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2 Swedes get lengthy sentences in Russia espionage case

Jan. 19, 2023 12:45 PM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two Iranian-born Swedish brothers were given lengthy prison sentences on Thursday for spying for Russia and its military intelligence service GRU for a decade in the Scandinavian country's biggest espionage case in decades. The oldest of the two...

US marks anniversary of Paul Whelan's detention in Russia

Dec. 28, 2022 10:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is marking the four-year anniversary of the detention in Russia of American businessman Paul Whelan, whose continued imprisonment is one of several major irritants in tattered relations between Washington and Moscow. Secretary of State...

Brittney Griner asks supporters to advocate for Paul Whelan

Dec. 22, 2022 22:02 PM EST

Brittney Griner has asked her supporters in a social media post to advocate for Paul Whelan, a former Marine serving a 16-year prison term in Russia for espionage charges the United States are baseless. The U.S. had sought to secure the release of both Whelan and Griner — the WNBA...

Putin says more US-Russian prisoner exchanges are possible

Dec. 09, 2022 13:31 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that more U.S.-Russian prisoner exchanges are possible if Moscow and Washington find a compromise. Putin spoke a day after Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was swapped for WNBA star and two-time Olympian Brittney Griner. ...

Griner swap wasn't all US hoped for, but what it could get

Dec. 09, 2022 07:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s surprise announcement last July lacked any detail, but its meaning was crystal clear. In a rare comment on secret talks, he said the Biden administration had made a “substantial proposal” to Russia to end the imprisonment...

Griner freed: WNBA star swapped for Russian, heads home

Dec. 08, 2022 21:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner headed home Thursday night, freed from Russian prison in exchange for the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in the culmination of an eight-month saga of high diplomacy and dashed hopes. But the U.S....

State news: Iran executed 4 people it says spied for Israel

Dec. 04, 2022 07:45 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Iranian authorities executed four people Sunday accused of working for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, the state-run IRNA news agency said. Three others received lengthy prison sentences. IRNA said the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard announced the...

Spy claims raised in Uruguay probe of ex-presidential guard

Nov. 30, 2022 01:06 AM EST

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Two months into an investigation of alleged passport forgery involving the former security chief for Uruguay's president, questions are expanding after a newspaper's reports that prosecutors have also found evidence of political spying and blackmail against opposition...

Supreme Court wrestles with Biden's deportation policy

Nov. 29, 2022 16:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with a politically tinged dispute over a Biden administration policy that would prioritize deportation of people in the country illegally who pose the greatest public safety risk. It was not clear after arguments that...

Report: Austrian-Iranian gets medical leave from Iran prison

Nov. 28, 2022 11:26 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Iran has released a 76-year-old dual Iranian-Austrian citizen from prison for health reasons, the Austria Press Agency reported Monday. APA quoted the Austrian foreign ministry confirming that Massud Mossaheb was given indefinite medical leave. The...