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Tech-savvy Iranians stay connected on social media despite regime restrictions


Posted: Fri-Feb-2020



Iranian authorities blocked Twitter and Telegram, but a younger generation has found ways around the bans, NBC News’ Lester Holt reports from Tehran.

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NATO urges Syria, Russia to halt airstrikes as migrants leave Turkey
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Russia on Friday said it was sending two warships armed with cruise missiles to waters off the Syrian coast and blamed Ankara for the deaths of 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria's Idlib region the previous day.

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Mike Pompeo pressed by U.S. lawmakers on coronavirus response, killing of Iran's Soleimani
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the Trump administration's response to the spreading coronavirus and faced contentious questions from Democrats about an airstrike that killed Iran's most powerful general, Qassem Soleimani.

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3 prominent Hong Kongers charged with illegal assembly
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An airstrike by Syrian government forces in Syria's northwestern Idlib region killed 33 Turkish soldiers, the local governor in Turkey's southeastern province of Hatay said early Friday, raising an earlier death toll.

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Chinese swim star Sun Yang banned 8 years after he loses doping hearing
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The company that owns and operates the Toronto Stock Exchange ordered a "technical halt" to all trading on Canada's largest stock exchange on Thursday, a day when stock markets around the world saw heavy losses.

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