UAE police arrest man in $545,000 bitcoin fraud case

Police authorities have urged citizens to refrain from dealing in activities related to digital currency. (Shutterstock)
Updated 13 February 2018
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UAE police arrest man in $545,000 bitcoin fraud case

DUBAI: UAE police have arrested a Pakistani man who conned an Indian national of $545,000 in a fraudulent bitcoin transaction, Gulf daily Khaleej Times reported.
Police said that the victim had struck a deal with the suspect to buy cryptocurrency by meeting at a mall in Sharjah emirate.
After the two met at a coffee shop, the suspect took the Indian’s bank details and claimed that the bitcoin was already being transferred to the victim’s account.
The suspect then said that his wife needed him for an emergency in the parking lot and left the victim waiting. The conman’s mobile phone has been switched off when the victim tried to reach him again, after which he went to the police to report the incident.
Authorities then zeroed in on the suspect and recovered the money, which was transferred back to the rightful owner.
Police authorities have urged citizens to refrain from dealing in activities related to digital currency, as there is no official regulation yet in place in the UAE covering these transactions.


Russia says kills 88,000 Syria rebels

Updated 20 October 2018
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Russia says kills 88,000 Syria rebels

  • Russia launched strikes in support of President Bashar Assad’s regime in September 2015
  • Russian air forces have carried out more than 40,000 bombing missions, hitting about 120,000 targets

MOSCOW: Russia’s defense minister said Saturday that almost 88,000 rebels had been killed in Syria in the three years since Moscow’s intervention to back government forces.
“Over the course of the operation, a total of more than 87,500 rebels have been eliminated, 1,411 settlements have been liberated and more than 95 percent of Syria’s territory,” Shoigu was quoted as saying at a forum in Singapore in a ministry statement.
“Most of the rebels have been liquidated,” Shoigu said.
Britain-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says close to 365,000 people have been killed during the seven-year civil war.
Russia launched strikes in support of President Bashar Assad’s regime in September 2015.
Russian air forces have carried out more than 40,000 bombing missions, hitting about 120,000 targets of “terrorist” infrastructure, Shoigu said.
The defense minister said that “Syrian armed forces currently control territory where more than 90 percent of the population lives.”