New recruits attend a military training to be part of the Free Syrian Army in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus. Photograph: Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry yesterday castigated Russia and Iran for boosting support for the Syrian government, enabling it to stay in po(...)

Huawei is on the verge of becoming a genuine global IT giant. photograph: kiyoshi ota/bloomberg via getty images

The Huawei campus in Shenzhen in southern China is a model of openness and industry as 40,000 mostly young employees happily patrol the 2sq km of the(...)

Michael Morell, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), said Edward Snowden was not a hero and his leaks damaged national security more than any others in modern times. Photographer: Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg

Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell said Edward Snowden’s disclosure of top-secret US surveillance, including spying on allies, harmed national(...)

The National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland. The agency has secretly circumvented or cracked much of the digital scrambling that protects global commerce, e-mails, phone calls, medical records and web searches, according to newly disclosed documents. Photograph: Government handout via The New York Times

The National Security Agency routinely violated court-ordered privacy protections between 2006 and 2009 by examining phone numbers without sufficient (...)

Protesters march in Los Angeles yesterday in  an anti-war rally. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

President Barack Obama and his administration allies are intensifying a public-relations offensive in what even Obama has called a “heavy lift” to win(...)

 John Brennan: CIA director attended Gathering event with father and brother

The head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), John Brennan, was among the guests at a Gathering event in Kilteevan, Co Roscommon, last night. Alo(...)

US ambassador to Ireland Margaret Heckler presents her credentials to president Patrick Hillery at Áras an Uachtaráin in January 1986. Photograph: Pat Langan

Ireland has a strange quirk to its access to information laws. The now well-known Freedom of Information Act was enacted in 1997 and allows citizens a(...)

Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague making a statement to the House of Commons. He  denied claims that British security agencies had been circumventing UK law by using information gathered on British citizens by PRISM, a secret US eavesdropping programme. Photograph:  Reuters/UK Parliament

Hundreds of requests by British intelligence agencies to monitor people’s email and web traffic are made every year, but each is judged by a strict le(...)

Benghazi blues

Second term US presidencies have a habit of going wrong, as Richard Nixon’s Watergate, Ronald Reagan’s Iran-Contra and Bill Clinton’s Monica Le(...)

Australian Federal policemen arrest the self-proclaimed leader of the international hacking group LulzSec, the collective that claimed responsibility for infiltrating and shutting down the CIA website. Photograph: Australian Federal Police

Australian Federal Police have arrested the self-proclaimed leader of the international hacking group LulzSec, the collective that claimed resp(...)

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