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Mark Hosenball

British spy agencies see foreign ties intact despite Brexit

12 Aug 2019

LONDON Britain's intelligence agencies expect close relations with European and other foreign spy services to continue regardless of plans to quit the European Union, official sources said.

Stopping America's next hate-crime killers on social media is no easy task

09 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON/LONDON The pattern is clear: Hate-filled manifestos posted on websites populated by white supremacists, followed by gun attacks against blacks, Jews, Muslims, or Latin American immigrants.

Trump sticks with choice for spy chief despite apparent biographical embellishments

02 Aug 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump signalled on Thursday that he still plans to nominate Representative John Ratcliffe to be the next U.S. spy chief despite worries that Ratcliffe may have exaggerated his achievements as a prosecutor.

U.S. believes Osama bin Laden's son Hamza is dead - official

31 Jul 2019

The United States believes that Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and himself a notable figure in the militant group, is dead, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

Critics question 'Five Eyes' push to expand spies' telecoms access

31 Jul 2019

LONDON Former government officials and privacy campaigners are questioning demands by "Five Eyes" security ministers that high-tech communications systems should remain accessible to spies and official investigators.

Britain hosts 'Five Eyes' security alliance ministers for cyber talks

29 Jul 2019

LONDON Britain hosted a meeting of senior security ministers from the U.S.-led 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance on Monday for talks on tackling cyber threats ranging from political hacking to child pornography.

U.S. intelligence chief creates election security position

19 Jul 2019

WASHINGTON Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who has drawn criticism from President Donald Trump for assessments that countered his policies, said on Friday he was creating a new position to focus solely on U.S. election security.

Trump 'dossier' author grilled by U.S. Justice Dept. watchdogs - sources

09 Jul 2019

Federal lawyers probing the origins of the investigation of ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign have interviewed the author of a "dossier" that alleged misconduct between Trump and Moscow, prompting the lawyers to extend their inquiry.

Census citizenship question fight rages in U.S. Congress, courts

25 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Tuesday moved to hold two members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas in an inquiry into whether the administration's plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census was intended to discriminate against racial minorities.

Top secret: Trump's revamp of U.S. security clearances stumbling - officials, report

19 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON At a time when the United States says China is aggressively spying on its government, a push by President Donald Trump to fix the system that determines who can and cannot be trusted with secrets is behind schedule and disorganized, according to U.S. officials and an internal agency report.

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