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Telegram blames China for ‘powerful DDoS attack’ during Hong Kong protests

As well as using encrypted messaging apps, Bloomberg notes that protesters in Hong Kong are also covering their faces to avoid facial recognition systems. They’re also avoiding the use of public transit cards that can link location to identities.

Telegram cyber attack timed to coincide with Hong Kong protests

Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets of the Chinese-ruled city in recent days to protest against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to the mainland to stand trial.
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BlackBerry Messenger shuts down on May 31

Blackberry has announced that its messaging platform will be shut down on May 31, because “users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on”.

Telegram gains three million new users during Facebook outage

Three million new users have signed up to Telegram over the past 24 hours, during a period in which Facebook (and Facebook Messenger), Instagram, and WhatsApp were all experiencing significant outages worldwide.
Participants are seen holding a banner and flags during the... MOSCOW, RUSSIA - 2019/03/10- Participants are seen holding a banner and flags during the protest. Participants in an opposition rally in central Moscow protest against tightening state control over the internet in Russia. Igor Russak/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Russians protest against tighter internet restrictions

Thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow and two other cities on Sunday to rally against tighter internet restrictions, in some of the biggest protests in the Russian capital in years.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres(not shown) in New York on September 26, 2018, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. - AFP PHOTO - Don EMMERT

Iran summons Polish diplomat to protest US summit

Iran’s foreign ministry summoned Poland’s top diplomat in the country to protest its decision to host what it called an “anti-Iranian” summit, a spokesman said Sunday.
The Saudi-UAE military alliance at war with Yemen's Houthis says it bombed Sanaa International Airport and an adjoining airbase which were allegedly being used to launch drone and ballistic missile attacks.

Reports: Houthi drone attack hits military base in Yemen

A Houthi drone attack has reportedly hit a Yemeni government military parade in Lahij Province, killing several, according to Houthi media and Sky News Arabia.
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Iran moves to block Instagram

Justice officials in Iran want to ban Instagram due to what they term “immoral content on the photo-sharing app”, according to local media.

Islamic State says 118 ‘casualties’ recorded in attacks in Nigeria

Islamic State claimed responsibility for five attacks in an area it calls the “State of West Africa” that it said resulted in 118 casualties in the past week, according to a video posted on its account on the messaging website Telegram late on Thursday.

Islamic State kills 68 US-backed fighters in Syria

The Islamic State group has killed at least 68 US-backed fighters battling to oust the jihadists from their eastern Syria holdout of Hajin, a war monitor said on Saturday.

ISIS in Egypt’s Sinai announces death of top militant

The Islamic State group has announced the death of one of its leaders in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, where a security source said 15 jihadists were also killed separately.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives to attend the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, in the capital Tehran on September 22, 2018.In Iran's southwestern city of Ahvaz during commemoration of the same event, dozens of people were killed with dozens others wounded in an attack targeting another army parade, state media reported on September 22. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Russia’s Vladimir Putin ‘appalled’ by ‘terrorist’ attack in Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday denounced the attack on an army parade in Iran, offering condolences to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and calling for deeper anti-terror cooperation.
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Iran slams Twitter for shutting down ‘real Iranian’ accounts

Iran has accused Twitter of closing accounts of "real" Iranians, while allowing anti-government "bots" backed by the United States, to continue.
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Court jails extremist 30 years over plot to behead British premier

A British man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group was on Friday sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in jail for plotting to behead Prime Minister Theresa May in a suicide attack.
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UAE used Israeli spyware ‘to hack’ phones belonging to opponents

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) used Israeli spyware to hack into phones belonging to political and regional rivals, as well as members of the media, emails obtained by the New York Times appear to show.

State prosecutor insists Twitter ban in Iran remains

State prosecutor in Iran on Tuesday insisted that Twitter remained banned in the country, refusing a request by the communication minister to lift the ban.

India to block Facebook, WhatsApp in cases of misuse

India has asked its telecom operators to find ways of blocking applications such as Facebook and messaging app WhatsApp in the case of misuse, according to a document seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
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Stranded and cash-strapped Nigerian World Cup fans beg embassy for return tickets

No less than 400 Nigerian who were promised lucrative employment in Russia spent the night near the Nigerian Embassy in Mamontovsky Lane, Moscow, in the hope that they’ll get help with their return tickets.

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Police arrest housewife for allegedly pouring hot water on husband

The Police Command in Kano State has confirmed the arrest of a housewife, Aisha Ali, who allegedly poured hot water on the private part of her husband.

Christine Lagarde resigns as IMF chief

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, announced in a statement on Tuesday that she had submitted her resignation from the IMF and it will go into effect in September.

House of Reps commends President Buhari for signing ACFTA

The House of Representatives has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA).
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PDP: Ex-President Obasanjo’s letter vindicates our stance

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the latest letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari describing the former’s action as patriotic.

Jacob Zuma: Gupta influence fiction

Former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, has denied that the Gupta family had any influence in the appointment of his Cabinet ministers.