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Russia, China, Iran & Venezuela developing crypto to challenge US financial control – study

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A new report by the American Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) says the US’ geopolitical adversaries are deploying blockchain technology to help avoid sanctions and counter US financial power. According to the FDD, with the increase of adoption of cryptocurrencies around the world, efforts are underway to build new systems for transferring value that Read More

Aggressive U.S. energy policy tests ties with European allies

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WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – For the administration of President Donald Trump, a policy of “energy dominance” means reducing dependence on imported oil and promoting exports to boost the national economy and Washington’s political influence overseas. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Energy Secretary Rick Perry after delivering remarks during an “Unleashing American Energy” event Read More

China’s vice premier talks with U.S. trade officials: Commerce Ministry

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FILE PHOTO: China’s Vice Premier Liu He arrives outside the office of the U.S. Trade Representative for a second day of last ditch trade talks in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese Vice Premier Liu He conducted a phone call with U.S. trade officials, China’s Ministry of Commerce said in Read More

Hands off my likes! Russian blogger sues Instagram over move to make ‘likes’ private

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A Russian beauty blogger has sued Instagram, after the platform announced plans to hide the ‘likes’ a person’s post gets. Claiming the move will be the end of blogging as a source of income, he is angling for a hefty compensation. Ruslan Zakharkin, an aspiring beauty and lifestyle influencer, has 95 thousand followers on Instagram, Read More

Trump & Kim meeting in DMZ organized in ‘secret’ by US, N. Korean officials – report

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Donald Trump’s history-making meeting with Kim Jong-un at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was made possible by a last-minute consultation between US and North Korean officials, according to reports. US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun met secretly with North Korean officials on Saturday to hammer out the details of the last-minute rendezvous, according to Read More

US, N. Korea agree to restart nuclear talks but Trump ‘in no rush’ to ditch sanctions

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US President Donald Trump has vowed to resume nuclear talks with Pyongyang in the coming weeks following an imprompu historic meeting with Kim Jong-un at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. “We just had a very, very good meeting with Chairman Kim,” Trump told reporters after leaving the Korean leader on Sunday. Read More

Russia & China agree to ditch US dollar in favor of trade in ruble and yuan

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Moscow and Beijing have inked an intergovernmental agreement to switch to national currencies in bilateral trade and boost cross-currency settlements up to 50 percent as they ramp up efforts to move away from the US dollar. The document was signed by Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and the head of the People’s Bank of China, Read More

Factbox: Activist investor Elliott’s top European holdings

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management announced on Thursday it had taken a 2.1% stake in German agrichemicals and pharma company Bayer (BAYGn.DE) Here are some of New York-headquartered Elliott’s top holdings in Europe (in alphabetical order): AC Milan: – Lent 300 million euros ($341 million) to China’s Li Yonghong in March Read More

‘Not part of the deal’: Turks say US can’t exclude them from F-35 program

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The United States cannot force Turkey out of the F-35 fighter jet program without the consent of other parties, as this is prohibited by the program agreement, Turkey’s head of defense industries has warned. The F-35 arrangement between nine states, including the US and Turkey, does not allow a single party to remove another from Read More