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Merkel govt finds new post for spy chief to defuse coalition row

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel and her two coalition allies Sunday reached an agreement to resolve a festering row centred on Germany's outgoing domestic spy chief.

Merkel govt draws scorn for deal on under-fire spy chief

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government drew widespread criticism Wednesday for a compromise deal that defused a blistering coalition row centred on the head of the domestic intelligence service.

NSA leak fuels rise in hacking for crypto mining: report

Washington - Illicit cryptocurrency mining has been surging over the past year, in part due to a leaked software tool from the US National Security Agency, researchers said Wednesday.

Merkel govt draws scorn for deal on under-fire spy chief

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government drew widespread criticism Wednesday for a compromise deal that defused a blistering coalition row centred on the head of the domestic intelligence service.

Merkel removes spy chief to defuse row over far-right

Berlin - Angela Merkel's government on Tuesday removed domestic spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen from office, transferring him to a different post to end an explosive row over immigration and the far right that once more rocked the German chancellor's fragile coali...

Fate of German spy chief a new stress test for Merkel govt

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government was to decide Tuesday whether to fire the domestic spy chief as an explosive row over immigration and the far-right once more rocks her fragile coalition.

GRU, Russia's spy agency with growing global footprint

Moscow - Britain said Wednesday that two officials from Russia's GRU intelligence agency carried out a poisoning attack on a former spy on British soil in March, using a Nina Ricci perfume bottle containing a nerve agent.- What is the GRU?

Q2'18 was good to US-based AI startups

PwC and CB Insights have released their MoneyTree™ Report for Q2 2018 and US-based artificial intelligence companies saw an increase in funding, but not an increase in deals.

Startup at odds with doctors over claim about AI diagnoses

Babylon Health announced Wednesday that the company's AI had undergone a series of tests and had "demonstrated its ability to provide health advice which is on-par with practicing clinicians." Doctors are disputing this claim.

Microsoft agrees to buy exited M12 AI startup Bonsai

Microsoft announced yesterday via a press release that they have signed an agreement to buy AI startup Bonsai in an effort to further artificial intelligence research.

Startup offers an easy way to build deep learning algorithms

Using a visual interface, this AI startup is making it easier to build deep learning algorithms — as simple as dragging and dropping.

German spy agency can keep tabs on internet hubs: court

Berlin - Germany's spy agency can monitor major internet hubs if Berlin deems it necessary for strategic security interests, a federal court has ruled.

Operator of world's top internet hub sues German spy agency

Berlin - The operator of the world's largest internet hub challenged the legality of sweeping telecoms surveillance by Germany's spy agency, a German court heard Wednesday.

'Unprecedented' foreign interference in Australia: spy chief

Sydney - Australia's spy chief has issued a new warning that foreign interference and espionage in the country had reached "unprecedented" levels that could cause "catastrophic harm" to Canberra's interests.

Haspel set for CIA confirmation after rejecting past torture

Washington - Gina Haspel appeared destined to become President Donald Trump's next CIA director after the espionage veteran placated a key Senate Democrat on Tuesday by acknowledging she regretted the agency's past use of harsh interrogation techniques.

CIA nominee Haspel vows spy agency will not reinstate torture

Washington - Gina Haspel, Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, vowed Wednesday that the spy agency will not engage in torture of detainees under her watch, even if ordered by the president.

CIA nominee Haspel vows spy agency will not reinstate torture

Washington - Gina Haspel, Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, vowed Wednesday that the spy agency will not engage in torture of detainees under her watch, even if ordered by the president.

CIA nominee Haspel faces grilling over torture record

Washington - Facing tough opposition over her own record, CIA director nominee Gina Haspel will pledge Wednesday to never revive the interrogation program that saw Al-Qaeda detainees tortured.

CIA nominee Haspel to vow not to restart torture program

Washington - Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, will pledge Wednesday to prevent the restart of the 2002-2005 interrogation program that saw detainees tortured.

Out of the shadows: CIA pick Gina Haspel

Washington - The CIA wants you to know that Gina Haspel helped Mother Teresa when the famous missionary sought US help to find food for starving people in the 1980s.

Trump urges CIA pick with torture history to stay on board

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted support for his controversial pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency, after reports she might withdraw her nomination to avoid a Senate grilling over her past involvement in torture.

Torture history dogs CIA nominee Gina Haspel

Washington - CIA director nominee Gina Haspel could face a tough confirmation battle after a number of lawmakers raised questions Tuesday about her past involvement in torture of detainees.

Gina Haspel: black ops veteran nominated to lead CIA

Washington - Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the CIA, is a black ops veteran who once ran a secret interrogation operation in Thailand accused of torturing detainees.

Trump fires top diplomat Tillerson, names CIA chief as successor

Washington - Donald Trump on Tuesday sacked his top diplomat Rex Tillerson and named current CIA chief Mike Pompeo to succeed him, ending a rocky tenure by the Texas oilman who had frequently been at odds with the mercurial US president.

Mike Pompeo: politically canny CIA chief named Trump's top diplomat

Washington - Mike Pompeo, named Tuesday to be US secretary of state, comes from a one-year stint leading the Central Intelligence Agency where he earned Donald Trump's trust delivering the president's daily national security briefings and by toeing Trump's line pol...

Trump says top diplomat Tillerson out, names Pompeo successor

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced the departure of his top diplomat Rex Tillerson, to be succeeded by the current CIA chief Mike Pompeo.A senior US official said the president wanted to reshuffle his team ahead of talks with North Korea.

Spy poisoning in Britain: Who stands to gain?

London - Who could be behind the suspected poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter?Some experts and opposition voices have pointed the finger at Russia. Others dismiss the notion as ridiculous.

US intelligence chief 'skeptical' on NKorea talks offer

Washington - The top US intelligence official said Tuesday that he remains doubtful about an apparent new overture from North Korea to enter into talks on its nuclear capability.

May pleads for 'urgent' post-Brexit EU security deal

Munich - British Prime Minister Theresa May pleaded Saturday for an urgent deal with the European Union on post-Brexit security cooperation, warning that citizens' lives were at stake.

May pleads for 'urgent' post-Brexit EU security deal

Munich - British Prime Minister Theresa May pleaded Saturday for an urgent deal with the European Union on post-Brexit security cooperation, warning that citizens' lives were at stake.
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