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Bitcoin price briefly breaks through $9,000

Bitcoin's price hit a four week high. At 7:30 UTC time on April 20th the price went marginally over the $9,000 mark at 9,021, This is the highest it has been since March 22, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index.

Three Shiites lead field for Iraq election

Baghdad - An incumbent prime minister, his ousted predecessor and a paramilitary chief instrumental in defeating the Islamic State group are the three favourites vying for Iraq's premiership.

Bipartisan House legislation would repeal Trump solar tariffs

Washington - A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would throw out Trump administration tariffs on imported solar products.

Israel dismisses claims Mossad behind Malaysia assassination

Jerusalem - Israel's defence minister on Sunday dismissed claims the country's spy agency was behind the assassination of a Palestinian scientist in Malaysia, suggesting instead that his killing was a "settling of accounts".

Finally home, Bundesbank's gold goes on show

Frankfurt Am Main - All that glitters is definitely gold in a new exhibition at Germany's central bank that lifts the veil on the nation's massive reserves of the precious metal, partly to reassure sceptics that the prized ingots are really there.

Turkey's heated economy: trigger and key factor in snap polls

Istanbul - Turkey's economy, the fastest growing in the G20 but haunted by an uncertain long-term outlook, is key to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision to call snap polls and will also be decisive for the outcome.Turkey recorded stellar growth of 7.

AI aims to make machine learning easier for software developers

Bellevue - A new artificial intelligence platform has been launched, designed to make machine learning more accessible to any software developer. The focus is on developing machine learning applications for businesses.

As sales drop Nissan may cut jobs at UK diesel plant

Sunderland - The Japanese car manufactuer Nissan may cut hundreds of jobs at its Sunderland plant in the UK. Nissan is Britain's largest car manufacturer.

'No paramilitaries' among Bosnian Serbs, leader says

Banja Luka - The photographs showed more than a dozen tough-looking men posing in military fatigues, staring sternly at a camera, reportedly part of a pro-Russian paramilitary unit.

New International Standard for information security

A revised standard for information security has been issued. This follows the changing landscape in relation to cybersecurity issues and the growing complexity of technology, which brings with it new vulnerabilities.

G7 ministers meet against backdrop of Russia stand-off

Toronto - The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized nations were gathered in Toronto on Sunday seeking a common front against what they see as provocation from Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Iran threatens to 'vigorously' resume enrichment if US quits deal

New York - Iran warned Saturday it is ready to "vigorously" resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and said further "drastic measures" are being considered in response to a US exit.

Investigation into E. coli outbreak in Alberta, Canada expands

Alberta Health Services (AHS) Environmental Public Health has expanded its investigation into the source of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7, beyond cases directly linked to an Edmonton restaurant late last month.

Surge in anonymous Asia Twitter accounts sparks bot fears

Fpo - It has been jokingly referred to as "Botmageddon". But a surge in new, anonymous Twitter accounts across swathes of Southeast and East Asia has deepened fears the region is in the throes of US-style mass social media manipulation.

Taxi drivers, Uber square up on Istanbul's roads

Istanbul - Istanbul's bright yellow taxis, ubiquitous and perennially honking for custom, appear ingrained in the daily life of the Turkish metropolis.But could the fast-growing ride sharing app Uber make them a thing of the past?

German Social Democrats to elect Andrea Nahles as first female leader

Berlin - Germany's Social Democrats are Sunday expected to elect Andrea Nahles, a combative and outspoken former labour minister, as the first woman leader of the 155-year-old party.

Paraguay candidate with ties to dictatorship set for presidency

Asunci - The US-educated son of a top aide to Paraguay's late dictator is favorite to win Sunday's presidential election in one of Latin America's poorest countries.

As doors close in the US, China's Huawei shifts to Europe

Shenzhen - As trade disputes continue to simmer between China and the U.S., Huawei, the world's third-largest Smartphone vendor is shifting its growth efforts toward Europe and Asian markets.

France's Ritz hotel smashes record with furniture sell-off

Paris - Luxury furniture auctioned off by the legendary Ritz hotel in Paris sold for 7.3 million euros ($9 million), a world record in the industry, auction house Artcurial said Saturday.

North Korea refugees find new pressures in South

Seoul - When elite North Korean soldier Joo Seung-hyeon made his way through the Demilitarized Zone, avoiding minefields and watchtowers to defect to the South, he thought he was going to a prosperous new life.The reality was more complicated than that.
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