Grasswire Digest: March 13

A round-up of news from Grasswire and elsewhere.

On Grasswire


The aftermath of the explosion in Ankara. Pic: ‏@hasavrat /TwitterAt least 34 people were killed with another 125 wounded after an explosion rocked central Ankara, Turkey’s Kizilay district.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, the explosion occurred near the Guvenpark and a major bus hub at 6:35 p.m.

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast shootingAt least 20 people, including six assailants, were killed when heavily armed gunmen opened fire in the resort town of Grand-Bassam.
According to a government statement, gunmen attacked three hotels.

Arrest of CBS News Reporter Sopan Deb: CBS News


CBS News reporter Sopan Deb was arrested Friday night while covering Donald Trump’s canceled rally in Chicago.
Shortly before his arrest, Deb was recording video outside the Univerity of Illinois Chicago Pavilion.


wahlen-afd-2According to early poll results, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union lost seats in Baden-Wurttemberg, Rhineland-Palatine, and Saxony-Anhalt to the populist anti-immigration Alternative fur Deutschland (Alternative for Germany) party.


Image: GettyGoogle DeepMind’s AlphaGo computer program took an insurmountable 3-1 lead over Go champion Lee Se-dol Saturday in a five-game series.

The Chinese board game is considered to be more complex for computers than games like chess, because of the greater amount of possible outcomes.


Police used pepper spray on protesters outside a Donald Trump rally in Kansas City.

The week on Grasswire

Friday: Advocacy group Progress Michigan filed a complaint about Michigan governor Rick Snyder’s ‘failure’ to create a Legal Defense Fund under state law.

Friday: The United Nations released a “searing” report on the human rights situation in South Sudan, documenting what the human rights office called a military-perpetrated “scorched earth policy” against civilians.

Friday: A Danish children’s rights campaigner and her husband were both found guilty of people trafficking for driving a family of Syrian refugees to their Copenhagen home and then to the city’s railway station.

Friday: Kosovo’s government will buy a new body scanner in an attempt to stop opposition members from using tear gas in parliament.

Thursday: Thousands of documents containing details of Islamic State recruits have been obtained by Syrian news website Zaman al-Wasl, Sky News and German intelligence services.

Thursday: Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says that the city will stop sending water bills to residents who have been receiving water that is tainted with lead.

Wednesday: A German court ruled that the transfer of data to Facebook by websites via the “Like” button without user consent infringes German and EU privacy laws.

Wednesday: Several buildings were leveled and nine firefighters were injured after an explosion rocked Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood Wednesday.

Tuesday: At least two people were killed and, at least, two others wounded after eight rockets hit the Turkish town of Kilis near the Syrian border on Tuesday afternoon.

Monday: Students in Boston Public Schools have staged a walkout to protest a proposed budget cut that reaches into the multi-million dollar range.


In other news

According to the BBC, six-year-old Iris Grace’s cat Thula enabled Grace to communicate.



General interestingness

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