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Gina Haspel: black ops veteran nominated to lead CIA

WASHINGTON: Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the CIA, is a black ops veteran who once ran a secret interrogation operation in Thailand accused of torturing detainees. If approved by the Senate, Haspel would be the…

CIA chief defends meetings with Russian spymasters

WASHINGTON: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday defended meetings in Washington with top Russian espionage counterparts despite one being under US sanctions. Pompeo told Senator Chuck Schumer in a letter that the…

Putin thanks Trump for help in foiling attack plot

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump on Sunday for the CIA's help in thwarting a plot to attack the city of Saint Petersburg, the Kremlin said. It was the second time in a week that the world's…

Trump poised to oust top diplomat Tillerson: report

WASHINGTON: The White House has a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA chief Mike Pompeo within weeks, the New York Times reported on Thursday. The newspaper quoted unnamed senior administration…

Iran denounces CIA ‘fake news’ in Bin Laden files

TEHRAN: Iran has accused the CIA of spreading "fake news" about the Islamic republic with newly declassified files seized in the 2011 raid in Pakistan in which Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed. The CIA on Wednesday released…