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Vietnam’s Central Bank Seeks to Ban Bitcoin Activities

October 29, 2017 Kevin Helms 0

Vietnam's Central Bank Seeks to Ban Bitcoin ActivitiesThe State Bank of Vietnam has developed a legal framework for digital currencies. The bank has submitted its proposals to its government, seeking to ban activities relating to bitcoin including issuance, distribution, and use. Bitcoin users may be subject to criminal prosecution and fined up to 200 million dong. Also read: Japan’s SBI Group Launching Eight […]

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Liberia ruling party contests result of presidential vote

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Agence France Presse
Sun, 2017-10-29 18:46

Monrovia: Liberia’s ruling party on Sunday announced a formal complaint against the electoral commission over the outcome of the October 10 presidential poll, days before a runoff involving its candidate, Vice President Joseph Boakai.
The Unity Party said it would join two other parties in seeking “a logical legal conclusion as quickly as permissible under Liberian law,” following the Liberty Party and All Liberian Party (ALP) in lodging complaints with the National Elections Commission (NEC).
A statement released by the three parties said the poll, which saw former international footballer George Weah take the most votes, was “characterised by massive systematic irregularities and fraud.”
The statement also accused incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, also of the Unity Party, of “interfering” with the election by meeting polling officials at her residence.
The meeting, which took place before the poll, “clearly amounted to interference with the electoral process and has no legal basis or justification whatsoever,” the parties said.
Boakai and Weah are due to contest the final round for the presidency on November 7 after no single candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote on October 10.

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French women rally against sexual abuse under #MeToo banner

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Associated Press
Sun, 2017-10-29 03:00

PARIS: French women are protesting sexual abuse and harassment in 11 cities across the country under the #MeToo banner in the wake of mounting allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Women’s group Les Effronte-e-s has called on women to “go on the street to show … we are thousands and thousands who have to live, cushion the blow, digest it and handle often-traumatizing experiences.”
In Paris, a few hundred people gathered on the Republic Plaza for the protest Sunday.
French statistics show that over 80,000 adult women face rape or attempted rape every year in the country but only 10 percent file a complaint.
The French government last week proposed a bill aiming to eventually make harassment against women in French streets an offense that will be punished with fines.

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Speculation rife as first arrest in US Russia probe said near

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Agence France Presse
Sun, 2017-10-29 18:28

WASHINGTON: Official Washington was abuzz this weekend over reports that a grand jury has charged at least one person stemming from the US probe of Russia’s attempts to tilt the 2016 presidential elections in Donald Trump’s favor.
There was no indication, in reporting by CNN that other media later confirmed, of who might be charged or what crimes might be alleged in the ongoing inquiry led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller.
But Trump, in a rapid burst of tweets Sunday, again denounced the investigation as a “witch hunt” and repeated his denials of any collusion with Russia.
Mueller’s team has remained mum about reports that a first arrest could be made as early as Monday. He is empowered to pursue not only Russian interference but any other crimes his large team of prosecutors should uncover.
But Chris Christie, a Republican governor close to Trump, said Sunday on ABC that “the important thing about today for the American people to know is the president is not under investigation. And no one has told him that he is.”

Typically, such an inquiry would first target lower-level people while building a case against those higher up.
Representative Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, demurred Sunday when asked whether Trump was under investigation. “I can’t answer that one way or the other,” he told ABC.
But he mentioned two possible targets on whom much speculation has focused: former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign director Paul Manafort, both of them once involved in undeclared lobbying for foreign interests.
It was not clear that Christie would know whether Trump is in fact being investigated. He may have been referring to a remark in May by former FBI chief James Comey, who told a Senate panel in May that Trump was not a target of the inquiry.
As the Mueller investigation nears a dramatic new phase, Republican officials and right-leaning media have stepped up their attacks on Democrats, above all on Trump’s rival in last year’s election, Hillary Clinton — attacks that Democrats dismiss as blatant attempts to divert attention.
Trump, in his tweets Sunday, again complained of Clinton’s handling of emails while secretary of state, of Democratic Party funding of what he said was a “fake” dossier on Trump’s background, and of a US sale during the Obama administration of uranium rights to Russia.
“There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out. DO SOMETHING!” Trump tweeted.
In the uranium case, Russian energy company Rosatom sought in 2010 to buy a share in Toronto-based UraniumOne. A panel of nine US government agencies, including the State Department, approved the sale, though Clinton says she was “not personally involved.”
As Mueller’s inquiry advances, there have been calls from some Republicans — and from the conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal — for him to resign. Christie cautioned on Sunday that the former FBI chief should be “very, very careful.”
Democrats meantime have warned that if Trump were to fire Mueller — or issue preemptive pardons to anyone caught in his net — it would be crossing a line.

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Somalia sacks security chiefs as attack toll hits 27

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AFP, Reuters, AP
Mon, 2017-10-30 20:28

MOGADISHU: The death toll from a deadly weekend attack on a hotel in Mogadishu has risen to 27, the Somali government said Sunday, announcing the dismissal of the country’s police and intelligence chiefs.
The move came after Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab gunmen staged coordinated bomb attacks outside a hotel in the north of the Somali capital on Saturday before storming the building.
The latest toll was given by Security Minister Mohamed Abukar Islow at a Cabinet meeting at which ministers approved the dismissal of intelligence agency boss Abdillahi Mohamed Sanbalooshe and police chief Abdihakim Dahir Said.
The two were “fired for the purpose of serious accountability,” said a statement read by Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman after the meeting.
The sackings come two weeks after Somalia suffered its deadliest-ever terrorist attack in which at least 358 people were killed in a huge truck bombing in Mogadishu.
Osman said five people had so far been arrested in connection with the Oct. 14 attack.
The attack proved once again that insurgents can carry out deadly assaults in the heart of the Somali capital.
The attack began around at 5 p.m. on Saturday when a car bomb rammed the gates of Nasahablod Two hotel, which is close to the presidential palace, and destroyed the hotel’s defenses. Then gunmen stormed the building.
The explosion destroyed the front of the three-story hotel and damaged the hotel next door. Many Somali officials live in fortified hotels for the security they offer.
Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin ambulances, complained the emergency service had been denied access to the blast site.
“After the hotel operation was over, we wanted to transport the casualties… all entrances of the scene were blocked by security forces.”
Al-Shabaab said 40 people had been killed, including three of its fighters who stormed the hotel. The government and Al-Shabaab typically give different figures for victims in such attacks.
The militant group wants to overthrow the weak, UN-backed government and impose a strict form of Islamic law.
Al-Shabab often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu. Although it quickly claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack, it has not commented on the massive attack two weeks ago; experts have said the death toll in the earlier bombing was so high that the group hesitated to alienate Somali citizens.
Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said the new attack was meant to instill fear in Somalis who united after the Oct. 14 bombing, marching in the thousands through Mogadishu in defiance of Al-Shabab.
Since the blast two weeks ago, the president has visited regional countries to seek more support for the fight against Al-Shabab, vowing a “state of war.” He also faces the challenge of pulling together regional powers inside his long-fractured country, where the federal government is trying to assert itself beyond Mogadishu and other major cities.
The US military also has stepped up military efforts against Al-Shabab this year in Somalia, carrying out nearly 20 drone strikes, as the global war on extremism moves deeper into the African continent.
The US mission in Somalia on Sunday condemned the latest attack, saying the US “remains committed to working with our Somali, African Union, and international partners to degrade and defeat terrorism as Somalia continues on a path to stability and prosperity for its people.”

OIC condemns attack
The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, on Sunday strongly condemned the attack in Mogadishu.
The OIC chief, who deplored the persistent assaults against the security forces and innocent civilians by the Al-Shabab, conveyed his deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families, government and people of Somalia over these dastardly and un-Islamic acts which violate all known human values.
While reiterating the OIC’s full solidarity with the authorities in Somalia in their sustained fight against terrorism, he called on international partners of Somalia and countries in the region to enhance their support and strengthen partnership with Somalia in order to eradicate the menace that Al-Shabab continues to pose to regional peace, security and stability.

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The Basics on FACTS: A New Model for Compliant ICOs

October 29, 2017 0

Must ICOs choose between a non-compliant utility token or a complaint security token that doesn’t work in commerce? Jaron Lukasiewicz proposes a fix.The post The Basics on FACTS: A New Model for Compliant ICOs appeared first on
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