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Iran in talks with Twitter to resume its service

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TEHRAN: Iran has decided to unblock Twitter after the new communications minister started negotiations with the social-networking app to resume its services in the country.

“(Twitter) has announced that it is prepared to negotiate to resolve problems,” Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi said in an interview with the state television.

“Considering the current situation there are grounds for such negotiation and interaction. Twitter is not an immoral environment needing to be blocked,” he added.

However, there was no immediate response from Twitter to his comments.

The minister further said that the ministry of communications was also looking at ways to unblock YouTube while still censoring “immoral content” on the site.

Twitter was banned at the time of mass anti-regime protests in 2009, that followed allegations of massive rigging in the re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Mongolia to build its first oil refinery

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ULAN BATOR: Mongolia will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for its first oil refinery in southeastern Dornogovi Province later this month, the country’s Foreign Ministry said today.

The ceremony will take place on June 22 in Altanshiree soum (administrative subdivisions) of Dornogovi province, attended by Mongolian Prime minister Ukhnaa Hurelsukh and Indian Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh, among other officials, according to the ministry. The project was financed by a loan from India, which was announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country in 2015.

The refinery will have a processing capacity of 1.5 million tons of oil per year and will annually produce 560,000 tons of gasoline and 670,000 tons of diesel fuel, as well as 107,000 tons of liquefied gas. The refinery, to be ready for operation by 2022, is expected to boost Mongolia’s gross domestic product by 10 per cent. Mongolia currently exports crude oil to China while importing petroleum products from Russia.

 

 

 

 

 

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Young housewife unmasked as French ‘dark web’ boss

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PARIS: A 28-year-old housewife with no criminal record has been unmasked as the woman behind a major French “dark web” site which sold drugs and guns until it was shut down last week.

The woman was among four people arrested last Tuesday when intelligence agents closed the Black Hand website, where fake ID documents and stolen bank data had also changed hands for more than two years. Agents from the DNRED intelligence agency seized nearly 4,000 euros in cash and around 25,000 euros ($29,000) in online currencies while swooping on the suspects in four simultaneous raids around France.

The mother of two, who went by various online pseudonyms including “Anouchka” and “Hades”, did not create the site but worked as its administrator, a DNRED agent told AFP on condition of anonymity. “A woman active at that level, it’s pretty unusual,” the agent said, adding that Anouchka, who did not have a job, was arrested near the northern city of Lille. Although she did not have what he termed the “geeky profile of an IT technician”, this was not her first experience on the darknet, he added. 

 

 

 

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Trump orders Pentagon to create US ‘space force’

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the Pentagon to create a new US “space force,” which would become the sixth branch of the American military and would ensure “American dominance” in space.

“I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces,” Trump said. “We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the space force, separate but equal,” he added. “When it comes to defending America it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space.”

Details about the role and timing of the space force were not immediately clear. Trump’s comments came at the start of the third meeting of the National Space Council, an advisory body led by Vice President Mike Pence. Trump also announced he would sign a directive on space traffic management, aimed at monitoring objects in orbit so as to avoid collisions and debris strikes.

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