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Telegram to block terror channels after Indonesian ban

Messaging service Telegram has promised to shut down terrorist-related channels after Indonesia’s government partially blocked access to its platform. The Ministry of Communication and IT blocked Telegram’s web version on Friday and threatened to stop access to its app as well. Jakarta claimed Telegram had been used to promote radicalism and to give instructions for carrying out attacks. The firm’s founder said he was “upset” by the move. In a note posted to his Telegram followers, Pavel Durov said his firm had now removed all terrorist-related public channels reported by…

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House panel seeks to block FDA 'vaping' rules

A House panel is again trying to exempt increasingly popular e-cigarettes from new Food and Drug Administration rules. The legislation approved Wednesday by the Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee would prevent the FDA from requiring retroactive safety reviews of e-cigarettes already on the market. It would exempt some premium and large cigars from those same regulations. E-cigarette products introduced in the future would face the safety reviews. The development comes as the Trump administration has delayed enforcement of the new FDA rule and the e-cigarette industry is hopeful that efforts to roll…

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London tower block residents 'must leave' says council

Media playback is unsupported on your device Residents who refused to leave north London tower blocks over fire safety fears are being told they “must leave”. Camden Council said on Sunday that staff would continue asking those people who had not yet left the Chalcots Estate in Swiss Cottage to vacate their flats. About 20 households had refused to leave their homes by Saturday evening. Meanwhile, cladding on 34 tower blocks in 17 council areas in England has failed fire safety tests. Where have fire cladding tests failed? The leader…

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The Maven Denver: Dairy Block Building

Photos Credit: The Maven Denver’s past is as exciting as its future; on the cutting edge of restaurants and new hotels, reestablished historic buildings and architectural modern marvels, the city is bustling with energy and excitement with an influx of new visitors and residents. The Maven is a hotel in the middle of it all, at the Dairy Block. Situated in Lower Downtown, or LoDo, The Maven blends cosmopolitan amenities, a high-end art collection, cool cocktail lounge, and contemporary restaurant Kachina into the space. Upon entering the lobby, guests can’t…

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Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason

Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. Officials said “an administrative measure” had been taken, but gave no reason why. Turkish media said authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers “supporting terror”. Turkey has temporarily blocked social media sites including Facebook and Twitter in the past, usually following protests or terror attacks. The Turkey Blocks monitoring group said Wikipedia was unreachable from 08:00 (05:00 GMT). People in Istanbul were unable to access any pages without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). “After…

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UK protests Twitter's block on user data

The British government is protesting against Twitter’s decision to withdraw access to user data used to investigate potential terrorist plots. The information was previously used by the police and the MI5 intelligence agency. However, the Telegraph newspaper cited industry sources, in a report on 25 April, saying the government’s access had been “blocked”. Twitter declined to comment on the matter. “We are protesting this decision. We are in talks with Twitter on getting access to this data,” a government spokesman said, according to the Reuters news agency. The BBC understands…

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Trump travel ban: Seattle judge issues nationwide block

A US judge in Seattle has issued a temporary nationwide block on President Donald Trump’s ban on travellers from seven mainly Muslim nations. Federal Judge James Robart ruled against government lawyers’ claims that US states did not have the standing to challenge Mr Trump’s executive order. Last week’s order has led to protests and confusion at US airports. Customs officials have told US airlines that they can resume boarding banned travellers while a legal case is heard. Gulf carrier Qatar Airways told Reuters news agency it would start accepting all…

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