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Nigerian Islamists threaten attack on telecom firms

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — A purported spokesman for Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists late Monday threatened the group would soon launch attacks on mobile telephone firms for their alleged complicity with security agents. In a phone conference with reporters in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, a man who claimed to be Boko…

Pakistan shelves ‘obscene’ text message ban

Pakistan rowed back on Tuesday from demands that text messages containing nearly 1,700 “obscene” words should be blocked, following outrage from users and campaigners. On November 14, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) distributed a list of 1,695 words in English and Urdu, the national language, to operators, giving them seven days to implement…