News As Trump heads to Davos, survey points to rising risk of war 2018-01-17T04:03:34.000000000-05:00 BERLIN (Reuters) - The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply, according to a survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) days before its annual gathering in Davos. North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to applaud 2018-01-17T03:38:12.000000000-05:00 SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive". North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to celebrate 2018-01-17T02:41:16.000000000-05:00 SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive". Former Trump aide Bannon refuses to comply with House subpoena 2018-01-17T01:47:15.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined on Tuesday to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a U.S. House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian inter... Bitcoin jolted by regulation worries, falls 7 percent on extended selloff 2018-01-17T01:08:19.000000000-05:00 TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Bitcoin extended its sharp tumble of the past 24 hours, skidding more than seven percent on Wednesday in a rapid downturn in fortunes as investors were spooked by fears regulators might clamp down on an asset whose value has skyrocketed in the past year. Big U.S. lenders reap benefits of higher rates, but savers not so much 2018-01-17T00:12:07.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve began steadily raising interest rates one year ago, offering a long-awaited tailwind for bank earnings because lenders can charge borrowers more for loans. Bitcoin falls more than 7 percent as regulation worries mount 2018-01-16T23:03:32.000000000-05:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - The price of bitcoin extended its sharp tumble of the past 24 hours, dropping more than seven percent on the Bitstamp exchange on Wednesday, spooked by worries regulators may try to clamp down on the highly-volatile trading in the digital currency. House Republicans mull funding extension; 'Dreamer' deal not set 2018-01-16T21:39:17.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Republicans considered on Tuesday a stopgap bill to fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 to avert a shutdown, but the measure would not include Democrats' demands for protections for young people brought to the United States illegally as children. Trump is fit for duty, but should hit the gym: White House doctor 2018-01-16T21:34:56.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump passed a test for signs of dementia and is in overall excellent health, but needs to shed weight by cutting calories, fats and carbohydrates and starting a daily exercise routine, the White House physician said on Tuesday. Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions 2018-01-16T21:24:47.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and military criminal charges including negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday.