Russia's QIWI payment service is now available in Latvia. It will operate in euro there and be available in three languages: Russian, English and Latvian.The move became possible after QIWI’s European subsidiary received a license from Latvia’s Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK). Latvia allows companies to issue electronic money and provide payment services specific to the license. Representative offices in all EU countries will be available as well.
The payment system is compatible with iOS and Android apps. Users will be provided a list of companies using the system including both Russian and local companies.
According to a Bloomberg report that came out in 2013, to Russians, cash is king, even online, and what makes this possible is the QIWI system which allows users to shop and pay bills without transmitting sensitive banking information or credit card numbers over the Internet. QIWI customers simply deposit their cash into an ATM-like machine and use it to make transactions.
QIWI was launched in 2004 and by 2013 had 169,000 terminals in Russia alone, more than double the number of any bank's ATMs.
UK media reports that Royal Air Force pilots in Iraq had been authorized to shoot down Russian fighter jets have prompted a response from Moscow. Of course, Britain’s military says the reports are false.
The initial report appeared in The Daily Star, The Sunday Times, and was splashed all over the Internet. It stated that an “unidentified source” in the British military had alerted media that Royal Air Force’s Tornado GR4 involved in Operation Shader in Iraq against Islamic State from now on would be armed with short range air-to-air heat-seeking missiles to be prepared to “to shoot down Vladimir Putin’s jets,” The Sunday Times reports.
So far, the Royal Air Force jets have taken off armed with “500lb satellite-guided bombs only,” but as the source in British Defense Ministry put it, “in the last week the situation has changed. We need to respond accordingly.”
A withdrawal of Turkish troops from Iraq is out of question, Turkey’s president Erdogan said, as he made a commitment to “cooperate” with the US-led anti-ISIS coalition regarding the issue. Baghdad has condemned Turkey's presence, calling it an “invasion” and a breach of international law.During a news conference in the Turkish capital, Ankara, Erdogan insisted the troops were only there as instructors and that their mission is limited to training. “It is out of the question, at present, that Turkey will pull out its military from Iraq,” he stated.
Iraq is outraged at Turkey’s military incursion, but the US State Department spokesman stonewalled RT’s questions about the Iraq-Turkey conflict.
The dispute has prompted the Iraqi parliament’s Defense and Security Committee to request a review of the security agreement with the US-led coalition.
When asked about it, however, State Department spokesman John Kirby was dismissive stating that Iraq and Turkey should find a way to work things out.
Arkansas State University in Jonesboro went on lockdown this afternoon after a man with a gun appeared on campus near the student union. Students were asked to evacuate to the west side of the building and clear the area.
Campus Alert text messages went out that said, "Man with weapon is on east side of student union. Campus lockdown immediately," KATV reported.
The gunman was surrounded by police just after 1:45 p.m. No shots were fired or injuries reported.