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  • Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales announces plans for a crowdfunded news website, Wikitribune, that will publish stories by journalists, with contributions, including fact checking, by volunteers to, among other goals, counter the recent spread of so-called fake news. (NBC News) (Nieman Foundation for Journalism)
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  • Investigative journalism on court-released internal email reveals that Monsanto influenced scientific research enabling the European Union approval to market glyphosate. (Knack) (OneWorld.nl)
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  • American Airlines announces it is investigating a viral video of an incident on a San Francisco to Dallas flight which shows a male flight attendant upsetting a female passenger, who he had allegedly forcefully taken a baby buggy from, and threatening to fight a male passenger. The American Airlines employee has been suspended. (The Washington Post) (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia's King Salman issues a number of royal decrees, one which restores financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut seven months ago in response to the drop in oil prices. (Reuters) (Yahoo! Finance)
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  • 2017 French presidential election
    • The campaign period officially ends. French citizens living overseas begin voting a day ahead of when the polls open in France. Final opinion polling gives Emmanuel Macron a slight lead over Marine Le Pen. François Fillon and Jean-Luc Mélenchon are close behind. (Deutsche Welle) (UPI)
    • French voters are protected from a barrage of last minute campaign pushes, including those via tweets and/or other social media, by rules that prohibit such communications for 44 hours during elections, from Friday midnight until Sunday 8:00 p.m. CEST. (AP)
  • Thousands of German riot police are deployed to control protesters opposing the Alternative for Germany at the party's conference in Cologne. (BBC)
  • Venezuelan protests
    • Dressed in white, the Venezuela opposition march, in silence, to the headquarters of the country's Catholic archdiocese to honor the more than a dozen people killed in three weeks of protests. For the first time, protesters were able to cross from the east to the western side of Caracas without being confronted by state security. (AP via U.S. News & World Report) (AFP via The Straits Times)
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  • March for Science
    • People around the world gather during Earth Day to bring awareness to science. (The Guardian)
  • The United Kingdom, on Friday, did not derive energy from any coal-fired source, the first continuous 24-hour, coal-free period for the UK since use of the fossil fuel began. Coal accounted for just 9 percent of the electricity generated last year. (Sky News)
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  • 2017 shooting of Paris police officers
    • One policeman has been killed and another has been critically injured after a man opened fire at police officers at the Champs-Élysées in central Paris. The gunman was killed while attempting to escape, and a bystander has been injured. ISIL claims responsibility for the attack although the claim is doubted. The President of France Francois Hollande says that all leads indicate that the attack was of a "terrorist nature". (ABC News America via Yahoo!) (BBC), (The New York Times) (Le Parisien)
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  • 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, announces the firing of Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly. (CNN) (BBC)
  • Citing a drop in demand, the Dubai-based, United Arab Emirates-owned airline Emirates Air announces a cut in flights to five of its 12 U.S. destinations. The airline’s Dubai hub, third-busiest in the world, is a major stop for travelers in countries affected by President Donald Trump’s travel ban, and is also one of several Middle East airports affected by a U.S. ban on tablets, laptops, and similar devices in the passenger cabin. (Los Angeles Times)
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