India makes inroads into Sri Lanka under China’s long shadow

India makes inroads into Sri Lanka under China’s long shadow

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI, Dec 27 (Reuters) – When Sri Lanka slid into its worst economic crisis in seven decades leading to deadly riots and alarming shortages of fuel, food and medicines earlier this year, its giant northern neighbour stepped into the breach. India provided about $4 billion in rapid assistance between January and July, including credit … Read more

Bankman-Fried’s criminal case assigned to judge in Trump, Prince Andrew cases

Bankman-Fried’s criminal case assigned to judge in Trump, Prince Andrew cases

Dec 27 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried’s criminal case over the collapse of his FTX cryptocurrency exchange has been reassigned to a judge recently known for handling defamation lawsuits against former U.S. President Donald Trump and a sexual abuse lawsuit against Britain’s Prince Andrew. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan replaces his colleague Ronnie Abrams, who recused … Read more

Bankman-Fried, FTX execs received billions in hidden loans, ex-Alameda CEO says

Bankman-Fried, FTX execs received billions in hidden loans, ex-Alameda CEO says

NEW YORK, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried and other FTX executives received billions of dollars in secret loans from the crypto mogul’s Alameda Research, the hedge fund’s former chief told a judge when she pleaded guilty to her role in the exchange’s collapse. Caroline Ellison, former chief executive of Alameda Research, said she agreed … Read more

Core Scientific files for bankruptcy as crypto winter bites

Core Scientific files for bankruptcy as crypto winter bites

Dec 21 (Reuters) – Core Scientific Inc (CORZ.O), one of the biggest publicly traded cryptocurrency mining companies in the United States, said on Wednesday it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the latest in a string of failures to hit the sector. Austin, Texas-based Core Scientific attributed its bankruptcy to slumping bitcoin prices, rising energy … Read more

Ghana to default on most external debt as economic crisis worsens

Ghana to default on most external debt as economic crisis worsens

Ghana suspends payments on Eurobonds, commercial loans Announcement a week after IMF staff-level agreement Eurobonds sink up to 3 cents in dollar ACCRA, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Ghana on Monday suspended payments on most of its external debt, effectively defaulting as the country struggles to plug its cavernous balance of payments deficit. Its finance ministry … Read more

Insurers shun FTX-linked crypto firms as contagion risk mounts

Insurers shun FTX-linked crypto firms as contagion risk mounts

Dec 19 (Reuters) – Insurers are denying or limiting coverage to clients with exposure to bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, leaving digital currency traders and exchanges uninsured for any losses from hacks, theft or lawsuits, several market participants said. Insurers were already reluctant to underwrite asset and directors and officers (D&O) protection policies for crypto companies … Read more

Special Report: Binance’s books are a black box, filings show, as it tries to rally confidence

Special Report: Binance’s books are a black box, filings show, as it tries to rally confidence

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The world’s biggest crypto exchange, Binance, is battling to shore up confidence after a surge in customer withdrawals and a steep drop in the value of its digital token. The exchange said it dealt with net outflows of around $6 billion over 72 hours last week “without breaking stride” because … Read more

Foxconn unit to sell stake in Chinese chip firm Unigroup

Foxconn unit to sell stake in Chinese chip firm Unigroup

TAIPEI, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s Foxconn (2317.TW), the world’s largest contract electronics maker, said on Friday its subsidiary in China has agreed to sell its entire equity stake in embattled Chinese chip conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup. Taiwan has turned a wary eye on China’s ambition to boost its semiconductor industry and is tightening legislation to … Read more

Biden says U.S. is ‘all in’ on Africa’s future

Biden says U.S. is ‘all in’ on Africa’s future

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden announced an agreement aimed at bolstering trade ties between the United States and Africa on Wednesday after years in which the continent took a back seat to other U.S. priorities as China made inroads with investments and trade. “The United States is ‘all in’ on Africa’s future,” … Read more

In sweltering Bahamas courtroom, Bankman-Fried fights incarceration

In sweltering Bahamas courtroom, Bankman-Fried fights incarceration

NASSAU, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Cordoned-off roads, a sweltering courtroom and numerous delays marked Sam Bankman-Fried’s first in-person public appearance since his crypto company collapsed. The Bahamas courtroom hearing, conducted over the course of six hours, saw Bankman-Fried, dressed in a suit rather than his typical t-shirt attire, seeking bail to dispute his extradition to … Read more