Bitcoin soars to record high value

Bitcoin soars to record high value

Bitcoin’s value has jumped to a record high, following a month of turmoil. The virtual currency reached $3,434.02 (£2,636) per coin in Monday trade, according to the Coindesk Bitcoin Price Index. It had never crossed the $3,000 mark until the weekend. The market value of all bitcoins in existence has now surpassed $56bn (£43bn). The surge followed the creation of a spin-off crypto-currency, Bitcoin Cash, last week. The new asset is trading well below the…

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Israel moves to close Al Jazeera, ban its journalists

Israel moves to close Al Jazeera, ban its journalists

Doha-based network denounces the decision to revoke credentials of its journalists and close its offices in Jerusalem. Israel plans to revoke media credentials of Al Jazeera journalists and close the network’s office in Jerusalem, the country’s communication minister has announced. Ayoub Kara made the announcement on Sunday during a press conference in Jerusalem, where Al Jazeera was barred from attending. READ MORE: Al Jazeera – Call for closure siege against journalism  “We have based our decision…

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The Swedish physicist revolutionising birth control

The Swedish physicist revolutionising birth control

Inventing the first app in the world to be approved as a contraceptive started as a hobby project for Elina Berglund Scherwitzl. The nuclear physicist, who’d been working on the team that discovered the Higgs boson, was tired of using hormonal contraception but wasn’t ready to have a baby. So the Swede set about using her data skills to find an alternative. “Like many women I had tried many different contraception options since my teenage…

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North Korea vows to retaliate against US over sanctions

North Korea vows to retaliate against US over sanctions

North Korea has vowed to retaliate and make “the US pay a price” for drafting fresh UN sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons programme. The sanctions, which were unanimously passed by the UN on Saturday, were a “violent violation of our sovereignty,” the official KCNA news agency said. Separately, South Korea says the North has rejected an offer to restart talks, dismissing it as insincere. The sanctions will aim to reduce North Korea’s export revenues…

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Nigerians are missing Buhari – Lai Mohammed

Nigerians are missing Buhari – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai has claimed that Nigerians are missing President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari had in May jetted out to London, United Kingdom for medicals. Mohammed noted that, though his absence was greatly missed, the country was running smoothly with the efforts of the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo. Speaking with newsmen recently, the minister said the presidency was not thinking of substituting the ailing president as being agitated in some quarters….

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Web law offers ‘right to be forgotten’ online

Web law offers ‘right to be forgotten’ online

Individuals will be able to ask Facebook and Google to erase personal details they hold on them. Social media firms will have to erase personal information on individuals when asked under laws allowing people the “right to be forgotten” online. The Data Protection Bill will make it simpler for people to control how companies use their personal details, including requesting that posts or pictures be deleted. The information watchdog has been given extra powers to…

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Search on for armed rebel in Venezuela

Search on for armed rebel in Venezuela

A search is under way in Venezuela for 10 men who escaped with weapons after an attack on a military base, President Nicolás Maduro says. The assault in the north-western city of Valencia was carried out by 20 people, he said. Two were killed, one was injured and seven were arrested. Earlier, a video posted on social media showed uniformed men saying they were rising against a “murderous tyranny”. Despite the incident, the situation appears…

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India media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victim

India media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victim

A 10-year-old girl who is pregnant and has been refused an abortion is at the centre of a media storm in India. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey travelled to the northern city of Chandigarh to piece together her story. “We have seen lots of cases of teenage pregnancies involving 14 to 15-year-olds, but this is the first ever case that I have seen of a 10-year-old,” said Mahavir Singh, of the Chandigarh State Legal Services Authority….

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Odell Beckham Jr. wants to be highest-paid player, ‘period’

Odell Beckham Jr. wants to be highest-paid player, ‘period’

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr. has loftier goals than being the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver — he wants to be the NFL’s highest-paid player. The New York Giants’ star wide receiver made the declaration in a video posted by UNINTERRUPTED on Thursday. “It’s like the elephant in the room, and you don’t want to talk about it,” Beckham says in the video. “But I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’m…

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Tracy Morgan on return to TV after accident: ‘Thank God’

Tracy Morgan on return to TV after accident: ‘Thank God’

Tracy Morgan returns to scripted comedy in “The Last O.G,” but the actor feels a lot has changed since he was last on the small screen — mainly himself. In the TBS show, Morgan stars as a man who experiences culture shock when he returns to a gentrified Brooklyn after 15 years in prison. He’s surrounded by an ensemble that includes Cedric the Entertainer, “Girls Trip” star Tiffany Haddish and actor Allen Maldonado. Asked during…

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