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US President Donald Trump’s White House backs removing net neutrality, according to a spokeswoman. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The United States is considering two decisions that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of the internet. Regulatory agency the Federal Comm(...)

The refugee families in Hong Kong, China, on Monday. Photograph: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

For two weeks they sheltered the world’s most wanted man, ferrying Edward Snowden between tiny apartments in Hong Kong’s poorest neighbourhood. Now t(...)

A sculpted relief shows Martin Luther on a wall in the Stadtkirche Sankt Marien church in Wittenberg, where he preached. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The eastern German town of Wittenberg, half an hour by train south of Berlin, looks as if it’s ready to storm the Tidy Towns World Cup. On a sunny sum(...)

Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA: “I can’t talk about the details of the intelligence, but we have, the intelligence community has said, that this election was meddled with by the Russians in a way that is frankly not particularly original.” File photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

Russia “meddled” in last year’s US presidential election as part of a decades-long effort to “undermine American democracy”, CIA director Mike Pompeo (...)

Reality Leigh Winner (25):  a federal contractor charged by the US department of justice with sending classified material to a news organisation. Photograph: Reality Winner/social media via Reuters

The US department of justice has charged a federal contractor with sending classified material to a news organisation that sources identified to Reute(...)

A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack. Photo: AP

We were driving up the M6 in the UK on Friday last when news started trickling in of the WannaCry worm attack that was rapidly ossifying the operation(...)

 ‘WannaCry’ ransomware cyber attack hits thousands of computers in 99 countries encrypting files from affected computer units and demanding US$300  through bitcoin to decrypt the files. Photograph: Ritchie B Tongo/ EPA

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten said the HSE and Irish organisations may have been “lucky” to avoid the wave of cyber attacks that hit arou(...)

Sceptics of globalisation feel queasy to be on the same side as Stephen Bannon, the Trump adviser who favours a “nation with a culture” over a market economy porous to foreign capital. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

If an investment bank threatened to move staff out of Britain in normal political times, the left would drive them to the airport, bundle them on to t(...)

The GCHQ building in Cheltenham, UK: A Fox News analyst  claimed sources told  him that the Obama administration used GCHQ to spy on Donald Trump so there would be “no American fingerprints on this”. Photograph: GCHQ/PA Wire

The White House has assured the UK government that allegations British intelligence spied on US president Donald Trump will not be repeated, prime min(...)

Whether a meeting in Amsterdam is “safe” or not depends on old-fashioned spying “tradecraft”

At the height of the cold war clandestine meetings between Americans and Russians were often held in Amsterdam, a heaving city famous for its laissez-(...)

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