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American-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State
American-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

The Islamic State group lost its final sliver of territory in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday.

Citi fires eight Hong Kong traders after review finds misconduct: sources
Citi fires eight Hong Kong traders after review finds misconduct: sources

Citigroup Inc has fired eight bankers and suspended three others from its equities trading desk in Hong Kong after an internal probe revealed misconduct in their dealings with clients, people with knowledge of the matter said. The action was taken after a review raised concerns related to the accuracy of disclosure to clients by the involved sales traders on some transactions where Citi was acting in a principal capacity, one of the people said. Principal trade refers to a brokerage acting as the counterparty to settle deals with clients, instead of just broking a securities transaction between different parties.

Nuggets beats HSBC and Commerzbank to FStech Blockchain Project of the Year Award
Nuggets beats HSBC and Commerzbank to FStech Blockchain Project of the Year Award

London. 22nd March 2019 - Blockchain-based secure payments and identity platform Nuggets has won the FStech award for Blockchain Project of the Year, ahead of heavyweights like HSBC and Commerzbank. The victory puts the startup in impressive company, joining the likes of Thomson Reuters, Barclays, RBS and Virgin Money in the FStech Hall of Fame. "We're thrilled to have won this prestigious award," says Alastair Johnson, Founder and CEO of Nuggets. "We were up against some incredible nominees. The fact we won against such titans of industry is evidence that businesses across a range of verticals recognise that the world of personal data has to change." The Nuggets platform combines...

5 cheap online courses that could help you land a job in AI
5 cheap online courses that could help you land a job in AI

These days, pundits galore are proselytizing about the Future of Work. Depending on who you ask, the robots may or may not be taking over, leaving us mere humans pondering how work fits into our lives and whether we're going to be eventually rendered obsolete.Just look at the stark contrast in tone between these two headlines: the Wall Street Journal's White-Collar Robots Are Coming For Jobs versus Wired's Chill: Robots Won't Take All Our Jobs. Who should we *really* believe?!The truth is there isn't one easy answer. What we can do is prepare ourselves to move into technical careers required to create and manage the robot revolution. Case in point: AI is one of the fastest growing tech...

Digital Asset names company Co-Founder, Yuval Rooz, Chief Executive
Digital Asset names company Co-Founder, Yuval Rooz, Chief Executive

New York. 19th March 2019 - Digital Asset, the creator of DAML and provider of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) solutions, announced today that Yuval Rooz has been appointed the company's CEO, effective immediately. Digital Asset's Executive Chairman, AG Gangadhar, was appointed acting CEO in December and will continue to advise the company's leadership team as executive chairman.  The board of directors unanimously voted to name Rooz Chief Executive and a board member. In an email to Digital Asset's employees announcing Rooz as CEO, Gangadhar wrote:  "I have had the privilege of working very closely with Yuval over the past year. Along with the rest of the Board, I feel very strongly...

Trump Jr. Escapes Mueller Probe Despite the Trump Tower Meeting
Trump Jr. Escapes Mueller Probe Despite the Trump Tower Meeting

A key episode in Mueller's 22-month probe into Russian election meddling was a secret meeting that the president's eldest son took at Trump Tower in Manhattan in 2016 with a Russian lawyer connected to the Kremlin on the promise of being given dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton. Now, one of the inquiry's most intriguing unanswered questions is why Trump Jr. remained largely untouched by Mueller despite his participation in the meeting and questions about whether he tried to cover it up. Also left unscathed was Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser.

Mueller Probe's End Kicks Off Disclosure Fight With Democrats
Mueller Probe's End Kicks Off Disclosure Fight With Democrats

"I intend to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law, including the Special Counsel regulations, and the Department's long-standing practices and policies," Barr said in his letter to Congress. Rod Rosenstein was the Justice Department official who appointed Mueller nearly two years ago to investigate allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Syria Kurd autonomy under threat after IS
Syria Kurd autonomy under threat after IS 'caliphate' falls

Now the Islamic State group's "caliphate" has fallen, the hard-won limited autonomy of Syria's Kurds will be left in peril if their key US ally goes ahead with its announced pullout. On Saturday, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces announced the end of the proto-state that the Sunni Arab extremist group declared across large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014. The Kurds have largely stayed out of Syria's eight-year civil war, instead building their own institutions in a third of the country under their control.

Mueller report, March Madness, Christchurch mosque reopens: 5 things to know this weekend
Mueller report, March Madness, Christchurch mosque reopens: 5 things to know this weekend

The biggest news to start your day.

UK prime minister may not seek vote on Brexit deal this week
UK prime minister may not seek vote on Brexit deal this week

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has told lawmakers she may not seek passage of her troubled Brexit withdrawal plan in Parliament next week.

US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State
US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) - U.S.-backed forces in Syria announced Saturday they have liberated the last area held by the Islamic State in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, declaring victory over the extremist group and the end of its self-declared Islamic caliphate.

Apple
Apple's Cook to China: keep opening for sake of global economy

Apple chief executive Tim Cook nudged China on Saturday to open up and said the future would depend on global collaboration, as the United States and China remained locked in a bitter trade dispute. "We encourage China to continue to open up, we see that as essential, not only for China to reach its full potential, but for the global economy to thrive," Cook said at a China Development Forum in Beijing. Despite official pledges and repeated assurances that China would continue to open its markets, some analysts worry that its reform project has slowed or even stalled under President Xi Jinping, who has sought greater control over the economy and a bigger role for state-owned firms at...

India
India's watchmen question whether Modi embrace will improve their lot

Watchmen like him are so ubiquitous in India, guarding everything from offices to homes and stores to factories, that their presence goes almost unnoticed. You guard homes and I guard the nation," Modi said in an audio speech addressed to watchmen on Wednesday. "The watchman has become a symbol of the country's nationalism," he said, equating everyone from teachers and doctors to watchmen guarding the country in their own way.

China factory blast death toll jumps to 64, man rescued after 40 hours
China factory blast death toll jumps to 64, man rescued after 40 hours

The death toll in a chemical plant explosion in China rose to 64 Saturday but rescuers found a survivor among more than two dozen still missing in the debris of one of the country's worst industrial accidents in recent years. Thursday's explosion in the eastern city of Yancheng injured hundreds and flattened an industrial park. The local fire brigade pulled a man in his 40s from the rubble of the destroyed chemical plant around dawn on Saturday, according to a statement on the city government's official Weibo account.

Washington awaits results after Mueller wraps Russia probe
Washington awaits results after Mueller wraps Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Special counsel Robert Mueller closed his long and contentious Russia investigation with no new charges, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency. The Justice Department was expected to release the main findings as soon as Saturday.

'Can't be called water': Brazil marks two months since dam disaster

Brazilian fisherman Jose Geraldo dos Santos uses a long pole to push his boat down the reddish-brown Paraopeba River, taking care not to splash himself with water he says is toxic. Two months after an upstream tailings dam owned by mining giant Vale burst, spewing millions of tons of minerals-laced sludge across the countryside, the 67-year-old says the river is too polluted for fishing or even for his animals to drink. "The researchers who came here said it will take eight to 10 years (for the river to recover)," says dos Santos, who lives about 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the village of Brumadinho in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, which was engulfed by the waste unleashed...

Accepting Golan annexation, Trump risks new precedents
Accepting Golan annexation, Trump risks new precedents

US President Donald Trump is again breaking diplomatic norms in backing Israel's capture of the Golan Heights, with experts warning that he risks justifying expansionism by other countries. Israel conquered the Golan from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and annexed it in 1981, but until now, the international community has not accepted the move, hoping the territory could serve as a bargaining chip in a future peace deal between the countries. The move -- which came as Trump's ally, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, faces elections -- has caused dismay even among US allies, with France and Britain both saying that they still considered the Golan Heights to be "occupied" by Israel.

Bitcoin Cash - ABC, Litecoin and Ripple Daily Analysis - 23/03/19
Bitcoin Cash - ABC, Litecoin and Ripple Daily Analysis - 23/03/19

The majors see green early on. Holding onto current levels could deliver a much needed weekend rally for the bulls.

Trump Escalates Feud With Fed by Picking Political Ally for Board
Trump Escalates Feud With Fed by Picking Political Ally for Board

President Donald Trump on Friday said he's nominating former campaign adviser Stephen Moore to be a governor of the Federal Reserve -- potentially putting a political loyalist in lockstep with Trump's view on juicing the economy into the middle of Fed deliberations heading into the 2020 election. Trump has gone from heckling Fed Chairman Jerome Powell on Twitter to trying to give one of his allies a hand on the levers of U.S. monetary policy. As a Fed governor, a position that requires Senate confirmation, Moore would be in a position to espouse his and the White House's view that the economy can grow much faster without generating inflation.

Exclusive: IADB cancels China meeting after Beijing bars Venezuela representative
Exclusive: IADB cancels China meeting after Beijing bars Venezuela representative

The sources said the decision was made in Washington on Friday at a meeting of the executive board of the IADB, Latin America's largest development lender, after China refused to change its position. On Thursday, the United States threatened to derail the March 26-31 meeting unless Beijing granted a visa to Guaido's representative, Harvard economist Ricardo Hausmann. Guaido invoked the constitution to assume Venezuela's interim presidency in January, saying the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro was not legitimate.

U.S. airlines sending teams to review Boeing 737 MAX upgrade this weekend
U.S. airlines sending teams to review Boeing 737 MAX upgrade this weekend

The three U.S. airlines that own Boeing Co's 737 MAX are meeting the U.S. manufacturer this weekend to review a software upgrade for the jet that has suffered two fatal crashes in five months, officials from the airlines told Reuters. The meetings are a sign that Boeing's planned software patch is nearing completion, though it will still need regulatory approval. Southwest Airlines Co , American Airlines and United Airlines operate 34, 24 and 14 MAX jets respectively.

Mom questions hospital after infant's meningitis death
Mom questions hospital after infant's meningitis death

In a matter of days, a Salem mother watched her 7-week-old baby goes from happy and alert to gravely sick with meningitis to dying in her arms.

Trump drops new N.Korea sanctions because he
Trump drops new N.Korea sanctions because he 'likes' Kim: W.House

President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly announced the cancellation of sanctions imposed by his own Treasury Department to tighten international pressure on North Korea. "It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. The Thursday sanctions were the first new sign of pressure since talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke down in Hanoi less than a month ago.

Tencent Earnings: 3 Things to Watch Out for in 2019
Tencent Earnings: 3 Things to Watch Out for in 2019

Investors got a fresh look at what's going on with the company.

Twin cyclones batter Australia
Twin cyclones batter Australia

A "very destructive" category 4 cyclone slammed into Australia's remote northern coast on Saturday, while a second, equally powerful storm bore down on the country's west. Cyclone Trevor, pushing a huge storm tide and packing winds of up to 250 kilometres per hour (150 mph), made landfall on the sparsely populated Northern Territory coast near the Gulf of Carpentaria town of Port McArthur, national broadcaster ABC reported. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said Trevor was driving a "very dangerous storm tide" along coastal regions and that heavy rainfall was expected to cause flooding across wide areas of the Northern Territory and neighbouring Queensland.

Flight attendant detained by immigration on return to US
Flight attendant detained by immigration on return to US

A Texas flight attendant who was enrolled in the government's program for "Dreamers" flew to Mexico for work and was stopped by immigration authorities who forced her to spend more than a month in detention, her attorney said.

Relatives of Mali attack victims rally, demand more support
Relatives of Mali attack victims rally, demand more support

The towns of Segou, a regional capital, and Sevare saw the victims' relatives gather to urge more government backing, participants told AFP. Th rally came after an attack in the central city of Dioura killed 26 people, according to a latest official army toll, with Bamako decreeing three days of official mourning from Friday. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has demanded a tough security line but that has failed to pacify the victims' families.

Tax Refunds Are Up This Year, But That's Not Necessarily a Good Thing
Tax Refunds Are Up This Year, But That's Not Necessarily a Good Thing

A large refund check means the government is taking more of your paychecks than it should.

FEMA Mishandled Personal Information Of 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors
FEMA Mishandled Personal Information Of 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

The Federal Emergency Management Agency unnecessarily exposed the sensitiveinformation of 2

Mueller submits report on bombshell Trump-Russia probe
Mueller submits report on bombshell Trump-Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday submitted his long-awaited report into an explosive two-year investigation of Russian meddling in Donald Trump's 2016 election -- a probe the president denounces as a "witch hunt" and opponents say could fuel impeachment. What the report says is confidential, but Attorney General Bill Barr wrote in a letter to Congress that he might be able to summarize its "principal conclusions" for Congress as early as this weekend. The Mueller drama, filled with unprecedented allegations of collusion or even treason by a US president in league with Moscow, has dogged Trump since he took office following his surprise election defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Watch This Mystery Megayacht Hit the Water for the First Time
Watch This Mystery Megayacht Hit the Water for the First Time

This new 259-foot Italian yacht from CRN features accommodations for 39 crew and an expandable beach club.

Mueller report could still damn Trump -- or be a big
Mueller report could still damn Trump -- or be a big 'nothing-burger'

Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his Russia meddling investigation Friday without recommending any new charges, but President Donald Trump, who faced obstruction and collusion allegations, could still be implicated in serious, even impeachable wrongdoing. Experts say the confidential report Mueller has submitted to Attorney General Bill Barr might still have evidence of wrongdoing that for Mueller didn't rise to criminal level but could still an impeachment investigation by Congress.

BlockFi reduces interest offer for large accounts, reiterates product is retail focused
BlockFi reduces interest offer for large accounts, reiterates product is retail focused

New York crypto lending firm BlockFi has announced a reduction of its initial interest account offer for accounts with more than 25 BTC or 500 ETH (equivalent to $100,000 and $70,000, respectively) according to a blog post published this week.The post BlockFi reduces interest offer for large accounts, reiterates product is retail focused appeared first on The Block.

Auto Sales in China Are Weak, but Bitauto Is Gaining Market Share
Auto Sales in China Are Weak, but Bitauto Is Gaining Market Share

This single metric from Bitauto subsidiary Yixin is the most important number to watch.

Pattern Energy Group Deep Dive: High Yield or High Risk?
Pattern Energy Group Deep Dive: High Yield or High Risk?

It depends on whether the risk-reward profile makes sense for your portfolio.

Western Union Makes Key Partnership To Deliver Money To Mobile Wallets
Western Union Makes Key Partnership To Deliver Money To Mobile Wallets

Western Union is pushing further into the crypto world, teaming up with a cross-border payments network so its customers can take advantage of mobile wallets. The network is Thunes, and through it, Western Union customers can send funds directly into a recipient's mobile wallet. All they need to do is go online or visit one of the many agent locations just as they do to make traditional transfers. Why Should Anyone Care?

Exclusive: Mexico central bank says Uber, other firms interested in mobile pay system
Exclusive: Mexico central bank says Uber, other firms interested in mobile pay system

Banco de Mexico Governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon said in an interview with Reuters that the bank was seeking to educate companies about how the program could potentially be used. When asked if Uber, the San Francisco-based ride-hailing firm, was one of the companies that had expressed interest, Diaz de Leon confirmed it had. "In general, I'd say there is lots of interest in understanding the platform," Diaz de Leon said.

How Much of Mueller
How Much of Mueller's Report Will See Daylight?

What we can say with assurance is that Mueller and his team - admirable public servants to the end - conducted their probe without leaks, mindful of the law, and with enough resolve to proceed despite unprecedented public and private meddling from President Donald Trump and his cronies in Congress. Mueller also moved along swiftly for an investigation of this scope and gravity (Kenneth Starr, in comparison, spent four years investigating President Bill Clinton).

China stops purchase of Canadian canola seeds
China stops purchase of Canadian canola seeds

China has stopped all new purchases of Canadian canola seeds in what some see as retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei. The Canola Council of Canada said late Thursday exporters are reporting Chinese importers are unwilling to purchase the seeds at this

This school's active-shooter training went wrong. Here's how experts say it should go.

After Indiana teachers were shot with pellets during an active shooter drill, a look at how training usually goes.

Cramer
Cramer's lightning round: I don't get why this stock is down so much

Jim Cramer runs through his thoughts about viewers' stock picks.

Wall Street Week Ahead: Doubts increase that first quarter will be earnings low point
Wall Street Week Ahead: Doubts increase that first quarter will be earnings low point

As Wall Street braces for what may be the first U.S. profit decline since 2016, investors say the first quarter may not mark the low point for 2019 earnings. In the immediate term, markets could be roiled depending on what or if any information is released from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, which was submitted to Attorney General William Barr late on Friday. Concerns about economic weakness in the United States and abroad and the lack of a U.S.-China trade deal are hanging over the longer-term outlook, even as the Federal Reserve's dovish stance on interest rates is expected to relieve some of the...

Democratic demands set up battle over Mueller report
Democratic demands set up battle over Mueller report

WASHINGTON (AP) - Within minutes of receiving notification that special counsel Robert Mueller had turned over his report on the Russia investigation, congressional Democrats were calling for the report to be fully released, including the underlying evidence. They have threatened subpoenas if it is not.

This is why everyone is Googling 'Florida man' and their birthday
This is why everyone is Googling 'Florida man' and their birthday

What 'Florida man' headline comes up for your birthday? People are Googling it to find out in the Florida Man Challenge.

FEMA mistakes put 2.3 million victims of hurricanes, wildfires at risk of ID theft, government watchdog says

The misstep has put the survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires "at increased risk of identity theft and fraud."

Better Buy: Western Digital vs. Cypress Semiconductor
Better Buy: Western Digital vs. Cypress Semiconductor

Here's why I'd pick one over the other.

Goldman Sachs Is Bullish on This Industrial Stock. Should You?
Goldman Sachs Is Bullish on This Industrial Stock. Should You?

Let's examine one of the top picks in the industrial sector.

Indonesian airline wants to cancel Boeing order after crash
Indonesian airline wants to cancel Boeing order after crash

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - In a blow for Boeing, Indonesia's flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion dollar order for 49 of the manufacturer's 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence after two crashes within five months.

Russian State Duma Defers Consideration of Bill On Digital Financial Assets
Russian State Duma Defers Consideration of Bill On Digital Financial Assets

The State Duma of the Russian Federation has deferred consideration of the bill "On Digital Financial Assets" to April 2019,  local media outlet TASS reported on March 20. The second reading of the draft federal law "On Digital Financial Assets" has reportedly been rescheduled for April, following a decision made at the morning voting on the agenda of the plenary session. The initiative was taken by the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Financial Market, Anatoly Aksakov, although he did not explain his motives.

'Terrified': Teachers, kids hit hard by shooter drills
'Terrified': Teachers, kids hit hard by shooter drills

Indiana elementary school teachers were shot with pellet guns during an active shooter training. Do anxiety-producing drills do more harm than good?

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