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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2020 file photo, Reinhard Mueller, Head of the Department for the Protection of the Constitution, looks on at a press conference at the Ministry of the Interior of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schwerin, Germany. Mueller has been fired over his agency’s failure to share information about a 2016 truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 people. German news agency dpa reported that Reinhard Mueller was removed from his post Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Jens B'ttner/dpa via AP)

German regional spy chief fired over Christmas attack probe

Jan. 13, 2021 11:37 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The domestic intelligence chief in Germany's northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has been fired over his agency's failure to pass on information about a 2016 truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 people. German news agency dpa reported that Reinhard...

Turkish televangelist gets life term for sex abuse, offenses

Jan. 11, 2021 9:15 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a controversial Muslim televangelist and cult leader to life in prison, finding him guilty of forming a criminal gang and sexual abuse of minors, among several other offenses. Adnan Oktar, who was known for holding theological discussions surrounded by...

A Julian Assange supporter reacts outside the Westminster Magistrates Court after Julian Assange was denied bail at a hearing in the court in London, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. On Monday Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the US. because of concerns about his mental health. Assange had been charged under the US's 1917 Espionage Act for

WikiLeaks founder Assange denied bail in UK

Jan. 6, 2021 11:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Wednesday denied bail to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, ordering him to remain in a high-security prison while U.K. courts decide whether he will be sent to the United States to face espionage charges. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Assange must remain in...

FILE - This photo provided by the Justice Department shows Zach Terwilliger, who Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed to serve on an interim basis as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Terwilliger said Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021,  he is resigning after nearly three years of prosecuting terrorists, spies and political operatives. Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, is joining the private sector with a post at the Vinson and Elkins law firm.(Justice Department via AP, File)

U.S. Attorney in Eastern Virginia announces resignation

Jan. 5, 2021 10:33 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The leader of one of the nation's most prominent U.S. Attorney's offices said Tuesday he is resigning after nearly three years of prosecuting terrorists, spies and political operatives. G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, is joining the private...

This is a court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Julian Assange appearing at the Old Bailey in London for the ruling in his extradition case, in London, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. A British judge has rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges, saying it would be “oppressive” because of his mental health. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Assange was likely to kill himself if sent to the U.S. The U.S. government said it would appeal the decision.  (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)

UK judge refuses US extradition of WikiLeaks founder Assange

Jan. 4, 2021 7:55 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Monday rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges over the publication of secret U.S. documents a decade ago, saying he was likely to kill himself if held under harsh U.S. prison conditions. In a mixed...

UK judge refuses US request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on espionage charges

Jan. 4, 2021 5:59 AM EST
LONDON (AP) — UK judge refuses US request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on espionage charges.
FILE - In this Thursday, May 4, 2017 file photo, Said Bouteflika, the brother of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, takes ballots before voting in Algiers. A military appeal court in Algeria on Saturday has cleared the brother of the country's longtime former leader, two ex-intelligence chiefs and the leader of a leftist political party who had all been accused of plotting against the state. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub, File)

Algerian ex-president’s brother, former spy bosses cleared

Jan. 2, 2021 12:34 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A military appeals court in Algeria on Saturday cleared the brother of the country’s longtime former leader, two ex-intelligence chiefs and the leader of a leftist political party who had all been accused of plotting against the state. Among the four defendants was Said...

FILE - In this Wednesday May 1, 2019 file photo, buildings are reflected in the window as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, where he appeared on charges of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out Monday Jan. 4, 2021, whether he can be extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. to face espionage charges over the publication of secret American military documents. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

UK judge to rule on US extradition for WikiLeaks' Assange

Jan. 2, 2021 9:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out Monday whether he can be extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. to face espionage charges over the publication of secret American military documents. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser is due to deliver her decision at London's Old Bailey courthouse...

Jonathan Pollard, left, and his wife Esther sit inside a private plane provided by American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, on route to land in Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Pollard, who spent 30 years in U.S. prison for spying for Israel, arrived in Israel early Wednesday with his wife, triumphantly kissing the ground as he disembarked from the aircraft in the culmination of a decades-long affair that had long strained relations between the two close allies. (AP Photo/Israel Hayom)

Convicted US spy Pollard arrives in Israel, welcomed by PM

Dec. 30, 2020 6:39 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jonathan Pollard, who spent 30 years in U.S. prison for spying for Israel, arrived in Israel early Wednesday with his wife, triumphantly kissing the ground as he disembarked from the aircraft in the culmination of a decades-long affair that had long strained relations between the two close...

In this handout photo released by Moscow City Court via Moscow News Agency, Karina Tsurkan, center, stands in a cage during a court session in the Moscow City Court in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. A court in Moscow has convicted a former top executive of a Russian state-controlled energy companyKarina Tsurkan on charges of espionage and sentenced her to 15 years in prison. The Moscow City Court found Tsurkan guilty on charges of spying for the ex-Soviet nation of Moldova while working as a member of the management board of Inter RAO, the charges she has denied. (Moscow City Court, Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

Russia: Former energy exec convicted of spying for Moldova

Dec. 29, 2020 10:45 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow convicted a former top executive of a Russian state-controlled energy company on espionage charges Tuesday and sentenced her to 15 years in prison. The Moscow City Court found Karina Tsurkan guilty on charges of spying for the ex-Soviet nation of Moldova while working as a...