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Australia promises more money for overwhelmed spy agency

Oct. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government minister on Thursday promised an unprecedented funding increase for Australia's main spy agency, which is struggling to meet demands posed by the nation's new foreign interference laws, espionage and terrorism. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton promises more money...

Salesman sentenced for trying to take trade secrets to China

Oct. 10, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An ex-employee of a suburban Chicago manufacturing company convicted of stealing trade secrets to a new job in China has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison. Robert O'Rourke of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was convicted in March in U.S. District Court of downloading without permission...

Spain: Court probes spying of Assange at Ecuadorean embassy

Oct. 9, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court said Wednesday it is investigating a Spanish security firm that worked for the Ecuadorean Embassy in London on suspicion that it spied on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for U.S. secret services during the seven years he spent in the embassy. The court said it is...

Iran confirms arrest of Russian journalist held for 6 days

Oct. 7, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has confirmed the arrest last week in Tehran of a Russian journalist, saying the case was a matter of a visa violation. Government spokesman Ali Rabiei told reporters that Yulia Yuzik's case is under "quick review" by authorities and wasn't related to matters concerning the...

US researchers on front line of battle against Chinese theft

Oct. 6, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. warned allies around the world that Chinese tech giant Huawei was a security threat, the FBI was making the same point quietly to a Midwestern university. In an email to the associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, an agent wanted...

Iran: Court sentences individual to death on spying charges

Oct. 1, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian court has sentenced an individual to death on charges of spying for the United States, the country's judiciary said Tuesday, while confirming the arrest of an Iranian-British anthropologist amid tensions with the West. According to judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili,...

US citizen accused of spying on behalf of Chinese government

Sep. 30, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California tour operator charged by U.S. officials with illegally ferrying information to China was a quiet and friendly man with a taste for luxury cars, a neighbor said. Xuehua Edward Peng, 56, of Hayward was charged in documents unsealed Monday with being an illegal foreign agent...

The Latest: Neighbor says accused spy liked luxury cars

Sep. 30, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. citizen accused of acting as a spy for China (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A neighbor of a man charged with acting as a spy for China says the man had a taste for luxury cars. Neighbor Danilo Serrano told The Associated Press that Xuehua (Edward) Peng moved into their...

US citizen living in California charged with spying on behalf of Chinese government

Sep. 30, 2019 2:31 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — US citizen living in California charged with spying on behalf of Chinese government.

Subpoenas mark first concrete steps for Trump impeachment

Sep. 27, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats took their first concrete steps in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump on Friday, issuing subpoenas demanding documents from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and scheduling legal depositions for other State Department officials. At the end of a stormy...