Pakistan lifts ban on Tiktok with conditions
TikTok-als-Puzzle by Christoph Scholz ccThe Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) lifted its ban on TikTok on October 19, only 10 days after it introduced it.The regulator said it was reversing its decision after the Chinese company ByteDance assured authorities it will moderate content in compliance with Pakistan's laws.PTA ordered the ban after the mobile video app failed to comply with the regulator's instructions to adopt “effective mechanisms for proactive moderation of unlawful online content,” it said in a statement on October 9.In view of number of complaints from different segmen...
China STVs exempt from ban
The Chinese government’s ban on outbound tour groups will not affect those who apply for a special tourism visa (STV), says a key official.China decided to prolong the suspension of outbound and inbound tours this winter to prevent the spread of Covid-19 after authorities imposed travel restrictions since January.“Tourists who apply for STVs can continue their journeys despite those bans, as the order is restricted to tour groups only,” said Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister.But the ministry will send a convincing message to Chinese officials once again about stringent ...
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World Bank: Houthi ban on new currency exacerbates Yemen economic crisis
The World Bank announced in a report that the Houthis’ ban on the circulation of new banknotes in its areas of control has caused serious repercussions to the country’s economy which has been deteriorating due to a drop in oil exports, the downsizing of humanitarian support and devastating torrential rain and flash floods.In November 2019, the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Masur Hadi printed new banknotes to replace the old ones. However, the Houthis have banned their use and exchange in areas under its control.In its October 2020 report, the World Bank added tha...
The Middle East Monitor
Buhari: Nigerians misconstrued our ban of SARS as sign of weakness (Full broadcast text)
It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.2. I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well – intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).3. On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.4. The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a...
Asia Today: Philippines allows foreign travel to resume
MANILA — The Philippines on Wednesday lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau said the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure.The government has gradually eased travel restrictions to bolster the economy, which slipped into recession in the second quarter following months of lockdown and quarantine to fight the coronavirus pandemic.Travelers to other countries are required to show confirmed roundtrip tickets, travel and health insurance, a declaration acknowledging the risks of travel and trip delays, and ...
Virus fears see Filipinos shun foreign travel despite lifting of ban
MANILA: Filipinos worried about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic remain reluctant to travel abroad despite the lifting of a ban on nonessential foreign trips, Philippine officials revealed on Thursday.The government decided on Wednesday to ease travel restrictions in a bid to bolster the country’s economy, which slipped into recession in the second quarter of the year following months of lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.But Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, said: “The number of travelers remains low. It could mean that Filipinos still feel hesitant to travel internatio...
Tribunal orders UK Govt. to lift ban on LTTE | Daily FT
An independent tribunal in the UK has ordered the British Home Office to lift the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.The LTTE was proscribed in the UK in 2001.In 2019, the Tran-snational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) officially requested the British Home Office to lift the ban, claiming that the proscription of the LTTE was misperceived as a ban on advocacy for the establishment of a sovereign state of ‘Tamil Eelam’ and had a “chilling effect” on people’s participation in TGTE work towards that goal.The Home Office refused to lift the ban on the LTTE noting that it had been reporte...
Daily Financial Times
Canada, US travel ban extended to Nov 21
Canada and the United States on Monday extended a ban on non-essential travel between the two countries to November 21 in order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, Ottawa announced."We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until November 21st, 2020," Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said in a Twitter message."Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe," he said.The world's longest international border has been closed to nearly type of crossing except goods trading since March 21, with the...
Pakistan lifts TikTok ban after pledge on ‘immoral’ content
Pakistan said Monday it would lift a recent ban on the video-sharing app TikTok after assurances that "immoral" content would be blocked.The Chinese-owned platform, which is wildly popular among the country's youth, was banned earlier this month over what authorities in the Islamic country deemed "immoral, obscene and vulgar" content.But the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said on Monday that it had received assurances from TikTok that the company will "block all accounts repeatedly involved in spreading obscenity and immorality".Read also: Amnesty condemns Egypt's 'outrageous' pros...
‘I need him home’: Families hit by Trump’s Muslim ban speak out
Pamela and Afshin Raghebi will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary this December -- but whether it's a joyful occasion or one marred by the pain of their ongoing forced separation depends on the outcome of the November 3 election."I need him home," Pamela tearfully told AFP, two years after her husband left the US to complete a routine legal process to finalize his permanent residency, but was prevented from returning because of the "Muslim ban."In June 2018, the Supreme Court upheld Donald Trump's third travel ban, which focuses its most restrictive measures on citizens of five Muslim-m...