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Egypt’s information ministry to make a comeback

Egypt will reinstate the country’s information ministry and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has put the prime minister directly in charge of the government’s investment portfolio, in a cabinet reshuffle approved by parliament on Sunday. Osama Haikal, who served as information minister from 2011 to 2012, will return as Ministry of …

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Saudi crackdown on net activists

Saudi Arabia has detained at least eight people, mostly intellectuals and writers, two sources including London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said, amid a two-year crackdown on free expression in the kingdom. They were taken from their homes in the capital Riyadh and the Red Sea port city of Jeddah last …

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Iran resumes internet connections

Iran on Thursday began restoring internet access in the capital Tehran and a number of provinces, local news agencies and residents said, after a days-long nationwide shutdown meant to help stifle unrest over fuel price hikes. The Revolutionary Guards said calm had returned across Iran, state TV reported, after protests …

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Whatsapp sues Israel for spy hacks

WhatsApp sued Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group on Tuesday, accusing it of helping government spies break into the phones of roughly 1,400 users across four continents in a hacking spree whose targets included diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in San …

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DP World promoting digital tech in India

Invest India, Kerala Start-Up Mission and Startup Reseau, have teamed up with DP World to harness digital technologies like block chain, artificial intelligence, robotics, simulators and Internet of Things, IoT, to identify logistics-focused technology start-ups in India. The result of their joint efforts, Log-X, a national technology accelerator platform for …

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Saudi Arabia pushing cybersecurity in UAE’s GITEX Technology Week

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy today outlined how it is adapting and maintaining its world-class defense against evolving global cybersecurity threats. “Cyberattacks aimed at disrupting critical infrastructures are becoming more nuanced, advanced and difficult to spot. There can be no compromise when it comes to our defensive posture and we …

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Joint Committee for Media Cooperation of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council hold first ever meeting

The Joint Committee for Media Cooperation of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council yesterday held its first meeting in Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of Turki Al Shabana, Saudi Minister of Media, and Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council. The meeting …

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‘Palestine + 100’ Review

By Layla Azmi Goushey   In Palestine + 100: Stories from a century after the Nakba, twelve Palestinian writers answer the question” What might your country look like in the year 2048?” Their answers are encased in a thrilling collection of speculative, dystopian, and futuristic short fiction edited by Basma …

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