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Facebook, Youtube say no to Taliban

Facebook said Tuesday it was blocking WhatsApp accounts linked to the Taliban after the radical Islamic group seized control of Afghanistan and sought to use the messaging service to help it govern. “The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and we have banned them from our …

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US prosecutors charge Iranians with kidnap attempt

U.S. prosecutors have accused four Iranians alleged to be intelligence operatives of Tehran of plotting to kidnap a New York journalist and human rights activist who was critical of Iran, according to a Justice Department indictment. unsealed Tuesday. In recent years, Iranian intelligence officers have tricked a number of overseas …

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Bahrain defends journalists against summery imprisonment

Bahrain’s Cabinet amended its Press, Printing and Publishing Law on Monday that included the abolition of jailing journalists, and the addition of a major section regarding digital media, Bahraini daily Al-Ayyam reported. The Cabinet also approved a memorandum of the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs regarding the amendments …

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Erdogan to step up monitoring of NGOs

Turkey’s parliament began debating a draft law on Friday that would increase oversight of non-governmental organisations and which, according to rights campaigners, risks limiting the freedoms of civil-society groups. The bill would allow the interior minister to replace members of organisations who are being investigated for terrorism charges. The interior …

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US Senate fails to protect internet freedoms

The U.S. Senate narrowly blocked an amendment on Wednesday that would have prevented law enforcement from collecting information on Americans’ internet habits without a warrant, as the Senate moved toward a reauthorization of divisive surveillance tools. The Senate defeated the amendment sponsored by Republican Senator Steve Daines and Democrat Ron …

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Netflix gay controversy in Turkey

Rumours of a gay character in a new Turkish Netflix series, “Love 101”, have ignited calls for a boycott of the streaming service and sharp criticism from the broadcast regulator. A furore erupted after a now-deleted Twitter account @love101netflix suggested one of the main characters in the show – a …

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The Geopolitics of the Khashoggi Murder

By Graham E. Fuller — The grisly details of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi security goons in their own consulate in Istanbul has riveted global attention like few other recent stories. Not surprisingly, the lurid descriptions of this single sensational case have far greater impact on …

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Israeli right’s anti-democratic laws penetrate everywhere

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged recently 800 million shekels ($226 million) for security measures along West Bank roads used only by settlers, bypassing Arab villages. Pocketing that significant pledge in public funds, head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan declared, “It’s not a question of who won — …

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Trump Threatens NBC Over Nuclear Weapons Report

He repeated his complaint later in the day when reporters arrived to cover his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write,” Mr. Trump said. President Trump threatened on Wednesday to use the federal government’s power …

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