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Norwegian citizen arrested for alleged spying for China, NTB agency reports

Norwegian citizen arrested for alleged spying for China, NTB agency reports

A Norwegian citizen was arrested on suspicion of espionage "that could benefit China", local news agency NTB reported, citing the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST). The individual, who was not named, will appear in front of an Oslo court at 1300 local time (1100 GMT), a PST spokesperson was quoted as saying. The individual is not a Chinese agent and is innocent, the individual's lawyer, Marius Dietrichson, told daily VG. Dietrichson, PST and the Chinese embassy in Oslo did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
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DRC lifts moratorium on death penalty

DRC lifts moratorium on death penalty

DEMOCRATIC Republic Congo has lifted a moratorium on the death penalty, citing treachery and espionage in recurring armed conflicts as the reason for allowing a resumption of executions, said a justice ministry circular seen by Reuters on Friday. The Central African country introduced the moratorium on the death penalty in early 2000. However, it has never been abolished. Justice Minister Rose Mutombo wrote in the circular dated March 13 that the death penalty was reintroduced to rid the army of traitors and curb the resurgence of terrorism and banditry acts. The decision was adopted by a council of ministers on…
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Russia arrests US reporter on spy charges in further blow to dire relations

Russia arrests US reporter on spy charges in further blow to dire relations

PAVEL POLITYUK RUSSIA charged an American correspondent for the Wall Street Journal with spying, in a case certain to worsen Moscow's diplomatic feud with Washington over the war in Ukraine and likely to further isolate Russia. The newspaper denied the allegations and demanded the immediate release of "trusted and dedicated reporter" Evan Gershkovich. The White House said the State Department was in direct contact with the Russian government over his detention and urged U.S. citizens living or travelling in Russia to depart immediately. "We condemn the detention of Mr Gershkovich in the strongest terms," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.…
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Germany files espionage charges against Egyptian-born man

Germany files espionage charges against Egyptian-born man

GERMANY 's Public Prosecutor General (GBA) has announced that charges of espionage have been filed against an Egyptian-born German citizen who worked at the German government press office and gathered information for an Egyptian intelligence agency. The GBA said the man, identified only as Amin K. under German privacy laws, had been working at the press office since 1999 and was hired by the Egyptian embassy in Berlin in 2010 "at the latest". The Egyptian embassy in Berlin was not immediately available for comment. Prosecutors allege the man was instructed to assist Egypt's General Intelligence Service (GIS) with assessing how…
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Frenchman charged with espionage in the C.A.R

Frenchman charged with espionage in the C.A.R

A French national has been charged with espionage in the Central African Republic, a month after he was arrested with a cache of weapons and ammunition at his home, the African nation's attorney general has announced. Police arrested Juan Remy Quignolot, 55, in May after finding weapons, military fatigues and foreign banknotes at his residence in the capital Bangui. Authorities accused him of having aided and trained rebel fighters since 2013. The gold- and diamond-producing nation of 4.7 million people has seen repeated bouts of militia violence since 2013, including a civil war that ended in 2016, as well as…
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