Iran lifts it ban on the popular Telegram app two weeks after more than 21 people were killed in anti-government protests against high food prices and unemployment

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Iran has lifted its ban on the popular Telegram messaging app two weeks after more than 21 people were killed in anti-governments.

The country's semi-official ILNA news agency said that the service - which has some 40 million users in Iran - is now accessible once again through both wi-fi and mobile networks.

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The Associated Press spoke on Saturday to residents from several cities across the country, including Shiraz, Isfahan, Bandar Abbas, Rasht and Oroumieh, who all confirmed that they now have access to the app.

Iran shut down Telegram and the picture-sharing app Instagram during the protests in early January, saying rioters demanding cheaper food and more jobs were using them to spread unrest.

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Soon afterwards the authorities restored access to Instagram but Telegram had remained banned.

In other developments, Iran on Saturday rejected any modification of its nuclear deal with world powers after US President Donald Trump demanded tough new measures to keep the agreement alive.

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Iran 'will not accept any amendments in this agreement, be it now or in the future, and it will not allow any other issues to be linked to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)', the foreign ministry said in a statement, using the 2015 deal's technical name.

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