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Oct 12, 2015
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Reuters Select: Climate change? Pretty please?

Climate change? Pretty please?

Negotiators are using nice words before the Paris climate talks this December to try to get 200 governments to commit to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. But avoiding words like “sanctions” and “punishment” might prove a fatal flaw in the process, critics tell Reuters.

 

Pay a stack for hack attacks

Insurers are raising deductibles and limiting coverage for companies hit by hackers, leaving many potentially exposed to big losses. Reuters analyzed internal documents and spoke to members of the insurance industry, which are dealing with the hard-to-predict risks of cybersecurity coverage.

Oct 12, 2015
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Reuters Select: Climate change? Pretty please?

Climate change? Pretty please?

Negotiators are using nice words before the Paris climate talks this December to try to get 200 governments to commit to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. But avoiding words like “sanctions” and “punishment” might prove a fatal flaw in the process, critics tell Reuters.

 

Pay a stack for hack attacks

Insurers are raising deductibles and limiting coverage for companies hit by hackers, leaving many potentially exposed to big losses. Reuters analyzed internal documents and spoke to members of the insurance industry, which are dealing with the hard-to-predict risks of cybersecurity coverage.

Oct 9, 2015
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Reuters Select: Iced Tea Party

Iced Tea Party

The Tea Party gave Republicans control of Congress, but its insurgent nature never taught them how to run it. Now they’re in real danger of losing votes and power, strategists told Reuters. “They are out of ideas, out of candidates and soon, they will be out of time with voters,” one said.

 

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These words and numbers are the identities some of the dozens of migrants who drowned at sea and are buried in paupers’ graves at St. Panteleimon cemetery on the Greek island of Lesbos. They’re running out of space to keep the bodies of refugees who drowned trying to reach Europe. Sometimes fishermen find them floating and throw them back, unwilling to deal with the bureaucracy of reporting their finds. “Not only do we have to manage living migrants, we have to manage the dead as well,” the island’s mayor told Reuters.

Oct 8, 2015
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Reuters Select: Victim of czarcumstance

Victim of Czarcumstance

Vladimir Putin displays public confidence, but former allies and one current enemy tell Reuters he can’t trust anybody, including those in his closest circle, on policy, succession or even his personal safety — and that he knows it.

 

Exclusive: You call this spycraft?

Senior U.S. lawmakers are probing possible intelligence lapses over Moscow’s intervention in Syria, concerned that American spy agencies were slow to grasp what Russia was up to in its dramatic military offensive there. “They saw some of this going on but didn’t appreciate the magnitude,” one congressional source told Reuters.

Oct 8, 2015
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Reuters Select: Victim of czarcumstance

Victim of Czarcumstance

Vladimir Putin displays public confidence, but former allies and one current enemy tell Reuters he can’t trust anybody, including those in his closest circle, on policy, succession or even his personal safety — and that he knows it.

 

Exclusive: You call this spycraft?

Senior U.S. lawmakers are probing possible intelligence lapses over Moscow’s intervention in Syria, concerned that American spy agencies were slow to grasp what Russia was up to in its dramatic military offensive there. “They saw some of this going on but didn’t appreciate the magnitude,” one congressional source told Reuters.

Oct 7, 2015
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Reuters Select: Please deforest our country

Please deforest our country

Indonesia is asking big palm oil companies to rethink the “no deforestation” pledges they made at last year’s climate change summit, according to sources who spoke to Reuters. The pledge, government officials said, makes it too hard for smaller palm oil firms that supply the bigger players to do business because they can’t practice the same level of sustainable forest practices.

 

JPMorgan does big business with small lenders

JPMorgan is buying more loans from smaller lenders to stem revenue declines in its mortgage business. The risk? It exposes itself to bad decisions made by smaller banks that do the actual lending. That’s why Bank of America says it avoids loans like these. JPMorgan told Reuters that it reviews every loan it buys in detail.

Oct 7, 2015
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Reuters Select: Please deforest our country

Please deforest our country

Indonesia is asking big palm oil companies to rethink the “no deforestation” pledges they made at last year’s climate change summit, according to sources who spoke to Reuters. The pledge, government officials said, makes it too hard for smaller palm oil firms that supply the bigger players to do business because they can’t practice the same level of sustainable forest practices.

 

JPMorgan does big business with small lenders

JPMorgan is buying more loans from smaller lenders to stem revenue declines in its mortgage business. The risk? It exposes itself to bad decisions made by smaller banks that do the actual lending. That’s why Bank of America says it avoids loans like these. JPMorgan told Reuters that it reviews every loan it buys in detail.

Oct 6, 2015
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Reuters Select: No cure for this trade deal

No cure for this trade deal

The new Pacific trade deal grants biotech drug producers less protection than offered by the United States, something that could lead to cheaper drugs in the industry’s most lucrative market, Reuters found.

 

How China intimidates its critics

China has a number of ways to make its critics feel less brave about their opposition. It films and photographs them. It pressures the UN to deny accreditation to high-profile activists. And it fills up meeting halls with Chinese officials and sympathizers to drown out accusation of rights abuses, Reuters reports.

Oct 6, 2015
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Reuters Select: No cure for this trade deal

No cure for this trade deal

The new Pacific trade deal grants biotech drug producers less protection than offered by the United States, something that could lead to cheaper drugs in the industry’s most lucrative market, Reuters found.

 

How China intimidates its critics

China has a number of ways to make its critics feel less brave about their opposition. It films and photographs them. It pressures the UN to deny accreditation to high-profile activists. And it fills up meeting halls with Chinese officials and sympathizers to drown out accusation of rights abuses, Reuters reports.

Oct 5, 2015
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Reuters Select: Carly Fiorina — they like her, they really like her

Carly Fiorina: They like her, they really like her

There was a time when Carly Fiorina couldn’t get a conservative billionaire to support her presidential bid. Not anymore. The Koch brothers, Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens and venture capitalist Tom Perkins are among those lining up to back the former HP CEO, Reuters reports.

 

‘The role of a national park is not to produce cocoa’

The Ivory Coast supplies 40 percent of the world’s cocoa, much of it grown illegally on national park land and threatening the country’s ecology. Now that the government and the country have regained political stability after years of unrest, the Ivory Coast must find a way to repair the environmental destruction without sacrificing its position as the top grower and causing a price spike. It won’t be easy, Reuters found.