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Afghan MPs Denouncing Trump’s Bait-al-Maqdis Decision Demand UN Urgent Meeting

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(Last Updated On: December 9, 2017)

Some Members of Parliament (MPs) strongly denouncing the Trump’s decision of recognizing Jerusalem or Bait-al-Maqdis as Israel’s Capital have urged the United Nations to hold urgent meeting in order to pick up steps toward cancellation of the decision.

The MPs further described that the U.S. new decision will seriously endanger the global security and Muslims’ first Qibla, Bait-al-Maqdis, need to be freed.

All Afghan MPs stood up in protest against the new decision of the U.S. president and issued a statement.

“The U.S. should not play with the feelings of Muslims. Bait-al-Maqdis is not acceptable as Israel’s Capital for any Muslim. The Muslims will firmly stand against the U.S,” said Sarwar Osmani, an MP from Farah province.

“Bait-al-Maqdis is Muslim’s first Qibla. Trump’s decision is inhuman and against of international law. It puts the U.S. against Islamic countries and a decision need to be made regarding this action of the U.S.,” said Mullah Tarakhil Mohammadi, a Kuchi member of the parliament.

Abdul Qayom Sajadi, another MP further denounced Trumps’ decision of recognizing Bait-al-Maqdis or Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and expressed that as violation of international laws urging UN to hold urgent meeting for cancellation of the decision.

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Twitter disabled Trump’s video tribute to Floyd for copyright reasons

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Twitter has pulled down Donald Trump’s tribute video to George Floyd on its platform.

On a copyright complaint, Twitter has pulled down Donald Trump’s tribute video to George Floyd on its platform, news agencies report.

A Twitter representative has said, “We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,”

The clip is said to be a collation of photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, with Trump’s voiceover.

The three-minute 45-second video is still on YouTube, with over 60,000 views and 13,000 likes – it was tweeted by Trump’s campaign on June 3.

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Afghanistan records highest Coronavirus death toll in single day

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Nine people have died of Coronavirus in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry.

In a statement released on Friday, the ministry said that three people in Balkh, two in Herat, two in Samangan, and two others in Kunduz lost life after suffering COVID-19.

According to the statement, 915 people were tested positive for the Coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

The cases were registered as follow: 423 in Kabul, 201 in Herat, 116 in Balkh, 29 in Kunduz, 23 in Kunar, 21 in Kandahar, 21 in Farah, 21 in Sar-e-Pul, 20 in Helmand, 15 in Samangan, 11 in Paktia, 7 in Nangarhar, 4 in Maidan Wardak, and three in Laghman, the statement said.

It brings the total affected people to 18,969 in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, 178 people have recovered and fully discharged from the hospitals, bringing the total recoveries to 1,763, the ministry added.

So far, 309 people have died of the virus since its first case was detected in western Herat province.

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Facebook labels state-controlled media outlets

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Facebook – a social media giant – said Thursday that it would start labeling state-controlled media outlets on Facebook.

Facebook would reportedly add labels to the Facebook pages of Russia Today, Russia’s Sputnik, China’s Xinhua News, Iran’s Press TV, and the People’s Daily, among others, saying that these were state-controlled outlets.

The Company said in a statement, “We’re providing greater transparency into these publishers because they combine the influence of a media organization with the strategic backing of a state, and we believe people should know if the news they read is coming from a publication that may be under the influence of a government.”

The giant tech company would also block state-controlled media outlets from buying advertising in the US this summer ahead of the US presidential election in November without setting an exact date.

“State-controlled media outlets rarely advertise in the US. Nevertheless, later this summer we will begin blocking ads from these outlets in the US out of an abundance of caution to provide an extra layer of protection against various types of foreign influence in the public debate ahead of the November 2020 election in the US,” Facebook said.

Other outlets that are run independently, would not be included in the labeling, Facebook said.

It comes as the company has recently faced a backlash from its employees for not adding warning labels to comments from the U.S. president linked to the ongoing violence across the country.

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