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Bitcoin futures rocket past $18,000; Asian shares boom

Bitcoin futures rocket past $18,000; Asian shares boom

SYDNEY: The craze for cryptocurrencies entered a new chapter on Monday as bitcoin futures rocketed by one-fifth of their value at a hotly anticipated launch, while Asian shares climbed amid optimism about global growth. The most-traded contract on the Chicago-based CBOE Global Markets exchange XBTc1 opened at $15,460 in New York on Sunday evening, before leaping […]

Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK

Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK

Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, PHOTO: REUTERS     DOHA: Qatar signed a multi-billion-dollar deal Sunday to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain, its second major defence agreement this week, which comes during the worst political crisis in the region for years. The $8-billion (6.8-billion-euro) deal was signed in Doha by Qatar’s Defence Minister […]

Four Cameroon soldiers killed in restive anglophone region

Four Cameroon soldiers killed in restive anglophone region

YAOUNDé: Four Cameroonian soldiers were killed by suspected separatists in a restive English-speaking region early Wednesday, army and government sources said. “Four soldiers were killed around 2am around Mamfe,” a city in the country’s Southwest Region, according to an army source.”They murdered our soldiers. If that’s not terrorism, what is it?” the source said angrily. The […]

A doctor called his broker during a delivery. It will cost $33.8 million.

A doctor called his broker during a delivery. It will cost $33.8 million.

Desk Report MIAMI, FLA. Marla Dixon was in the final stage of labor and ready to deliver a baby boy when the obstetrician arrived at her bedside at North Shore Medical Center in Miami. It was not a high-risk pregnancy. But over the next 90 minutes, the doctor made a series of missteps that led […]

Top national security official to leave Justice Department

Top national security official to leave Justice Department

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON — The official leading the Justice Department’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election is leaving her position next month. Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary B. McCord told the staff of the department’s national security division this week she is leaving to pursue […]

Sixty aid workers forced to flee S.Sudan fighting: UN

Sixty aid workers forced to flee S.Sudan fighting: UN

By AFP JUBA, SUDAN:  A surge of fighting in eastern South Sudan has forced 60 aid workers to flee, the UN humanitarian agency said on Saturday, hurting efforts to help civilians in the famine-hit nation. An increase in violence nationwide has seen thousands flee in the past two weeks, including more than 16,000 from the […]

Assad comments on chemical attack ‘100 per cent lies’: French FM

Assad comments on chemical attack ‘100 per cent lies’: French FM

By AFP BEIJING:  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s comments that last week’s chemical weapons attack was a fabrication to justify a US military strike are “100 per cent lies”, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday. “It’s 100 per cent lies and propaganda,” Ayrault said during a visit to Beijing, responding to an exclusive AFP interview […]

United Airlines CEO sorry for ‘horrific’ passenger removal

United Airlines CEO sorry for ‘horrific’ passenger removal

By Reuters United Airlines Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz on Tuesday issued an apology for the treatment of a passenger dragged from aboard one of its flights before takeoff on Sunday. “I want you to know that we take full responsibility and we will work to make it right,” Munoz said in a statement, reversing […]

Freight train to leave Britain on long haul for China

Freight train to leave Britain on long haul for China

By Reuters ENGLAND:  The first freight train to run from Britain to China was due to depart on Monday, carrying vitamins, baby products and other goods as Britain seeks to burnish its global trading credentials for when it leaves the European Union. The 7,500-mile journey from eastern England to eastern China will take three weeks, […]

Philippine court upholds guilty verdict on US Marine in transgender woman’s killing

Philippine court upholds guilty verdict on US Marine in transgender woman’s killing

by: Agencies     MANILA, PHILIPPINES:  The Philippine Court of Appeals has upheld a guilty verdict on a US Marine for killing a transgender woman nearly three years ago, a case that stirred debate over the US military presence in its former colony. A lower court had found Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton guilty of […]

Janet Jackson splits from husband of five years

Janet Jackson splits from husband of five years

DESK REPORT Three months after having their first child, Janet Jackson and her husband Wissam Al-Mana have split ways. Sources close to the couple told DailyMail, “Sadly, Janet and Wissam have decided that it wasn’t working and to go their separate ways.” Though they’ll be separated, the two have decided to co-parent their first-born, Eissa […]

Russian computer scientist arrested in Spain

Russian computer scientist arrested in Spain

By AFP MADRID:  The wife of a Russian computer scientist arrested in Spain has reportedly been told by police he is being held over a computer virus linked to Donald Trump’s US election victory. The man was picked up at Barcelona airport on Friday “by officers of the police technological investigation unit following an international […]

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