Algeria has boosted output in recent months at two major oil fields, as the OPEC member strives to maximise production to make up for lost revenue. Energy Minister Nouredine Bouterfa told reporters in Hassi Messaoud that Algeria’s top goal was to increase production by 30 percent by 2020. Source: Reuters
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Italian auction house Sant’Agostino said on Wednesday that bidders at its next sale will be able to settle up in Bitcoin, a world first according to the auctioneers. Early next week, around 600 Italian and foreign design objects, mostly pieces of furniture, will go under the hammer at Sant’Agostino and “Bitcoins will be accepted as payment”, the Turin auction house said in a statement. Source TheLocal
Billionaire investor George Soros has given away nearly $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations, transforming it into the “second largest” charity in the US after the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation. Source: RT
China’s GDP rose from 54 trillion to 80 trillion yuan (about 12.1 trillion U.S. dollars) over the past five years, Xi Jinping said Wednesday. Source: People’s Daily