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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.

American citizen sentenced to 6 years in North Korean prison

Pyongyang - A California man has been sentenced by a North Korean court to six-years in a labor camp for allegedly committing "acts of espionage".

Estonia fury as Russia charges 'abducted' policeman with spying

Moscow - An Estonian policeman detained by Russian security services has been charged with espionage in a case that has sent tensions soaring between Moscow and its small NATO-member neighbour.

Tensions spiral over Russia's detention of Estonian officer

Tallinn - Russia's arrest of an Estonian policeman has sparked fears that Moscow is using the incident to test NATO's resolve to defend its small Baltic allies as the crisis in eastern Ukraine rumbles on.

Israel urges global spies to pool resources on Islamic State

Jerusalem - Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon on Tuesday called for world intelligence agencies to work together against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.

Indonesia, Australia sign deal to end spying row

Nusa Dua - Indonesia and Australia on Thursday signed an agreement aimed at drawing a line under a damaging espionage row and paving the way for the resumption of full cooperation on issues such as defence.

15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria: spy chief

Sydney - Fifteen Australians, including two young suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine said Wednesday, warning that espionage and foreign intervention threats were increasing.

German intelligence 'spied on John Kerry, Turkey'

Berlin - German intelligence listened in on at least one telephone conversation of US Secretary of State John Kerry and has spied on NATO ally Turkey for years, Der Spiegel will report on Sunday.

Op-Ed: The CIA needs to win hearts and minds as well as gather intel

When you fight the monster, you risk becoming the monster. The CIA has a tremendously difficult task in confronting and fighting violent terrorists in hostile territories, but engaging in torture raises the risk of retaliatory terrorism.

Son of Canadian 'spies' held in China calls for govt action

Beijing - The son of a Canadian couple under investigation for alleged spying in China called Wednesday for Ottawa to help prevent charges being laid against his parents.

China probes Canadian Christian couple for alleged spying

Beijing - China is investigating a Canadian Christian couple for alleged espionage, state media and their son said Tuesday, a week after Ottawa accused Beijing of cyber-spying.

Israel 'spied on Kerry during peace talks'

Jerusalem - Israel eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during doomed peace talks with the Palestinians last year, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday.

Turkey charges 20 police in wiretapping probe

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors have charged scores of police officers with illegally eavesdropping on top officials including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, media said Saturday.

Review: ‘A Most Wanted Man’ revives the espionage film’s essentials Special

In the complex and captivating ‘A Most Wanted Man,’ a German intelligence agent heads a counter-terrorist investigation that embroils an uneducated illegal immigrant. This is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final role as a leading man.

Turkey arrests 100 top police in wire-tapping probe

Ankara - Turkish authorities on Tuesday arrested scores of senior police officers on suspicion of illegally eavesdropping on top officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

China says spy ship operations 'in line with international law

Beijing - Beijing has defended its dispatch of a spy ship to international waters off Hawaii, near where Chinese vessels are taking part in a US-led naval exercise for the first time, reports said Monday.

Russia 'agrees to reopen Cuba spy base'

Moscow - Russia has provisionally agreed to reopen a major Cold War listening post on Cuba that was used to spy on the United States, a Russian daily reported Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin visited the island last week.

Obama speaks with Merkel after spy row

Washington - President Barack Obama spoke to Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time since a row over US spying prompted Germany to turf out the CIA station chief in Berlin.

German lawmakers consider using typewriters to counter espionage

After the latest information on the extent to which the German government is being spied on, reports say that a few politicians want to go back to using typewriters since there are a few notable advantages to them.

Merkel laments breakdown of trust in U.S. spy row

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel lamented on Saturday the breakdown in trust between Germany and the United States amid a spying row that saw the CIA chief in Berlin expelled from the country.

Germany eyes overhauled U.S. partnership in talks on spy row

Berlin - Germany's foreign minister said Friday he would urge a revived U.S. partnership based on "trust and mutual respect" in talks with his American counterpart after Berlin's expulsion of a CIA station chief in a spying row.

Germany kicks out top U.S. intelligence officer in spy row

Berlin - Germany expelled the CIA station chief in Berlin over alleged spying by the United States which has refused to break its silence over the escalating row between the Western allies.

Germany kicks out top U.S. intelligence officer in spy row

Berlin - Germany on Thursday expelled the CIA station chief in Berlin in an escalating row over alleged spying by the U.S. that has opened the worst diplomatic rift in years between the Western allies.

Germany probing new spy case after alleged US double agent

Berlin - The second case within days of alleged US spying in Germany on Wednesday threatened to further strain transatlantic ties already frayed by the NSA surveillance scandal.

Germany probing new spy case after alleged US double agent

Berlin - German authorities said Wednesday they were investigating an alleged foreign spy as reports said the suspect was the second within days believed to be working for US intelligence.

Germany weighs how to hit back in US spying row

Berlin - Germany debated retaliatory measures against the United States on Tuesday after the discovery of an alleged double agent stoked still smouldering public anger over the NSA scandal.

Secret documents say NSA had broad scope, scant oversight

Washington - The US National Security Agency has been authorized to intercept information "concerning" all but four countries worldwide, top-secret documents say, according to The Washington Post.

Assange asked to model at London Fashion Week

London - Julian Assange has been asked to star in a fashion show by British designer Ben Westwood at Ecuador's London embassy, where the WikiLeaks founder is currently holed up in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Iran cyberspies created fake news website

Washington - Spies based in Iran created a bogus news organization used for espionage since 2011 against US and Israeli military targets, security researchers said.

U.S intelligence opposed to giving Israelis visa waiver

The U.S and Israel have been trying to put in place a visa waiver program that will allow Israelis to travel to the U.S as tourists for 90 days without having to apply for a visa.
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