Apr 28, 2018

U.N. Security Council envoys visit Myanmar to inspect Rohingya crisis

Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup. Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

Envoys from the U.N. Security Council are spending four days in Bangladesh and Myanmar "to see firsthand the aftermath" of what is being labeled ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Myanmar has cracked down heavily on Rohingya Muslims in the past year. Per Reuters, almost 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh, reporting "killings, rapes and arson on a large scale." There is international concern that things could worsen due to the upcoming monsoon season. The envoys will be meeting with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, and Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader.

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Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.

Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 nondisclosure agreements

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Mike Bloomberg said Friday his company will release women identified to have signed three nondisclosure agreements so they can publicly discuss their allegations against him if they wish.

Why it matters, via Axios' Margaret Talev: Bloomberg’s shift in policy toward NDAs comes as he tries to stanch his loss of female support after the Las Vegas debate. It is an effort to separate the total number of harassment and culture complaints at the large company from those directed at him personally. That could reframe the criticism against him, but also protect the company from legal fallout if all past NDAs were placed in jeopardy.