after his secretive trial on accusations of spying on Iran ended Monday, his lawyer said.

Uneasy detente between Def Con hackers, 'feds'

Las Vegas - There was some bridge-building, but a real rift remained on Saturday between US spy agencies and the world's most infamous hacker gathering.

U.S. spied on Japan government, companies: WikiLeaks

Toukyo - The US spied on Japanese politicians, its top central banker and major firms including conglomerate Mitsubishi, according to documents released by WikiLeaks on Friday, in the latest revelation about Washington's snooping on allies.

Wife of Israeli spy Pollard rejoices over decision to release him

Jerusalem - The wife of Jonathan Pollard rejoiced Wednesday over the announcement that the former US Navy intelligence analyst will be paroled in November after 30 years in prison for spying for Israel.

Israeli spy Pollard to be released on parole Nov 21

Washington - Former US Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard will be released on November 21 after serving 30 years in prison for spying for Israel.

Russian physicist suspected of spying in Germany: Report

Berlin - A Russian physicist who worked for a top German research institute is suspected of spying for Moscow between 2009 and 2011, according to a report in German weekly Der Spiegel to be published Saturday.

Slovenia judge quits arbitration tribunal after tapping scandal

Ljubljana - Slovenian member of the arbitration tribunal created to solve a border dispute with Croatia, Jernej Sekolec, resigned Thursday after a media scandal showed he had breached the tribunal's rules of impartiality.

Russia begins treason case against ex-military engineer

Moscow - A Russian court on Wednesday began hearing a treason case against a former military engineer who is accused of giving away state secrets to a Swedish company in a letter seeking employment.

Berlin urges answers over reports NSA spied on foreign minister

Berlin - Germany said Wednesday it was "demanding answers" from the United States over fresh allegations of official US espionage, this time against the German foreign minister.

Anger still crackles 30 years after France bombed Greenpeace ship

Wellington - Thirty years after France's deadly bomb attack on the Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand, anger still crackles in Pete Willcox's voice when he discusses the sinking of the Greenpeace flagship.

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...
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