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Bitcoin skyrockets into stratosphere smashing $7,000 level — RT Business News


The cryptocurrency has gained nearly 15 percent in just four days. Bitcoin was trading at $7,341.84 at 12:00pm GMT on Thursday with more than 3.8 billion trading volume in the past 24 hours, according to the industry website Coinmarketcap.com. Bitcoin’s market value is now $122 billion of the overall cryptocurrencies market cap of $191 billion.

— RT (@RT_com) October 26, 2017

On Wednesday, Bitcoin set a price record over $6,600, after breaking $6,400 earlier in the day. The currency has gained over $700 since, up over ten percent day-to-day.

The unprecedented weekly rally is reportedly fueled by news that the world’s largest futures market operator CME Group is going to launch a cash-settled Bitcoin futures contract this year. The company is reportedly expecting approval from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

— RT (@RT_com) November 1, 2017

The start of a bitcoin futures contract is expected to bring the market more institutional investors, according to the CME Group.

The contract is planned to be cash-settled and be based on the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR), which the company started in November 2016 with London-based digital trading platform Crypto Facilities.

— RT (@RT_com) August 30, 2017

According to industry analysts, the step may become a catalyst for the bitcoin to be seen more favorably by regulators. Similarly, bitcoin saw a significant surge after Japanese authorities agreed it could be used as a legal means of payment.

However, volatility continues to plague bitcoin, which saw its price plunge 13 percent last month shortly after one of the biggest exchanges in China announced it was shutting down operation.

The world’s most popular digital currency is on a record-breaking marathon. Bitcoin has again attained a new record, jumping over the US$7,000 barrier.

Pitbull Sending His Private Jet To Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico To Bring Cancer Patients To U.S. For Chemo


Pitbull is making a big difference to some cancer patients in Puerto Rico by sending his private jet to the hurricane-ravaged island in order to bring them to the U.S. so they can continue their chemotherapy.

The Miami rapper’s generosity in this time of dire need was revealed by Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzales, who shared the news via Twitter.

“Thank you @pitbull for lending your private plane to move cancer patients from PR to USA so that they can get chemo,” she tweeted in Spanish.

“Thank God we’re blessed to help,” said Mr. Worldwide i. “Just doing my part.”

Pitbull is the latest Latin music star to help relief efforts in Puerto Rico, including singer/actress Jennifer Lopez — who pledged a million dollars— while Daddy Yankee is using the platform of Tuesday’s Latin Grammy nomination for “Despacito” to “raise awareness and to ask for help from global community.”

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Check this local Elevation Map!


People in Tampa Bay, Check out this Elevation Map. It provides information about your local altitude.

Elevation Map

Zoom into a zone in order to see the elevation. Alternatively, you can search for a location or right click on the map and select Informations. The altitude for that location will be displayed in an info window.
You can search anything: city, restaurant, monument, street, etc.
You can also search for an exact place like this: latitude, longitude

 

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Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reported to have been Killed.


Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reported to have been Killed

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had “confirmed information” that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.
Russia’s Defence Ministry said in June that it might have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of Islamic State commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials have been skeptical.

Reuters could not independently verify Baghdadi’s death.
“(We have) confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank, in the Islamic State in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor,” the director of the British-based war monitoring group Rami Abdulrahman told Reuters.
Baghdadi’s death had been announced many times before but the Observatory has a track record of credible reporting on Syria’s civil war.
Abdulrahman said Observatory sources in Syria’s eastern town of Deir al-Zor had been told by Islamic State sources that Baghdadi had died “but they did not specify when”.
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Iraqi and Kurdish officials did not confirm his death. The U.S. Department of Defence said it had no immediate information corroborate Baghdadi’s death.
Islamic State-affiliated websites and social media feeds have not carried any news regarding the leader’s possible death.
The death of Baghdadi, who declared a caliphate from a mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, would be one of the biggest blows yet to the jihadist group, which is trying to defend shrinking territory in Syria and Iraq.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington in Cairo and Ellen Francis in Beirut; Additional reporting by Omar Fahmy in Cairo and Phillip Stewart in Washington; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Kevin Liffey)