Senate Democrats force vote on Trump plan to ease Russia sanctions

Washington (CNN)Senate Republican leaders are facing serious concerns from rank-and-file members about a Democratic bill that would reverse the Trump administration’s plan to ease sanctions on three companies with ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close Kremlin ally. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected to head to the Capitol…

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Instamojo raises $7M to help SMEs and micro-entrepreneurs in India sell online

In India, startups are quietly building the tools and platforms to enable a different kind of gig economy: one that allows “micro-entrepreneurs” to tap growing access to the internet to sell goods and services online. One such firm helping this burgeoning economy is Instamojo, a seven-year-old Bengaluru-based startup, which has pulled…

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Riding the RV revolution, Outdoorsy fuels up with $50 million in fresh funding

Outdoorsy is building for the road ahead. The three-year-old company, which connects customers with underused RVs and other trucks big enough to camp in overnight, just raised $50 million in Series C funding led by Greenspring Associates, with participation from earlier backers Aviva Ventures, Altos Ventures, AutoTech Ventures and Tandem Capital.…

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For $5,400 per year, Chief helps women reach the C-suite

For decades, women in business have lacked the resources necessary to navigate to or sustain executive roles. Finally, venture-funded projects have emerged to fill this gap. The latest is Chief, a private network for New York-based women in senior roles in tech, retail, enterprise, finance, media and more. The company launches…

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Trump’s legal team rebuffed request for Mueller interview in recent weeks

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s legal team rebuffed special counsel Robert Mueller’s request in recent weeks for an in-person session with Trump to ask follow-up questions. And the Trump team appears to have hardened its position. It’s told the Mueller team that prosecutors have no cause to seek follow-up questions in person…

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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is an Apple fan and wants to live forever

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Huawei’s founder and president Ren Zhengfei remained silent in public while his company suffered a terrible 2018, including bans and warnings against its products in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. He wants to emulate Apple and Steve Jobs The United States and other…

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Trump was warned in Iraq that ISIS was not defeated in Syria

Washington (CNN)Military commanders warned President Donald Trump on December 26 during his surprise visit to Iraq that — despite his claims to the contrary — ISIS was not entirely defeated in Syria. The December discussion occurred inside a tan tent at the al-Asad airbase west of Baghdad and included the…

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Rich students save by paying fees up front

‘Making a mockery’ About 10% of undergraduates from the UK are self-funding, says the analysis of official data for 2016-17 – with higher than average rates at some Russell Group universities. Among full-time students, there are 20% self-funding their fees at King’s College London and 16% at Oxford and Cambridge.…

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