Net neutrality showdown; more than 6,700 Rohingya said killed

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  1. Doctors Without Borders (MSF), says more than 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in Myanmar
  2. Actress Salma Hayek latest to accuse Harvey Weinstein

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  • U.S. regulators head into a key vote on the future of the internet as we know it, with net neutrality – the principle that all traffic is treated equally – at stake. The decision on repealing federal regulations that protect net neutrality commences at 10:30 EST, with advocates saying they are gearing up for a legal fight to keep the 2015 rule. The vote was brought by Ajit Pai, chairman of the Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission board. (WikiTribune will be tracking this story. Please sign up or sign in to collaborate and read more of our analysis on the issue here.)
  • New figures by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), an international humanitarian NGO, found that more than 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in Myanmar in the month after violence broke out in August. That toll is significantly higher than the figure of 400 reported by Myanmar military officials. Western countries have condemned the violence against the Rohingya as ethnic cleansing. Two Reuters journalists investigating the events were arrested this week in Myanmar. They had been working on stories about the military violence in the Rakhine state that caused 650,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. (Read more: Rohingya crisis a replay of 40 years ago)
  • In one of the most seismic business stories of the year, The Walt Disney Company is about to buy 21st Century Fox in a $60bn deal that is a landmark in the long career of Rupert Murdoch, the Financial Times‘ Matthew Garrahan reports. (May be behind a paywall). Garrahan, who broke the story on the talks some weeks ago writes that a deal may be announced later on Thursday, creating an entertainment behemoth and freeing Murdoch to invest in Fox News and his newspaper assets worldwide. “Rupert Murdoch and his family will hold a stake in Walt Disney of less than 5 percent following the planned $60bn sale of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets to the media company, according to people briefed on the negotiations,” Garrahan wrote in today’s FT. The Guardian (not behind a paywall) also carries coverage of the Disney/21st Century Fox deal.

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  • Actor Salma Hayek is the latest high-profile figure to come out against Harvey Weinstein, calling him a “monster with a Machiavellian streak.” In an op-ed for the New York Times, Hayek chronicled her painful period working with Weinstein on the Oscar-winning movie Frida, and how she spent years turning down the producer after multiple requests for sexual favors. – Linh Nguyen
  • In a searing commentary on the implications of the vote for a Democratic senator in Alabama, Financial Times U.S. opinion writer Edward Luce calls it a moment when the #metoo campaign against sexual assault crept closer to its ultimate target: President Trump … Nor is genius required to imagine where it goes. The #MeToo road leads to the White House. – Peter Bale [story may be behind a paywall].

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