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London: A new European police team is being set up to track and block social media accounts of the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

The police team will seek to track down the key figures behind the estimated 100,000 tweets a day pumped out from 45,000 to 50,000 accounts linked to the Islamist terror group, The Guardian reported.

Formed by the European police agency, Europol, it will start work on July 1, with a remit to take down IS accounts within two hours of them being detected.

Europol’s director, Rob Wainwright, told the Guardian that the new internet referral unit would monitor social media output to identify people who might be vulnerable and those preying on them.

“Who is it reaching out to young people, in particular, by social media, to get them to come, in the first place? It’s very difficult because of the dynamic nature of social media,” he said.

Wainwright added that the team would be working with social media companies to identify the most important accounts operating in a range of languages that are “underpinning what IS are doing”.

Europol believes that up to 5,000 European Union citizens, including people from Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, have fled from their homes to join the IS.

(IANS)

 

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European Countries Are Hot Destinations Among Indian Travelers

With travel bug catching up in India, European countries are a preferred destination for Indians this summer, according to a survey.

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With travel bug catching up in India, European countries are a preferred destination for Indians this summer, according to a survey.

Searches were conducted by travel search engine KAYAK.co.in between October 1, 2017 to March 23, 2018 for travel dates between May 5, 2017 and August 31, 2018.

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As per the search, Moscow and Istanbul are taking the lead with year-on-year increase in flight searches by 269 and 252 per cent respectively.

Other trendy destinations this summer show that Indians are interested in travelling not only to the well-known European destinations like Spain, Germany and Greece but also to some less conventional ones like Norway, Hungary and even Iceland.

 

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Europeans on the other hand are travelling to Palma Mallorca in Spain the most, followed by London and Lisbon.

Considering the budget, several European locales are emerging as good options for travel from India without burning a big hole in the pocket.

Istanbul, which is also the second top-trending destination, is seeing a price drop as high as 95 per cent compared to the average trip cost.

This is followed by Milan, Italy, with a 37 per cent drop in the average trip cost. With warm weather in Europe, this represents a good opportunity to travel to these European destinations for a summer adventure at a reduced price.

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Abhijit Mishra, Director of India and Middle East, KAYAK, said in a statement: “With the summer holiday period quickly approaching, travel planning is on the rise and it was interesting to see how European countries have emerged as the preferred destination for Indians this year.” (IANS)

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