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FBI raids offices, home of Trump’s personal lawyer

WASHINGTON: The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday raided the offices and home of U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, law enforcement sources said, in a dramatic new development in a series of probes involving close Trump associates. Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen M. Ryan, said that U.S. prosecutors conducted a search that was partly a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller. Mueller is investigating whether members of Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia during the U.S.…

Israel threatens to close broadcaster Al Jazeera’s offices, ban its journalists

JERUSALEM: Israel said on Sunday it planned to close the offices in the Jewish state of Al-Jazeera, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the satellite news broadcaster of incitement. Netanyahu had said on July 27 that he wanted Al-Jazeera expelled amid tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. "Al-Jazeera has become the main tool of Daesh (the Islamic State group), Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran," Communications Minister Ayoob Kara, a member of the Druze community from Netanyahu's Likud party, alleged during…

ECP bans social media websites, YouTube in its offices

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has banned use of social media and popular video streaming website YouTube across all its offices in the country. The notification has also been issued by ECP Deputy Director Syed A. Rahman Zafar in this regard. A letter sent to the provincial election commissioners of Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan said blocking the social media sites on ECP offices “will minimise malware attacks and ensure the discipline of using electronic resources up to the…