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Venezuela launches oil cryptocurrency

Venezuela launches oil cryptocurrency

Venezuela has launched a cryptocurrency in an attempt to bypass tough economic sanctions imposed by the US government.

The “Petro” is intended to bolster the country’s crumbling economy, which has been suffering from hyperinflation and devaluation for years.

Venezuela claims it is the world’s first sovereign cryptocurrency.

Critics say the move is a desperate attempt by Caracas to raise cash at a time when Venezuela lacks the ability to repay its $150bn of foreign debt.

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Turkey launches major land operation into YPG militants in Syria’s Afrin

Turkey launches major land operation into YPG militants in Syria’s Afrin

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Turkey has begun a land operation on the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), with troops entering Syrian soil at 11:05 a.m. on Jan. 21, Prime Minister Binali Y?ld?r?m told a group of journalists.

 

“Our units have entered Afrin from two branches at 11:05 a.m. with the Free Syrian Army. This means the land operation has begun,” Y?ld?r?m said, speaking to the editors of Turkish news publications in a meeting held in Istanbul.

 

The operation, which came hours after a major air strike on the YPG on Jan. 20, will consist of four phases to create a safe zone with a 30-kilometer depth, he said.

 

The first phase would be aimed to form a secure zone on the Turkish borders between Azaz and Afrin. Following the first phase, Y?ld?r?m said, the “cleaning” would require an even more thorough work and “there was no need to rush.”

 

The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are not the only group in the operation area, Y?ld?r?m said, pointing to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants who were allowed to leave Raqqa under U.S. watch, referring to a BBC (more…)

‘Big Brother’ spacecraft launches: World’s first full-colour satellite is capable of capturing high-definition videos of individual people from orbit

‘Big Brother’ spacecraft launches: World’s first full-colour satellite is capable of capturing high-definition videos of individual people from orbit

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A British satellite could provide a full colour, high-definition video of our planet from space, even picking up objects as small as 26 inches (65cm) big on the ground.

 

The ‘Big Brother’ video satellite, which is currently still a prototype can capture videos of individual people from orbit in high definition.

 

It was one of 31 payloads sent up in the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying dozens of satellites from India and six other countries.

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North Korea launches new ballistic missile, US military confirm

North Korea launches new ballistic missile, US military confirm

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Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, the US military has now confirmed.

It is not clear how far it went or whether it flew over Japan as others have done earlier this year.

The missile was launched eastward from Pyongsong in North Korea’s South Pyongan Province in the middle of the night local time, according to a statement issued by the South Korean Military’s joint chiefs of staff today.

The news was confirmed by a US Government source, reports Reuters.

South Korean and American officials are currently working together to determine the missile’s trajectory.

This is the first missile launched since one was fired across Japan and into the Pacific Ocean on September 15.

Officials in Seoul said a rocket-tracking radar was turned on at a missile base in the North of the region yesterday followed by a large amount of radio chatter, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Tokyo and Washington were also placed on alert after radio signals were picked up, with one Japanese official telling the Kyodo news agency that a test could take place ‘within the next few days.’

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World War 3 fears: North Korea launches ballistic missile – South Korea FIRES rocket back

World War 3 fears: North Korea launches ballistic missile – South Korea FIRES rocket back

NORTH Korea has launched a ballistic missile in the past few minutes, sparking a ferocious “precision strike” rocket response from South Korea.

By JOEY MILLAR
Express.co.uk

Tue, Nov 28, 2017

North Korea has launched a ballistic missile in the past few minutes, US sources have warned.

The missile was fired eastwards from the hermit state. US and South Korean officials are working together on further details.

The South Korean military said the ballistic missile was launched shortly before 3am local time (6pm GMT).

This late-night launch is rare, with most taking place during daylight hours.

A South Korean military official said: “We confirm that we have detected a North Korean ballistic missile launch. The missile is still travelling towards the direction to the East Sea, as we are monitoring right now.

“North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile early this morning from Pyongsong, South Pyongan to the east direction. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff is analyzing more details of the missile with the US side.”

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China launches freight train to Britain

China launches freight train to Britain

  China launched its first freight train to London on Sunday, according to the China Railway Corporation. The train will travel from Yiwu West Railway Station in Zhejiang Province, Eastern China to Barking, London, taking 18 days to travel over 7,400 miles.  The route runs through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France, before […]

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San Fran Billionaire Launches Plan To House Homeless In Shipping Containers

San Fran Billionaire Launches Plan To House Homeless In Shipping Containers

Last year we noted, via the Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, that rents in San Francisco and surrounding areas had grown so out of control that even Ivy Leaguers, like 31 year old Luke Iseman of The Wharton School, were having a hard time making ends meet. After growing tired of renting a run down, tiny apartment for $4,200 per month, Iseman decided to take a novel approach to housing. So he rented out a warehouse space and filled it with 11 steel shipping containers that he now rents out as makeshift apartments for $1,000 per month.

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Embattled EpiPen maker launches cheaper alternative

Embattled EpiPen maker launches cheaper alternative

Mylan NV, the much-scrutinized manufacturer of emergency allergy injector EpiPen, has released a generic alternative to EpiPen at half the price of the branded product, $300 for a two-pack. Mylan is releasing a generic version of EpiPen, which will be identical to the original, according to reports. EpiPen costs $600 for a two-pack, at least […]

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Germany launches inquiry into Nazi influence on post-WWII government

Germany launches inquiry into Nazi influence on post-WWII government

The German government wants to find out how widely Nazi networks proliferated among the post-WWII chancellery, as well as ministries and agencies, launching an in-depth inquiry to unmask one of the most complex parts of the nation’s history.

The inquiry, at a cost of $4.2mn (4mn euros), will run until 2020, the German Ministry of Culture said in a statement on Saturday. A quarter of that amount will specifically be allocated to uncover Nazi influence on the core of Germany’s political power  –  the Federal Chancellery.

Investigators want to gain insight into the personal connections among Nazi officials before 1945 and look at how they evolved in the form of post-war networking in the chancellery, the federal ministries, and regional authorities, according to Deutsche Welle.

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Confessing your sins? There’s an app for that! Catholic Church launches ‘Sindr’

Confessing your sins? There’s an app for that! Catholic Church launches ‘Sindr’

Move over Tinder, the grace of God is now available for download. Absolution is just a click away for churchgoers who use the Vatican’s new ‘Sindr’ app, which helps users find their nearest church. The Catholic App, as it is properly called, uses GPS technology to guide penitents and lost souls alike to a nearby […]

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