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Tennessee authorities filed a slew of charges against a man on Friday in connection to the slayings of seven people found in two locations last month, officials said.
A former US Marine who was allegedly involved in a raid of the North Korean embassy in Madrid has been arrested, according to sources familiar with the case.Christopher Ahn was arrested on Thursday in connection with the incident, when a group of at least 10 people stormed into the embassy, restrained and physically beat some personnel and held them hostage for hours in February.Spanish investigators have said the group stole computers and hard drives before fleeing to the United States, where they shared the stolen material with the FBI.US federal agents also reportedly raided the apartment of Adrian Hong, the leader of self-styled human right group Cheollima Civil Defence, this week in relation to the investigation.Cheollima Civil Defence, which is seeking to overthrow North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has claimed responsibility for the incident but denied that they used violence.Mr Ahn is thought to be the first person arrested in relation to the raid.A Spanish judicial source said the stolen material has been returned to the North Korean embassy, two weeks after the FBI sent it to the Spanish court investigating the raid.The incident came just days before the second summit between Donald Trump and Mr Kim, which resulted in a failure to come to agreement about the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.North Korea’s foreign ministry denounced the incident as a “grave terrorist attack” and suggested that the FBI was involved.The US State Department has denied that accusation.Cheollima Civil Defence has said the incident was not an attack and claimed it had been invited into the embassy.“We were invited into the embassy, and contrary to reports, no one was gagged or beaten,” the group wrote on their website.“Out of respect for the host nation of Spain, no weapons were used. All occupants in the embassy were treated with dignity and necessary caution.”The group also claimed that the US government was not involved with the incident until after the event.However, a judge for Spain’s National Court has accused the group of violently beating embassy officials and putting them in “shackles and flanges”.The judge also said three members of the group took an official into the embassy basement and tried to persuade him to defect from North Korea.Although documents released by the Spanish court said several members, including Mr Hong, had fled to the United States, their whereabouts are unclear.The court is seeking their extradition.Agencies contributed to this report
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Dutch crypto company Libereum has announced the acquisition of Spanish soccer club Elche CF, who are based in the province of Alicante. The move provides another sign that the crypto world’s interest in sports sponsorship and partnerships is growing.
Libereum and Elche Share Joint Vision
Libereum, a company which is “primarily aimed at making cryptocurrency widely accessible to the average person,” has put down an initial payment of €4.3 million ($ 4.9 million) for the Spanish club. The acquisition marks a trend in the crypto world for bringing cryptocurrency to sports with the hope that P2P cash could be adopted as a means of payment in stadiums, club shops, websites and elsewhere.
The acquisition of the club, who play in the Segunda División A (Spain’s second professional association soccer division) is part of Libereum’s plans to bring the club back up to the premier division and make their own cryptocurrency, the liber, an integral part of the club’s financial system.
“The purchase of Elche CF, a beautiful football club that shares our vision of a cryptocurrency future and is willing to actively communicate it to its supporters, is fantastic news,” Cem Kumlar, the founder of Libereum, said in a statement. “The team has been working very hard to achieve this and I would like to express my thanks to all those who have contributed to this impressive and intensive process.”
Libereum’s main objective is to invest in soccer clubs, with the goal of generating demand for its coin. The company has ambitious goals of overhauling everything from transfer deals and ticket sales to merchandising and stadium catering, aided by cryptocurrency.
Growing Relationship Between Crypto and Soccer
Libereum is not the only company focusing on football in the hope of re-energizing the game with the aid of crypto. In August, investment platform Etoro launched partnerships with seven English Premier League soccer clubs – Brighton & Hove Albion, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, and Tottenham Hotspur – paying for the deals in bitcoin core (BTC).
The landmark move made the social trading and multi-asset brokerage platform the first company to ever pay for a Premier League partnership in bitcoin. The company has since said its goal is to have the sport fully embrace blockchain technology. U.S. managing director at Etoro, Guy Hirsch, said they were “looking to integrate cryptocurrencies into mainstream football in the near future.”
He added: “Educating the masses on crypto assets will ultimately increase public participation in the market, improving the rate of adoption and providing an incentive for merchants and vendors to begin to accept cryptocurrencies as payment.”
Earlier this year, Gibraltar United decided to introduce cryptocurrency salary payments for its players, while English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers started its season by announcing sponsorship from cryptocurrency exchange Coin Deal.
With the most popular sport in the world being introduced to cryptocurrencies, and NBA basketball teams following suit, it may not be long before crypto is propelled into the big league.
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A Japanese woman was arrested in connection to the death of a U.S. airman last week, who was fatally stabbed while at his off-base residence in Western Tokyo, the Air Force said in a statement.
Australian police say they have arrested a woman in connection with an investigation into needles found in supermarket strawberries earlier this year.
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Investigators probing a bomb blast that injured more than two dozen people in London’s subway last week combed through a house in a suburban town owned by elderly foster parents that neighbors said had recently taken in two “refugees.”
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