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Qasem Soleimani: Iran seeks Trump’s arrest over killing of general

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Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over the killing of top Iranian commander Gen Qasem Soleimani in Iraq in January.

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Mr Trump and 35 others faced murder and terrorism charges, and that Interpol had been asked to help detain them.

However, Interpol said it would not consider the Iranian request.

The US special representative for Iran said the warrant was a propaganda stunt that nobody would take seriously.

Soleimani died in a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport ordered by Mr Trump, who said the general was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops and was planning imminent attacks.

Iran retaliated by firing ballistic missiles at Iraqi military bases housing US forces.

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“About 36 individuals have been identified in connection with the assassination of Hajj Qasem. They supervised, acted upon, and ordered [it],” Mr Alqasimehr was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.

“This includes political and military officials from the US as well as other countries, for whom the judiciary has issued arrest warrants and the Interpol has issued Red Notices.”

Mr Trump was on the top of the list and his arrest would be sought even after his presidency had ended, the prosecutor added.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Baharvand said Iran’s judiciary would soon issue an indictment for those responsible for the attack on Gen Soleimani, and was hoping to identify the operators of the drone, according to the Isna news agency.

“Iran will not stop its efforts until these people are brought to justice,” he declared.

An Interpol Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action. It is not an international arrest warrant.

US special representative Brian Hook said: “Our assessment is that Interpol does not intervene and issue Red Notices that are based on a political nature.

“This is a political nature. This has nothing to do with national security, international peace or promoting stability… It is a propaganda stunt that no-one takes seriously.”

Interpol, which is based in the French city of Lyon, subsequently told the BBC that it would not consider the Iranian request for help.

Under its constitution, it was “strictly forbidden for the organisation to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character”, it said.

Analysts say the issuing of the arrest warrant is little more than a symbolic gesture by Iran, but that it reflects the depth of animosity felt towards President Trump.

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-53223523

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Could NFT auctions be moving away from Ethereum? One new group is betting they will

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NFTs were arguably already taking off when Beeple sold his NFT artwork for $69m. But another crypto project attracted attention when it bought an original Banksy artwork for $95,000.

The group literally burnt the artwork and sold its NFT on the OpenSea platform for $400,000. Although the stunt was covered by CBS News, BBC News, The Guardian, and others, it did actually make a significant point.

By removing the physical piece, the group – calling itself “Burnt Banksy” – proved that the value of the piece wasn’t affected by being destroyed, given that the NFT went up so much in value.

Now that project is turning that stunt into an actual blockchain platform for art auctions.

Burnt Finance says it has raised $3 Million for a decentralized auction protocol built on the Solana blockchain.

The project is being incubated by Injective Protocol (which recently raised $10 from investors and Mark Cuban, as well as Multicoin, DeFiance, Alameda, Mechanism, Vessel Capital, Hashkey, Spartan, Do Kwon (CEO of Terra), Sandeep (COO of Polygon), and others.

The reason why it’s worth mentioning all this is that in trying to auction the painting, the Burnt Banksy group stumbled on an increasing problem in the world of NFTs: the rising congestion on the Ethereum network is leading to larger and larger gas fees. This is making both the creation and bidding on NFTs increasingly expensive, just from a baseline.

As a result, team decided to build the Burnt Finance NFT auction platform away from Etherum and hit upon the Solana blockchain, which has comparatively good speed, performance, and lower transaction costs. It will use ‘Solana Wormhole’ which connects ETH and ERC20 tokens to SPL Tokens.

A spokesperson for Burnt Finance, ‘Burnt Banksy’ told me: “Most auctions are Ethereum based, and currently the Ethereum gas fees are extremely high. It can cost you up to $70 to make an artwork, which doesn’t work if you’re selling an NFT for $50. We chose Solana mainly because of the ecosystem. It’s fast-growing, in addition to the technical aspect of it.”

There’s another reason why we may see other Crypto projects move away from Ethereum as ETH rises in price and as gas fees increase: the potential for bad faith actors in NFT auctions.

If a bad actor tries to leverage the congestion on Ethereum and manipulate the transaction fee, they might sway the results of an auction. This would be quite something, if the auction was for, say, $69 million…

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/06/could-nft-auctions-be-moving-away-from-ethereum-one-new-group-is-betting-they-will/

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Ledger Acknowledges Data Breach; Grayscale Hits ATH Numbers; Missing Cryptoqueen Podcast Returns!

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TL;DR: Welcome to In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), a daily crypto news update. Ledger acknowledges customer data breach. Grayscale reaches ATH numbers. Coinbase to offer interest on Dai savings. Ethereum price hike causes GPU shortage. BBC podcast The Missing Cryptoqueen to continue, and Central Bank of Philippines considers issuing a digital currency.

Ledger Acknowledges Customer Data Breach

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Ledger, one of the leading hardware wallet manufacturers, acknowledged it suffered a recent data breach that compromised customer information. The company announced this was the result of an exploit previously patched that was leveraged by an attacker to obtain customer’s email addresses, also first and last names, postal addresses, and phone number in some cases. More than 9,500 customers were affected, but Ledger claims neither payment information nor credentials were leaked.

Grayscale Hits ATH Numbers in Assets Under Management

The latest cryptocurrency market pump made institutional holders aware of the importance of it, and institution focused exchanges are profiting. Grayscale, the biggest cryptocurrency investment fund, reached ATH numbers of assets under management, $5.1 billion. This is in part because investors are paying premiums to enjoy these kinds of instruments. In just one day, the number of assets under management rose $300 million, according to updates offered by Grayscale’s Twitter account daily.

Coinbase to Offer Interest on Dai Savings

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Coinbase, a normie friendly cryptocurrency exchange, announced it will start paying its customers 2% APY for saving in Dai, an Ethereum-based stablecoin. The company is rolling these changes in US, UK, Netherlands, Spain, France, and Australia. With interests offered by banks at absolute lows all around the world, Coinbase introduces these instruments as an attractive way of generating passive income with cryptocurrency assets. Coinbase also offers this kind of instrument for USDC, another stablecoin issued by the same exchange.

Ethereum Price Rise Creates GPU Shortages

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The recent price hike experienced by Ethereum made people consider Ethereum mining as a considerable source of income, creating shortages in the availability of GPUs in the market. Nvidia, one of the leading GPU manufacturers, is also being blamed, in part because it is phasing out its latest graphics product (RTX 20 series) at the wrong time, among coronavirus pandemic woes. A miner manufacturer stated GPU companies “limit the mining industry’s procurement to avoid the impact on the subsequent consumer market.”

BBC Announces “The Missing CryptoQueen” Podcast Will Continue

BBC Sounds and Jamie Bartlett, the producer of The Missing Cryptoqueen podcast, that deals with the scam scheme of OneCoin, announced there will be a continuation of this podcast in the near future. “You didn’t think we were going to stop, did you?,” declares the new teaser posted on BBC Sounds. It that promises to reveal more of the secrets the OneCoin scam and its leader Ruja Ignatova, who took approximately $4 billion from investors all over the world, and disappeared without a trace back in 2017.

Philippines Considers to Issue Official Central Bank Digital Currency

The Central Bank of Philippines is considering issuance of an official central bank digital currency, according to reports from Bloomberg. The institution created a committee to research the feasibility of this idea and how it could be executed. “We have to first look at the findings of the group before making a decision,” declared Governor Benjamin Diokno in a virtual briefing. Philippines is just the last country to examine the possibility of the creation of a digital currency, while China is already in the testing stages.

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News outlets will digitally watermark content to limit misinformation

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In the run-up to the 2020 US election, a group of major media organizations will once again work together to try and clamp down on fake news. The Trusted News Initiative (TNI) is a coalition of blue-chip publishers and Microsoft which have pledged to work together to tackle disinformation. And, this year, the team will try using a new verification technology, dubbed Project Origin, to try and watermark legitimate content. That way, it’s hoped, scammers can’t mock up a headline and pass it off as real news as easily as they once did.

“Brand marks, styles and other traditional indicators of trust,” says the BBC in a statement, “they are no longer enough to ensure content legitimacy.” That’s why Project Origin will attach a “digital watermark” to stories from TNI partners that shows them that the news has come from an official source. The idea is both to help people find trusted news, but also to filter out faked content. Unfortunately, there’s no word on how this will work yet — the standards for Project Origin have yet to be published.

TNI Members include the BBC, NYT, CBC and the WSJ as well as Google, Facebook and Microsoft, with the AP and Washington Post joining this year. It’s likely that Google and Facebook will have to shoulder the bulk of the responsibility after being willing incubators of fake news for so long. Sadly, Project Origin isn’t going to be standard from now on, and instead will run in the month just before the 2020 election. That means that malign actors have got from now until early October to get their material in front of people. 

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Stephanie Winston Wolkoff: Melania Trump’s former aide to publish book

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A former aide to Melania Trump has written a memoir about her 15-year friendship with the US first lady.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s book, Melania and Me, is due out on 1 September.

In 2018, Ms Winston Wolkoff was reportedly forced out of the White House, amid allegations that she had been profiteering from President Trump’s inauguration.

But the former aide has said she was “thrown under the bus”.

She denied claims her company received $26 million (£20 million) in payments to help plan the 2017 ceremony and surrounding events, saying her firm “retained a total of $1.62 million”.

“In her memoir, Wolkoff chronicles her journey from their friendship that started in New York to her role as the First Lady’s trusted advisor to her abrupt and very public departure, to life after Washington,” according to a description of the book published by Vanity Fair.

The book, which will be on sale ahead of the November presidential election – when Mr Trump will take on Democrat nominee Joe Biden, is the latest controversial memoir involving the Trumps.

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new book, The Room Where It Happened, portrays a president ignorant of basic geopolitical facts and whose decisions were frequently driven by a desire for re-election.

He accuses Mr Trump of wanting help from China to win re-election, while offering approval for China’s plan to build forced-labour camps for its Muslim Uighur minority. He also backs up Democrat allegations that sparked impeachment efforts against the president.

Meanwhile, the president’s niece, Mary Trump, is due to publish Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man later this month.

An Amazon blurb for the book says the author will set out how her uncle “became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security and social fabric”.

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Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53315986

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