Month: November 2017

Egypt flexes its mediation muscle in Lebanon crisis

CAIRO — As the intense rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran continues to threaten Middle East stability, Egypt has been trying to play a mediating role. When the crisis recently extended into Lebanon, Cairo began deploying efforts to keep the small country from being dragged into a regional military conflict.

Egypt’s foreign initiatives coincide with escalating tension between Saudi Arabia on one side and Iran and Hezbollah on the other. Hezbollah, a Shiite militant group, is based in Lebanon but is backed by Iran. Saudi Arabia is pressuring Lebanon to put a lid on Hezbollah activity.

Many believe part of that pressure involved the surprise resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. On Nov. 4, Hariri abruptly announced his resignation in a televised speech from Riyadh. Hariri cited death threats against him and accused Hezbollah and Iran of disseminating strife in the region. 

In response, however, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri against his will and forcing him to resign. The kingdom denies those charges.

Hariri withdrew his resignation two weeks later after a flurry of diplomatic activity.

In mid-November, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi dispatched Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to deliver private messages to Arab leaders on a three-day tour that included stops in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman. According to the ministry, Shoukry’s tour came “as part of consultations between Egypt and brotherly Arab [states] in light of the political developments in Lebanon and the growing challenges [threatening] the security of the region.”

Then, during a Nov. 19 emergency session of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo, Shoukry and others called for Iran to immediately stop providing support for armed militias in Arab countries. He noted that Iran has been aware of this stance and added, “Iran…

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In Israel, a blockchain and crypto hyper-cluster is just getting started – TechCrunch

In recent times, it’s Eastern Europe and Russia which have become a hot-bed of crytpocurrency development. But on a recent trip to Tel Aviv, Israel, I took part in what might well turn out to be a historic lunch.

The lunch took place just after well-known tech investor Moshe Hogeg announced he would invest in every Israeli blockchain that approached him. That investor group, called Alignment, consisted of the Singulariteam Technology Group, together with CoinTree Capital, and…

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Bitcoin Gold price, BTG chart, market cap, and info

Bitcoin Gold Price & Market Data

Bitcoin Gold price today is $46.13 with a 24-hour trading volume of $27,531,517. BTG price is down -0.6% in the last 24 hours. It has a circulating supply of 18 Million BTG coins and a total supply of 21 Million. If you are looking to buy or sell Bitcoin Gold, HitBTC is currently the most active exchange.

Bitcoin Gold hopes to change the paradigm around mining on the Bitcoin blockchain. According to the founders, the Bitcoin blockchain has become too…

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SENSE integrating Bancor Protocol™ to Make SENSE Tokens Continuously Liquid

By integrating the Bancor Protocol, SENSE holders will gain access to continuous liquidity regardless of trade volume or exchange listings, through the Bancor Network™, where any integrated token can be automatically converted to any other directly from any Web3 wallet, such as Parity or MetaMask. Currently integrated tokens include ETH, BNT (the Bancor Network Token™), GNO (Gnosis), STX (Stox) and a long list of announced projects soon to be integrated.

“We believe liquidity is one of…

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Banking Platform Cashaa Teams up with Agrello to Offer Borderless Financial Products

UK-based next-generation banking platform Cashaa announced on Thursday it has formed a partnership with Agrello to support a series of decentralized global financial products. Cashaa stated that Agrello provides smart contract agreements, which enables to the platform to expand its range of financial services. Products include insurance, microfinancing, and decentralized trading.

“Cashaa aims to reaching those markets where traditional methods of financing have failed by pioneering…

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