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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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The 17 victims of the Parkland school shooting

Aaron Feis, 37 Assistant Football Coach and Security Guard Coach Aaron Feis Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Football team Feis died while using his body to shield students from bullets as the gunman opened fire. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, a personal friend of Feis’, noted that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School alum and former football player was a beloved protector of those in the community. “When Aaron Feis died — when he was killed, tragically, inhumanely — he did it protecting others, you can guarantee that, cause that’s…

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Bitcoin rich kids in Puerto Rico: crypto utopia or crypto-colonialism?

Cryptocurrency entrepreneurs have moved to Puerto Rico to build a crypto utopia – initially dubbed Puertopia but now named Sol – where they plan to pay little in taxes. The crypto expats also hope to demonstrate how the city of the future will look with blockchain methods used for most transactions alongside the development of a new digital cryptocurrency. But it’s less clear about whose future – the few or the many – will be the driving force for change on the US territory. Puerto Rico was devastated by last…

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Venezuela’s economy so weak locals weave bags from CURRENCY as they are worth more

The Latin American nation’s currency has spiralled out of control after losing 87 percent of its value against the euro. Bolivar notes are often seen littering the streets, due to it low value. And now 25-year-old street vendor Wilmer Rojas is making and selling origami-inspired handbags, baskets, hats and purses out of the cash. Father-of-three Mr Rojas said: “People throw them away because they are no good to buy anything. No one even accepts them anymore.” “You can use magazine paper or newspaper pulp, but currency notes are better because…

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BREAKING: At least 18 ‘MASSACRED’ in Venezuela after raid on illegal gold mine

Local newspaper Correo del Caroni reported that 17 men and one woman died in the incident on Saturday morning in an area known for gold and diamond mining. Opposition lawmaker, Americo De Grazia accused the security forces, saying: “Massacres are the narco-dictatorship’s state policy.” The government did not respond to requests for comment. Clashes over illegal mines are common in the remote, mineral-rich area near the border of Guyana, with at least 17 people killed in a gang feud there in 2016. That year, President Nicolas Maduro declared the area…

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North Korea says it is unable to pay U.N. dues, blames sanctions

UNITED NATIONS — North Korea is unable to pay its share of the 2018 U.N. budgets because of international sanctions on its foreign exchange bank and has asked a senior U.N. official for help, the country’s U.N. mission said in a statement. North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam met with U.N. management chief Jan Beagle on Friday to ask the world body to help secure a bank transaction channel so Pyongyang could pay the nearly $184,000 it says it owes for 2018. U.N. member states are required to pay…

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Signal of hope for Venezuela

Of all the refugee crises in the world, from those in Syria to Myanmar to Libya, the one least recognized as a crisis is Venezuela’s. That perception changed in recent days, however, after a tour of Latin America by United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The massive influx of Venezuelans into the rest of the region was a major topic, helping turn a distant issue about the country’s economic implosion into an explosion of empathy for the rising number of refugees. The shift in concern should add to the…

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America Is No Longer the Standard Bearer for a Free Press

As protections are slowly undermined More When I joined the board of the Inter American Press Association in 2015, I expected one day I would be a part of the delegations the organization sends to hotspots in the Americas when the rights of the news media are under attack. These advocates go to the worst places in the hemisphere for journalists and meet with government officials to try to defuse tensions. I could not have imagined that a few years later we would be welcoming an IAPA mission to the…

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Liverpool backed to sign AC Milan ace Gianluigi Donnarumma as goalkeeper for next 10 years

Those are the thoughts of former Venezuela international turned ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno. Liverpool’s goalkeepers have been heavily criticised for their performances this season. Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have been rotated in different competitions, with the latter preferred in the last three Premier League games. Alisson was linked with a move to Liverpool in the January transfer window and could be a target come the summer. But Moreno believes Donnarumma would be a better bet for Jurgen Klopp, as the 18-year-old could be the club’s keeper for the next…

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Venezuela’s Maduro could be kicked out by OWN military and spend exile in Cuba, warns US

Mr Tillerson raised the prospect of a Venezuelan military coup ahead of a five-day tour of Latin America. Discussing Venezuela, the US official said militaries in Latin America often “handled” transitions from bad governments, but insisted he was not advocating “regime change.” In a speech at the University of Texas in Austin he said: “In the history of Venezuela and South American countries, it is often times that the military is the agent of change when things are so bad and the leadership can no longer serve the people. “If…

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