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World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

Nov. 23, 2021 15:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tiny Arab nation of Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on soccer officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold on to the 2022 World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. ...

World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

Nov. 23, 2021 01:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA officer has spied on top soccer officials for years while working for Qatar, the tiny Arab country hosting next year’s World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Qatar sought an edge in securing hosting...

Cleaner for Israeli defense minister charged with espionage

Nov. 18, 2021 17:04 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel has charged the housekeeper for the country's defense minister with espionage for offering to spy for hackers reportedly linked to Iran, Israeli officials said Thursday. The man, identified as Omri Goren, reportedly has a criminal record...

Israeli couple is home after weeklong detention in Turkey

Nov. 18, 2021 13:33 PM EST

MODIIN, Israel (AP) — An Israeli couple held by Turkey on suspicion of espionage returned home on Thursday after they were released from a weeklong detention. Mordi and Natalie Oknin arrived in central Israel where they were greeted by family and a crowd of reporters....

Bulgaria accuses military officials of spying for Russia

Nov. 18, 2021 08:23 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian military prosecutors on Thursday indicted a group of serving and retired military officials on charges of spying for Russia. The indictment filed in a military court accuses six people of collecting and passing classified information to...

UK to hold public inquiry into Novichok poisoning death

Nov. 18, 2021 08:04 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government said Thursday that it has authorized a public inquiry to better examine any possible Russian involvement in the death of a British woman poisoned by a Soviet-developed nerve agent in 2018. Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner collapsed in...

Critics: Greece criminalizes migration, prosecutes helpers

Nov. 15, 2021 02:52 AM EST

CHIOS, Greece (AP) — Among the prison inmates of the Greek island of Chios, three young men from Afghanistan and Somalia are serving dramatically long sentences: 50 years for two of them, a staggering 142 for the third. But these are not violent criminals, even...

Israeli couple arrested in Turkey on espionage charges

Nov. 13, 2021 04:19 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — An Israeli married couple were arrested for espionage late Friday after taking photographs of the Turkish president’s residence in Istanbul, Turkey’s official news agency said. Anadolu Agency said a Turkish national was also arrested. Police detained...

Lithuania jails 2 of its nationals for spying for Russia

Nov. 12, 2021 10:13 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A court in Lithuania on Friday convicted two Lithuanian men of spying for Russia by passing information to a Russian handler, and jailed them for 4 years and 1.5 years, respectively. The Klaipeda Regional Court said Mindaugas Tunikaitis and...

Review: Murder and espionage in Egypt with Sherlock Holmes

Nov. 09, 2021 12:27 PM EST

“The Return of the Pharaoh” by Nicholas Meyer (Minotaur Books) A missing duke, the tomb of Thutmose IV and Sherlock Holmes all converge in “The Return of the Pharaoh,” the newest installment of Nicholas Meyer’s take on the adventures of the world-renowned...