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Turkey charges two policemen in Erdogan spying case

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Sunday charged two former policemen with illegally eavesdropping on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following their extradition from Romania, state-media said.

CIA elevates hackers to a powerful new role inside the government

On Monday, March 9, 2015, the CIA's hackers have just been moved up to a new position, and one of more power. John Brennan, CIA director, called for a "massive reorganization" of the CIA hierarchy and priorities, focusing on its hackers and hacking.

Turkey spy chief resumes duties after surprise U-turn

Ankara - Turkey's powerful spy chief Hakan Fidan on Tuesday returned to his duties in a surprise U-turn just over a month after sensationally quitting the job in a move that raised the prospect of a split in the Turkish elite.

Turkey's former spy chief quits election, gets job back

Ankara - Turkey's powerful former intelligence chief was on Monday reappointed head of the secret service after dropping a bid to run for parliament in upcoming elections, a government spokesman said.

Fidel Castro meets spies freed by U.S.

Havana - Cuba's Fidel Castro met this weekend with the three intelligence agents freed by the United States as part of last December's historic rapprochement, state media said Monday.

Former Al-Qaeda double agent says Muslims must fight extremism

Paris - A former jihadist who became an Al-Qaeda double agent says Muslims must do more to tackle extremism in their midst and that stopping lone wolf attacks is near-impossible.

'Spy mania' makes comeback in Russia amid Ukraine war

Moscow - What do a nuclear scientist, a young mother of seven, a church employee and a former military factory boss have in common? They've all been charged with high treason, espionage or disclosing state secrets in newly spy-phobic Russia.

Erdogan unhappy with Turkish spy chief's resignation

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he was unhappy with the decision by powerful intelligence chief Hakan Fidan to resign from his post and stand for parliament in June elections.

Turkey's 'secret-keeper' Hakan Fidan

Ankara - Turkey's powerful spy chief Hakan Fidan, who has resigned to stand for parliament, has carved himself out a key role as right-hand man to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but has aroused suspicions abroad.

Erdogan's loyal spy chief quits to enter Turkish politics

Istanbul - Turkey's powerful intelligence chief, one of the most steadfast allies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has resigned to stand for election as a lawmaker in upcoming elections, the official Anatolia news agency said Saturday.

Fugitive ex-spy chief surrenders to Colombia

Estanzuela - Colombia's former spy chief Maria del Pilar Hurtado was taken into custody Saturday after her forced return from Panama to face charges for illegal wiretapping and other crimes."She has been at the headquarters of the prosecutor's office since 5 a.m.

Autopsy on Russian ex-spy 'one of most dangerous ever'

London - The autopsy on the body of poisoned Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko was described as one of the most dangerous ever on day two of an inquiry into his death Wednesday.

WikiLeaks accuses Google of handing over emails to U.S.

London - WikiLeaks on Monday accused Internet giant Google of handing over the emails and electronic data of its senior staff to the U.S. authorities, and not notifying them for almost three years.

Turkey arrests 24 in new raids on wire-tapping suspects

Istanbul - Turkey on Tuesday arrested 24 people, including former senior officials in its telecoms and science agencies, in a new wave of raids against suspects accused of wire-tapping senior officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Known jihadists slip through hands of overstretched French police

Paris - Having known ties to jihadist groups is no guarantee a person will be under constant surveillance, experts say, a clue as to how brothers suspected of carrying out the Charlie Hebdo magazine massacre slipped through the cracks.

U.S. spymaster dined with N.Korea general responsible for Sony hack

New York - The U.S. intelligence chief revealed Wednesday that he dined with the North Korean general believed responsible for hacking Hollywood studio Sony, during a secret mission to Pyongyang two months ago.

Trial opens of Turkey police accused of spying on Erdogan

Ankara - The trial opened at an Ankara court on Friday of 13 suspects accused of setting up bugs to eavesdrop on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while he was prime minister.

Wife of freed Cuba agent pregnant, thanks to US

Washington - Before President Barack Obama announced last week that Washington and Havana would restore diplomatic ties, one US official had already been working on a special project -- call it insemination diplomacy -- to unite the two countries.

US-Cuba ties thaw, White House open to Castro visit

Washington - A US visit by Cuban President Raul Castro is a possibility, the White House said, a day after he and US President Barack Obama announced a historic bilateral rapprochement.

Pope leads global praise for 'historic' U.S.-Cuba rapprochement

Paris - Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday's breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana.

Cuban prisoners freed in swap are heroes at home

Havana - The three Cubans released in a prisoner exchange that paved the way for a historic breakthrough Wednesday in Havana's Cold War standoff with the United States are celebrated as heroes back home.

Cuba to 'reestablish diplomatic relations' with US: Castro

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro said Wednesday that Cuba had agreed to reestablish diplomatic ties with Cold War enemy the United States after a prisoner swap paved the way to a historic breakthrough."We have agreed to reestablish diplomatic ties.

Pope played key role in Cuba normalization talks: U.S.

Washington - Pope Francis played a vital role in bringing Cuba and the United States to the negotiating table, making a "personal appeal" to the nations' leaders, a US official said Wednesday.

Historic breakthrough in U.S.-Cuba relations

Washington - The United States and Cuba made a historic breakthrough in their Cold War stand-off Wednesday, moving to revive diplomatic ties and ease a five-decade U.S. trade embargo against its communist foe.

Spy row as Kremlin agent in Estonia tells all on Russian TV

Moscow - In a rare disclosure by a spy agency, Russia's secret service has revealed it had an agent inside the secret police of NATO neighbour Estonia for 15 years.

CIA interrogations 'ineffective', says US Senate report

Washington - The brutal interrogation methods used by the Bush-era CIA on Al-Qaeda terror suspects were "not effective" and yielded little actionable intelligence, according to a highly-anticipated US Senate report released Tuesday.

Advanced cyberspying tool dates from 2008: researchers

Washington - A highly sophisticated cyberspying tool has been used since 2008 to steal information from governments, businesses and others, security researchers said Monday.

Germany to drop probe into U.. spying on Merkel: Report

Berlin - Germany is dropping a probe into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone by U.S. spies, due to a lack of evidence, magazine Focus said Saturday.

Bulgaria statue for Cold War 'umbrella killing' victim

Sofia - Bulgaria's president inaugurated a statue of dissident Georgy Markov Tuesday in a rare official commemoration of the victim of the infamous Cold War "umbrella killing" in London in 1978.

More sightings of 'foreign sub' as Sweden says it could use force

Stockholm - Sweden's armed forces chief warned Tuesday it could use force to bring to the surface a suspected Russian mini-submarine its navy has been hunting for days as two new sightings of the vessel were revealed.
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