Monday , January 24 2022

Pelosi makes about-face on insider trading in Congress

Previously openly opposed to banning stock trading by members of Congress, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) appeared on Thursday to change her mind. Her apparent openness to a proposal floated by two Senate Democrats, however, was conditioned on demanding the same of US Supreme Court justices. “I have …

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Red Cross hackers steal info on half a million ‘vulnerable’ people

A massive hack of the International Committee of the Red Cross has compromised information from employees, refugees, detainees, migrants, and family members of all those groups, and the culprit remains unknown. Information on some 515,000 “highly vulnerable” individuals has been stolen the Red Cross revealed on Wednesday in a statement …

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Fed explores future of ‘digital dollar’

A Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) should “complement, rather than replace, current forms of money and methods for providing financial services” the Federal Reserve Board of Governors said in a study released on Thursday, which it said was the first step in a public discussion about a “digital dollar.” Clocking …

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Tax collectors to demand facial recognition ID

A new kind of digital identification, requiring the user to submit their personal data to a private company in Virginia – including a live video of their face from their cell phone or computer webcam – will be the only way Americans can create an account with the Internal Revenue …

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Space-based entertainment studio set to launch in two years

The UK-based media company Space Entertainment Enterprise plans to launch a film studio and sports arena into space, aiming to dock its core module at the International Space Station by December 2024. The multipurpose structure will initially serve as part of the ISS’ “commercial arm,” Axiom Station, which hopes to …

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Austria makes Covid vaccines mandatory

An overwhelming majority of Austrian MPs voted on Thursday to force their citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19, with those who refuse facing fines of up to 3,600 euros ($4,000). After 137 MPs voted for compulsory vaccination and only 33 opposed, the bill now heads to the upper house to …

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Russian Communists want to up the ante with Ukraine

It would be “morally justified” for Russia to recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics to save the people from “genocide,” a group of Russian Communist MPs claimed on Wednesday. Led by party head Gennady Zyuganov, politicians from the country’s largest opposition party penned a draft …

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Ukraine hits back at Biden

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has lashed out at hints from his US counterpart Joe Biden that the West may not follow through with a strong response in the case of a “minor” attack by Russia. The US had previously insisted that Kiev deserves unwavering support from Washington and that tough …

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Top Russian senator blasts American’s ‘amazing stupidity’

American analysts following Russia and the former Soviet Union repeatedly fail to understand the mentality of people living in the world’s largest country, one of Moscow’s leading senators has raged as experts weigh in on events happening along the border with Ukraine. Taking to Telegram on Thursday, Alexey Pushkov poured …

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