Venezuela launches a new oil-backed digital currency today, in a move the government hopes will help pull the country out of worsening economic crisis. The presale of its own cryptocurrency, the petro, went on sale today. There are currently 82 million tokens available, which the government plans to follow with an initial coin offering (ICO) launch in a month.

A Bangkok court has awarded paternity rights to a Japanese man over 13 babies he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers.

The ruling allows Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, to pursue custody of the children.

The son of a wealthy entrepreneur, he caused controversy in 2014 when he was revealed to have fathered 16 babies via surrogates in Thailand.

The wreckage of a plane that crashed in Iran on Sunday has been found, according to local media report.

The Aseman Airlines passenger plane came down in the Zagros mountains on Sunday, and all 66 people on board are feared to have been killed.

Heavy wind and snow forced search and rescue teams to be called off late on Sunday but they resumed the search on Monday.

Officials from the region told news channels that rescuers had reached the site.

Sixty-six people are feared to have been killed in a passenger plane crash in the Zagros mountains in Iran.

The Aseman Airlines plane, en route from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj, came down near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province.

The Red Crescent deployed search and rescue teams to the site. The airline has retracted a statement saying definitively that all aboard were dead.

Flight EP3704 left Tehran at 04:30 GMT, and crashed about an hour later.

Following the planned International Press institute (IPI), Congress slated for June 2018, the Director Barbra Trionfi is scheduled to visit Nigeria on Wednesday 21 February. In a statement issued on Sunday, Mr Eric Osagie, spokesman for the forthcoming Nigerian congress, said the visiting director will start her schedule in Abuja where she will attend a meeting with IPI members/media stakeholders, following which a joint press conference will be addressed by Trionfi and Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman of the Congress Organising Committee.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Saturday over aggressions by what he called Iran and its "proxies" in Syria, while showing what he claimed was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace.

Saying he had "a message to the tyrants of Tehran" during a speech at the Munich Security Conference, he warned: "Do not test Israel's resolve."

He brandished a rectangular piece of dark green metal which he called "a piece of that Iranian drone, or what's left of it after we shot it down."

In December, unidentified hackers stole 339.5 million rubles ($6 million) in an attack on the SWIFT international payments messaging system in Russia last year, the Russian central bank said on Friday. The disclosure, buried at the bottom of a central bank report on digital thefts at Russian banks, is the latest in a string of attempted and successful cyber heists using fraudulent wire-transfer requests.

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