24 May 2018

US hits Iran IRGC with sanctions over support of Yemen’s Houthis

“The United States has imposed new sanctions against officials of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard for allegedly providing ballistic missile-related expertise to armed Houthi rebels in Yemen.” Source: US hits Iran IRGC with sanctions over support of Yemen’s Houthis | News | Al Jazeera

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22 May 2018

Macedonia Gives Up Paper Money

“Macedonia began the gradual withdrawal of paper money from circulation. First, the country will withdraw the denominations of 10 and 50 denars, which are the most used in payments in the country, the Macedonian central bank said. Thus, Macedonia will become one of the few countries in the world with a

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21 May 2018

Stocks, oil and dollar rise as trade war put on hold

“Stocks, oil prices and the dollar were on the rise on Monday after the U.S.-China trade war was declared ‘on hold’ while in Europe, Italy’s borrowing costs climbed and the Milan bourse fell as two anti-establishment parties got closer to power.” Source: Stocks, oil and dollar rise as trade war put

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21 May 2018

Cryptos rise as Hong Kong regulators apply the brakes

“Alarm bells have been ringing in the cryptocurrency industry in Hong Kong, with the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) alerting investors to the risks of using cryptocurrency exchanges and investing in initial coin offerings (ICOs) in February and then following it up with regulatory action, when it halted Black Cell

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18 May 2018

Momentum builds for US and China to strike trade deal

“Two weeks ago, when the Trump administration sent a delegation to Beijing in an effort to move the ball forward on trade negotiations, there was little reason for optimism. The trip itself was seen as a glimmer of hope that the world’s two largest economies would avoid a tariff battle

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18 May 2018

Amsterdam to ban Airbnb and bump up tourist tax as it hits back at ‘Disneyfication’ of city

“Following the examples of Barcelona and Venice, Amsterdam’s main political parties have announced radical measures to turn down the volume of tourism and reverse the so-called ‘Disneyfication’ of the Dutch capital.” Source: Amsterdam to ban Airbnb and bump up tourist tax as it hits back at ‘Disneyfication’ of city

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18 May 2018

EU to reactivate ′blocking statute′ against US sanctions on Iran for European firms

“EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that the bloc plans to kickstart a 1996 law that would prohibit European companies from complying with US sanctions on Iran.” Source: EU to reactivate ′blocking statute′ against US sanctions on Iran for European firms | News | DW | 17.05.2018

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16 May 2018

Venezuela Oil Production Falls to Level Caracas Achieved in 1949

“Venezuelan oil production fell again to 1,436,000 oil barrels a day, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries reported on Monday, while the Latin American nation’s oil ministry also admits to an output reduction, but not as steep. Based on ‘secondary sources’ (from shipping firms, energy analysts and media reports) OPEC

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16 May 2018

Argentina economy: From comeback kid to turbulence

“Argentina has been called the comeback kid of the global economy. Over the past two years its business-friendly President, Mauricio Macri, has been praised as the man to put the country on the right track to a brighter financial future. But last week, its currency was at an all-time low

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16 May 2018

Beijing to start publishing ‘best crypto’ benchmark list

“Despite China’s high-profile tough stance on crypto-currency trading and initial coin offerings, Beijing is going to start publishing a ‘Global Public Chain Assessment Index’ list that, according to a government press release, will offer ‘independent analysis’ on global public blockchain technology trends and projects, while also assessing the performance of

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