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Hamas official says paper banned for

BBC Monitoring Text of report in English by independent, non-governmental Palestinian Ma'an News Agency website Gaza, 12 February: Distribution of the Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayyam in the Gaza Strip will be banned starting Tuesday by the order of a Hamas-affiliated court. The magistrate court affiliated to the Hamas-run de facto government …

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Jordan: USAID launches media training programme

BBC Monitoring Text of report in English by privately-owned Jordan Times website on 8 February Amman (JT): A group of senior media professionals will sharpen their skills as trainers and consultants at a special "training of trainers" course starting next week as part of USAID's Jordan Media Strengthening Programme. The …

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Internet cable cuts affect customer access in Iran

BBC Monitoring Internet access in Iran has been affected because of the damage caused to undersea cables providing internet services to the Middle East and India, Iranian press reports suggest. However, government officials have played down the impact and said they have been able to switch access routes and minimize …

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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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