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Former CIA agent gets 20 years for selling information to China

A former CIA officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday for spying for China in a case called part of an “alarming trend” in the US intelligence community. Kevin Mallory, 62, was convicted under the Espionage Act…

Tight security as Indians vote in final phase of mammoth election

Indians lined up to vote amid unprecedented security in the eastern state of West Bengal on Sunday as the final phase of a massive, staggered election got underway to decide whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns for a second term….

Former French president Sarkozy set for trial over 2012 campaign

France’s Constitutional Council cleared the way on Friday for former president Nicolas Sarkozy to be tried over alleged illegal financing of his failed re-election campaign in 2012. Sarkozy had appealed to the council invoking the “double-jeopardy” principle because he had…

In first for Asia, Taiwan lawmakers back same-sex marriage

Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality. Lawmakers of the majority Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) backed the…

Brexit talks collapse as May’s premiership crumbles

Britain’s tumultuous divorce from the European Union was again in disarray on Friday after the opposition Labour Party declared last-ditch talks dead due to Prime Minister Theresa May’s crumbling government. Nearly three years after the United Kingdom voted 52% to…

Iran FM rules out possibility of talks with US

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rules out any prospect of negotiation with the United States, calling the Washington regime a “bully” trying to force all others into acting illegally. Zarif made the remarks to the Japanese media on Thursday…

Israel reduces Gaza fishing zone, attacks Palestinian fishermen

Israeli authorities have reduced the permitted fishing zone off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip “until further notice,” less than a week after lifting a ban on Palestinian fishing boats operating off the coastal enclave. The head of the…

Tech giants vow to step up fight against online extremism

Major tech firms on Wednesday pledged to pursue a range of new measures aimed at stamping out violent extremist content on the internet, amid growing pressure from governments in the wake of the massacres at two New Zealand mosques in…

4 killed as anti-graft protest rocks Iraq’s Najaf

At least four people have been killed in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf during an anti-corruption protest called by a political movement led by Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Reports said that Wednesday’s demonstration turned violent after security guards outside the…

Venezuela says talking with “democratic” opposition in Norway

Talks are underway in Norway between Venezuela’s government and “democratic” opponents, an envoy said on Thursday, in a possible search for a mediated solution following a failed uprising against President Nicolas Maduro. “Yes, there are talks between the Bolivaraian government…