Malaysia 1MDB scandal / Indonesia bitcoin ban / China emoji launch

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U.S. DoJ chief calls Malaysia's 1MDB scandal 'kleptocracy at its worst'.  The U.S. attorney-general described a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal involving a Malaysian state fund as the worst form of kleptocracy, and said the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) was working to provide justice to the victims.

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Bank Indonesia to prohibit use of bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies from 2018.  Jakarta will ban payment providers from collaborating with parties and platform that "facilitate digital currency transactions". 

Shiwen Yap/Deal Street Asia:

China's anti-graft watchdog gets into the smartphone emoji game.  The party's graft watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), launched the 16 downloadable icons to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the eight-point frugality code, a series of rules targeting extravagance and red tape in the organisation.

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