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May to call for EU unity against Russia; Trump targets China Syrian rebels begin evacuation deal; Trump targets China
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Top stories and more: Cambridge colleagues of Aleksandr Kogan were concerned about his use of data for Cambridge Analytica Top stories and more: Cambridge colleagues of Aleksandr Kogan were concerned about his use of data for Cambridge Analytica
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<h2 class="p3">Curated top stories of the day</h2> <h2 class="p3">Curated top stories of the day</h2>
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   <li><strong>Syrian rebels begin leaving eastern Ghouta in evacuation deal - </strong><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43500234">The BBC reported </a>Syrian State media said 88 rebels and 459 civilians left the city of Harasta on Thursday morning, as part of an evacuation deal with the government, arranged by its ally Russia. The rebel faction Ahrar al-Sham, which had controlled Harasta, agreed to stop fighting in return for safe passage to the rebel stronghold of Idlib, in northern Syria. Similar deals are on the table with other rebel factions in eastern Ghouta, but haven't been accepted.</li>
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  <p class="story-body__h1"><strong>Africa agrees Continental Free Trade Area - </strong>44 African country leaders have s<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43489255">igned a deal to create a free trade area</a>, which they hope will come into effect within six months, at a summit in the Rwandan capital, of Kigali. The deal needs to be ratified by each of the 44 countries' national parliaments to take effect. 10 countries, including Africa's largest economy, Nigeria, refused to sign the deal. The editor of the BBC's Africa Business Report says the Continental Free Trade Area's ambition is create a customs union, common market, and even single currency like the European Union.</p>
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  <h2>Earlier</h2>
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<li><strong>British PM to call for unity at EU summit, despite Brexit – </strong>Following the nerve agent attack of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter on UK soil, Theresa May <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43489457">will warn the European Council on March 22 of the threat from Russia,</a> and ask EU leaders to stay united. The EU is expected to condemn the attack, for which the UK said Russia is responsible. Moscow denied any wrongdoing. (Read more of our <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/13/espionage/who-is-sergei-skripal/54858/">coverage of the Skripal attack</a>)</li>  <li><strong>British PM to call for unity at EU summit, despite Brexit – </strong>Following the nerve agent attack of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter on UK soil, Theresa May <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43489457">will warn the European Council on March 22 of the threat from Russia,</a> and ask EU leaders to stay united. The EU is expected to condemn the attack, for which the UK said Russia is responsible. Moscow denied any wrongdoing. (Read more of our <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/13/espionage/who-is-sergei-skripal/54858/">coverage of the Skripal attack</a>)</li>
<li><strong>Colleagues of Kogan had concerns over how he used data –</strong> The<em> Financial Times (may be behind paywall)</em> <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/fe8cfa26-2d19-11e8-9b4b-bc4b9f08f381">reported</a> that members of the Cambridge Psychometrics Center had raised concerns over how Aleksandr Kogan was using data in his work with Cambridge Analytica. “He shouldn’t have done it and when he did the department should have done something about it,” an anonymous academic told the <em>FT</em>. Kogan has denied that he did anything wrong and says the media has made him a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43480978">“scapegoat."</a></li>  <li><strong>Colleagues of Kogan had concerns over how he used data –</strong> The<em> Financial Times (may be behind paywall)</em> <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/fe8cfa26-2d19-11e8-9b4b-bc4b9f08f381">reported</a> that members of the Cambridge Psychometrics Center had raised concerns over how Aleksandr Kogan was using data in his work with Cambridge Analytica. “He shouldn’t have done it and when he did the department should have done something about it,” an anonymous academic told the <em>FT</em>. Kogan has denied that he did anything wrong and says the media has made him a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43480978">“scapegoat."</a></li>
<li><strong>Trump looks to impose tariffs on China –</strong> U.S. President Donald Trump <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43494001">is set to announce tariffs of between $30bn-$60bn on Chinese imports</a>. The measure aims to protect U.S. technology and intellectual property (IP) <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade/trump-set-for-china-tariff-announcement-on-thursday-trade-war-fears-grow-idUSKBN1GX20V?il=0">but U.S media reports it will likely</a> set off a trade war. America's top trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43494001">told members of Congress on Wednesday March 21</a> the U.S is looking to put "maximum pressure on China and minimum pressure on US consumers."</li>  <li><strong>Trump looks to impose tariffs on China –</strong> U.S. President Donald Trump <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43494001">is set to announce tariffs of between $30bn-$60bn on Chinese imports</a>. The measure aims to protect U.S. technology and intellectual property (IP) <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade/trump-set-for-china-tariff-announcement-on-thursday-trade-war-fears-grow-idUSKBN1GX20V?il=0">but U.S media reports it will likely</a> set off a trade war. America's top trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43494001">told members of Congress on Wednesday March 21</a> the U.S is looking to put "maximum pressure on China and minimum pressure on US consumers."</li>
<li><strong>UN countries urge Cambodia for free and fair elections –</strong> Forty-five countries<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-politics/forty-five-countries-urge-cambodia-to-conduct-free-vote-release-opposition-leader-idUSKBN1GY0GR?il=0"> have called on Cambodia to reinstate the main opposition party</a>, release its jailed leader and ensure its general election in July is free and fair. The statement, on behalf of 44 countries, raises concerns about the <a href="https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sokha-arrested-treason-accused-colluding-us-topple-government" target="_blank" rel="noopener">arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha</a> and the <a href="https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-supreme-court-rules-dissolve-cnrp" target="_blank" rel="noopener">forced dissolution of his Cambodia National Rescue Party</a> as well as about “a significant clampdown on the press and civil society across the country.” (<em>Phnom</em> <em>Penh Post</em>)</li>  <li><strong>UN countries urge Cambodia for free and fair elections –</strong> Forty-five countries<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-politics/forty-five-countries-urge-cambodia-to-conduct-free-vote-release-opposition-leader-idUSKBN1GY0GR?il=0"> have called on Cambodia to reinstate the main opposition party</a>, release its jailed leader and ensure its general election in July is free and fair. The statement, on behalf of 44 countries, raises concerns about the <a href="https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sokha-arrested-treason-accused-colluding-us-topple-government" target="_blank" rel="noopener">arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha</a> and the <a href="https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-supreme-court-rules-dissolve-cnrp" target="_blank" rel="noopener">forced dissolution of his Cambodia National Rescue Party</a> as well as about “a significant clampdown on the press and civil society across the country.” (<em>Phnom</em> <em>Penh Post</em>)</li>
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<li>Europe is about to stake a claim to protect the privacy of individual data on the internet that far outstrips the norm in the United States. What’s more, against a background of fresh uproar over misuse of data <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/21/current-affairs/political-data-firm-cambridge-analytica-suspended-by-facebook-after-expose/56110/">centered on Facebook</a>, it sets the stage for a confrontation with Washington and the giant American corporations that dominate the internet. <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/21/technology/european-union-forces-the-pace-on-protection-of-individual-data-on-the-internet/52069/">Here <em>WikiTribune </em>reports on the far-reaching set of rules focused</a> on the shielding of individual privacy and exchange of data across borders</li>  <li>Europe is about to stake a claim to protect the privacy of individual data on the internet that far outstrips the norm in the United States. What’s more, against a background of fresh uproar over misuse of data <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/21/current-affairs/political-data-firm-cambridge-analytica-suspended-by-facebook-after-expose/56110/">centered on Facebook</a>, it sets the stage for a confrontation with Washington and the giant American corporations that dominate the internet. <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/21/technology/european-union-forces-the-pace-on-protection-of-individual-data-on-the-internet/52069/">Here <em>WikiTribune </em>reports on the far-reaching set of rules focused</a> on the shielding of individual privacy and exchange of data across borders</li>
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<li>Following <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/data-war-whistleblower-christopher-wylie-faceook-nix-bannon-trump" rel="external">reports</a> that London-based, data-analysis firm Cambridge Analytica <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/17/internet/political-data-firm-cambridge-analytica-suspended-by-facebook-after-expose/56110/">exploited the data</a> of 50 million Facebook users,<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/20/wikiproject/facebook-data-collection-and-you/56691/"><strong> </strong>help <em>WikiTribune</em> report on how Facebook collects and uses data</a>; and what individuals can do to protect their personal information</li>  <li>Following <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/data-war-whistleblower-christopher-wylie-faceook-nix-bannon-trump" rel="external">reports</a> that London-based, data-analysis firm Cambridge Analytica <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/17/internet/political-data-firm-cambridge-analytica-suspended-by-facebook-after-expose/56110/">exploited the data</a> of 50 million Facebook users,<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/20/wikiproject/facebook-data-collection-and-you/56691/"><strong> </strong>help <em>WikiTribune</em> report on how Facebook collects and uses data</a>; and what individuals can do to protect their personal information</li>
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<li>Christopher Wylie, now regretful over his role in turning data on an estimated tens of millions of U.S. voters into a high-tech political persuasion machine, has delivered revelations that have triggered government investigations on both sides of the Atlantic, sent Facebook’s stock price plunging and pushed long-simmering privacy concerns to a boil. Here, he<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/how-cambridge-analyticas-whistleblower-became-facebooks-unlikely-foil/2018/03/21/ccb14038-2d33-11e8-911f-ca7f68bff0fc_story.html?utm_term=.6462558bacfa"> tells the <em>Washington Post</em> about how</a> he became a whistle-blower on Cambridge Analytica.</li>  <li>Christopher Wylie, now regretful over his role in turning data on an estimated tens of millions of U.S. voters into a high-tech political persuasion machine, has delivered revelations that have triggered government investigations on both sides of the Atlantic, sent Facebook’s stock price plunging and pushed long-simmering privacy concerns to a boil. Here, he<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/how-cambridge-analyticas-whistleblower-became-facebooks-unlikely-foil/2018/03/21/ccb14038-2d33-11e8-911f-ca7f68bff0fc_story.html?utm_term=.6462558bacfa"> tells the <em>Washington Post</em> about how</a> he became a whistle-blower on Cambridge Analytica.</li>
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