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Anonymous SMS threatens hundreds of journalists in Iran TEHRAN: Hundreds of journalists in Iran have received an anonymous text message warning against contact with "hostile" organisations outside the country, the ISNA news agency reported."All contact and collaboration with hostile elements based abroad, by mail or other methods of communication, is a crime and will be brought to justice. This SMS is the last warning," the message said.Iranian media reported that as many as 700 journalists and public figures received the SMS on Friday evening.Lawmaker Ali Motahari said the message had "created worry among journalists.""The intelligence ministry cyber-police must find the origin of this SMS and inform the public, and the judiciary must act against those responsible," he said."The Press Supervisory Board is responsible for the media and other bodies must not interfere."Some journalists who received the message said on social media that they would lodge complaints.Iran bans its citizens from having any contact with Persian-language media based overseas, ...

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Turkmenistan pardons over 600 prisoners, including 26 foreigners ALMATY: Reclusive Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has pardoned 612 prisoners including 26 foreign citizens ahead of festivities marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, state media reported Saturday.A state television report in the gas-rich country noted Berdymukhamedov had signed the order of amnesty "to further strengthen the unity and solidarity of Turkmen society."The report did not clarify the nationalities of foreign prisoners released under the amnesty but Turkmenistan's prisons are known to hold ...

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China landslide leaves at least 20 missing BEIJING: Heavy rain unleashed a landslide Friday that killed one person and left 20 others missing in China, state media said.The landslide hit early morning and buried 29 people in the village of Pianpo, in the southwestern province of Guizhou, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing local authorities. Nine were pulled from the rubble, one of whom later died and the eight others hospitalised, it said. Rescue efforts were continuing, it added.Pictures posted online ...

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Bingeing Kim Jong-Un piling on the pounds SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has piled on around 40 kilos (90 pounds) since he took power four years ago, bingeing on food and drink, South Korea's spy agency said Friday.The young leader is also suffering from insomnia and is paranoid about his personal safety, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) reported to a parliamentary committee behind closed doors.When he took over from his late father in 2012, Kim's weight was believed to be 90 ...

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North Korean assembly awards leader Kim Jong Un fresh title SEOUL: North Korea's parliament awarded Kim Jong Un a new post on Wednesday, adding to a long list of titles for the young leader. The North's state television said Kim was made chairman of the state affairs committee, a body that appears to be newly formed and whose function was not immediately clear.He also has the titles of the Dear Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, First Chairman of ...

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Sri Lanka president to appoint new central bank chief soon COLOMBO: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said on Wednesday that he would appoint a new central bank governor within hours, a week after incumbent Arjuna Mahendran said he would not seek an extension of his term until a parliamentary committee clears his name of allegations against him. "I will appoint a new Governor to the Central Bank in the coming hours," President Sirisena said in a twitter message after he made the announcement at a ...

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Iran suspends all flights to Istanbul airport after attack DUBAI: Iran said it had suspended all flights to Istanbul's main international airport on Wednesday after it was attacked by militants. "Due to last night's explosion at Ataturk Airport ... all Iranian flights are suspended until their safety and security are guaranteed," Reza Jafarzadeh, director of the public relations at Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.He added that the flights might be resumed in the afternoon.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...