31 Dec 2013

Fortress is forming a Bitcoin fund

“In September we discussed how SecondMarket had launched the first U.S.-based investment vehicle dedicated exclusively to Bitcoin, called The Bitcoin Investment Trust (beating out the Winklevii, who remain stuck in regulatory limbo). Now comes word that Fortress Investment Group (FIG) is prepping its own Bitcoin fund, which likely will be

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31 Dec 2013

Egypt remands Al-Jazeera journalists for 15 days

“Three journalists working for the Al-Jazeera English television network have been remanded in custody for 15 days by the Egyptian authorities. A statement from the public prosecutor in Cairo said the men were accused of joining an illegal terrorist group, supplying that group with equipment, and three other charges.” Source:BBC

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31 Dec 2013

U.S. to China: We Hacked Your Internet Gear We Told You Not to Hack

“After all, the United States government has spent years complaining that Chinese intelligence operations could find ways of poking holes in Huawei networking gear, urging both American businesses and foreign allies to sidestep the company’s hardware. The complaints grew so loud that, at one point, Huawei indicated it may abandon the

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31 Dec 2013

Bahrain says foils ‘terror’ attempts, seizes explosives, weapons

“Bahraini authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle explosives and arms, some made in Iran and Syria, into the country by boat, the Gulf Arab state’s public security chief said on Monday. Bahrain, home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, has been rattled by bouts of unrest since February 2011, when

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31 Dec 2013

Russian police round up dozens after suicide bombings

“Police detained dozens of people on Tuesday in sweeps through the Russian city of Volgograd after two deadly attacks in less than 24 hours that raised security fears ahead of the Winter Olympics. A man wounded when a bomber set off a blast in the city’s railway station on Sunday

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31 Dec 2013

Pentagon wraps up combat support mission in Africa

“U.S. commanders have pulled the plug on combat support operations for French and local forces in the Central African Republic, according to the Pentagon. Since support operations began in the country earlier this month, U.S. military assets have ferried hundreds of foreign troops and tons of equipment, vehicles and supplies

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31 Dec 2013

Congo army and attackers clash in capital, killing dozens

“A series of attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital left dozens of people dead Monday as the army fought off assailants identified as followers of a disgruntled religious leader. The coordinated attacks, at first thought to be a coup attempt, targeted a state television station, the airport and

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31 Dec 2013

South Sudan rebels claim to have retaken key town of Bor

“Rebels in South Sudan said they had recaptured the key town of Bor Tuesday after a predawn assault on government forces. ‘Bor is under our control… we are now in Bor town,’ rebel spokesman Moses Ruai said. Government officials had earlier confirmed heavy fighting in the town, but the rebel

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31 Dec 2013

U.S. denies forces involved in possible arrest of Tunisia militant

“The U.S. military did not take part in any operation on Monday against the head of Tunisian militant group Ansar al Sharia, a military spokesman said, as Tunisia’s state media reported that U.S. and Libyan forces had captured the Islamist leader. ‘U.S. forces were not involved in any operations regarding

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31 Dec 2013

Turkish minister says fending off mini-coup attempt

“Turkey’s government said on Tuesday it was fending off a ‘mini coup attempt’ by elements in the police and judiciary who served the interests of foreign and domestic forces bent on humbling the country.” Source: Turkish minister says fending off mini-coup attempt | Reuters

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