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Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

World
An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing up to 35 years in prison on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and "espionage." The trial begins Monday in western Izmir province. Brunson was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for a masterminding a failed military coup that year. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the claim. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, has denied all allegations, saying that he solely worked as ...
South Korea fishermen absolved of spying after imprisonment, torture

South Korea fishermen absolved of spying after imprisonment, torture

World
Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Three South Korean fishermen who were abducted to the North more than four decades ago have been absolved of espionage charges.Park Chun-hwan, 71, Oh Gyeong-tae and Heo Tae-geun were kidnapped in the '60s while fishing for drums, or croakers, South Korean newspaper Segye Ilbo reported Wednesday.After their release and return to the South, the three men were arrested on charges of spying for Pyongyang.The fishermen, residents of South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island, were imprisoned and physically tortured during the term of former South Korean dictator Park Chung Hee.Oh and Heo are being absolved of charges posthumously. Their surviving family members attended the retrial, according to the report.Park, who is still alive, was informed of the not guilty verdict in a recent retria...
Russian hackers accused of spying on hotels

Russian hackers accused of spying on hotels

Technology
Hackers linked to Russian military intelligence were behind a cyber-espionage campaign targeting influential figures from the West, according to a report by security researchers.Phishing emails sent to employees at high-class hotels were designed to allow the hackers to steal passwords and other information belonging to Western government and business travellers.The campaign was detected by cybersecurity firm FireEye and saw the attackers gain access to the IT systems of numerous hotels across Europe and the Middle East.Researchers believe the espionage group behind the attacks is linked to the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.The group is known colloquially as Fancy Bear, or in the more academic language of the report as Advanced Persistent Threat 28 (APT 28).Moscow denies the gro...