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Petro investors could violate sanctions against Venezuela, warns US Treasury

The controversial digital token, which was first unveiled last year, and President Nicolas Maduro said the first day of a pre-sale had generated £546million ($735million). But in a move likely to undermine investor confidence, the US Treasury has voiced its concern at the development, warning that buying petros could represent a violation of sanctions which prohibit the purchase of Venezuelan debt. A spokesman has warned: “The petro digital currency would appear to be an extension of credit to the Venezuelan government … (and) could therefore expose US persons to legal…

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We all need to take our heads out of the sand

Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty THERE is something absurd about the idea that the world is running out of sand, but the reality on the ground – or under it – is no laughing matter. Despite some 10 per cent of Earth’s surface being covered with sand, most of it is useless to us (see “World without sand: The race to save a precious resource“). Getting at the right sort is causing terrible environmental degradation. If that sounds like one more thing to be guilty about, well, sorry – it is. Just as…

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The Teens Who Survived the Florida School Shooting Are Organizing a National March to Demand Gun Control

The Teens Who Survived the Florida School Shooting Are Organizing a National March to Demand Gun Control More Just days ago, teenagers hid in the closets of their classrooms and saw their classmates, friends and beloved teachers die when a former student opened fire with an AR-15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Now, these teenagers, most of whom are not old enough to vote yet, are organizing a march in Washington, D.C. and in other cities around the country on March 24 to call for stricter…

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Mueller names social media accounts in indictment — here are the tweets

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE On the day of the 2016 U.S. election, a popular Twitter account alerted its followers to a potentially serious problem with the voting system. “BREAKING: Machine Refuses to Allow Vote For Trump in Pennsylvania!! RT the hell out of it! #VoterFraud #voted,” tweeted @TEN_GOP to the account’s more than 140,000 followers. That account appeared on Friday as part of an indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice against against 13 Russian operatives employed…

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F1 news: Williams reveal 2018 car as ‘Halo’ continues to upset fans

Sirotkin eventually signed a two-year contract with Williams over the off-season to replace retired Felipe Massa, the Russian bringing with him a reported £13million of sponsorship a year. Williams also announced the signing of Robert Kubica, who has not raced in F1 since a life-altering rallying crash in 2011: the Pole will act as their reserve driver in 2018. The Grove-based team are the second outfit to have released their car for 2018 after Haas dropped a surprise video of their 2018 challenger yesterday. “We’re one of the first to…

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Dying Siberian tiger turned up at villager’s door for help in final attempt to survive

The Siberian tigress, believed to be about 10-years-old, was found by a villager on his doorstep in the far-eastern Russian Khabarovsk Krai region on January 28 and they raised the alarm with staff at the Amur Tiger Centre. Initially, they had been optimistic that they might be able to help the badly malnourished big cat after taking her to a rehabilitation centre in the Primorsky Krai region, but it has now been confirmed that after initially rallying and even climbing around in her new cage, her condition worsened and she…

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In Trump era, reformers take fight to local prosecutor races

DALLAS — If you can’t win big, go small. That’s the strategy gaining momentum among criminal justice reformers in the age of Trump, as the federal government hardens its approach to law enforcement. Instead of pouring money and energy into squeezing change out of Washington, national civil rights organizations are teaming with local groups to push their agendas in county-level district attorney races, where a few thousand votes can determine who asserts the most influence over the local justice system. Picking their targets carefully, and crunching election data to influence…

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White House Aides Rally Around John Kelly and Defend Trump's Comments on Women

(WASHINGTON) — Reeling from the downfall of a senior aide, the White House was on the defensive Sunday, attempting to soften President Donald Trump’s comments about the mistreatment of women while rallying around the embattled chief of staff. Several senior aides fanned out on the morning talk shows to explain how the White House handled the departure of staff secretary Rob Porter, a rising West Wing star who exited after two ex-wives came forward with allegations of spousal abuse. And they tried to clarify the reaction from Trump, who has…

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What is 5G? Here are the basics – CNET

5G is going to change our lives…eventually.  James Martin/CNET Those crazy-fast 5G networks are right around the corner. Unfortunately, they also come with their own vocabulary of tech jargon and buzzwords that wireless industry executives throw around a little too casually. First off, a quick definition of 5G: It’s the next (fifth) generation of cellular technology which promises to greatly enhance the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. How fast are we talking about? Think 10 to 100 times speedier than your typical cellular connection, and even faster than…

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Dems expand battleground, target 101 GOP seats

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are stepping on the gas, with plans to target over 100 Republican-held congressional districts in the November midterm elections. At House Democrats’ annual conference Thursday, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is expected to tell colleagues the committee is expanding the battleground to include 101 Republicans — the largest in a decade, a Democratic source familiar with the matter told NBC News. The seven new targets push Democrats even deeper into Republican territory in South Carolina, Wisconsin and Texas.…

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