Trump plans troops global pullback
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President Donald Trump may withdraw nearly all U.S. troops from Somalia as part of a global pullback that includes reductions of forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, U.S. officials said.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said nothing had been finalized and that no orders for Somalia have been received by the U.S. military. But there appeared to be a growing expectation that drawdown orders would be coming soon.
Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller issued a memo to the entire Defense Department that hinted of a coming U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Sources: www.breitbart.com, www.reuters.com
Chinas Ministry of Commerce has announced the pilot run of the country's central bank-backed digital currency in major cities, including Beijing, Hong Kong, and Macau.
Bitcoin and Facebooks Libra cryptocurrency may eventually be in competition with central bank digital currencies.
The bridge test was developed by the Bank for International Settlements.
A central bank digital currency trial focused on cross-border transactions has been completed, BIS said, with Chinese state-owned banks participating as Beijing tries to internationalize its digital yuan.
Russia is negotiating the use of Mir payment card with several countries, including Egypt.
There are reports of Egypt preparing apps to join BRICS.
The president of the BRICS International Forum expects Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia to join the group "very soon".
Researchers at Japan Riken Center for Emergent Matter Science have achieved a major step forward in increasing the scalability of quantum computers.
Instead of simply incrementing the total qubits in a system, the researchers have demonstrated a triple-qubit, silicon-based quantum computing mechanism.
Another huge quantum computing breakthrough: New 100-qubit processor is built with atoms cooled down near to absolute zero.
By cooling atoms down to near absolute zero and then controlling them with lasers, a company has successfully created a 100-qubit quantum processor that compares to the systems developed by leading quantum players to date.
Sources: www.techradar.com, www.zdnet.com