Explore the personal stories of Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Ghana's mixed fortune as a dumping ground for e-waste
26 Mar 2014 17:47 GMT | Europe
A Turkish court has overturned the government's controversial Twitter ban imposed after audio recordings spread via the social media site implicating Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a corruption scandal.Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters the telecommunications regulator TIB would obey Wednesday's decision by the Ankara administrative court when it received official notice, but reserved the right to appeal.
A government official said, however, the TIB had 30 days in which to implement the court's decision. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorised to speak publicly on the issue, the AP news agency reported.
Twitter also filed lawsuits in Turkish courts on Wednesday to challenge the ban, and said it had suspended content related to two of three court orders given as the legal basis for the ban because they violated its own rules.
But it was challenging a third order to remove an account accusing a former minister of corruption, the Reuters news agency reported.
TIB had blocked access to the US-based social network last week under orders from Erdogan, after it became a conduit for links to recordings suggesting government corruption.
On Tuesday, the UN called on Turkey to stop blocking Twitter, saying Ankara could be breaching its international rights obligations by banning the site.
"We are concerned that the blocking of access to Twitter on the 20th of March by the telecommunications agency may be incompatible with Turkey's international human rights obligations," said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"The same rights that people have offline must also be protected online. So we would urge the authorities to rescind the blocking of Twitter," Colville said.
The US also denounced the ban as an "unacceptable" attack on freedom of expression.
The value and utility of three mega projects developed by the Turkish government is under question.
Environment, Greece, Iran, Turkey, US
Al Jazeera talks to AKP member Burhan Kuzu about the escalating row over Turkey's Twitter ban.
US & Canada, Canada, France, Turkey, United Kingdom
Content on this website is for general information purposes only. Your comments
are provided by your own free will and you take sole responsibility for any direct
or indirect liability. You hereby provide us with an irrevocable, unlimited, and
global license for no consideration to use, reuse, delete or publish comments, in
accordance with Community Rules & Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.
Forgiveness, reconciliation and an arms embargo are key ingredients for peace in South Sudan, says Bishop Paride Taban.
War & Conflict, Africa, Sudan
The number of Muslims has burgeoned in this Italian city, but plans to build a mosque have been contentious.
Europe, Religion, Italy
Plans are afoot to build power plants and frack near one of California's biggest reserves of fresh water.
Environment, Human Rights, US & Canada
By jailing a group of young activists, Angola's government has invited criticism of its rule - and its economic policy.
Human Rights, Africa, Angola
Israeli forces clash with Jewish settlers after taking over buildings which High Court wants removed before July 30.
War & Conflict, Israel, Palestine, Middle East
Turkish leader sounds warning after NATO offers support for ongoing military offensive against PKK and ISIL.
War & Conflict, Middle East, Syria, Turkey
We expose the dirty secrets behind Australia's fresh food industry and the widespread exploitation of foreign workers.
Human Rights, Australia, Food
Portraits of four individuals who are fighting against the odds to succeed and give back to their African communities.
Human Rights, Arts & Culture, Africa
The devastating impact that war and living under the constant threat of drones has had on the people of Afghanistan.
War & Conflict, Health, Afghanistan
We look at American engagement in Africa and examine how important the resource-rich continent is to the US.
Business & Economy, Africa, US & Canada