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Sweden warns of 'foreign meddling' in election

Stockholm - Sweden's intelligence service on Thursday warned "foreign powers" could try and meddle in the Nordic nation's upcoming general election, singling out Russia in light of alleged interference in the last US vote.

Netanyahu says Israel intel foiled IS Australia plane plot

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that intelligence provided by his country foiled a plot by the Islamic State group to bring down a plane from Australia.

Iran criticises Sweden for citizenship given to death row 'spy'

Tehran - Iran has formally criticised Sweden over its decision to grant nationality to an Iranian professor sentenced to death on spying charges, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

Kremlin 'categorically' denies Russia behind NotPetya cyber-attack

Moscow - The Kremlin on Thursday denied an accusation by Britain that the Russian military were behind last year's "NotPetya" cyber-attack that started in Ukraine and Russia before spreading globally, affecting thousands of computers.

Son of dead environmentalist in Iran says family threatened

Tehran - The son of an Iranian-Canadian environmentalist who died in prison said late Wednesday that his family had been threatened by authorities and that a video of his alleged suicide was "inconclusive".

Czech 'Russiagate' haunts presidential runoff race

Prague - Pro-Russian incumbent Czech President Milos Zeman goes into a presidential election runoff against liberal rival Jiri Drahos with the country's own "Russiagate" dogging the campaign.

Booby-trapped messaging apps used for spying: researchers

San Francisco - An espionage campaign using malware-infected messaging apps has been stealing smartphone data from activists, soldiers, lawyers, journalists and others in more than 20 countries, researchers said in a report Thursday.

Arrested former CIA agent was auction house security guard

Hong Kong - The former CIA agent arrested in the United States earlier this week on suspicion of helping Chinese spies was a security guard at Christie's in Hong Kong, the auction house said Thursday.

Former CIA agent arrested with top secret info

Washington - US authorities said Tuesday they had arrested a former CIA agent, Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, after discovering he had an unauthorized notebook that had the identities of undercover US spies.

US House passes crucial spying law

Washington - The US House of Representatives passed a crucial surveillance law Thursday that reinforced the ability of the country's spy agencies to intercept and make use of Americans' private communications.

Trump criticizes, then praises US spying tool

Washington - President Donald Trump on Thursday took to Twitter to question the future of his government's premier domestic surveillance tool ahead of a key vote, only to make a spectacular U-turn an hour later.

India accuses Pakistan of harassing family of 'spy' on death row

New Delhi - India Tuesday accused Pakistan of harassing the family of an alleged Indian spy on death row, saying their meeting was held in an "atmosphere of coercion".

Pakistan allows Indian 'spy' on death row to meet family

Islamabad - Pakistani authorities allowed an Indian national sentenced to death for spying to see his family for the first time since his arrest, a rare and highly-anticipated meeting arranged amid tight security in Islamabad.

Halt execution of academic 'immediately', UN experts tell Iran

Geneva - Four UN rights experts on Wednesday called on Iran to "immediately" annul the death sentence against an academic accused of espionage during nuclear talks with world powers, warning his trial had been marred by violations.

PM will 'stand up' for Australia after China criticism

Sydney - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will "stand up" for Australia, brushing aside Chinese criticism of new foreign interference laws as fears rise of overseas meddling in domestic institutions.

New Australia laws to deal with foreign political meddling

Sydney - Foreign interference in Australian politics has become a "serious problem", a top official said Monday, with tougher laws on espionage and overseas donations to be introduced to parliament.

UK cyber security chief blames Russia for hacker attacks

London - Russia has launched cyber attacks on the UK media, telecoms and energy sectors in the past year, Britain's cyber security chief said Wednesday, amid reports of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum.

US says North Korean malware lurking in computer networks

Washington - US authorities said Tuesday malware developed in North Korea is still lurking in many computer networks, giving hackers backdoor access to government, financial, automotive and media organizations.

Estonia arrests alleged Russian agent plotting cyber-crime

Tallinn - Estonia said Tuesday it had arrested a suspected Russian spy allegedly plotting a cyber-crime, in the latest incident to strain relations between the small Baltic state and the Kremlin.

Iran denounces CIA 'fake news' in Bin Laden files

Tehran - Iran has accused the CIA of spreading "fake news" about the Islamic republic with newly declassified files seized in the 2011 raid in Pakistan in which Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed.

Iranian sentenced to death for spying for Israel

Tehran - Iran said Wednesday it had sentenced a citizen to death for spying for Israel in return for Swedish residency, after rights activists reported an Iranian-born academic was handed the death penalty.

US lawmakers move to regulate online political ads

Washington - US lawmakers Thursday unveiled legislation to require disclosure of the source of many online political ads, a move aimed at preventing a recurrence of Russian social media manipulation in the 2016 election.

NATO opens counter-espionage hub in Poland

Varsovia - NATO opened a counter-espionage hub in Poland on Thursday aimed at expanding the alliance's intelligence-gathering capabilities amid tensions with Russia, a senior Polish official said.

Australia spy chief warns of growing foreign meddling

Sydney - Foreign powers are waging an "extensive, unrelenting" campaign of espionage and meddling in Australia, notably targeting ethnic and religious minorities, the country's spy chief warned Thursday.

The spy who came in from the North

Gwangju - Condemned to death twice, former spy Seo Ok-Ryol spent three decades in prison, most of it in solitary confinement. Now aged 90, the only thing he wants to do before he dies is go home -- to North Korea.

Harvard revokes Chelsea Manning fellowship invitation after criticism

Washington - Harvard University revoked convicted US intelligence leaker and transgender activist Chelsea Manning's visiting fellowship position on Friday after sharp criticism from the Central Intelligence Agency.

CIA head cancels Harvard speech over Chelsea Manning appointment

Washington - CIA director Mike Pompeo pulled out of a Harvard forum and former acting director Mike Morrell quit the university Thursday to protest its appointment of convicted intelligence leaker Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow.

New Zealand MP denies spying for China

Wellington - A New Zealand lawmaker received military and intelligence training in China, it emerged Wednesday, but he denied allegations of being a Beijing spy, saying he was the victim of a racist smear campaign.

Data swamped US spy agencies put hopes on artificial intelligence

Washington - Swamped by too much raw intel data to sift through, US spy agencies are pinning their hopes on artificial intelligence to crunch billions of digital bits and understand events around the world.

Spymaster George Smiley returns in new Le Carre novel

London - The famous spy duo of author John le Carre and his protagonist George Smiley are back for new adventures on Thursday with a novel harking back to the Cold War but carrying an anti-Brexit message.
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