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  • But firefighters, police officers and, according to some media reports, spies are now being squeezed by Russia's economic crisis, losing jobs and perks as the Finance Ministry cuts spending to build up resources for what could be years of Western sanctions. For workers who specialised early to take up what were seen as jobs for life, the cuts at the Emergencies...

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands— A Dutch company that makes SIM cards for cellular phones says it is investigating reports that it was hacked by Britain's electronic spying agency in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency. Amsterdam- based Gemalto, which describes itself as the world leader in digital security, said in a statement Friday it could not...

  • REFILE-Gemalto says investigating hacking report Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 3:36 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 20- Gemalto said on Friday it would investigate a report saying that U.S. and British spies had hacked the digital security firm to steal its encryption keys. Gemalto's shares fell 8 percent in early trading after the news website Intercept reported the hack by the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters.

  • Feb 19- Digital security company Gemalto NV was hacked by American and British spies to steal encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications, news website Intercept reported, citing documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Gemalto makes smart chips for mobile phones, bank cards and biometric passports and counts...

  • Snowden leak: NSA helped British steal cell phone codes Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden. The targeted company, Netherlands- based Gemalto,...

  • Feb 20- China's Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, a quasi-military group created 60 years ago to settle the restive far west region of Xinjiang, has become the country's top cotton producer. *The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps was created in 1954 and initially made up of demobilised soldiers, who spent part of their time in military...

  • *2014 EPS of 38 pence in line with 37.7 pence forecast. LONDON, Feb 19- BAE Systems, the world's third-largest defence contractor by revenue, said it believed the worst was over for spending cuts in its key U.S. market as it forecast that earnings would return to growth in 2015.. Its profits have been hit in recent years by government spending cuts, particularly in the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 18- Lockheed Martin Corp executives said on Wednesday they were confident the company would not face capacity constraints working on both the F-35 program and a new bomber if the U.S. Air Force chose its joint bomber bid with Boeing Co.. Boeing is the prime contractor for the bid. The U.S. Air Force has said it plans to award a contract for development...

  • BENGALURU, INDIA, Feb 18- India's prime minister has asked global defence contractors to transfer more technology to the country as part of the lucrative deals that they win to modernise its armed forces. The country's offsets policy, which requires contractors to invest a percentage of the value of the deal in India, will be tweaked to encourage more technology...

  • Did NSA plant spyware in computers around world? Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 5:47 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world? A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said its researchers identified a new family of malicious programs or worms that infected computers in...

  • NIAMEY, Feb 17- Soldiers shot dead a suicide bomber suspected of belonging to Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Monday after he tried to detonate an explosive belt near a military post in the southern Niger town of Bagara, the army said on Tuesday. Boko Haram has launched attacks into Cameroon, Niger and Chad from Nigeria as part of a six-year insurgency that...

  • BUDAPEST- RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN SAYS SEES ON THE WHOLE SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN MILITARY ACTIVITY IN UKRAINE.

  • WASHINGTON— The Homeland Security Department will cease preparations for a program intended to protect millions of immigrants from deportation in the wake of a federal court ruling halting it, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas temporarily blocked the program and a second effort to shield young immigrants from...

  • Defense hawks want to wipe out previous spending cuts to steer more money to the military, but the GOP is divided over how to do it without piling billions onto the deficit. Lawmakers who want to rein deficit spending insist that any increases for the military should be financed by cuts to domestic programs— even as GOP pragmatists warn that could cause a budget...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16- The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives. That long-sought and closely...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16- The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives. That long-sought and closely...

  • Boehner: Shutdown of Homeland Security possible Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 9:52 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 5, 2015.

    House Speaker John Boehner is raising the possibility that the Department of Homeland Security may shut down because of a budget impasse.

  • WASHINGTON— House Speaker John Boehner is raising the possibility that the Department of Homeland Security may shut down at month's end because of a budget impasse, and he's blaming Senate Democrats if that happens. The department is caught up in a fight over President Barack Obama's immigration actions, with Feb. 27 as the date when the $40 billion budget would...

  • KIEV, Feb 15- Ukraine's military said on Sunday pro-Russian rebels had shelled Ukrainian positions ten times since a ceasefire came into effect at midnight, but that the truce was in general being observed. "As of the morning of February 15, there have been ten shelling attacks on our positions by rebels- mainly in the area of Debaltseve," spokesman Anatoly Stelmach...

  • KIEV, Feb 15- The Ukrainian military said on Sunday a ceasefire between government troops and pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine is being observed "in general" and that rebel attacks are infrequent and not widespread. "In the conflict zone the ceasefire has been observed in general... Shelling has been not regular and localized, "military spokesman Vladyslav...

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