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Massacre in Myanmar, interview with Prince Alwaleed, CBS and Viacom to explore merger, Olympic perks

Feb 15, 2018

Reuters Investigates: Massacre in Myanmar

An investigation revealed how Buddhist villagers and Myanmar troops killed 10 Rohingya men in Rakhine state on Sept. 2. The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre was what prompted Myanmar police authorities to arrest two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe.

Exclusive video interview with Prince Alwaleed

Reuters scored a world exclusive video interview with the most famous of the detained Saudi royals – Prince Alwaleed bin Talal – in his suite at the Ritz-Carlton. The Prince, one of the kingdom’s top international businessmen, assured Reuters that he remained well, in control of his businesses, and that it was all ‘a misunderstanding’ that was being cleared up. Just hours later, his release was confirmed.

CBS and Viacom form special committees to explore merger

Reuters revealed CBS and Viacom have formed special committees to explore a merger, the first step in potentially reuniting the companies split by media mogul Sumner Redstone more than a decade ago. The companies had previously explored a merger in 2016 at the urging of ailing 94-year-old Sumner Redstone and his daughter Shari, who control CBS and Viacom through privately held National Amusements but those talks failed due to concerns by CBS’ directors and CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves over governance issues and the deal’s financial sense for CBS shareholders.

How sanctions clouding Olympic perks

Reuters exclusively detailed how tough international sanctions have complicated South Korean Olympic organisers’ efforts to provide North Korean delegates with perks offered to other athletes attending the Winter Olympics. South Korean officials have had to seek a host of exemptions to the sanctions, which include travel restrictions and a ban on the sale of luxury goods and sports gear, while trying to make their northern neighbors welcome and ensure the Games goes off without incident.

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