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Blockchain servers used in Bitcoin transactions
Blockchain servers used in Bitcoin transactions
Guillaume Maujean

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PARIS — The whole world has been talking about it for over a week, and yet, — admit it — you still don't quite get what all the Bitcoin fuss is about. You know it's a virtual currency. But what is the point of having a currency you can barely use to pay for the things you need every day? You know it's a formidable speculation tool. You know that, had you had the brilliant idea of buying just $100 worth of bitcoins seven years ago, you'd be a millionaire now. But you also know that the bubble of new digital gold looks like it's just waiting to burst.

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Has Lebanese Politics Finally Freed Itself Of Iran's Influence?

Lebanon's recent elections have shrunk the legislative block led by national power-brokers Hezbollah. But will a precarious new majority be able to rid the government of the long shadow of Tehran?

Supporters of pro-Iranian Hezbollah sit in a street decorated with picture of the party chief Hassan Nasrallah

Ahmad Ra'fat

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The results of parliamentary elections in Lebanon, have put an end to the majority block led by Hezbollah, the paramilitary group concocted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hezbollah and its Christian allies, the Free Patriotic Movement, led by President Michel Aoun, lost their 71 seats and will now have 62 (of a total 128 seats).

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