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Iran temporarily restricts access to social media

Iran will temporarily restrict access to some social media and messaging apps to control protests, Iranian state television quoted an informed source as saying on Sunday.

“It has been decided in the highest security level to restrict access to Telegram (messaging app) and Instagram,” the source said.

Migrant arrivals to Italy by sea fall by a third in 2017

Migrant arrivals to Italy by sea fell by a third in 2017 compared to a year earlier, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday, as Libyan authorities helped to slow departures during the second half of the year.
More than 119,000 came to Italy by boat this year after a record 181,000 made the crossing in 2016, the ministry said in a statement. Since July, arrivals have declined by more than two thirds versus a year earlier.
“We were able to govern the flow because we were the first to believe that an agreement with Libya was a turning point,” Interior Minister Marco Minniti said in an interview with Corriere della Sera, commenting on the decline.

In February, Italy signed an agreement with the United Nations-backed government in Tripoli, promising aid, equipment and training in exchange for its help in fighting people smuggling. The deal was endorsed by the European Union.
Since then, armed groups supported by the Tripoli government have forced smugglers in the city of Sabratha - a key hub on …

Trump, Republican allies endorse Iranian protesters

U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers offered implicit support on Sunday to tens of thousands of Iranians protesting against the Islamic Republic’s unelected clerical elite and Iranian foreign policy in the Middle East.
”Big protests in Iran,“ Trump said in a tweet from his private club in Palm Beach, Florida. 
”The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism.
“Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!”
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement: “The Iranian government is being tested by its own citizens. 
We pray that freedom and human rights will carry the day.”
The protests, which initially focused on economic hardships but now include anti-government messages, appeared to resume for a fourth day on Sunday despite Tehran’s warnings of a crackdown and restrictions on messaging apps used by the demonstrators.
The p…

South Korea seizes second ship suspected of providing oil to North Korea

South Korean authorities have seized a Panama-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, a customs official said on Sunday.
The seizure was the second to be revealed by South Korea within a few days, as the United Nations steps up efforts to squeeze essential oil supplies to the reclusive North following its nuclear or ballistic missile tests.
The ship, KOTI, was seized at Pyeongtaek-Dangjin port, the official told Reuters, without elaborating, due to the sensitivity of the issue. 
The port is on the west coast, south of Incheon.
A marine official also confirmed the seizure, which he said was done “recently”.
The KOTI’s estimated time of arrival at the port was Dec. 19, according to VesselFinder Ltd., a tracking service provider,
The ship can carry 5,100 tonnes of oil and has a crew mostly from China and Myanmar, Yonhap News Agency reported, adding that South Korea’s intelligence and customs officials are conducting a joint …

What has brought Iranian protesters to the streets?

Iran warned of a tough crackdown on Sunday against demonstrators posing one of the boldest challenges to its clerical leaders since nationwide unrest shook the Islamist theocracy in 2009.
How serious are the protests?
Political protests are rare in Iran, where security services are pervasive. 
And yet tens of thousands of people have protested across the country since Thursday. 
The demonstrations are the biggest since unrest in 2009 that followed the disputed re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
They began in Iran’s second city of Mashhad in the northeast on Thursday and spread to Tehran and other urban centers. 
Iranians vented their anger over a sharp increase in prices of basic items like eggs, and a government proposal to increase fuel prices in next year’s budget.
Some protesters also vented their rage over high unemployment and savings that were lost after investments in unlicensed credit and financial institutions turned sour.
The demonstrations, initially focused on eco…

Pope, in year-end message, says 2017 was marred by war and lies

Pope Francis in his year-end message said that 2017 had been marred by war, lies and injustice, and he urged people to take responsibility for their actions.
At his last public event of the year, an evening vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pontiff said that humanity had “wasted and wounded” the year “in many ways with works of death, with lies and injustices”.
While war was the most obvious sign of “unrepentant and absurd pride”, many other transgressions had caused “human, social and environmental degradation”.
“We must take responsibility for everything before God, our brothers and our creation,” he said.
While the pope did not mention any specific events from 2017, he had made his voice heard on many of the world’s biggest issues over the course of the year.
In April, Francis condemned the “unacceptable massacre” of innocent civilians in a chemical weapons attack in Syria. Just a month ago, he visited Myanmar, where more than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya people have been forced f…

Likud party calls for de-facto annexation of Israeli settlements

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party unanimously urged legislators in a non-binding resolution on Sunday to effectively annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, land that Palestinians want for a future state.
By enacting civilian law over settlements, the move could streamline procedures for their construction and expansion. 
That land is currently under military jurisdiction and Israel’s defense minister has a final say on building there.
The settlers are subject to Israeli civilian law.
“We will now promote the recognition of our sovereignty of the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). ... We must begin to enact this sovereignty, we have the moral right and obligation towards our settler brothers,” Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told a meeting of Likud’s Central Committee.
Netanyahu is not bound to follow the resolution. 
He did not attend the meeting, which attracted several hundred delegates including ministers, legislators and party offic…

Iran protesters rally again, defying warning of crackdown

Anti-government protesters demonstrated in Iran on Sunday in defiance of a warning by authorities of a tough crackdown, extending for a fourth day one of the most audacious challenges to the clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009.
Giving his first public reaction to the protests, President Hassan Rouhani appealed for calm, saying Iranians had the right to protest and criticize the authorities.
But he warned, according to official media: “The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society.”
Tens of thousands of people have protested across the country since Thursday against the Islamic Republic’s government and clerical elite.
Police in the center of Tehran fired water cannon to try to disperse demonstrators, according to pictures on social media.
Demonstrations turned violent in Shahin Shahr in central Iran. Videos showed protesters attacking the police, turning over a car and setting it on fire. …

دویست نفر در اعتراضات شنبه شب تهران دستگیر شده‌اند

به گفته علی اصغر ناصربخت، معاون امنیتی انتظامی فرمانداری تهران، حدود ۲۰۰نفر در تجمع‌های اعتراضی روز شنبه ۹دی (۳۰دسامبر) در محدوده خیابان انقلاب و ولیعصر تهران بازداشت شده‌اند.
فرمانداری تهران اعلام کرده که این افراد "قصد درگیری و تخریب اموال داشتند".
گفته شده که شماری از بازداشت شدگان در اختیار دستگاه قضایی قرار گرفته‌اند و عده‌ای هم آزاد شده‌اند.
معاون امنیتی انتظامی فرمانداری تهران "مجموع لیدرهایی" که در تجمع دیروز تهران دستگیر شدند را حدود ۴۰نفر اعلام کرده است.
به گزارش خبرگزاری ها آقای ناصربخت گفته است: "تجمع‌کنندگان با سنگ ماشین همشهریان را مورد اصابت قرار می‌دادند و یا نسبت به تخریب اموال عمومی اقدام می‌کردند، اما نیروی انتظامی برخوردی توأم با مدارا داشت؛ امروز هم مثل دیروز است و هیچ تفاوتی ندارد."
فرمانده انتظامی رباط کریم هم از دستگیری دو نفر در ارتباط با ناآرامی‌های اخیر خبر داده است.
امروز یکشنبه ۱۰

دستور پادشاه اردن برای بازداشت برادرانش

به دستور پادشاه اردن عبدالله دوم دو برادر و پسر عموی وی بازداشت شدند.
به گزارش خبری روز شنبه روزنامه اکسپرس بریتانیا با استناد به رسانه های محلی اردن این خبر را منتشر کرد.
عبدالله دوم دو برادر تنی شاهزاده فیصل بن حسین و شاهزاده علی بن حسین و همچنین پسر عمویش شاهزاده تلال بن محمد را به خاطر تماس هایشان با رهبران عربستان سعودی و امارات متحده عربی بازداشت کرد.

در عین حال به گفته ی نماینده ی پادشاهی اردن هر سه نفر آنها در چارچوب اصلاحات استعفا داده بودند.
۲۸دسامبر نیز شاهزاده ها از نیروهای مسلح کشور استعفا دادند.

کره شمالی درباره سال ۲۰۱۸: انتظار نداشته باشید سیاست ما تغییر کند

خبرگزاری رسمی کره شمالی در گزارشی اعلام کرد که سیاست این کشور درباره برنامه هسته‌ای و آزمایش‌های موشکی‌اش به قوت خود باقی خواهد ماند.
به گزارش خبرگزاری رویترز، کره شمالی روز شنبه ۹دی، گفت که «انتظار تغییر سیاست نداشته باشید».
در گزارش خبرگزاری «کی‌سی‌ان‌ای» کره شمالی که به مرور آزمایش‌های موشکی و اتمی این کشور در سال ۲۰۱۷پرداخته، تاکید شده است: مادامی که ایالات متحده و متحدانش به «باج‌گیری و رزمایش‌های جنگی» ادامه دهند پیونگ‌یانگ از برنامه تسلیحات هسته‌ای خود دست نخواهد کشید.
کره شمالی در ماه سپتامبر دست به یک آزمایش هسته‌ای پرقدرت زد و در ماه‌های ژوئیه و نوامبر سه موشک بالستیک قاره‌پیما نیز به طرف دریا شلیک کرد.
این آزمایش‌ها موجی از خشم جهانی برانگیخت و شورای امنیت سازمان ملل در چند نوبت، تحریم‌ها علیه پیونگ یانگ را تشدید کرد.
آمریکا و کره جنوبی گفته‌اند که با کره شمالی مذاکره نخواهند کرد مگر اینکه پیونگ‌یانگ نشان دهد که حاضر به توقف برنامه موشکی و تسلیحات هسته‌ای خود است.
خبرگزاری کره شمالی در گزارش خود گفت که پیونگ‌یانگ برای «تقویت توانایی دفاعی خود و حملات پیشگیرانه با استفاده از قدرت …