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Ecuador spied on Assange at London embassy: report

Ecuador spied on Assange at London embassy: reportEcuador spied on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its London embassy where he has been living since 2012, initially to support him but things changed after he hacked the mission’s computers, the Guardian reported Wednesday. The newspaper said Ecuador employed an international security company and undercover agents to monitor his visitors, embassy staff and even the British police at the embassy in London’s luxury Knightsbridge area. The snooping was initially intended to protect Assange from the risk of being taken away by British police but later became a full-blown spying operation.



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Calls to crack down on Russian elites accused of laundering money through London real estate

Calls to crack down on Russian elites accused of laundering money through London real estateAfter a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in England, officials are looking to get tough on Russian elites close to President Vladimir Putin who are buying up posh London properties.



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UK investigators search London office of firm at centre of Facebook data storm

UK investigators search London office of firm at centre of Facebook data stormInvestigators from Britain’s data watchdog searched the London offices of Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm at the centre of a storm over allegations it improperly harvested Facebook data to target U.S. voters. About 20 officials, wearing black jackets with “ICO Enforcement” on them, arrived at the firm’s central London offices on Friday evening soon after a High Court judge granted a search warrant sought by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The officials, who were let into the building by security guards, were seen checking books and papers through the windows of the second-floor offices on London’s busy New Oxford Street, a Reuters witness said.



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UK investigators search London office of firm at centre of Facebook data storm

UK investigators search London office of firm at centre of Facebook data stormInvestigators from Britain’s data watchdog on Friday searched the London offices of Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm at the centre of a storm over allegations it improperly harvested Facebook data to target U.S. voters. About 20 officials, wearing black jackets with “ICO Enforcement” on them, arrived at the firm’s central London offices soon after a High Court judge granted a search warrant sought by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The officials, who were let into the building by security guards, could be seen checking books and papers through the windows of the second-floor offices on London’s busy New Oxford Street, a Reuters witness said.



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Thousands in London and Paris protest for tighter U.S. gun controls

Thousands in London and Paris protest for tighter U.S. gun controlsProtesters in the English and French capital took part in the "March for our lives" demonstration in solidarity with victims of school shootings in the U.S. Rough cut (no reporter narration)



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Regulators search Cambridge Analytica's London offices for seven hours over Facebook row

Regulators search Cambridge Analytica's London offices for seven hours over Facebook rowEnforcement officers for the Information Commissioner spent nearly seven hours searching Cambridge Analytica's central London premises overnight. Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, has requested urgent access to the records of Cambridge Analytica, a company accused of harvesting the records of 50 million Facebook users. The data watchdog's investigation includes the acquisition and use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica, its parent company SCL and academic Dr Aleksandr Kogan, who developed the app used to gather data. It stems from claims over the harvesting of personal data – and whether it was used during Donald Trump's US presidential campaign or the Brexit referendum. After entering the building in New Oxford Street at 8pm on Friday, some of the team emerged on foot at around 2.50am on Saturday morning as a van, thought to be carrying evidence, left via a rear exit. A van leaves the building followed by Information Commissioner's Office enforcement officers working on the premises of Cambridge Analytica in central London Credit: PA Earlier the investigators could be seen examining documents and taking photographs of a whiteboard and of computers. The group of around 18 people, some wearing ICO enforcement jackets,  arrived at the building less than an hour after a High Court judge granted the search warrant sought by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Information Commissioner's Office enforcement officers working on the premises of Cambridge Analytica in central London  Credit: PA They went up a side set of stairs at the building in New Oxford Street, London, and were seen on the second floor – where Cambridge Analytica has its offices. Earlier, the Information Commission Office said it was "pleased with the" judge's decision. Twitter account posted: "ICO granted warrant: We're pleased with the decision of the judge and we plan to execute the warrant shortly. ICO granted warrant: We’re pleased with the decision of the judge and we plan to execute the warrant shortly. This is just one part of a larger investigation into the use of personal data for political purposes and we will now need time to collect and consider the evidence— ICO (@ICOnews) March 23, 2018 The officers were seen on the first and second floors taking photographs of a whiteboard and of computers, while a man took notes on clipboard. Alexander Nix, the firm's chief executive, has been suspended while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been called on to give evidence to MPs. After a hearing at London's High Court on Friday, Judge Leonard said he would give the reasons for his decision on Tuesday. People are seen are seen inside the building which houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica  Credit: Reuters Facebook has admitted to a "major violation of people's trust" and announced an investigation into the harvesting and sale of the private data of millions of users. The social media giant said that it does not "deserve to serve" its users unless it can protect their personal information and said conceded it will have to regain people's trust. Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, said that mistakes had been made after people's private information was passed on without their permission. He launched an investigation into all developers that were given access to "large amounts" of private data, in a clear sign that the scandal is likely to expand.



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UK counterterror police investigate Russian's London death

UK counterterror police investigate Russian's London deathLONDON (AP) — British counterterrorism police on Tuesday took charge of the investigation into the death in London of a Russian businessman because he was connected to a prominent Kremlin foe.



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Putin enemy found dead in London eight days after Skripal poisoning, as counter-terror police launch investigation

Putin enemy found dead in London eight days after Skripal poisoning, as counter-terror police launch investigationCounter terrorism police have launched an investigation into the ‘unexplained’ death of a Russian business partner of Boris Berezovsky, Vladimir Putin’s arch enemy. Nikolai Grushkov, 69, was found dead at his home in New Malden in south London on Monday evening.  Grushkov was the closest aide to Berezovsky who died in mysterious circumstances in 2013 at his home in Surrey. The death of Grushkov just eight days after the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, the Russian double agent who sold state secrets to MI6, will cause alarm although Scotland yard has insisted there is no evidence to suggest the two incidents are linked. Friends of Berezovsky insist he was murdered on president Putin’s order. The metropolitan Police said in a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon: “An investigation is underway following the death of a man in his 60s in Kingston borough. The home in New Malden Credit:  Ben Stevens/ i-Images Picture Agency “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 10.46pm on Monday, 12 March to reports of a man found deceased at a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden. “Officers attended and next of kin have been informed. Whilst we believe we know the identity of the deceased, formal identification is yet to take place. “A post-mortem examination will be held in due course. Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky Credit: Sang Tan /AP “The death is currently being treated as an unexplained. If there is a change in the status of the investigation, an update will be provided. “At this stage the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had. “There is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury.” Nikolai Glushkov: The businessman twice charged with fraud in Russia Mr Glushkov left Russia after a Moscow court sentenced him to a two-year suspended sentence for fraud in 2006.  In March last year, he was handed a second eight-year sentence in absentia and a one million Russian Ruble fine for allegedly defrauding Aeroflot of $ 122 million during his tenure as finance director there in the late 1990s. Mr Glushkov denied all the charges against him. In 2016, he told Russian media that Aeroflot was attempting to sue him in a civil case in the High Court in London.  Russian spy poisoning | Read more Bereaved friends speak of his life and work Vasily Trunin, a friend and apparent former colleague, wrote on Facebook: "Every time we get on a new, up-to-date plane made by Aeroflot, one of the best airlines in Europe, we can remember Kolya (Nikolai) Glushkov, who was one of the few people who managed to pull an airline out of the Soviet backwater. "A shame, a great shame. He was a good friend." He told the Telegraph that he met the former Aeroflot manager in London and that he had been a close friend of Mr Berezovsky and Badri Patarkatsishvili.   "I saw Boris and Badri a lot at that time and observed their friendship with Nikolai. He really was a very good friend of theirs." Nikolai Glushkov before he left Russia Paying tribute to Mr Glushkov, he said: "I heard many positive reviews about his organizational skills, his understanding of building production processes." Another friend wrote that Mr Glushkov was the "best person [he] ever worked for". Alexander Goldfarb, a Russian-American activist who has campaigned for justice for Alexander Litvinenko, wrote that he was saddened by the death.



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Moscow to London: Let us examine nerve agent used in spy poisoning

Moscow to London: Let us examine nerve agent used in spy poisoningRussia will only respond to a British demand it provide answers about the nerve agent that poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal if London lets Moscow analyze the substance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was “highly likely” that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning in England of Skripal and his daughter using a military-grade nerve agent that was part of the Novichok group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military.



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A Norwegian Airline Claims to Have Set a New Record for New York to London Flights

A Norwegian Airline Claims to Have Set a New Record for New York to London FlightsNorwegian Airlines flight DY7014 beat the previous subsonic record by three minutes



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