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From corn to Apple: What's behind the US-China standoff

Feb. 21, 2019 1:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear the Americans tell it, the Chinese have gone on a commercial crime spree, pilfering trade secrets from seed corn to electronic brains behind wind turbines. China has stripped the arm off a T-Mobile robot, the U.S. says, and looted trade secrets about robotic cars from Apple. The...

Documents: Man thought dog was spying on him for police

Feb. 19, 2019 6:31 PM EST

BARNHART, Mo. (AP) — Court documents indicate a 39-year-old man who authorities say wrapped a small dog with tape and threw him in a ditch believed the animal was spying on him for police. Paul Garcia, of Barnhart, is charged with felony animal abuse and armed criminal action. A sheriff's deputy found the...

Pakistan says India using UN court for 'political theater'

Feb. 19, 2019 7:21 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Pakistan accused India on Tuesday of sponsoring terrorism and of using the United Nations' highest court for "political theater" as it urged judges to dismiss an Indian case seeking to save an alleged spy from execution. The International Court of Justice case centers on the...

India takes Pakistan to UN's highest court in spying case

Feb. 18, 2019 7:47 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — India on Monday accused Pakistan of breaching the rights of an alleged spy who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, a case at the U.N.'s highest court that has exacerbated tensions between the longtime rivals. Indian lawyer Harish Salve told judges at the...

Russian flag hung on church in UK city where ex-spy poisoned

Feb. 17, 2019 3:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Officials in the English city where a former Russian double agent was poisoned with a nerve agent last year have denounced the placing of a huge Russian flag on the city's cathedral. Workmen were seen removing the flag early Sunday from scaffolding on the side of Salisbury Cathedral....

Russian police question nerve agent scientist

Feb. 15, 2019 2:13 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian scientist who says he developed a nerve agent suspected to have been used against a Russian ex-agent and his daughter says he's been questioned by police after flyers appeared in his home city accusing him of pedophilia. Vladimir Uglev told The Associated Press that police had taken...

Investigative group names possible UK poisoning suspect

Feb. 14, 2019 12:59 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Bellingcat investigative organization says it has established the identity of an alleged Russian military intelligence officer who was in Britain when a Russian former double agent and his daughter were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. Bellingcat on Thursday identified the man as...

US says ex-intel official defected to Iran, revealed secrets

Feb. 14, 2019 6:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who defected to Iran despite warnings from the FBI has been charged with revealing classified information to the Tehran government, including the code name and secret mission of a Pentagon program, prosecutors said. The Justice...

AP Exclusive: Undercover spy exposed in NYC was 1 of many

Feb. 11, 2019 7:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels over the past two months, it was an apparent bid to discredit their research about an Israeli company that makes smartphone hacking technology used by some governments to spy on their citizens. The...

Zimmermann had espionage in mind at NY Fashion Week

Feb. 11, 2019 5:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Perhaps in another life, Nicky Zimmermann would have been a spy, an extremely chic one. The Australian designer had espionage on her mind for fall Monday at the New York Fashion Week show of her Zimmerman label. In luxe trench coats made of buttery leather, hooded anoraks and bomber jackets...