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Crypto fans count down to bitcoin's 'halving'

Crypto fans count down to bitcoin's 'halving' By Elizabeth Howcroft LONDON, April 19 (Reuters) - Bitcoin enthusiasts were eagerly waiting for bitcoin's 'halving' on Friday - a change to the cryptocurrency's underlying technology designed to cut the rate at which new bitcoins are created. The halving, which happens roughly every four years, was written into Bitcoin's code at its inception by pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto as a way to reduce the rate at which bitcoins are created.
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Bitcoin slides below $60,000 on reports Israel strikes Iran

UPDATE 1-Bitcoin slides below $60,000 on reports Israel strikes Iran Updates at 0600 GMT April 19 (Reuters) - Cryptocurrencies fell heavily and bitcoin broke below $60,000 on Friday in a rush out of risky assets following reports of an Israeli missile strike on Iran. Bitcoin BTC= slid more than 5.5% to $59,961 in the Asia session as the U.S. dollar rose broadly.
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Reports of Israeli attack on Iran spark rush to yen, Swiss franc

FOREX-Reports of Israeli attack on Iran spark rush to yen, Swiss franc Updates prices at 0450 GMT By Rae Wee SINGAPORE, April 19 (Reuters) - A wave of risk aversion swept over markets on Friday and sent investors chasing after traditional safety assets such as the Swiss franc and the yen following reports that Israel attacked Iran in an escalation of conflict in the Middle East.
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Stocks sink, oil jumps after Israeli attack on Iran

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks sink, oil jumps after Israeli attack on Iran Updates prices; adds additional details in paragraphs 4-6, analyst comment in paragraph 9 By Kevin Buckland TOKYO, April 19 (Reuters) - Asian shares and bond yields sank on Friday while safe-haven currencies, gold and crude oil jumped after reports Israel attacked Iran in a continuing series of assaults that have increased concerns of a wider Middle East conflict.
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Oil, Japan's yen up on reports Israeli missiles hit Iran

INSTANT VIEW-Oil, Japan's yen up on reports Israeli missiles hit Iran Adds comments April 19 (Reuters) - Oil and gold prices rose and Japan's yen rallied on Friday on reports Israeli missiles have hit a site in Iran. Israel has struck Iran, three people familiar with the matter said, as Iranian state media reported early on Friday that its forces had destroyed Israeli drones, days after Iran launched a retaliatory drone strike on Israel.
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