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- Stormy Daniels’ lawyer files motion to depose Trump – Adult film star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer filed a motion to depose U.S. President Donald Trump and his lawyer. Michael Avenatti wants to depose Trump and his lawyer, Michael Cohen, with regards to a $130,000 payment made to Daniels (real name: Stephanie Clifford) in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election. Avenatti says he wants to establish whether Trump was aware of the payment and whether he agreed to it. Cohen says he paid Clifford out of his personal finances and denies that Trump ever had a sexual encounter with the adult film actress and producer. If successful, Trump would be the first American leader to be deposed since Bill Clinton in 1998.
- Kim pledges to denuclearize – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged to denuclearize and meet with U.S. officials, according to Chinese officials. Kim met with China’s President Xi Jinping on Wednesday in Kim’s first known trip outside North Korea since he took power in 2011. China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement which cited Kim, saying that it was the wish of his father and grandfather to denuclearize. He also called for “an atmosphere of peace and stability.” However, North Korea’s KCNA news agency made no mention of that gesture. It described the visit as “a milestone” in improving bilateral ties with China.
- Kosovo-Serbia tensions heighten – The European Union called for “calm, wisdom, restraint, and leadership” after Kosovo authorities detained and expelled a senior Serbian government official. EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini visited Belgrade on March 27 for talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, after ethnic Serbs walked out of Kosovo’s government and set up a road block in the north of the country. The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, accused the EU and the U.S. of wanting “to crudely suppress” attempts by Kosovo Serbs to “safeguard their legitimate interests.”
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- Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower whose allegations about data misuse have triggered a reputational and shareholder crisis for Facebook while exposing the tactics of political influence company Cambridge Analytica, testified before a British parliamentary inquiry on March 27. He claimed CA played a role in election interference in Nigeria and described the suspicious death of his predecessor, who allegedly played a role in elections in Kenya. Follow WikiTribune’s coverage of Wiylie’s appearance.
- Wylie also said staff from Palantir, the big data company, “helped build the models we were working on.” Palantir initially denied Wylie’s allegations entirely but later acknowledged one of its staff “engaged in an entirely personal capacity with people associated with Cambridge Analytica” and said it would investigate and take action (The New York Times). See WikiTribune‘s project.
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- Bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies in general are likely to be even more significant in 2018 after surging in prominence, value and importance over the past year. Help us track news on bitcoin, blockchain and all cryptocurrencies in this evolving timeline.
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