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Many Iranians migrated to the app after Whatsapp updated its privacy policy in January.

Alwiya Alwaad Alhaq said it had targeted Saudi Arabia to 'avenge' a recent IS bombing in central Baghdad that killed 32 people.

WhatsApp delays data sharing change after backlash

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WhatsApp delays data sharing change after backlash

WhatsApp delayed a data-sharing change as users fled the messaging service over privacy concerns.

Three Russians, Ukrainian freed in Libya: NGO head

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Three Russians, Ukrainian freed in Libya: NGO head

The head of Defence of National Values, a Russian organisation that is part of a media group linked to sanctioned business man Yevgeny Prigozhin ...

The EU should stop coddling Middle East dictators

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The EU should stop coddling Middle East dictators

Comment: The EU's double standard when it comes to 'friendly authoritarians' like Sisi undermines its credibility and weakens the promotion of ...

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Putin congratulates Biden, says ready for 'collaboration'

The Russian president was one of the last remaining leaders of major world countries to have held back on congratulating Joe Biden.

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Iran president says Israel was behind killing of scientist

President Hassan Rouhani's comments marked the first time he has directly accused Israel of carrying out the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh late ...

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Europe-Iran forum postponed after outcry over execution

The three-day Europe-Iran Business Forum had been due to kick off with keynote remarks by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU ...

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Execution of Iranian dissident condemned by EU, rights groups

Iran authorities' execution of dissident Ruhollah Zam was criticised by the European Union and rights groups.

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US hits Chechen leader, Yemenis, Haitians with sanctions

The sanctions target six Russian companies and five individuals that are part of the Chechen strongman's network, as well as five security ...

Iran’s Supreme Court upholds journalist’s death sentence

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Iran’s Supreme Court upholds journalist’s death sentence

In June, a court sentenced Zam to death, saying he had been convicted of “corruption on Earth,” a charge used in cases involving espionage or ...

IS claims Kabul rocket attacks that killed eight

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IS claims Kabul rocket attacks that killed eight

Despite the IS claim, interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian blamed the Taliban, saying "terrorists" had fired a total of 23 rockets.

Islamic State group claims attack at Saudi non-Muslim cemetery

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Islamic State group claims attack at Saudi non-Muslim cemetery

A statement by the jihadist group on its Telegram channels said IS fighters "planted an explosive device in... the cemetery in the city ...

Arab leaders congratulate Biden, Harris on US election win

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Arab leaders congratulate Biden, Harris on US election win

Leaders of the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen, Palestine, Sudan, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Libya congratulated Biden, while ...

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Nagorno-Karabakh 'execution' video prompts Council of Europe probe: report

Europe's top human rights watchdog has launched a probe into alleged human rights violations in the Nagorno-Karapakh conflict.

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Hundreds protest in Iraq after attacks on activists

Hundreds of protesters have blocked roads and bridges in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah after one activist was kidnapped and another ...

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Iran hackers 'bypassing Whatsapp encryption' to target dissent: reports

The reports point to major technological strides for Iran's cyberespionage capabilities.

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Iran ex-judiciary official gets 31 years for graft

Akbar Tabari received the jail term after being convicted of "setting up and heading a bribery network", judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein ...

IS claims knife killing of Tunisian National Guard

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IS claims knife killing of Tunisian National Guard

In a statement, IS said its "fighters" had carried out the Tunisia attack.

Iran bill seeks to ban all 'foreign messaging apps'

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Iran bill seeks to ban all 'foreign messaging apps'

A bill seeking the replacement of all foreign messaging apps with locally-made alternatives has been submitted in Iran.

#Don't_Execute: viral campaign to stop Iran protester hangings

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#Don't_Execute: viral campaign to stop Iran protester hangings

A rare viral internet campaign urging Iran not to execute men detained over anti-government protests has halted their executions, but has not ...

Iran executes man for killing guard in 2017-18 protests

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Iran executes man for killing guard in 2017-18 protests

Iran executed a man convicted of killing a member of the Revolutionary Guards during deadly 2017-18 protests.

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