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Date: March 29, 2023

Riyadh joins Shanghai Cooperation Organization as ties with Beijing grow.
Saudi Arabia's cabinet approved on Wednesday a decision to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, as Riyadh builds a long-term partnership with China despite U.S. security concerns.
(Reuters)

Huge call for debt relief at COP28

Update: Along with the World Bank, the UK, France, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), European Investment Bank (EIB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and African Development Bank (AfDB) are expanding debt clauses (CRDCs) in their lending to enable debt service to be paused when countries are hit by disasters.
Update: World Bank President Ajay Banga announced on Friday (Dec 1) that the development lender will prolong debt repayment pauses in the wake of climate disasters.
Over 550 economists and experts, alongside nearly 300 global organizations, called for debt cancellation at COP28.
African leaders are advocating for debt relief amidst crises, with Ethiopia securing a $1.5 billion debt relief agreement recently.
The COP28 World Climate Action Summit in Dubai, UAE, on December 1-2, 2023, gathers global leaders, experts, and stakeholders to address pressing climate challenges.

Federal Reserve Endorses Ethereum-Backed Alternative To Libor

Jerome Powell, the current Chair of the US Federal Reserve, recently stated that an Ethereum-backed blockchain project operating as a reference rate called AMERIBOR could serve as a potential replacement to LIBOR.
Goldman Sachs-backed crypto finance startup Circle has published the latest third-party audit of its USD-pegged stablecoin, USD Coin (USDC). USD Coin is on the Ethereum blockchain. The execution of issuing and redeeming USDC tokens is ensured with ERC-20 smart contract.
Source: forbes.com
A district court in China has reportedly ruled that Ethereum's cryptocurrency is legal property with economic value.
While cryptocurrency is not legal tender in China, people can hold and transfer them like property.
Source: bitcoin.com

September 10: EO13848 expiration day

Friday September 10: EO13848 expiration day: Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election.
On September 10, 2020 EO 13848 was EXTENDED FOR ONE YEAR due to the UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY.
President Trump signed USA into a state of National Emergency. We will see what happens in a few days now. The emergency is ending.
Sources: www.federalregister.gov

Government shutdown averted through December

Shutdown averted: Senate passes continuing resolution to keep US government open through December.
The US Senate approved a stopgap funding bill Thursday in a rare show of cross-party unity to avert a crippling government shutdown and keep the lights on for another two months.

20 countries apply to join BRICS

According to Sergey Ryabkov, the deputy foreign minister of Russia, there are currently about 20 countries applying for membership in the BRICS, and that number is only increasing.
"I can say that, in our view, the Arab world and the Asia-Pacific region have been clearly 'begging' to join BRICS, as they have no representation there today.
But we will see exactly what we can offer to the leaders regarding this, and leave this to the leaders to decide at the summit in Johannesburg," he concluded.
source:Tass Agency

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