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<li><strong>Google reveals how many requested to remove their data</strong> – According to Google's latest <a href="https://blog.google/topics/google-europe/updating-our-right-be-forgotten-transparency-report/">transparency report</a>, the tech-giant has received 2.4 million "right to be forgotten" requests since  the EU passed the law in 2014.  The request were from mainly private individuals and Google said it complied with 43.3 percent of the requests, most of which are URL's coming from France, the UK and Germany. (<em>WikiTribune</em> is working on a story about the EU's General Data Protection Regulation – the call out is <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/19/wikiproject/world-business-prepares-for-eu-data-protection-rule/50259/">here</a>.)</li>   <li><strong>Google reveals millions requested to remove data</strong> – More than 2.4 million people have filed "right to be forgotten" requests to Google since the European Union <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_be_forgotten#European_Union">passed the law</a> allowing citizens to ask for removal from internet search engines in 2014. According to Google's latest <a href="https://blog.google/topics/google-europe/updating-our-right-be-forgotten-transparency-report/">transparency report</a>, the requests were from mainly private individuals and Google said it complied with 43.3 percent of them, most of which are for URLs coming from France, the UK, and Germany. (<em>WikiTribune</em> is working on a story about the EU's General Data Protection Regulation – find out more <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/19/wikiproject/world-business-prepares-for-eu-data-protection-rule/50259/">here</a>.)</li>
<li><strong>Daily "humanitarian pause" begins in Eastern Ghouta – </strong>Russian President Vladimir Putin <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-syria-crisis-russia-putin/putin-orders-humanitarian-corridor-in-syrias-eastern-ghouta-agencies-idUKKCN1GA1QN">ordered a daily pause in fighting</a> from 9am to 2pm local time, which takes place for the first time on Tuesday, to allow civilians to leave Eastern Ghouta. Government bombing has killed more than 560 people in the rebel-held Damascus suburb over the past eight days, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43208705">according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). </a>According to SOHR, Eastern Ghouta had been relatively calm overnight but the town of Douma was hit by four rockets this morning. (Read <em>WikiTribune</em>'s explainer <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/21/syria/latest-urban-warfare-in-syria-matches-pattern-of-indiscriminate-attacks/50768/">Damascus urban warfare matches pattern of ‘indiscriminate’ attacks</a>.)</li>  <li><strong>Daily "humanitarian pause" begins in Eastern Ghouta – </strong>Russian President Vladimir Putin <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-syria-crisis-russia-putin/putin-orders-humanitarian-corridor-in-syrias-eastern-ghouta-agencies-idUKKCN1GA1QN">ordered a daily pause in fighting</a> from 9am to 2pm local time, which takes place for the first time on Tuesday, to allow civilians to leave Eastern Ghouta. Government bombing has killed more than 560 people in the rebel-held Damascus suburb over the past eight days, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43208705">according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). </a>According to SOHR, Eastern Ghouta had been relatively calm overnight but the town of Douma was hit by four rockets this morning. (Read <em>WikiTribune</em>'s explainer <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/21/syria/latest-urban-warfare-in-syria-matches-pattern-of-indiscriminate-attacks/50768/">Damascus urban warfare matches pattern of ‘indiscriminate’ attacks</a>.)</li>
<li><strong>Comcast makes rival offer for Sky</strong> – Comcast Corp., the biggest cable operator in the United States, <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-sky-m-a-comcast/comcast-challenges-murdoch-with-31-billion-offer-to-buy-sky-idUKKCN1GB0M8">made a $31bn bid for European broadcaster Sky,</a> challenging Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox's already-agreed $25bn deal to buy the remaining 61 percent of Sky it does not already own. Sky's shares subsequently increased by more than 18 percent in early London trading. However, there are two complications. Firstly, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority found Murdoch's offer to buy Sky was <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40434381">not in the public interest</a>, citing it would give the Murdoch Family Trust too much political influence, with control across all UK media platforms. Secondly, if 21st Century Fox now makes a new bid to counter Comcast's offer, it would "presumably need approval from Disney," <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43209100">according to Liberum analysts</a>. In December 2017, Walt Disney agreed to buy a 39 percent stake in Sky (<a href="https://www.ft.com/content/c9635a99-8be6-33ed-9711-beb8c5bcc177"><em>Financial Times</em></a>).</li>  <li><strong>Comcast makes rival offer for Sky</strong> – Comcast Corp., the biggest cable operator in the United States, <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-sky-m-a-comcast/comcast-challenges-murdoch-with-31-billion-offer-to-buy-sky-idUKKCN1GB0M8">made a $31bn bid for European broadcaster Sky,</a> challenging Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox's already-agreed $25bn deal to buy the remaining 61 percent of Sky it does not already own. Sky's shares subsequently increased by more than 18 percent in early London trading. However, there are two complications. Firstly, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority found Murdoch's offer to buy Sky was <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40434381">not in the public interest</a>, citing it would give the Murdoch Family Trust too much political influence, with control across all UK media platforms. Secondly, if 21st Century Fox now makes a new bid to counter Comcast's offer, it would "presumably need approval from Disney," <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43209100">according to Liberum analysts</a>. In December 2017, Walt Disney agreed to buy a 39 percent stake in Sky (<a href="https://www.ft.com/content/c9635a99-8be6-33ed-9711-beb8c5bcc177"><em>Financial Times</em></a>).</li>
<li><strong>Saudi Arabia reshuffles top military commanders</strong> – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman replaced the chief of staff and the heads of ground forces and air defense, in a series of late-night royal decrees, which were driven by his heir Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43205593">according to the</a> BBC.  <li><strong>Saudi Arabia reshuffles top military commanders</strong> – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman replaced the chief of staff and the heads of ground forces and air defense, in a series of late-night royal decrees, which were driven by his heir Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43205593">according to the</a> BBC.
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<li>This is part of major change powered by the crown prince, who drove a purported anti-corruption purge, locking up princes, ministers, and billionaires in Riyadh's five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel last year, and more recently reclaimed more than $100bn from them (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/30/anti-corruption-purge-nets-more-than-100bn-saudi-arabia-claims"><em>The Guardian</em></a>). (Read <em>WikiTribune's</em> story <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/11/10/saudi_arabia/making-sense-of-whats-happening-in-saudi-arabia/19152/">Making sense of what’s happening in Saudi Arabia.</a>)</li>  <li>This is part of major change powered by the crown prince, who drove a purported anti-corruption purge, locking up princes, ministers, and billionaires in Riyadh's five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel last year, and more recently reclaimed more than $100bn from them (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/30/anti-corruption-purge-nets-more-than-100bn-saudi-arabia-claims"><em>The Guardian</em></a>). (Read <em>WikiTribune's</em> story <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/11/10/saudi_arabia/making-sense-of-whats-happening-in-saudi-arabia/19152/">Making sense of what’s happening in Saudi Arabia.</a>)</li>
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<li><strong>Syrian women sexually exploited by aid workers</strong> – Men delivering supplies on behalf of the UN and international charities made women exchange sex for food, according to <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43206297">a new report. </a>Abuse is continuing in Southern Syria according to <a href="https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/system/files/documents/files/2017-12_voices_from_syria_2nd_edition.pdf">the assessment</a> led by the United Nations Population Fund, despite warnings of abuse three years ago. (Read <em>WikiTribune's </em><a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/23/united_nations/un-exclusive/50758/">exclusive on the UN's plan</a> to transform its approach to sexual violence and behavior.)</li>  <li><strong>Syrian women sexually exploited by aid workers</strong> – Men delivering supplies on behalf of the UN and international charities made women exchange sex for food, according to <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43206297">a new report. </a>Abuse is continuing in Southern Syria according to <a href="https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/system/files/documents/files/2017-12_voices_from_syria_2nd_edition.pdf">the assessment</a> led by the United Nations Population Fund, despite warnings of abuse three years ago. (Read <em>WikiTribune's </em><a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/23/united_nations/un-exclusive/50758/">exclusive on the UN's plan</a> to transform its approach to sexual violence and behavior.)</li>
<li><strong>North Atlantic right whales on verge of extinction –</strong> Scientists recorded no births from the right whales found off the U.S. states of Florida and Georgia, where they migrate to breed, according to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/26/north-atlantic-right-whale-extinction-no-births-fishing"><em>The Guardian</em></a>. There were record deaths of right whales in 2017 and there are estimated to be roughly 430 North Atlantic right whales left globally, so they could be extinct by 2040.</li>  <li><strong>North Atlantic right whales on verge of extinction –</strong> Scientists recorded no births from the right whales found off the U.S. states of Florida and Georgia, where they migrate to breed, according to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/26/north-atlantic-right-whale-extinction-no-births-fishing"><em>The Guardian</em></a>. There were record deaths of right whales in 2017 and there are estimated to be roughly 430 North Atlantic right whales left globally, so they could be extinct by 2040.</li>
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<li>In the aftermath of last week's mass shooting in Florida, major companies and brands abandoned their support for the National Rifle Association. <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/25/united_states/a-chink-in-the-armor-of-the-nra/51834/">As <em>WikiTribune</em> community member Kevin Cook reports</a>, this could represent a wider shift in the U.S national narrative about gun control.</li>  <li>In the aftermath of last week's mass shooting in Florida, major companies and brands abandoned their support for the National Rifle Association. <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/25/united_states/a-chink-in-the-armor-of-the-nra/51834/">As <em>WikiTribune</em> community member Kevin Cook reports</a>, this could represent a wider shift in the U.S national narrative about gun control.</li>
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<li>IRIN, an independent news agency specializing in reporting on crises and relief agency work,<a href="https://www.irinnews.org/analysis/2018/02/23/understanding-eastern-ghouta-syria?utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=irinsocial&amp;utm_campaign=irinupdates"> has an effective guide</a> to what is known about the reality on the ground in eastern Ghouta. – <em>Peter Bale</em></li>  <li>IRIN, an independent news agency specializing in reporting on crises and relief agency work,<a href="https://www.irinnews.org/analysis/2018/02/23/understanding-eastern-ghouta-syria?utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=irinsocial&amp;utm_campaign=irinupdates"> has an effective guide</a> to what is known about the reality on the ground in eastern Ghouta. – <em>Peter Bale</em></li>
<li>Formula milk companies are still aggressively targeting mothers in the poorest parts of the world by using secretive and sometimes illegal methods to get them to use their product. This <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/feb/27/formula-milk-companies-target-poor-mothers-breastfeeding">collaborative investigation</a> between the <em>Guardian </em>and charity Save the Children shows that in some of the most deprived areas of the Philippines, Nestlé and other companies are luring medical workers with meals, entertainment tickets, and even gambling chips. The report outlines how this sort of behavior is in a clear violation of Philippine law. – <em>Charles Anderson</em></li>  <li>Formula milk companies are still aggressively targeting mothers in the poorest parts of the world by using secretive and sometimes illegal methods to get them to use their product. This <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/feb/27/formula-milk-companies-target-poor-mothers-breastfeeding">collaborative investigation</a> between the <em>Guardian </em>and charity Save the Children shows that in some of the most deprived areas of the Philippines, Nestlé and other companies are luring medical workers with meals, entertainment tickets, and even gambling chips. The report outlines how this sort of behavior is in a clear violation of Philippine law. – <em>Charles Anderson</em></li>
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