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National security warning for British firms dealing with Chinese telecoms giant ZTE

“British firms are being warned not to do business with one of China’s leading companies over “potential risks” to national security” writes Kallum Pickering for telegraph.co.uk. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has written to UK telecoms providers to warn against ZTE after it was linked to selling US equipment to Iran and North Korea.Dr Ian Levy, Technical Director of the National Cyber Security Centre, said: “It is entirely appropriate and part of NCSC’s duty to highlight potential risks to the UK’s national security and provide advice based on our technical expertise.…

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How economics can help solve South Africa’s crime problem

“South Africa is notorious for its high crime rate, a reflection of its economic inequality and racial tension” writes Sowetan Gallo Images for cnbc.com. Transforming society, empowering people and dealing with underlying poverty all must be considered in tackling South Africa’s crime, he added.”We can’t deal with crime as an isolated incident, we need to look at the totality,” Kingsley Makhubela, chief executive of the nation’s marketing platform Brand South Africa, said.However, there is an economic dimension to solving the problem, a prominent business voice in the country told CNBC…

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Woman used knowledge of tax law to perfectly troll an IRS scammer

“From rich princes in foreign countries to taxes, scammers will try everything in their power to get your money or information” reports thechive.com. Meet Hadeel Al-Massari, a woman from Seattle that had previous jobs dealing with tax laws and codes.Hadeel recently shared her account of dealing with an IRS scammer on Twitter that quickly went viral.If you don’t know how these calls go, a scammer claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) explaining that you have “defaulted” on your taxes and unless you pay you will face jail…

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India just cracked down on cryptocurrency. Hard.

“Essentially, that means people in India are now unable to move money from bank accounts to exchanges in order to buy cryptocurrency” writes Jack Morse for mashable.com. This development follows on the September news that China ordered the closure of all locally based cryptocurrency exchanges, and then in February attempted to straight up block access to exchange websites.It did, however, just make buying, selling, or using cryptocurrency in the country a heck of a lot harder.While RBI’s move is definitely not good for cryptocurrency in general, it is a far…

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On DACA, Trump shifts from dealing with Democrats to damning them

“President Trump is done dealing with the Democrats on immigration and is ready to fight them instead” writes Ap Photo Evan for washingtonexaminer.com. It would be harder to get something reflective of Trump’s immigration framework through a Democratic-controlled House.Trump did get Democrats — and Republicans with a — to the bargaining table over immigration thanks to DACA. Trump paired a more-generous-than-expected legalization offer to a larger-than-anticipated number of Dreamers with changes to family-based immigration and an end to the diversity visa lottery. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Dealing with North Korea, redux: Go back to the fundamentals

“Soo Kim is a former CIA North Korea analyst, focusing on the regime’s leadership, nuclear proliferation, and propaganda” writes Soo Kim for washingtonexaminer.com. She was a 2015 National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where she authored a monograph on the South Korean nuclear program. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Isles add depth by dealing with their favorite trade partner

“Ahead of the trade deadline Monday at 3 p.m., the Islanders acquired defenseman Brandon Davidson from Edmonton in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick” reports nypost.com. He was claimed on waivers in December by the Oilers from Montreal, 10 months after Edmonton traded him to the Canadiens for current Rangers forward David Desharnais.The Islanders have enjoyed the return in recent deals with the Oilers and they went back to the bank Saturday for their first trade of the season. Source: nypost.com Share This:

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Trump goes on tweetstorm blasting Obama over Russia’s election meddling and Putin

“In October 2016, Obama addressed Trump’s frequent claims that the election was or would be rigged against him, essentially telling him to stop complaining” writes Alex Lockie for businessinsider.com. In August 2016, the CIA told the White House that Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally ordered intelligence agencies to interfere in the 2016 election to help elect Donald Trump, The Washington Post reported.In response to the election meddling, Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the US and issued new sanctions against Russia during his last month in office.Obama said nothing…

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Thailand’s Central Bank Bans Banks from Dealing with Cryptocurrencies

“Moreover, the Finance Minister also indicated that the Bank of Thailand is not the appropriate institution to regulate cryptocurrencies, as it does not recognize cryptocurrencies as legal tender” reports financemagnates.com. Tantivorawong, the securities watchdog Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (TSEC) is the appropriate authority to oversee cryptocurrencies in Thailand.The central bank clearly instructs other national banks not to engage in any transaction if it involves: investment or trading in cryptocurrencies for both financial institutions and retail clients, offering cryptocurrency exchanges, or to provide a cryptocurrency trading platform.It further ordered the…

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