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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.

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.
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