Disable WordPress Events and News Dashboard Widget is a WordPress plugin (download) that automatically automatically disables WordPress Events and News widget from the dashboard. By removing, you also prevent all external requests widgets makes so that it can work.
It is a very lightweight, it has no settings, just activate it and it works immediately.
Disable WordPress Events and News Dashboard Widget is released under the terms of GNU General Public License. It is completely free so if you find it useful you can give something back to author. Your help could be done by giving donation, sending pull request on GitHub, sending bugs and suggestions, promoting plugin in blogs, forums, social networks, and other websites.
Note: plugin author is not obliged to provide free support via this site, email, or official forum. If you ask for free support, please be aware that it might skipped.