Monthly Archives: April 2018

‘Safe haven for terrorists’: Iran bans Telegram messenger over national security concerns

The Iranian judiciary has issued a “total ban” on Telegram following a request from the security services, which argued that the encrypted messaging app has become a “safe haven” for terrorist cells, according to local media. “Considering various complaints against the Telegram social networking app by Iranian citizens and based on the demand of security organizations to confront the illegal ...

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‘Unacceptable’: Russian Embassy condemns removal of flag from Consul General residence in Seattle

US authorities have illegally removed the Russian flag from the residence of the consul-general in Seattle, the Russian Embassy said, urging Washington to return the national symbol back to the diplomatic property’s rooftops. The Russian flag was removed from the diplomatic compound in Seattle “under the cover of night” on Monday morning in an “illegal” move that serves as yet ...

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New ‘hottest flashpoint’? Taiwan mulls buying US Abrams tanks to counter China

Taiwan is considering purchasing American M1A2 Abrams tanks to defend its shores from China’s potential aggression, Taipei’s defense minister said, claiming that the island might become a new “hottest flashpoint” in the region. Taipei is contemplating the procurement of US M1A2 Abrams tanks to serve as a coastal line of defense should mainland China chose to reassert its sovereignty over ...

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End of ‘major combat’: US closes anti-ISIS HQ in Iraq

The US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has closed down a headquarters responsible for ground operations in Baghdad, symbolically ending major combat operations in Iraq. The Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command (CJFLCC) headquarters was deactivated in a ceremony on Monday, and its authorities were transferred to Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). “Casing the CJFLCC colors is a symbolic ...

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American sues France for seizing France.com web domain he's owned since '94

A French-born American bought the domain France.com in 1994. However, in March 2018, the ownership of the domain was abruptly transferred to the French government. Now, Jean-Noël Frydman is suing to get his business back. Over a 20-year period, Frydman built up a substantial business that served the French-speaking community in the United States; he even collaborated with several French ...

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Kelly in crosshairs: NBC claims WH chief of staff called Trump ‘idiot’

A controversial NBC News report claims White House Chief of Staff John Kelly disparaged President Donald Trump, echoing last year’s rumors about Rex Tillerson. Kelly and Trump have denounced the story as false. NBC’s story on Monday claimed that Kelly, a former US Marine general, talked about himself as saving the country from Trump and even called the president “an ...

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White House says Israel’s claims about Iran’s nukes are ‘consistent with what US has long known’

The “new and compelling” details about Iran’s nuclear program revealed by the Israeli prime minister are “consistent” with what the United States has long known, the White House said after Benjamin Netanyahu’s flashy presentation. On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of “lying” about its nuclear research program. Citing evidence from a trove of secret files that the Israeli ...

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Up to IAEA to decide if Iran lied & violated nuclear deal – world reacts to Netanyahu’s claims

The 2015 nuclear deal with Iran remains a pinnacle of international peace and stability, and it is up to the IAEA to assess whether Tehran violated it, several signatories to the agreement said in response to Israel’s claims. The allegations about Iran’s nuclear program made by the Israeli prime minister during his televised address from Tel Aviv might, in fact, ...

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Twitter announces new video partnerships with NBCUniversal and ESPN

Twitter is hosting its Digital Content NewFronts tonight, where it’s unveiling 30 renewals and new content deals — the company says that’s nearly twice as many as it announced last year. Those include partnerships with the big players in media — starting with NBCUniversal, which will be sharing live video and clips from properties including NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo. ...

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Facebook seeks to block US spying lawsuit from top EU court

Facebook is trying to keep the European Court of Justice (ECJ) from reviewing an Irish privacy case, fearing potential limitations on its ability to move customer data from the EU to the US. Facebook’s headquarters for most of its non-US markets is in Dublin. The Irish High Court ruled that US surveillance programs permit the “mass indiscriminate” processing of the ...

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