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Iranian President Urges Islamic Clerics To Embrace Internet

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Iran’s president has urged the country’s clerics to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential conservative religious leaders in the Islamic Republic.

Hassan Rouhani made the appeal during a meeting with clerics in Tehran on Monday, where he said that the Internet is important for aspiring students and experts trying to access new knowledge and science.

“In today’s world, one who does not know the Internet and does not use it is called an expert or even a student,” he said in a speech broadcast on state television.

“We cannot close the gates of the world for the younger generation.”

Rouhani, a relative moderate elected last year, has vowed to expand media and Internet freedoms but has faced resistance from clerics, who oppose, for example, third generation (3G) mobile-phone network technology, saying that it paves the way for immoral images.

In recent weeks, however, the government has allowed more Iranian operators to provide 3G services, the AP news agency reported.

Authorities have banned many social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube after the opposition used them during post-election protests in 2009.

But youths and technology-literate Iranians use proxy servers or other workarounds to bypass the controls.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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Donald Trump and Melania

Donald Trump and wife, Melania Trump

President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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