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Anti-Brexit MPs break away from both main parties, form pro-EU Independent Group

February 20, 2019 |

A group of anti-Brexit MPs have split off from their respective parties, shaking up British politics just as the country seeks to seal its departure from the European Union next month.
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Facebook loses fact-checking group Snopes after two years

February 2, 2019 |

Snopes Media Group Inc., one of Facebook Inc.’s first fact-checking partners, said it’s ending the relationship after two years, even though the decision may cause financial distress.

“We want to determine with certainty that our efforts to aid any particular platform are a net positive for our…


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Record Migrant Group Tunnels Under Border Wall

January 20, 2019 |

A record-high group of migrants entered the US on Monday by tunneling under a border wall near San Luis, Arizona, ABC News reports. The 376 asylum seekers can be seen on US Border Patrol video walking along the border fence to be processed by agents in the Yuma area. “In…
Newser

KPC Group bids to buy four Verity Health hospitals

January 19, 2019 |

Corona-based KPC Group has bid $ 610 million to purchase four of the nonprofit Verity Health System hospitals, including two in Southern California.

The KPC Group is the initial bidder for St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, Seton Medical Center in Daly…


L.A. Times – Business

Motorcycle group mourns alleged flu death of well-known member

January 9, 2019 |

A tight-knit motorcycle community in California is mourning the sudden death of a 38-year-old member who died suddenly this weekend after allegedly coming down with the flu.
FOX News

South African Officials Create Regulatory Working Group Dedicated to Cryptocurrencies

January 2, 2019 |

The Minister of Finance of South Africa, Tito Mboweni, explained in a letter on Jan. 2 that the region’s government has created a regulatory working group dedicated to cryptocurrencies. According to Mboweni, the working group includes representatives from multiple South African agencies and aims to produce a comprehensive regulatory response to the growing digital asset economy.

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South African Regulatory Working Group Aims to Provide a Cohesive Regulatory Response to Cryptocurrencies

South African Officials Create Regulatory Working Group for Cryptocurrencies
South Africa’s Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.

The cryptocurrency economy has grown significantly in South Africa according to multiple studies conducted last year. Last November, research commissioned by the firm Luno indicated that 70 percent of South African consumers define digital currencies as an investment, with respondents also claiming to hold cryptocurrencies over the long term. The peer-to-peer exchange Paxful has seen a 25 percent increase in 2018 and Localbitcoins volumes have swelled as well. The South African government has noticed the rising trend and members of the SA Revenue Service (Sars), South African Reserve Bank, Treasury, Financial Sector Conduct Authority, and Financial Intelligence Centre have formed a cryptocurrency working group to better grasp the situation.

In a written letter to parliament, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni explained the new regulatory group will dedicate resources toward a governmental response to cryptocurrencies and the technology’s surrounding economy. Additionally, Mboweni detailed the group plans to publish a study of its findings and some of the working group’s ideas toward a unified cryptocurrency regulatory standard throughout South Africa.

“It is anticipated that, following broad industry comment and participation, the crypto assets regulatory working group will be ready to release a final research paper on the subject during the course of 2019,” Mboweni emphasized in his letter to Parliament.

South African Officials Create Regulatory Working Group for Cryptocurrencies
Research from Luno suggests 70 percent of South Africans have heard about virtual currencies, and most people have been using them as a hedge against inflation.

Mboweni: ‘Crypto-Taxation Is Still Difficult and Needs Reform’

The Minister of Finance and former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank further explained that Sars was having a hard time trying to track the number of capital profits and losses declared on cryptocurrency investments throughout the year’s collection of income tax return forms. Mboweni believes provisions must be added so South African taxpayers can declare the earnings and losses citizens record annually with these types of financial instruments.

“Work is underway within Sars to consider the amendment of the tax forms for the 2019 tax season in order to cater for the description of other assets (which will include cryptocurrencies) by means of a specific description field on the form,” Mboweni noted.

The Finance Minister continued:  

Taxpayers who have made some form of declarations regarding cryptocurrency trades have captured such trade as a form of ‘other trade income’ or ‘other trade loss’, and have made reference to a description of digital/cryptocurrency trading (e.g. bitcoin cash (BCH), litecoin (LTC), ethereum (ETH), zcash (ZEC) to name a few).

The recent Taxation Laws Amendment Bill of 2018 details how cryptocurrencies should be treated when it comes to filing income tax and VAT records in South Africa. Mboweni concluded that the amendments proposed in that bill would bring better efficiency to the tax office as cryptocurrencies grow more popular in the region. Further, Mboweni noted that the amendments should clarify whether or not cryptocurrencies can be classified for personal use or for taxes involving capital gains.

What do you think about South Africa’s government creating a working group to better regulate cryptocurrencies? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.  


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German Journalist Accused of Setting Up Fake Charity Donated Money to Aid Group

December 31, 2018 |

An aid group said it received a donation from a German journalist accused of setting up a fake charity operation for children he invented for a falsified article.
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Sole survivor of Indonesian pop group hit by tsunami buries wife

December 25, 2018 |

The only surviving member of the Indonesian pop group swept out to sea by a tsunami buried his socialite wife Tuesday, a day after the funerals of three bandmates.
FOX News

Even Migrants Are Blaming Group Behind Caravans

December 23, 2018 |

Thousands of Central Americans journeying toward the United States were 2,500 miles from their destination in October when they reached a moment of decision: Should they press on toward the US border? Or should they stop and put down roots in Mexico, where the government offered to let them…
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