Litvinenko died in November 2006 after he was poisoned with polonium-210

Murder suspect Andrei Lugovoy to shun UK inquest for spy Alexander Litvinenko

A former KGB agent suspected of murdering Alexander Litvinenko has told a press conference that he will no longer assist the UK-based inquest into the spy's death.

Editorial: This inquest must probe every dark corner

More than six months after the exiled Russian and new British citizen Alexander Litvinenko died of radiation poisoning in London, the then Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, announced the expulsion of four Russian diplomats.

Litvinenko died in November 2006 after he was poisoned with polonium-210 while drinking tea at a meeting

Alexander Litvinenko files must stay secret for now, rules coroner

Sensitive evidence alleged to expose poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko's ties to MI6 will be examined in secret, a coroner ruled today.

Man of mystery: Ben Zygier

Israeli 'Prisoner X' investigation: Gag order lifted

Ben Zygier was not an Australian double agent Israel said last night scotching speculation that the Mossad operative, who apparently committed suicide in a maximum security jail two years ago, had betrayed the Jewish state.

A US MQ-9 Reaper drone

US using secret airbase in Saudi Arabia to carry out drone strikes against al-Qa'ida militants in Yemen

First drone strike launched from the base believed to have been the one that killed Anwar al-Awlaki

The Iranian told the High Court that he is living like a prisoner; he cannot stay, or leave

Iranian immigrant suffering 'delusional disorder' begs judge to be allowed to continue hunger strike even if it kills him

A hunger striking Iranian man begged a High Court judge this afternoon to let him continue his fast even if it results in his eventual death.

Trial into secret CIA jails held up to protect Polish state

Lawyers for two men who say they were held illegally in a secret CIA jail in Poland argue that a landmark criminal investigation into the “black site” is being stalled because a trial will embarrass the Polish state.

Pensioner arrested for throwing banana at referee

A 74-year-old man was arrested after allegedly throwing a banana at the referee during last night's game between AFC Wimbledon and Port Vale.

Jeanne Vertefeuille: CIA officer who unmasked the spy Aldrich Ames

She was, at first glance, the classic little old lady. Jeanne Vertefeuille, brought up as an only child, never married. She lived alone in a modest apartment and invariably walked to work. She might have been a librarian, a clerk, or a quiet pillar of her local church community. In fact she led the team that unmasked the most damaging mole in the history of the CIA.

Former SS colonel Otto Skorzeny, the man who rescued Mussolini, owned property in County Kildare

IoS book review: Ratlines, By Stuart Neville

Washing Ireland's dirty laundry is not for the faint-hearted

Television choices: Intricate web of secrets and stealth drives active agent

TV pick of the week: Spies of Warsaw

Drone attacks challenge blocked

The High Court has blocked a legal challenge over accusations that the UK Government is unlawfully assisting US drone attacks by passing on information to the CIA.

Strange truth of a life caught up with MI6’s ‘Martin’ and the KGB

Inquiry told Alexander Litvinenko was spying for Britain and Spain –  and Russia killed him

Ben Emmerson QC, counsel for his widow, Marina, maintains that MI6 failed to protect its agent

Spanish link may shed light on motive for a very unusual, unexplained killing

In the world of espionage, where information is power, it is not unusual to find men like Alexander Litvinenko, a former agent, trading on what he could pick up from his contacts. Nor is it remarkable that his services were shared by his paymasters, MI6, with authorities in another friendly country, Spain.

Putin's right this time: If you’re going to have children, then three is the magic number

The Russian President has urged his countrymen to aim for three kids

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