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Taliban claim fall of Kandahar

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: The United States will send troops to evacuate personnel from Afghanistan as the Taliban on Friday claimed the capture of second city Kandahar, capping an eight-day blitz that has left only the capital and pockets of other territory in government hands.The US announcement came hours before a Taliban spokesman tweeted the fall of…

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: The United States will send troops to evacuate personnel from Afghanistan as the Taliban on Friday claimed the capture of second city Kandahar, capping an eight-day blitz that has left only the capital and pockets of other territory in government hands.The US announcement came hours before a Taliban spokesman tweeted the fall of Kandahar – the movement’s spiritual birthplace and the scene of days of fierce fighting.”Kandahar is completely conquered. The Mujahideen reached Martyrs’ Square,” a Taliban spokesman tweeted on an officially recognized account, referring to a city landmark.The claim was backed up by a resident who told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that government forces appeared to have withdrawn en masse to a military facility outside the southern city.The government has now effectively lost control of most of the country, following an eight-day onslaught by the Taliban that has caught the United States by surprise even as it pushes forward with a troop withdrawal due to be completed by the end of the month.As the insurgents swept across more territory, Washington and London moved to quickly pull out their embassy staff and other citizens from the capital.”We are further reducing our civilian footprint in Kabul in light of the evolving security situation,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters while noting the embassy would remain open.”This is not abandonment. This is not an evacuation. This is not the wholesale withdrawal,” he said.The Pentagon said 3,000 US troops would be deployed to Kabul within the next 24 to 48 hours, underscoring they would not be used to launch attacks against the Taliban.UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said London would send 600 of its own troops to evacuate its nationals and “support the relocation of former Afghan staff who risked their lives serving alongside us.”Price said the United States would also start sending in daily flights to evacuate Afghan interpreters and others who assisted the Americans and are fearful for their lives due to the Taliban’s sweeping offensive.’Laid down their arms’After being under siege for weeks, government forces on Thursday pulled out of Herat – an ancient Silk Road city near the Iranian border – and retreated to a district army barracks.”We had to leave the city in order to prevent further destruction,” a senior security source from the city told AFP.A Taliban spokesman, however, tweeted that “soldiers laid down their arms and joined the Mujahideen.”Herat resident Masoom Jan told AFP the city’s fall had been abrupt, saying the Taliban “entered the city in a rush. They raised their flags in every corner.”On Thursday, the interior ministry also confirmed the fall of Ghazni, about 150 kilometers (95 miles) from Kabul, and along the major highway to Kandahar and the Taliban heartlands in the south.”The enemy took control,” spokesman Mirwais Stanikzai said in a message to media, adding later the city’s governor had been arrested by Afghan security forces.Pro-Taliban Twitter feeds showed a video of him being escorted out of Ghazni by Taliban fighters and sent on his way in a convoy, prompting speculation in the capital that the government was angered with how easily the provincial administration capitulated.A security source told AFP that Qala-i-Naw, capital of Badghis province in the northwest, also capitulated on Thursday.Piling pressureAs the rout unraveled, three days of meetings between key international players on Afghanistan wrapped in Qatar without significant progress on Thursday.In a joint statement, the international community, including the United States, Pakistan, the European Union and China, said they would not recognize any government in Afghanistan “imposed through the use of military force.”Price called for a negotiated solution and reiterated US President Joe Biden’s frustration at the deteriorating situation, saying Afghan government forces outnumbered the Taliban by more than three to one after billions of dollars of US support over two decades.Facing pressure at home, Biden was blasted by the top Republican in Congress on Thursday for his “reckless policy.””Afghanistan is careening toward a massive, predictable and preventable disaster,” Sen. Mitch McConnell said in a statement.The conflict has escalated dramatically since May when US-led forces began the final stage of a troop withdrawal due to end later this month following a 20-year occupation.Pro-Taliban social media accounts also boasted of the vast spoils of war their fighters had recovered in recent days, posting photos of armored vehicles, heavy weapons and even a drone seized by the insurgents at abandoned military bases.In the past week, the insurgents have taken over a dozen provincial capitals and encircled the biggest city in the north, the traditional anti-Taliban bastion of Mazar-i-Sharif, which is now one of the few holdouts remaining.Fighting was also raging in Lashkar Gah – another pro-Taliban heartland in the south.Late Thursday, a security source told AFP that government forces there were also considering evacuating to nearby Camp Bastion, one of the largest US bases in the country.Hundreds of thousands have been displaced by the fighting that has enveloped the country.In recent days, Kabul has been swamped by the displaced who have begun camping out in parks and other public spaces, sparking a fresh humanitarian crisis in the already overtaxed capital.
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Will Bisq Be Part Of Jack Dorsey’s Bitcoin DEX Project? Here’s The 411

As NewsBTC informed, Square will develop a Bitcoin-only Decentralized Exchange. However, will they work in conjunction with Bisq, the “peer-to-peer trading network”? Jack Dorsey seemed to confirm that both organizations are going to start talking at the very least. Why does this matter? What makes Bisq special? Keep reading to find out. Related Reading |…

As NewsBTC informed, Square will develop a Bitcoin-only Decentralized Exchange. However, will they work in conjunction with Bisq, the “peer-to-peer trading network”? Jack Dorsey seemed to confirm that both organizations are going to start talking at the very least. Why does this matter? What makes Bisq special? Keep reading to find out. Related Reading | Why Square Will Create New Bitcoin-Focused Company, According To CEO Jack Dorsey The Tweets That Point To Bisq Def! Cc:@brockm — jack⚡️ (@jack) August 27, 2021 Bisq answered that tweet with which Dorsey announced that his company’s TBD project would be to “build an open platform to create a decentralized exchange for Bitcoin.” The Bisq people claimed that they’ve been building their product “to be the go-to peer-to-peer DEX for bitcoin power-users.”Then, they offered collaboration, “Our heads together could result in something better than any of us could imagine.”  Dorsey answered “Def!” and copied Mike Brock, leader of the TBD project. That exchange doesn’t guarantee anything, sure. But the organizations will meet, and they seem to share a lot philosophically speaking. The Bitcoin community, for its part, reacted under Jack’s tweet with a lot of “This is the way,” exciting .gifs, and Bisq praise. BTC price chart for 08/29/2021 on Coinbase | Source: BTC/USD on TradingView.com Why Will Dorsey’s DEX Be Bitcoin-Only? In NewsBTC’s announcement of Square’s Decentralized Exchange project, we quoted: Jack Dorsey’s tweet quoted an extensive thread by Square executive Mike Brock, TBD project head, who outlined the potential development paths for the open-source DEX. “We believe Bitcoin will be the native currency of the internet. While there are many projects that will help make the internet more decentralized, our focus is solely on a sound global monetary system for all. But including all requires a few pieces we think we are missing.” Brock said in one of his tweets. This is in tune with ideas expressed by Dorsey himself. The reason I have so much passion for #Bitcoin is largely because of the model it demonstrates: a foundational internet technology that is not controlled or influenced by any single individual or entity. This is what the internet wants to be, and over time, more of it will be. — jack⚡️ (@jack) January 14, 2021 After all, Square created the Bitcoin-focused TBD “with the sole goal of making it easy to create non-custodial, permissionless, and decentralized financial services.” Square is creating a new business (joining Seller, Cash App, & Tidal) focused on building an open developer platform with the sole goal of making it easy to create non-custodial, permissionless, and decentralized financial services. Our primary focus is #Bitcoin. Its name is TBD. — jack⚡️ (@jack) July 15, 2021 Everything That Makes Bisq Special A couple of years ago, Manfred Karrer, Bisq co-founder, spoke to CoinDesk.”The goal is to become as decentralized and censorship-resistant as bitcoin. That’s a very high goal and it took bitcoin a very long time to get there,” he said. On Bisq’s site, they claim that “Bisq is code, not a company.” And said software is “open-source and community-driven.” What else makes Bisq special? Well… Related Reading | Running Bitcoin: Passing The Torch From Hal Finney To Jack Dorsey First of all, “It’s software you run on your own hardware, which connects to other people running the Bisq software to facilitate trades.” Sort of like how torrents work. Bisq does not hold Bitcoin or any national currency. All the deals are between “the trading peers themselves.” And Bisq only has minimal information about either of them. Also, “no data is stored on who trades with whom.” And speaking about privacy. “All Bisq data is transferred over its own secure peer-to-peer network, which is built on top of the Tor network—no central servers.” The service doesn’t require registration. To grease the wheels, “Both traders are required to pay security deposits, which are refunded after trades are completed.” Bisq doesn’t accept Paypal or credit cards because chargebacks are too easy. Bisq eliminates “the need for trusted third party exchange services.” The Bisq network “is fully peer-to-peer in that it requires no centrally-controlled servers and has no single points of failure.” However, you should also know that someone hacked Bisq that one time, stealing $250K. Featured Image by Jeremy Zero on Unsplash – Charts by TradingView
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China Cracks Down on ‘Chaotic’ Celebrity Fan Culture After Scandals

(Reuters) China cracked down on what it described as a “chaotic” celebrity fan culture on Friday, barring platforms from publishing popularity lists and regulating the sale of fan merchandise after a series of controversies involving artists.The country’s top internet watchdog said it would take action against the dissemination of “harmful information” in celebrity fan groups…

(Reuters) China cracked down on what it described as a “chaotic” celebrity fan culture on Friday, barring platforms from publishing popularity lists and regulating the sale of fan merchandise after a series of controversies involving artists.The country’s top internet watchdog said it would take action against the dissemination of “harmful information” in celebrity fan groups and close down discussion channels that spread celebrity scandals or “provoke trouble”.Platforms will no longer be able to publish lists of popular celebrity individuals and fan groups must be regulated, the watchdog said.The internet regulator is also barring variety shows from charging fans to vote online for their favorite acts and has spoken out against enticing netizens to buy celebrity merchandise.Regulators need to “increase their sense of responsibility, mission and urgency to maintain online political and ideological security,” the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement.China has stringent rules on content ranging from video games to movies to music, and censors anything it believes violates core socialist values. The crackdown on celebrity fan culture also comes amid a wider regulatory campaign against the country’s Internet giants.CELEBRITY MISBEHAVIOROnline celebrity fan clubs have become a widespread phenomenon in China with local newspaper The Paper projecting the country’s “idol economy” could be worth 140 billion yuan ($21.59 billion) by 2022.But they have also been criticized for their influence over minors and for causing social disorder, as competing fan clubs have been seen trading verbal abuse online or spending large amounts of money to vote for their favorite stars on idol competition programs.When Canadian-Chinese pop star Kris Wu was detained by Beijing police last month on suspicion of sexual assault, his fan groups come to his defense on social media. Most of these fan accounts, along with Wu’s online accounts, were later shut down.China’s Netflix equivalent, iQiyi, also drew fire earlier this year after fans of one of its talent shows were filmed wasting milk in their bid to qualify to vote. On Thursday iQiyi said it would no longer broadcast idol competition shows.Chinese authorities have also been targeting domestic celebrities after a number of controversies.In January, actor Zheng Shuang became engulfed in a surrogacy controversy and she was later probed by tax authorities. On Friday, Shanghai tax authorities said they had decided to fine her 299 million yuan for tax evasion.Separately, Chinese video platforms on Friday took down films starred or directed by Zhao Wei, one of China’s biggest stars, citing “relevant laws and regulations” which prompted widespread online speculation over the reason. Her name was also removed from online casting lists.Chinese celebrities have been subjected to such treatment in the past when they have fallen foul of the authorities or public sentiment. Zhao’s management agency, Pulin Saisi, told Reuters it had no knowledge of the situation.$1=6.4849 Chinese yuanSource: Reuters; Reporting by David Stanway and Brenda Goh; Aditional reporting by Sophie Yu; Editing by Gerry Doyle, Ana Nicolaci da Costa and Tomasz Janowski Aug. 26, 2021, at 10:42 p.m.
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Crypto payment gateway ForgingBlock to integrate Polygon

ForgingBlock, a decentralized cryptocurrency payment gateway, announced today that they have started to integrate Polygon, a platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development. The payment gateway includes e-commerce plugins, payment APIs, a checkout page, and servers with high security and can be easily integrated for both merchants and the Polygon developer community. This development supports the…

ForgingBlock, a decentralized cryptocurrency payment gateway, announced today that they have started to integrate Polygon, a platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development. The payment gateway includes e-commerce plugins, payment APIs, a checkout page, and servers with high security and can be easily integrated for both merchants and the Polygon developer community. This development supports the […]
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Want to Earn Crypto? This Is the Best Way to Do It With Phemex

New and experienced crypto investors are always looking to maximize their profits. This is why the leading crypto exchange Phemex has several products which allow users to put their cryptocurrencies and digital assets to work. Phemex’s Flexible and Fixed Saving Asset Management products enable investors to earn interest on their crypto. Unlike the competition, Phemex…

New and experienced crypto investors are always looking to maximize their profits. This is why the leading crypto exchange Phemex has several products which allow users to put their cryptocurrencies and digital assets to work. Phemex’s Flexible and Fixed Saving Asset Management products enable investors to earn interest on their crypto. Unlike the competition, Phemex has taken into account that crypto investors need to stay nimble. Thus, the flexible saving product allows them to deposit and withdraw their cryptocurrencies and digital assets at one-day intervals without penalties or at one-week intervals with fixed accounts. While the funds remain on the platform, users can get up to 10% annual percentage yield (APY). At the moment, the product accepts stablecoin Tether (USDT) and Bitcoin in two modalities, flexible and fixed. In that way, if a user wants to send 10,000 to this Phemex’s saving product, they can receive a 7% APY if they use the flexible period or a 10% APY for the fixed 7-day period. This product can be used for as little as $1 for its flexible period and $100 for the fixed. It provides users an efficient way to take their crypto and produce more over a period of time of their choosing. Moreover, the product also accepts Bitcoin (BTC), and to mitigate the volatility for this market, all yields are offered in BTC. Thus, this product could be a great solution for new investors with low funds to stack more Sats and grow their portfolios. Like the stablecoin product, the Bitcoin-based savings accounts offer a 1.50% estimated APY and a 3% APY for their flexible and fixed period, respectively. To start, a user only needs to send funds to the accounts. Any interest generated can be compounded and used to increase gains above the initial deposit. How Phemex Guarantees The Security Of The Funds, Earn Crypto With Confidence To guarantee the APYs promised to investors, Phemex has partnered with specialized asset managers and profitable funds. Thus, it has the capacity to offer mature revenue strategies to its users. In addition, Phemex knows the importance of security in this space. Therefore, it has placed its platform under rigorous testing and safety procedures. This is how it can meet the highest standards in these terms. An extra layer of security is provided by the mechanism that secures the funds. These are held in special Phemex accounts with real-time monitoring. Thus, every transaction and all assets are always monitored and audited. With more cryptocurrencies quickly appreciating, Phemex will soon launch new products to allow their users to double their profits and generate more yield. The crypto market is wide and always presents new opportunities for those keeping track. Phemex combines two of the most essential features for the users into a single product: the capacity to earn more crypto in a safe platform.
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