Mike Buckley

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Spy chiefs shed little light on their secrets

The appearance of the heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ before Parliament was a welcome step in the effort to make the agencies' work less susceptible to caricature by conspiracy theorists<p>It is one of the oldest questions about the nature of state surveillance: who watches the watchers? Yesterday, we had …

Surveillance

Home Office still failing to get to grips with backlogs

The Home Affairs Committee publishes its final report on the work of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), covering the period from January to March …

UK Parliament

Want to move abroad? This map shows the best and worst countries to be an expatriate.

China and Thailand are the two best countries to be an expatriate, according to a recent study by British bank HSBC that looked at economic opportunities and quality of life for expats in 34 countries. They're followed by small, rich countries known for their globalized business classes. In …

Pakistani Taliban selects hardliner Mullah Fazlullah as new leader

Appointment of extremist who ordered assassination of Malala Yousafzai is likely to quash any hopes of peace deal<p>A militant commander who ordered the assassination of the schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has been chosen as the new head of the Pakistani Taliban.<p>The appointment of Mullah Fazlullah, a …

Libya: warring militias bring battle to streets of Tripoli

There have been more battles between rival militias in Libya’s capital Tripoli.<p>The latest violence on Thursday evening followed the death of the commander of the al-Nassour group, killed on Monday in clashes with the Souk al-Joumma militia.<p>Dozens of armed men from al-Nassour , some riding in …

Associated Press News

Spy Chiefs: Terrorists 'Rubbing Hands In Glee'

Leaks by US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden will have terrorists "rubbing their hands with glee", Britain's spy chiefs have …

French police release photofit of motorcyclist seen near Alps murders

French authorities have released an artist’s impression of a motorcyclist they want to speak to in connection with the murders of four people in the Alps last year.<p>On 5 September 2012 three members of a British-Iraqi family, Saad al-Hilli, his wife, Iqbal, and mother-in-law, Suhaila, were gunned …

Shaun Ryder on UFOs: 'It's not that I want to believe – it's impossible not to'

As singer with the Happy Mondays Shaun Ryder used to do a lot of drugs. But that doesn't explain the encounters with aliens he has turned into a new TV show, he insists<p>Shaun Ryder was 15 when he first saw one. He'd just started as a messenger boy at the post office, and was walking to the bus stop …

Pakistan denounces drone strike that killed Taliban chief

Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, lashed out at the US on Saturday for killing Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike a day earlier.<p>He referred to the drone strike as an “attack on regional peace by America” and said it has jeopardised the scheduled peace …

Is Turkey Abetting Iran?

David Ignatius of the <i>Washington Post</i>dropped a bomb last month, citing unnamed sources claiming Turkey “disclosed to Iranian intelligence the …

South Asia

GCHQ and European spy agencies worked together on mass surveillance

Edward Snowden papers unmask close technical cooperation and loose alliance between British, German, French, Spanish and Swedish spy agencies<p>The German, French, Spanish and Swedish intelligence services have all developed methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic over the past five …

Solar Eclipse Myths From Around the World

People around the world, and through time, have come up with many a tale to explain the sun's disappearance.<p>Viking sky wolves, Korean fire dogs, and African versions of celestial reconciliation—these are only some of the many ways people around the world, and through the ages, have sought to …

Snowden offers to address German parliament over US spy claims

The German government is reportedly keen to talk to whistleblower Edward Snowden about the United States spying on its allies.<p>It comes after the fugitive US intelligence contractor wrote an open letter to Berlin appealing for international support to stop what he called Washington’s “persecution” …

Turkey, Iran signal thaw in ties amid mutual concern on Syria | Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey and Iran said on Friday they had common concerns about the increasingly sectarian nature of Syria’s civil war, signaling a thaw in a key Middle Eastern relationship strained by stark differences over the conflict.<p>Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during a …

Middle East

Five Things You Absolutely, Positively Need to Know About Your Flipboard Magazines

MagMaker / August 16, 2013<p>Flipboard magazines are a beautiful way to curate and share your favorite articles, photos, videos and audio tracks. Yet …

Forbes calls Vladimir Putin the world's most powerful person. Don't be deluded

The US corporate media is in a panic about declining American power. The list-loving business magazine Forbes – whose slogan is "the capitalist tool" – has named Vladimir Putin the world's most powerful person. Barack Obama, leader of the self-proclaimed "greatest nation on earth", has been demoted …

Syria deal prompts Forbes to name Putin World's Most Powerful Person - analysts - Russia Beyond

Russian political scientists believe that U.S. business magazine Forbes decided to place Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the top of its Most Powerful People rating largely thanks to his influence and the effectiveness of his initiative aimed at tackling problems linked to the conflict in …

Report accuses the NSA of spying via fiber optic links connecting Yahoo and Google

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Google<p>The spying accusations against the National Security Agency just keep on coming. Today’s disclosure — that the …

Insight: Putin targets Dagestan insurgents as Olympics loom | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ahead of the Sochi Olympics in February, Russia is taking saliva samples from religiously conservative Muslim women, according to locals in the North Caucasus, gathering DNA so authorities can identify the body parts if any become suicide bombers.<p>Ramazan Dzhafarov, Dagestan's …

Russia

YouTube

Spain colluded in NSA spying on its citizens, Spanish newspaper reports

El Mundo says it has document detailing collaboration between US intelligence agency and foreign countries<p>The widespread surveillance of Spanish citizens by the US National Security Agency, which caused outrage when it was reported this week, was the product of a collaboration with Spain's …

Boris Johnson defends Guardian over NSA revelations

Mayor of London says it is right that 'salient and interesting facts' about espionage are brought into public domain<p>Boris Johnson has issued a staunch defence of the Guardian's "salient and interesting" revelations showing the extent of mass surveillance by US and UK intelligence agencies.<p>The mayor …

Dark matter stays hidden as detector fails to see a single particle

Physicists face major setback in search for mysterious substance as Lux dark matter detector draws a blank<p>The world's most advanced instrument for detecting dark matter – the invisible substance thought to account for most of the matter in the universe – has ended its first three months of service …

Ten reasons to travel in November, 2013

Travel

Mini guide to Thailand’s islands

Ko means island in Thai, and the very word conjures up dreamy beaches, fantastic rock formations and undersea gardens. Hop in a long-tail boat and cast off the moorings.<p>‘Ko’ means island in Thai – the very word conjures up dreamy beaches, huts in the shade of a coconut palm, fantastic rock …

Asia Travel

Is China Spying On Russia Via Bugged Clothing Irons?

A report from Russian state media says clothing irons imported from China are spreading computer viruses. Hm.<p>There's a new problem with some imported irons, according to Russian state media. As reported on the state-owned Rossiya television channel, some clothing irons from China have had …

Spying

Suicide bomber strikes near hotel in Sousse, Tunisia

A suicide bomber blew himself up on Wednesday in the Tunisian resort of Sousse without causing other casualties.<p>He detonated his explosive belt on a beach near the Palm Hotel in Sousse, an important tourist destination south of the capital Tunis.<p>“The bomber had tried to get into the hotel, but when …

Palestinians celebrate return of prisoners released in Israel

Suicide bomber attacks Tunisian resort town | Reuters

TUNIS (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Tunisian tourist resort of Sousse on Wednesday, the first such assault in more than a decade in a country now battling Islamist militants boosted by chaos in neighboring Libya.<p>The corpse of a suicide bomber, who blew himself up, lies on a …

Extremism