Irish watchdog fines Meta 265M euros in latest privacy case

  • LONDON: Irish regulators slapped Facebook parent Meta with a 265 million-euro ($277 million) fine Monday, the company’s latest punishment for breaching strict European Union data privacy rules. The Data Protection Commission said Meta Platforms infringed sections of the EU rules, known as the ...
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BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ program appoints Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe as guest editor

  • DUBAI: British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who spent six years jailed in Iran, has been chosen as one of seven guest editors of BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program, as part of BBC Radio and BBC Sounds Christmas plans. In an annual tradition, for the last 19 years, the program has inv...
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Israeli extremists harass France24 reporter during live coverage

  • LONDON: France24 correspondent Laila Odeh was harassed and verbally attacked by Israeli extremists as she spoke Arabic during live coverage from West Jerusalem on Wednesday. A video of the incident shows the Palestinian journalist being heckled while covering the recent bomb attacks that took ...
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Elon Musk says Twitter’s ban on Trump after Capitol attack was ‘grave mistake’

  • WASHINGTON: Twitter’s ban on then President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by his supporters was a “grave mistake” that had to be corrected, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Friday, although he also stated that incitement to violence would continue to be prohibit...
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Russia’s media watchdog blocks Novaya Gazeta website in Russia

  • LONDON: Russia’s media watchdog blocked access to the website of independent news site Novaya Gazeta on Thursday, Nov. 17. Novaya Gazeta suspended publication on its website, social media and in print in March in response to strict new censorship laws introduced by Russia. In July, the Roskom...
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Netflix aims ‘to provide Arab talent and filmmakers with a platform to gain fans globally’

  • DUBAI: Netflix, the global video-streaming giant, says it is investing heavily in content from the Arab region. Recent evidence of this includes the release of Arabic reality show “Dubai Bling” in October, and its first Kuwaiti series, a comedy-drama titled “The Cage,” in September. Earlier i...
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Iran arrests ‘agent’ of London-based opposition TV channel: Fars

  • DUBAI: Iranian security forces have arrested an employee of an opposition television broadcaster, Iran International, as the individual was trying to flee the country, its semi-official Fars news agency said on Thursday. On Tuesday, Iran’s intelligence minister, Esmail Khatib, called the ...
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VOX Cinemas to screen Coldplay live concert

  • DUBAI: VOX Cinemas will be screening Coldplay’s “Music of the Spheres” world tour live from Buenos Aires across its cinemas in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt and Lebanon on Oct. 29. The screening will also feature a guest appearance by Jin, a member of the popular Korean band BTS...
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Russia adds Meta to list of ‘terrorist and extremist’ organizations

  • MOSCOW: Russia on Tuesday added US tech giant Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, to a list of “terrorist and extremist” organizations, according to a database of the Federal Service for Financial Monitoring (Rosfinmonitoring). Russia in late March banned Facebook and Instagram...
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Two Palestinian journalists shot, injured by Israeli soldiers

  • LONDON: Israeli Defense Forces have been accused of shooting and injuring two Palestinian journalists who were covering events in the occupied area of the West Bank. Photojournalists Louay Samhan and Mahmoud Fawzy were reporting on a raid in the village of Deir al-Hatab, near the city of Nabl...
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