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Report: Hackers using telecoms like 'global spy system'

Jun. 25, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An ambitious group of suspected state-backed hackers has been burrowing into telecommunications companies in order to spy on high-profile targets across the world, a U.S. cybersecurity firm said in a report published Tuesday . Boston-based Cybereason said the tactic gave hackers sweeping...

Iran state TV: Ex-Defense Ministry staffer hanged for spying

Jun. 22, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says authorities have executed a former staff member of the Defense Ministry who was convicted of spying for the CIA. The Saturday report says Jalal Hajizavar was hanged last week in a prison near Tehran. The report said Hajzavar admitted in court that he was paid to spy...

The Latest: Iran doesn't seek war but will act if necessary

Jun. 20, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 1:25 a.m. Iran says it "does not seek war" but reserves its right under the U.N. Charter "to take all appropriate necessary measures against any hostile...

American charged with spying in Russia appeals to Trump

Jun. 20, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An American man kept behind bars in Russia on spying charges on Thursday appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump for help. Paul Whelan was arrested in a hotel room in Moscow at the end of December and charged with espionage, which carries up to 20 years in prison in Russia. The former U.S....

The Latest: Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Morsi's death

Jun. 17, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's death during a court hearing (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A leading human right group is urging Egypt to investigate the death of former President Mohammed Morsi. Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country's...

Egypt's ousted president Morsi dies in court during trial

Jun. 17, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi who was ousted by the military in 2013 after a year in office, collapsed in court while on trial Monday and died, state TV and his family said. The 67-year-old Morsi had just addressed the court, speaking from the...

Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets

Jun. 13, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Katie Jones sure seemed plugged into Washington's political scene. The 30-something redhead boasted a job at a top think tank and a who's-who network of pundits and experts, from the centrist Brookings Institution to the right-wing Heritage Foundation. She was connected to a deputy assistant...

UK home secretary favors Assange extradition on US warrant

Jun. 13, 2019 7:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Home Secretary Sajid Javid says he has signed an extradition order that would send imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States if British courts favor the move. Javid told BBC radio Thursday courts will decide whether Assange must face espionage charges in the...

Panama's Martinelli transferred from jail to house arrest

Jun. 12, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former President Ricardo Martinelli was released to house arrest Wednesday from jail, where he had been held since his extradition from the United States on accusations of political espionage during his administration. Clad in jeans and a blue shirt, and holding a small dog, Martinelli...

US resident released from Iran custody says it eases tension

Jun. 11, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese man with permanent U.S. residency who had been imprisoned in Iran for years on charges of espionage said Tuesday that he was subjected to "kidnapping, arbitrary detention and a show trial," adding that his release served to de-escalate tensions between the U.S. and Iran. In his...