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Climate change seen as top threat, but U.S. power a growing worry: poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - Climate change is the top security concern in a poll conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, followed by Islamist terrorism and cyber attacks while respondents in a growing number of countries worried about the power and influence of the United States. FILE PHOTO: Vapor is released into the sky at a refinery in Wilmington, California March 24, 2012. REUTERS/Bret HartmanIn 13 of 26 countries, people listed climate change as the top global threat, with the Islamic State militant group topping the list in eight and cyber attacks in four, the non-profit, non-partisan Pew Research Center said in its report. Worries about climate change…

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Factbox: Democratic presidential contenders jump into 2020 fray

(Reuters) - U.S. Democrats, anxious to get started on their quest to recapture the White House in 2020, are lining up to launch campaigns in what is quickly becoming a crowded field of presidential contenders. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at a rally to launch her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S., February 9, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder A diverse group including at least five U.S. senators will be vying for the right to challenge President Donald Trump, the likely Republican nominee, who could face a long-shot primary challenger. Here are the Democrats who have either launched campaigns or formed exploratory committees…

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UK’s May rejects pivot towards Brexit customs union compromise

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected the idea of targeting a customs union with the European Union, pouring cold water on hopes from some that she could shift her Brexit policy to win over the opposition Labour Party. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a church near High Wycombe, Britain February 10, 2019. REUTERS/Simon DawsonBritain is due to leave the EU on March 29 but has yet to find a deal which is acceptable to both Brussels and lawmakers at home, raising the prospect of a disorderly exit that could damage the world’s fifth largest economy. Brexit has divided Britain at every level from…

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Democrat Schiff questions if Mueller probing Trump-Deutsche Bank link

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said on Sunday he was concerned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may not be investigating President Donald Trump’s ties to Deutsche Bank AG. FILE PHOTO: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) arrives for a closed intelligence briefing for members of the House of Representatives on the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., Dec.13, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoU.S. Representative Adam Schiff announced last week a wide investigation into attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as Trump’s financial dealings, including “credible reports of money laundering and financial compromise” related…

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Senator Klobuchar joins Democratic presidential field

(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar entered the 2020 presidential race on Sunday, becoming the first moderate in an increasingly crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge Republican President Donald Trump. FILE PHOTO: Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) attends the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, U.S., February 7, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueKlobuchar, 58, now in her third six-year term as a senator for Minnesota, will seek to position herself as a contrast to Trump, who is expected to be the Republican candidate in the November 2020 election, focusing on both policy differences but also style and tact. “I stand before you as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner,…

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These 50 Start-Ups May Be the Next ‘Unicorns’

Hong KongAirwallexWhat it does: Makes a system that lets businesses send and collect money overseasSan FranciscoAlto PharmacyAn online pharmacySan FranciscoAmplitudeMakes analytics tools that help companies run digital businessesBeijingBeisen Makes talent management and measurement tools[The next wave of unicorns will look quite different from the prior generation.]San FranciscoBenchlingMakes software for life science researchers and companiesNew YorkBetterCloudProvides cybersecurity for cloud software companiesSan FranciscoBlendMakes mortgage and consumer loan application software for lendersNew YorkBrazeMakes mobile marketing softwareLeawood, Kan.C2FOA financial services platform that provides companies access to working capitalJaipur, IndiaCarDekho GroupOffers online sales, financing and insurance for autos and education servicesSão Paulo, BrazilCargoXA Brazilian start-up that uses technology to make trucking companies…

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Virginia leader accused of rape will have to resign if claims are true: governor

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia’s embattled governor insisted he will not resign over a racist yearbook photo, but he said the state’s lieutenant governor would have to step aside if sexual assault allegations against him are found to be true. In a CBS interview to be broadcast on Monday, Governor Ralph Northam said he had learned from the controversy that erupted on Feb. 1 when a racist photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook, and that as a former pediatrician he could help Virginians heal. “There’s no better person to do that than a doctor. Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has…

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Talks collapse on border deal as U.S. government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Talks on border security funding collapsed after Democratic and Republican lawmakers clashed over immigrant detention policy as they worked to avert another U.S. government shutdown, a Republican senator said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Immigrant children now housed in a tent encampment under the new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration are shown walking in single file at the facility near the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo“The talks are stalled right now,” Republican Senator Richard Shelby told “Fox News Sunday.” He said the impasse was over Democrats’ desire to cap the number of beds in detention facilities…

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Afghan president offers Taliban local office, but group wants Doha instead

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday offered the Taliban the possibility of opening an office in Afghanistan but the proposal was swiftly spurned by the group that is determined to keep his government out of accelerating peace talks. Ghani has expressed alarm at the Taliban shutting his administration out of negotiations with the United States as well as recent Moscow talks with Afghan opposition politicians, and repeated earlier offers to give the group a secure official address to aid any future diplomacy between the two sides. “If the Taliban want an office, I will give it to them in Kabul, Nangarhar or Kandahar by…

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Madrid demonstrators reject government’s Catalonia policy

MADRID (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people waving Spain’s red-and-yellow flag demonstrated in Madrid on Sunday to oppose any concessions by the government to Catalan pro-independence parties and to call for early elections. Demonstrators chanting “Spain! Spain!” and “We want to vote!” filled the Plaza de Colon in the city center in the largest protest Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has faced in eight months in office. The opposition center-right and far-right parties called the rally, seeking to make a show of force against Sanchez by capitalizing on anger with Catalonia’s separatist leaders and the government’s efforts to establish a dialogue with them. Around 45,000 people…

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