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Facebook blocks more accounts potentially linked to foreign entity

Facebook said on Tuesday it blocked more accounts, in addition to the about 115 accounts it blocked over the weekend, in the run up to the US midterm elections that saw democrats capture US House majority. The company said a website claiming to be associated with Russia-based Internet Research agency published a list of Instagram accounts they claimed to have created. “We had already blocked most of these accounts yesterday, and have now blocked the rest,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cyber security policy…

Interior Ministry blacklists Ishaq Dar, blocks his passport

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on Thursday blacklisted former finance minister Ishaq Dar and blocked his passport, on request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Sources in the NAB said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader’s name was put in the blacklist on the anti-corruption watchdog’s request. Over his perpetual absence from the corruption trial proceeding, the ex-minister was declared fugitive in case pertaining to accumulating wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income. Efforts…

Trump blocks release of Russia memo drafted by Democrats

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Friday blocked the release of a classified memo written by congressional Democrats to rebut a Republican document that he allowed to be made public last week that claimed FBI and Justice Department bias against him in the federal probe of Russia and the 2016 US election. The Republican president’s decision -- the latest controversy relating to an investigation that has hung over his year in office -- infuriated Democrats. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said, “Millions of…

US resumes DACA applications after judge blocks end to program

WASHINGTON: US immigration authorities said on Saturday that it will resume accepting requests under a program that shields young people brought to the United States illegally from deportation after a court order blocked a government decision to end the program. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on its website that people who previously received a grant of protection under the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may apply for a renewal under the terms in place before it was rescinded in…

PTA blocks over 900 URLs, 10 websites of proscribed organizations

ISLAMABAD: Under the National Action Plan (NAP), 937 uniform resource locators and 10 websites of banned organizations have been blocked in the country. Uniform resource locator (URL) is the address of a web page on the world wide web (www). According to the data provided by the ministry of interior, law enforcement agencies have registered 17,562 cases and nabbed 19,289 persons to counter hate speech, extremist literature and misuse of loudspeaker. Similarly, regarding registration and regulation of Madaris, the…