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Iraqi premier stresses freedom of press; update

BBC Monitoring Baghdad Al-Iraqiyah Television in Arabic is observed between 1500 and 1700 gmt on 5 February to carry reports on the following political and security-related developments: Within its 1500 gmt newscast, the channel carries the following reports: - "An expanded conference on the implementation of development and reconstruction projects …

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Middle East, South Asia internet cables

BBC Monitoring Flag Telecom expects that two of the damaged submarine cables will be repaired by Sunday, the company said in a bulletin on Thursday, 7 February. Repair crews had reached the site of the damage. "The FALCON Cable cut between Dubai (UAE) and Al Seeb (Oman) is due to …

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Iran elections – Revolution Guards flex political muscle

BBC Monitoring By Saeed Barzin of BBC Monitoring on 5 February Iran's military Revolution Guards are showing increasing interest in the coming parliamentary Majlis elections and getting involved in the campaign process, press reports indicate. Military commanders, political commissars, as well as the rank-and-file officers of the Islamic Revolution Guards …

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Palestinian Hamas TV shows

BBC Monitoring At 1400 gmt on 1 February, the Gaza-based, Hamas-run Al-Aqsa Satellite Television in Arabic broadcasts a special episode of its weekly "Pioneers of Tomorrow" children's programme that features the make-belief death of the show's main character, a large bee-like figure called Nahhul, who according to the show's host, …

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