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Simon Cheng, a pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong now living in Britain, at the offices of an organization he founded to aid new Hong Kong arrivals, in London on May 20. Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers have resettled in the United Kingdom since 2021, including prominent pro-democracy activists — and China has not forgotten them.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
May 27, 2024
Spying arrests send chill through Britain’s thriving Hong Kong community
The arrests have cast a spotlight on activists’ concerns about China's surveillance of its critics abroad.
Matthew Trickett leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on May 13.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
May 22, 2024
Former U.K. marine in Hong Kong spy case found dead: police
Matthew Trickett was one of three men accused in the recent Hong Kong spy case.
Missile systems form part of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9. The FBI tries to maintain a tricky balance in spy operations: the more access informants have to valuable intelligence, the higher the risk that they could be compromised.
WORLD / Politics
May 21, 2024
FBI shed informants linked to Russian influence operations
After a secret review several years ago, the bureau cut off confidential sources thought to be connected to Russian disinformation.
Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government is stepping up its antiespionage crackdown.
May 16, 2024
Ex-Japanese university professor gets six years in prison in China
Yuan Keqin, a former professor at a university in Hokkaido, went missing in May 2019 while temporarily returning to his homeland.
Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee speaks during a press conference, in Hong Kong on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
May 15, 2024
Hong Kong seeks details on overseas trade office official detained in U.K.
Hong Kong leader John Lee confirmed one of the men was a university classmate who was photographed with him in a group graduation photograph in 2002.
Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, during a rally in Gaza City on April 14, 2023
WORLD / Politics
May 14, 2024
Secret Hamas files show how it spied on everyday Palestinians
A 62-slide presentation on the activities of the General Security Service reveals the degree to which Hamas penetrated the lives of Palestinians.
Defendant Chung Biu Yuen leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Monday after being charged with assisting Hong Kong's foreign intelligence service.
WORLD / Politics
May 14, 2024
China slams U.K. arrests over Hong Kong spy case
China's foreign affairs commissioner in its territory of Hong Kong warned that Britain would receive "China's firm and strong retaliation."
The Russian Embassy in London. Britain's deportation of Russia's defense attache is a response to a suspected arson attack against Ukrainian-linked properties in East London and other espionage activities, the U.K. Home Secretary said.
WORLD / Politics
May 9, 2024
U.K. expels Russian envoy in pushback against spying surge
The action is a response to a suspected arson attack against Ukrainian-linked properties in East London and espionage activities across the U.K and Europe.
South Korea's spy agency reported Friday that North Korea is planning "terrorist" attacks against South Korean officials and citizens abroad, prompting heightened security at diplomatic missions in China, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
May 3, 2024
Seoul spy agency warns North Korea plotting attacks on embassies
South Korea's foreign ministry announced that it has raised the anti-terrorism alert level for embassies and consulates in five countries.
The possibility of a potential invasion of Taiwan by China and Russia is prompting new planning across the U.S. government to counter such a scenario.
May 3, 2024
U.S. spies see China and Russia working closely on military issues
The possibility of a potential invasion of Taiwan by China and Russia is prompting new planning across the U.S. government to counter such a scenario.
Demonstrators surround a cardboard cutout of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest outside the Indian Consulate in Toronto after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the prospect of New Delhi's involvement in the murder of Sikh separatist leader in the country last September.
Apr 30, 2024
India’s spy chief cleared plot to kill Sikh activist, report says
An alleged plot to kill a U.S. citizen and Sikh activist on American soil last year was approved by senior-level members of India’s intelligence agency, including its chief at the time, the Washington Post reported, citing people familiar with the matter it didn’t identify.
Recent cases of alleged Chinese espionage in Germany and Britain are the latest reminder of Beijing's immense intelligence network and its ability to penetrate into the heart of European capitals.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 25, 2024
Europe ill-prepared to counter China's espionage push, analysts say
This week's cases of alleged Chinese spying in Germany and Britain are the latest reminder of Beijing's immense intelligence network.
Leaders of intelligence agencies testify before a congressional committee about worldwide threats in Washington on March 11.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 15, 2024
Campaign puts Trump and the spy agencies on a collision course
Some former officials fear that Trump, if elected again, would try to weaken intelligence agencies or undermine their independence.
Although intelligence agencies are engaging more with the public than they used to, spy-themed entertainment is still the primary source of education about espionage.
Apr 10, 2024
James Bond and Jason Bourne ruined spies for all of us
The average person knows deep down that what they see in the movies and on TV isn’t the same as reality, but they don’t know how or how much.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left to right), Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Sochi, Russia, on May 15, 2019.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 10, 2024
Spy's arrest puts Cold War spotlight back on Vienna
Vienna being considered a spy haven has come under harsh scrutiny following accusations an Austrian intelligence agent spied for Russia.
Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) concluded that China interfered in the last two elections, an official probe heard on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 9, 2024
Canada spies found China interfered in last two elections, probe hears
Intelligence analysts and the Conservatives say Trudeau's government has not done enough to combat Chinese interference.
South Korea is seeking to step up its own reconnaissance capabilities with a series of launches aimed at putting five spy satellites in orbit by 2025.
Apr 8, 2024
South Korea launches second homegrown spy satellite
The synthetic aperture radar satellite uses radar waves to produce ultrahigh resolution images of objects on the ground, regardless of cloud cover.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks with the media after meeting with Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng at the Guangdong Zhudao Guesthouse in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, on Saturday.
Apr 7, 2024
China providing geospatial intelligence to Russia, U.S. warns
Beijing’s support also includes optics, propellants to be used in missiles and increased space cooperation, according to sources.
The meeting between Japanese Ambassador to China Kenji Kanasugi and a Japanese employee of Astellas Pharma who has been detained by Chinese authorities on suspicion of espionage lasted about 30 minutes.
Mar 26, 2024
Japan's envoy to China meets detained Astellas worker
The meeting was held in Beijing for about 30 minutes. The man had no particular health problems, according to the sources.
A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a sign in London on Tuesday. Assange's many supporters hail him as an anti-establishment hero who is being persecuted for exposing U.S. wrongdoing and alleged war crimes.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Mar 26, 2024
Julian Assange wins temporary reprieve from extradition to U.S.
U.S. prosecutors are seeking to put Assange on trial under the Espionage Act over WikiLeaks' high-profile release of confidential U.S. records.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan