18 Aug 2017

China to curb “irrational” overseas Belt and Road investment: state planner

“China will strengthen rules to defuse risks for domestic companies investing abroad and curb ‘irrational’ overseas investment in its Belt and Road initiative, the state planner said on Friday.” Source: China to curb “irrational” overseas Belt and Road investment: state planner

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17 Aug 2017

Thousands of Mexicans march to scrap NAFTA, as government fights to save it

“While Mexican government negotiators fought tooth and nail to save the North American Free Trade Agreement during talks in Washington, thousands of Mexican farmers and workers took to the streets on Wednesday demanding the deal be scrapped.” Source: Thousands of Mexicans march to scrap NAFTA, as government fights to save

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17 Aug 2017

Trump adviser Bannon says U.S. in economic war with China

“The United States is in an economic war with China, U.S President Donald Trump’s chief political strategist has said, warning Washington is losing the fight but is about to hit China hard over unfair trade practices.” Source: Trump adviser Bannon says U.S. in economic war with China: media

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16 Aug 2017

Oil-rich but cash-starved Venezuela could be close to bankruptcy

“Venezuela might look bad right now amid protests, scarce food and political turmoil. But analysts warn the worsening debt crisis could greatly exacerbate the dire situation – and possibly force a regime change.” Source: Oil-rich but cash-starved Venezuela could be close to bankruptcy | Business | DW | 15.08.2017

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16 Aug 2017

Defense Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

“Contractors should immediately begin communicating with their contracting officers about the impacts of a potential government shutdown this fall, former executive branch officials and industry experts warned on Monday.” Source: Defense Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations – Defense One

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11 Aug 2017

Nuclear nerves wipe $1 trillion off world stocks

“The damage inflicted on world stocks this week by the escalating war of words over North Korea topped $1 trillion on Friday, as investors again took cover in the yen, the Swiss franc, gold and government bonds.” Source: Nuclear nerves wipe $1 trillion off world stocks

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10 Aug 2017

Ethereum Is Coding’s New Wild West

“How can Ethereum be a cryptocurrency and a computer at the same time? Instead of running on a laptop or a server, it runs on thousands of individual computers at once, all kept in sync with blockchain technology. In its simplest form, a blockchain is an ordered list of items

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09 Aug 2017

Indonesia to barter palm oil, coffee for Russian fighter jets

“Southeast Asia’s largest economy sees US and European sanctions on Russia as an opportunity to boost trade. The value and timeframe of the barter, swapping palm oil and coffee for warplanes, remains unknown.” Source: Indonesia to barter palm oil, coffee for Russian fighter jets | News | DW | 08.08.2017

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09 Aug 2017

US: Daunting budget deadlines loom for government

“The Trump administration and Congress face a daunting set of budget-related deadlines in the coming weeks. Blowing them could cause a partial government shutdown and upend global financial markets.” Source: Daunting budget deadlines loom for government

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09 Aug 2017

Putin’s Aide Seeks $100 Million to Rival China in Bitcoin Mining

“A company co-owned by one of President Vladimir Putin’s internet advisers plans to raise the cryptocurrency equivalent of as much as $100 million in a push to help Russian entrepreneurs challenge China in bitcoin mining. Russian Miner Coin is holding a so-called initial coin offering, where investors will use units

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