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Panama asks US to extradite former president on spying charges

Panama - Panama on Tuesday asked the United States to extradite former president Ricardo Martinelli to face charges of spying against opposition members while in power.

Swiss voters back new surveillance law

Geneva - Swiss voters approved a new surveillance law on Sunday, in a victory for the government which argued the security services needed enhanced powers in an increasingly volatile world. The proposed law won 65.

Putin appoints new foreign spy boss

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday appointed the country's hawkish former parliament speaker as the new head of his foreign intelligence agency.

Venezuela accuses US of spying on Non-Aligned summit

Caracas - Venezuela accused the United States on Tuesday of spying on a Non-Aligned Movement summit it recently hosted, saying Venezuelan fighter jets had intercepted a US surveillance plane and forced it to turn back.

China releases alleged Canadian spy

Montr - A Canadian man arrested in China two years ago on charges of spying and stealing state secrets has been freed and is back home in Canada, his family said Thursday.

'Mole?': Abbas dismisses claim he was Soviet agent

Jerusalem - Israeli researchers say they have uncovered a document showing Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was a Soviet agent in the 1980s, but his office called it a smear campaign and pointed to suspicious timing.

Bugging device found in All Blacks hotel before Wallabies Test

Sydney - Australian police Saturday said they were examining a listening device found in the All Blacks' Sydney hotel ahead of their clash against the Wallabies, as Australian rugby reportedly rejected as "ludicrous" the idea they had bugged the New Zealanders....

Bugging device found in All Blacks hotel before Wallabies Test

Sydney - Australian police Saturday said they were examining a listening device found in the All Blacks' Sydney hotel ahead of their clash against the Wallabies, as Australian rugby reportedly rejected as "ludicrous" the idea they had bugged the New Zealanders....

Bugging device found in All Blacks hotel before Wallabies Test

Sydney - Australian police Saturday said they were examining a listening device found in the All Blacks' Sydney hotel ahead of their clash against the Wallabies, as Australian rugby reportedly rejected as "ludicrous" the idea they had bugged the New Zealanders....

Iran nuclear scientist executed for spying for US

Tehran - Iran has executed a nuclear scientist convicted of handing over "confidential and vital" information to the United States, a judicial spokesman said.

Germany jails Yugoslav spy chiefs for life

Berlin - A German court Wednesday sentenced two former top Yugoslavian spies to life imprisonment for the 1983 murder of a dissident in then West Germany.

Turkey to 'split spy service' after coup

Istanbul - Turkey is planning to split its spy service into separate units for foreign and domestic intelligence after the organisation was vehemently criticised for shortcomings over the failed coup, a report said Tuesday.

Panama judge asks Interpol to help catch ex-president

Panama - A judge in Panama asked Interpol on Tuesday to help arrest the country's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli on spying and corruption charges, police said.

Detained British-Iranian woman linked to 2009 protests: Iran

Tehran - An Iranian-British woman detained in Iran on charges of seeking to overthrow the government was implicated in anti-regime protests in 2009, a judicial official said.

Iran accuses British-Iranian woman of bid to 'overthrow regime'

Tehran - A British-Iranian woman who was arrested in Iran in April was accused on Wednesday of seeking to "overthrow the regime", according to a statement from the powerful Revolutionary Guards.

Portugal detains suspected double agent

Lisbon - Portuguese authorities on Wednesday said they had detained an intelligence services officer on suspicion of being a double agent and selling secrets to Russia.

CIA spy 'claimed his tip-off led to Mandela arrest'

London - A tip from a CIA spy to authorities in apartheid-era South Africa led to Nelson Mandela's 1962 arrest, beginning the leader's 27 years behind bars, an article in the Sunday Times reported.

German spy service says Russia behind major cyber attacks

Berlin - Germany's domestic secret service accused Russia on Friday of a series of international cyber attacks aimed at spying and sabotage, in "hybrid warfare" that also targeted the German parliament last year.

North Korea gives Korean-American 10 years' hard labour: Xinhua

Seoul - North Korea on Friday sentenced a detained Korean-American, Kim Dong-Chul, to 10 years' hard labour on charges of subversion and espionage, China's official Xinhua news agency said.

Panama Papers reveal spies used Mossack Fonseca

Berlin - Secret agents from several countries, including intermediaries of the CIA, have used the services of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca in order to "conceal" their activities, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Tuesday.

Germany jails 'triple agent' for eight years

Berlin - A Munich court Thursday handed down an eight-year prison sentence to a German former intelligence agent who spied for both the CIA and the Russian secret service because he wanted to "experience something exciting".

Japan arrests reported North Korean spy for alleged fraud

Toukyo - Japanese police on Wednesday said its special unit that deals with alleged espionage arrested an ethnic Korean resident on suspicion of fraud -- as local media reported he was acting as a spy for North Korea.

US, UK hacked into Israeli air surveillance: Report

Jerusalem - US and British intelligence agencies for years hacked into Israeli drones carrying out surveillance to prepare for a potential strike on Iran, Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot reported on Friday.

MI5 named Britain's best gay-friendly employer

London - Britain's MI5 spy agency was on Tuesday named the country's best employer for promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender diversity.

Kuwait sentences two to death for 'spying for Iran'

Kuwait City - Kuwait on Tuesday sentenced two defendants to death, including an Iranian being tried in absentia, after they were convicted of "spying for Iran" and plotting attacks in the Gulf country.

German lawmakers irked by NATO plane deployment

Berlin - A NATO force of reconnaissance planes that includes German personnel will be sent to help Turkey police its border, drawing ire from politicians in Germany who said on Sunday they were not consulted.

China arrests third Japanese, detains another for spying: Tokyo

Toukyo - Japan has confirmed Chinese authorities have arrested a third Japanese citizen and detained another on suspicion of spying.The series of arrests and detentions could strain already tense ties between Asia's two largest economies.

New Polish authorities raid NATO spy centre, fire staff

Varsovia - Poland's new conservative government on Friday continued a controversial drive to replace senior officials with its own appointees when it raided a NATO counter-espionage centre in Warsaw and fired its senior staff.

China, Taiwan in first-ever spy swap as ties improve

Taipei - Taiwan said Monday it has for the first time exchanged jailed spies with China, in another sign of closer relations between the two sides which recently held a historic summit.

Furious Venezuela demands U.S. name 'spies'

Caracas - Venezuela on Thursday demanded that Washington identify the agents involved in an alleged case of "outrageous" US spying against the state-run oil giant PDVSA.
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