YouTube launches paid membership, merchandise as alternative to ads

​YouTube said on Thursday that video uploaders with more than 100,000 followers could start paid fan clubs on the service, one of several new features aimed at helping itself and its users diversify revenue after a turbulent year. The unit of Alphabet Inc’s Google said it was investing in reducing reliance on advertisers, who deliver… Read More YouTube launches paid membership, merchandise as alternative to ads

Indonesia sentences cleric Aman Abdurrahman to death for links with Islamic State 

​An Indonesian court on Friday sentenced to death a cleric linked to Islamic State, for masterminding from his jail cell a string of deadly militant attacks across the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. The ruling comes as Indonesia struggles to rein in a rising tide of homegrown militancy, inspired in part by the extremist group Islamic… Read More Indonesia sentences cleric Aman Abdurrahman to death for links with Islamic State 

Sixteen police, two civilians killed as Afghan Taliban militants launch attacks following end of ceasefire

Taliban militants killed at least 16 Afghan police and two civilians in western Badghis province after their three-day ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday ended at the weekend, officials said on Friday. The Taliban, fighting to reimpose strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster, resumed their campaign on Thursday after rejecting President Ashraf Ghani’s request… Read More Sixteen police, two civilians killed as Afghan Taliban militants launch attacks following end of ceasefire