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Stacey Abrams considers 2020 presidential campaign on race and voter suppression as Democratic field grows

Stacey Abrams considers 2020 presidential campaign on race and voter suppression as Democratic field growsStacey Abrams, who narrowly lost her bid to become governor of Georgia last autumn, has a series of decisions to make. Losing campaigns are not the normal launching pad for a run for the White House. Ms Abrams, who was the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, sat down last week with Steven Ginsberg, The Washington Post’s national editor, and talked about the choices, the timetable and what kind of presidential campaign she would run.



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Pakistan vows again to act against militants on its soil as global pressure grows

Pakistan vows again to act against militants on its soil as global pressure growsNuclear-armed Pakistan and India both carried out aerial bombing missions last week and on Wednesday fought a brief dogfight in the skies over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, but they stepped back from the brink after Islamabad on Friday handed back a captured Indian pilot as a peace gesture. Britain and the United States welcomed the pilot’s return but urged Islamabad to take action against militant groups carrying out attacks on Indian soil. Islamabad denies assisting the groups or using them as proxies in its rivalry with India.



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Virginia governor appears at funeral as pressure grows on his No. 2

Virginia governor appears at funeral as pressure grows on his No. 2Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, the state’s second-highest elected official, faces the prospect of impeachment proceedings at the hands of another Democrat next week after two women separately accused him of sexual crimes, including rape. Fairfax, who is African-American, has denied both claims and called them a “coordinated smear campaign.” He has been as defiant as Northam in refusing to step down. After staying out of sight since he faced the press on Feb. 2 to deny he was pictured in the racist photo on his yearbook page, but admitting that he had worn blackface on another occasion, Northam, 59, returned to the public eye to attend the funeral of a slain state trooper.



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Red Cross expands Venezuela operations as crisis grows

Red Cross expands Venezuela operations as crisis growsThe International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has doubled its resources for Venezuela to help cope with humanitarian needs generated by the country’s crisis, its president said on Wednesday. Under President Nicolas Maduro, oil-wealthy Venezuela has plunged into economic crisis, suffering from hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine that have helped push 2.3 million people to flee since 2015. Maduro is under pressure after the United States, European nations and Latin American governments recognised an opposition leader as interim president until new elections.



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Venezuela's Russian Bank Grows Assets as U.S. Sanctions Hit Home

Venezuela's Russian Bank Grows Assets as U.S. Sanctions Hit HomeEvrofinance Mosnarbank, owned by Venezuela’s development bank and Russia’s state-controlled Gazprombank and VTB Group, was in the top ten percent of Russia’s 100 biggest lenders last year in terms of growth in assets. Its net assets surged 52 percent to 66 billion rubles ($ 1 billion), making it Russia’s 82nd largest, according to Banki.ru calculations based on central bank data.



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Measles outbreak grows in northwest US, 31 cases reported

Measles outbreak grows in northwest US, 31 cases reportedThe number of confirmed measles cases near Portland grew to 31 on Friday – an outbreak boosted by lower-than-normal vaccination rates in what has been called an anti-vaccination U.S. "hot spot."



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U.S.-bound Honduran migrant caravan grows as Trump argues for wall

U.S.-bound Honduran migrant caravan grows as Trump argues for wallA new U.S.-bound caravan of Honduran migrants grew to nearly 1,000 people as it neared the Guatemalan border on Tuesday, a Honduran official said, while U.S. President Donald Trump seized on news of the group to try to drum up support for a border wall. Honduran Deputy Foreign Minister Nelly Jerez told reporters that there were between 800 and 1,000 people traveling together and headed toward the Agua Caliente border crossing into Guatemala. Central American migrant caravans heading toward the United States have inflamed the debate over U.S. immigration policy, with Trump using the groups to seek backing for his plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.



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Buzz grows on 'flying cars' ahead of major tech show

Buzz grows on 'flying cars' ahead of major tech showWill flying cars take off at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show? NFT Inc. co-founders Maki and Guy Kaplinsky, a couple developing a flying vehicle in Israel and California, will have their vision on display at show, with a media session on Sunday. “We believe we have a winning design that will enable us to make the Model T of flying cars — a low-cost production model,” Guy Kaplinsky told AFP in a Silicon Valley office park where a prototype model was being assembled.



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Beto O'Rourke still undecided as 2020 White House buzz grows

Beto O'Rourke still undecided as 2020 White House buzz growsAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When it comes to a 2020 presidential run, Beto O'Rourke is still playing hard to get — even as the buzz around him intensifies.



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Crews search for California fire victims as list of missing grows

Crews search for California fire victims as list of missing growsThe search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday as authorities posted an expanded list of nearly 300 people reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. At least 56 people have been confirmed dead so far in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single U.S. wildfires since the turn of the last century. Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fueled by desiccated scrub, raced through the town Paradise, a town of 27,000 residents.



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