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US considers warning Ukraine of a Russian invasion in real-time

Officials in the Biden administration have moved cautiously to avoid escalating the situation, even as they consider ways to better assist Ukraine and deter Russia.

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Iran’s nuclear programme ignites new tension between US and Israel

The strains were evident all week as the Biden administration sought to bring the alliance with Israel into a united front about how to deal with Iran over the next year.

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Review finds no answers to mystery of Havana syndrome

There have now been 750 official reports of possible anomalous health incidents, according to people briefed on the cases, but about three-quarters are no longer being investigated as likely cases…

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Pentagon forms a group to examine unexplained aerial sightings

The group will focus on special-use airspace, which includes military operations areas, firing ranges and places restricted for national security and other uses

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CIA reorganisation to place new focus on China

At the heart of the effort will be a new China Mission Center meant to bring more resources to studying the country and better position officers around the world to collect information and analyze…

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Captured, killed or compromised: CIA admits to losing dozens of informants

While the CIA has many ways to collect intelligence for its analysts to craft into briefings for policymakers, networks of trusted human informants around the world remain the centrepiece of its…

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China poses biggest threat to US, intelligence report says

The report does not predict a military confrontation with either Russia or China, but it suggests that so-called gray-zone battles for power, which are meant to fall short of inciting all-out war…

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White House weighs new cybersecurity approach after failure to detect hacks

The full extent of the damage to US interests from the hacks is not yet clear, but the latest, attributed by Microsoft to China, is now revealing a second vulnerability.

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Rotating group of analysts to provide Biden security briefs

The question of whether Trump should continue to get briefings has been raised in recent days

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Russia poses greater election threat than Iran, many US officials say

Speaker Nancy Pelosi also voiced scepticism of Ratcliffe’s announcement. 'Russia is the villain here,' she said before a briefing from intelligence officials. 'From what we have seen in the public…

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