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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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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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