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Greek government survives no-confidence vote over wiretaps

Jan. 27, 2023 09:11 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government on Friday survived, as expected, a no-confidence vote following a motion by the country’s opposition leader over a wiretapping scandal that has stung the center-right governing party in the run-up to elections. Of parliament’s 300...

Greek government faces no confidence vote over wiretaps

Jan. 25, 2023 11:04 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leader of Greece’s main opposition party filed a no confidence motion against the government Wednesday over a wiretapping scandal that has stung the center-right ruling party ahead of elections this year. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza...

NSA director pushes Congress to renew surveillance powers

Jan. 12, 2023 15:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. intelligence official on Thursday urged Congress to renew sweeping powers granted to American spy agencies to surveil and examine communications, saying they were critical to stopping terrorism, cyberattacks and other threats. The remarks by Army Gen....

German intel employee held for passing information to Russia

Dec. 22, 2022 12:50 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — An employee of Germany's foreign intelligence service has been arrested on suspicion of treason for allegedly passing secret information to Russia, German prosecutors said Thursday. The man, a German citizen who was identified only as Carsten L. in line with German...

As wiretap claims rattle government, Greece bans spyware

Dec. 09, 2022 12:21 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece on Friday approved legislation banning commercial spyware and reforming rules for legally-sanctioned wiretaps following allegations that senior government officials and journalists had been targeted by shadowy surveillance software. The 156-142 vote in...

Greece to ban spyware as wiretap scandal grows

Dec. 08, 2022 18:16 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece are set to approve plans to outlaw commercial spyware following weeks of allegations that senior government officials may have been targeted. The revelations have hurt public support for the country’s center-right government as it faces...

Snowden receives Russian passport, takes citizenship oath

Dec. 02, 2022 15:07 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who fled prosecution after revealing highly classified surveillance programs, has received a Russian passport and taken the citizenship oath, Russian news agencies quoted his lawyer as saying Friday. Lawyer Anatoly...

9,000 hens killed after latest Missouri case of avian flu

Nov. 28, 2022 13:03 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nearly 9,000 laying hens in Webster County were killed after federal officials confirmed an outbreak of bird flu in the flock, state agriculture officials said. It is the 11th case of the highly contagious avian influenza in Missouri this year, involving...

Moroccan citizen arrested in Germany on spying allegations

Nov. 14, 2022 13:23 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A Moroccan citizen was arrested Monday in the western Cologne area for possible spying and his premises were searched, Germany’s federal prosecutor’s office said. The man, only identified as Mohamed A. in line with German privacy rules, “is strongly suspected...