Venezuela plans its own version of bitcoin as debt crisis worsens

The Venezuelan government’s attempts to save the country’s collapsing economy took a bizarre twist on Sunday. President Nicolas Maduro announced plans to create a cryptocurrency, dubbed “the Petro,” as a way to defeat the “financial blockade” imposed by U.S. sanctions on his regime. Cryptocurrencies are virtual “coins” that are “mined” by computers using complex algorithms. The most famous and widely used cryptocurrency […]

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Israeli PM asks that police bill exclude him

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday ordered his backers to reword a contentious piece of legislation that could potentially stifle a police investigation against him, in what appeared to be an attempt to defuse rising public anger against the long-ruling Israeli leader. The so-called “recommendations bill” would end the police’s current practice of recommending to prosecutors whether to indict […]

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Macron calls for ‘dialogue’ in Iraq and dismantling of militias

French President Emmanuel Macron called Saturday for a rapid opening of dialogue between Iraq’s central government and Iraqi Kurdish leaders and for “all militias” to be dismantled to ease tensions. “France calls for a constructive national dialogue to engage in Iraq,” Macron said at a joint news conference in Paris with Iraqi Kurdish leaders, including Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Baghdad […]

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European observers criticize silence on Honduras election

A European Union electoral observation mission criticized Honduras’ electoral court Tuesday for its lack of communication about the results from the weekend presidential election. The team’s preliminary report said that voting Sunday was generally peaceful and that results were being processed in front of party representatives. But it also noted that while the electoral court made five announcements of preliminary […]

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North Korea, Russia and Cuba Now Working Together

Syria and North Korea, two leading opponents of U.S. foreign policy considered sponsors of terrorism by the State Department, have gotten increasingly close as an international axis opposed to Washington and its allies grew more influential across the globe. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un, both of whom assumed power after their fathers’ deaths, have […]

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