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Venezuelan opposition leader laments “genocide” in his country, reveals his escape from detainment

September 18, 2018 |

The people of Venezuela are the victims of genocide and first- narco-dictatorship of the 21st century, claims prominent opposition leader and former political prisoner, Antonio Ledezma.
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U.S. Preparing for Second Trump Meeting With North Korea’s Leader

September 11, 2018 |

The White House said it is working to arrange a second meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un after the North Korean leader sent a letter requesting one.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Cambodia Releases Opposition Leader on Bail

September 10, 2018 |

Kem Sokha, the head of the outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party who spent a year in jail on a treason charge, was granted bail due to health reasons, but the court stressed the case against him would proceed.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Leader Arrested as Protesters Attempt Highway Shutdown

September 3, 2018 |

Police arrested the organizer of an anti-violence protest that sought to shut down part of an expressway near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Labor Day. Per the AP , Rev. Gregory Livingston spoke calmly to an Illinois State Police trooper as other protesters and dozens of other troopers stood nearby. When…
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Union Leader Says a New Nafta Won’t Work Without Canada

September 3, 2018 |

The president of the AFL-CIO said a new North American Free Trade Agreement won’t work if it doesn’t include Canada, a day after President Trump indicated his willingness to proceed with a bilateral deal with Mexico alone if necessary.
WSJ.com: US Business

The Daily: India to Become Blockchain Leader, Coinfloor Granted Gibraltar License

August 29, 2018 |

The Daily: India to Become Blockchain Leader, Coinfloor Granted License in Gibraltar

A recent study indicates that the blockchain craze isn’t dying out yet. Buoyed by its findings, media and experts in India have commented that the country can become one of the leaders in the field. Also in The Daily, an Australian university now offers an online blockchain programming course, Russia has announced a plan to create a blockchain cluster in Chechnya, and UK-based crypto exchange Coinfloor has been granted a DLT license in Gibraltar.

Also read: Chinese Crackdown Continues, ICO Head Faces 15 Years in Prison

India Among Blockchain Leaders by 2023: Report

The Daily: India to Become Blockchain Leader, Coinfloor Granted License in GibraltarIndia, whose crypto community is passing through hard times of bans and pending regulations, is in a good position to line itself among the world’s leaders of blockchain technology implementation within the next five years. That’s according to local analyses following a new survey conducted by the global consultancy firm PwC and quoted by the Indian press.

The authors of the study have questioned 600 executives in 15 countries and territories, The Economic Times reports, with 84 percent of them claiming their organizations are actively involved with the technology. A quarter of the respondents have said their companies have a blockchain pilot in progress, another third of the surveyed businesses have projects in development, and a fifth are currently researching such possibilities.

The United States, China and Australia are perceived by the executives as the most advanced markets in terms of developed blockchain projects, the poll found. According to Sreeram Ananthasayanam, partner at PwC India, the success of blockchain adoption will depend on the ability of its proponents to “increase trust amongst themselves on the assets they transact on.” He added:

The approach for India is no different – and it is indeed possible for India to be in the leadership ranks of blockchain in the next five years, with the right amount of industry and government participation.

Mr. Ananthasayanam believes that in order to achieve that, industry leaders will have to define a proper business case for implementation after weighing in the investments made and needed, build an inclusive ecosystem for efficiencies and rules of engagement, and proactively plan for regulatory approaches.

Blockchain Obsession Goes On

The Daily: India to Become Blockchain Leader, Coinfloor Granted License in GibraltarDespite much overhype and other studies showing bleak prospects for the majority of blockchain projects, the fascination with finding alternative applications for the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies persists among managers and policy makers around the world. Recently, representatives of leading financial institutions from the five member-states of BRICS, the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, reached a blockchain development agreement. According to the Memorandum of Understanding, signed during the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg in July, the Brazilian National Bank for Economic and Social Development, Russia’s State Corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank), the Export-Import Bank of India, the China Development Bank, and the Development Bank of Southern Africa will unite efforts to study distributed ledger technologies (DLT) such as blockchain.

Regardless of how meaningful or not they are, new announcements of ambitious plans to exploit blockchain technologies are made all the time, both by government officials and representatives of the business. In Russia, itself a BRICS member, a new project to develop the digital economy of Chechnya, the once restive Caucasian republic, has been presented this week by the Russian Association of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain. It envisages the creation of a blockchain cluster in Chechnya with a special regulatory regime for testing innovative technologies, products and services. Again in Russia, Gazpromneft-Aero, the aviation fuel operator of oil giant Gazprom Neft and S7 Airlines claim to have developed and implemented a solution for instant payments for refueling and other related services which uses blockchain-based smart contracts.

Blockchain Education in High Demand Down Under

The Daily: India to Become Blockchain Leader, Coinfloor Granted License in GibraltarIn Australia, amid rising demand for developers, a new blockchain programming course has been announced by a leading educational institution. According to local media reports, RMIT University, Melbourne will conduct the course online to teach students to build blockchain applications and increase their qualifications in the field of DLT technologies. In preparation for the course, RMIT found that most people were aware of blockchain but few knew what to make of it. The interest remains high and the first course organized by the university in March sold out within 48 hours, SBS reports.

Crypto Exchange Coinfloor Granted DLT License in Gibraltar

In other news from the space, UK-based crypto exchange Coinfloor has been granted a DLT provider license for its spot trading platform in Gibraltar. According to a statement quoted by Finance Magnates, the in-principle license has been granted under the Digital Ledger Technology Regulatory Framework introduced by authorities in the British overseas territory in January of this year. The adoption of DLT regulations turned Gibraltar into a leading crypto-friendly jurisdiction in Europe.

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ISIS Now Needs Its 4th Leader in a Year

August 27, 2018 |

One could be forgiven for not knowing who’s running ISIS in Afghanistan these days: American and Afghan forces killed the terror group’s leader on Saturday night, and he’s the third man in the position killed since last July, reports the Wall Street Journal . Afghan officials characterize Abu Saad Erhabi as…
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Aussie Leader to Rivals: Show Me 43 Names, and I’ll Go

August 23, 2018 |

Australia’s government is in turmoil as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull fights for his political life because of a challenge from within his own ruling party. The battle has resulted in a tense showdown: Turnbull says he’s willing to step down if the majority of Liberal Party lawmakers—the magic number…
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ISIS Releases New Recording of Leader

August 23, 2018 |

ISIS has released a new militant audio recording, purportedly of its shadowy leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, his first in almost a year. In the audio, al-Baghdadi—whose whereabouts and fate remain unknown—urges followers to “persevere” and continue fighting the group’s enemies everywhere. The 54-minute audio entitled “Give Glad Tidings…
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IS leader resurfaces in purported audio, 1st in 11 months

August 23, 2018 |

The leader of the Islamic State group apparently resurfaced Wednesday, urging his followers to “persevere” and continue fighting the group’s enemies everywhere in a purported audio recording, his first in almost a year.
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