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New Delhi: As many as 49 Indian fishermen were detained by Iran in December last year for unknowingly fishing between UAE and Iranian waters in the Kish Island. A senior government official said that they have been freed and have reached India yesterday.

“On the 1st of December 2015, 49 Indian fishermen who are employees of Messrs. Al Shamsi Al Anjuman, a UAE-based company, were detained while they were unknowingly fishing between UAE and Iranian waters in the Kish Island. Out of these 49 fishermen, 44 were from Tamil Nadu and five were from Gujarat,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said at a media briefing here.

“These 49 fishermen have now been released by the Iranian authorities. They left Iran yesterday (Wednesday) for Chennai via Dubai and have arrived in India this morning,” he said.

Recently, a protest was staged by fishermen in Tamil Nadu, demanding the release of their fellow fishermen and boats by Sri Lanka.

In November, last year, around 126 Indian fishermen who were arrested on the charges of poaching by the Sri Lankan navy, were released.

In February last year, Pakistan released 172 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture, two days after the Prime Ministers of both countries decided to resume high-level talks. (IANS)

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Iran Alleges Twitter of Blocking Legitimate Accounts

Twitter specifically said it had suspended 284 accounts with ties to Iran for "coordinated manipulation

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Iran appers to be unhappy with the way Twitter is cracking down on fake accounts as the country’s Foreign Minister has alleged that the microblogging site is shutting down accounts of “real” Iranians while letting anti-government bots to thrive.

Addressing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday said that the accounts of “real” Iranians blocked by Twitter include those of some TV presenters and students, CNET reported.

“Hello @Jack. Twitter has shuttered accounts of real Iranians, (including) TV presenters & students, for supposedly being part of an ‘influence op,'” Zarif wrote in a tweet.

“How about looking at actual bots in Tirana used to prop up ‘regime change’ propaganda spewed out of DC? #YouAreBots,” he went on to say in the same tweet, referencing Albania’s capital.

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Facebook and Twitter came under the radar of investigators for their alleged failure to prevent spread of divisive news stories on their platforms in the lead up to the US presidential election in 2016.

The social media giants last month announced they had collectively removed hundreds of inauthentic pages, groups and accounts linked to disinformation campaigns.

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Twitter specifically said it had suspended 284 accounts with ties to Iran for “coordinated manipulation”, the CNET report said. (IANS)

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