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May 2019

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5This issue affects Austria. Austria's Chancellor Kurz calls for early elections after vice chancellor resigns over alleged corruption video
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10This issue affects Poland. Mass grave in Poland embodies the violent beginning of the Bronze Age
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6This issue affects the United States. AI is now able to convincingly imitate the voices of real people as well, as it did to Joe Rogan
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26This issue affects the United States. House passes Equality Act to increase protections for sexual orientation and gender identity
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-7This issue affects Germany. This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. German parliament votes to condemn BDS as antisemitic.
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41This issue affects Taiwan. Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage in first for Asia
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9This issue affects the United States. Chelsea Manning sent back to jail after refusing to testify before a grand jury again
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17This issue affects the United States. Officials: Camp Fire, deadliest in California history, was caused by PG&E electrical transmission lines
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15This issue affects the United States. Alabama's governor signs an abortion law that restricts abortions even in the cases of rape or incest. Doctors in Alabama who perform abortions could possibly face 10 to 99 years in prison.
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17This issue affects the Democratic Republic of the Congo. New Ebola epidemic "out of control" in northeastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, made worse by civil war. Already 1000 dead, communities are failing to support public health actions to prevent its spread, clinics are being attacked, and it threatens to be as serious as the outbreak in west Africa in 2013-16.
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18This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. Theresa May will put her Brexit deal to a vote—for the fourth time
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15This issue affects the European Union. Archaeological survey of submerged Doggerland underway
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23This issue affects the World. Carbon dioxide levels hit new landmark at 415 ppm, highest in human history
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20This issue affects the World. UN report: 1 million species at risk of extinction
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19This issue affects Sweden. Prosecutors are to reopen an investigation into an allegation of rape against Julian Assange.
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15This issue affects the United States. San Franciso Police raid home of journalist in reporting death of public defender
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15This issue affects the United States. Under new climate change rules, Trump Organization could face up to $2.5 million dollars in fines
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28This issue affects the United States. 44 states have accused 20 pharmaceutical companies of conspiring to fix prices.
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15This issue affects Netherlands. Investigations by the TV channel RTL, found that hundreds of products are incorrectly sold as organic. Plus, it also found that as many as 1 in 10 Dutch organic producers have broken the country's rules about organic standards.
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25This issue affects the United States. Chelsea Manning released from jail on contempt charge.
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-6This issue affects Ireland. Only 10 mins by foot from the famous Temple Bar in Dublin, The Virgin Mary, the city's first alcohol-free pub opens on Capel Street.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. Radio host Danny BakerWikipedia's W.svg is fired by the BBC after tweeting a photo of a chimp with a caption saying it was royal baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the first person of African American heritage to be born into the British royal family.
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13This issue affects the United States. Progressive Christian Rachel Evans dies at the young age of 37, she will be missed.
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24This issue affects the United States. Denver becomes the first city to decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms.
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13This issue affects the United States. Doctors suggesting vaccination to their patients are "Sorcerers" according to Texas Lawmaker.
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12This issue affects the United States. Ohio legislature considering anti-abortion bill that, among other things, demands the entirely fictional medical procedure of "re-implanting ectopic pregnancies."
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24This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Georgia. Two Saudi sisters who fled to Georgia, to escape their male guardians who threaten to kill them for disobeying them, have received Georgian travel documents to enable them to leave the country and seek asylum elsewhere.
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-6This issue affects South Africa. Allegations afoot that specialists connected to Putin-linked businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, are trying to interfere in the current South African general election. The aim is to support the current ANC government, and diminish the opposition centre-right Democratic Alliance and the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters.
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13This issue affects the United States. Newly signed Georgia law prohibits abortion after 6 weeks, often before many women even know they're pregnant
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17This issue affects Poland. A Polish woman faces up to 2 years in prison for photoshopping an LGBT pride rainbow onto a portrait copy of the "Black Madonna".
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26This issue affects the United States. Key portions of Trump's tax returns leaked, showing Trump was in deep financial trouble back in the 1980s
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12This issue affects the United States. Yet another mass shooting, this time in Colorado
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15This issue affects Myanmar. Two Reuters reporters freed in Myanmar after more than 500 days in jail.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. Gerard Batten announces he will step down as leader of UKIP on 2 June, in order to trigger a leadership election. He has not stated if he will seek reelection to run UKIP. Note: He had stated his intention to do this when elected leader of UKIP back in April 2018, having been the then interim leader.
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13This issue affects the United States. Police solve 47 year old murder case
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28This issue affects the World. "Human society under urgent threat from loss of world's biodiversity"
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18This issue affects Turkey. Turkey is to hold fresh elections in Istanbul, following government claims of corruption.
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14This issue affects United Arab Emirates. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Somalia. The improbable comeback of Erik Prince
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18This issue affects Afghanistan. An assembly of 3,200 Afghans called for a ceasefire between Taliban and Afghan forces and an "orderly" withdrawal of foreign troops. The assembly, which includes 900 women, also wants the freedoms and rights put in place since the end of the Taliban's rule in 2001 to be maintained. The Trump administration is eager to reduce U.S. forces, currently numbering at about 14,000, in Afghanistan.
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32This issue affects the United States. The State of Illinois is considering a bill that would allow the possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana and five plants by individuals aged 21 or older. Lawmakers want to use the tax revenue from this industry to rejuvenate communities "devastated" by the War on Drugs.
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16This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration rolls back Obama-era offshore drilling safety measures which were implemented to prevent a repeat of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
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22This issue affects the United States. Minnesota governor repeals law protecting marital rapists from prosecution.
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24This issue affects the United States. Astronomers may have detected black hole swallowing neutron star for the first time.
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0This issue affects the United States. New Conscience rule protects health care workers who refuse care for religious reasons. Whether it's refusing to perform abortions or operations on LGBT individuals
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5This issue affects Australia. Three-eyed snake found on Australian highway.
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31This issue affects the United States. Facebook bans extremists Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Nehlen, Paul Joseph Watson, and Laura Loomer for being "dangerous." Trump reacts by by supporting the banned account holders and whining about his political opponents.
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14This issue affects Canada. Health Canada announces that plain tobacco packaging will be introduced on November 9th, in an aim to cut the number of smokers to 5% in 2035.
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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. The 2,862 new words added to the latest edition of the Official Scrabble Words book include "agender", "cisgender", "genderqueer", "transperson", the gender-neutral pronoun "ze","antifa", "antivaxxer", "incel" and "mansplaining".
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31This issue affects Saint Lucia. Scientology's cruise ship quarantined off the coast of St. Lucia after measles outbreak. Oh dear, how sad, never mind.
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21This issue affects the World. New Denisovan jawbone found in Tibetan cave
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9This issue affects the United States. Bill Barr defiant amidst calls to resign due to deliberate misleading of American people over the Muller report
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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. Defence secretary Gavin Williamson has become the fallout guy in the scandal in leaking a report over using Huawei equipment in the UK’s 5G networks. Penny Mordaunt has replaced him, becoming the country’s first female defence secretary.
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13This issue affects the World. In surprising news that shocked everybody the world over, people are rioting on May Day, and also having some pastoral looking celebrations

April 2019

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9This issue affects the United States. Two dead and four injured in a shooting at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte campus.
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15This issue affects Venezuela. Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó calls for a military coup to oust Nicolás Maduro and leads soldiers and a crowd of supporters through the streets of Caracas.
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25This issue affects Japan. Emperor Akihito becomes the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years.
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17This issue affects the United States. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resigns
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22This issue affects the United States. There are 700 US cases of measles in 2019, a disease, for context, that was declared eliminated in the US in 2000. This outbreak represents the highest number of cases in 25 years. Thanks, Andrew Wakefield and your followers.
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22This issue affects the United States. Prosecutors drop child porn charges when software tools (often protected as "commercial secrets") are questioned.
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20This issue affects the United States. Woman killed, 3 injured in shooting at California synagogue
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21This issue affects the United States. Trump defends his comments on the Charlottesville rally while calling Robert E. Lee "a great general".
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-30This issue affects the United States. Joe Biden has entered the race for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination
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27This issue affects Australia. Due to a printing error by the printers, the rabid-populist tabloid The Daily Telegraph accidentally printed two pages of its liberal compact rival the Sydney Morning Herald. To compare, it would be like the New York Post printing pages of the New York Times.
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tabled a bill in Holyrood for a second Scottish independence referendum in 2021, if Brexit goes through.
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16This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia executes 37 for "terrorism offenses".
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16This issue affects the United States. Major pharmaceutical company and two of its former executives facing charges for their roles in the opioid crisis.
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25This issue affects Sri Lanka. More than 200 people have been killed in explosions in Churches and hotels, in what police have described as a well-planned, co-ordinated attack
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16This issue affects the United States. Videos appear to show armed militia detaining migrants at US-Mexico border
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15This issue affects the United States. Elizabeth Warren says House should start impeachment proceedings for Trump after the redacted version of the Mueller report was released on Thursday.
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15This issue affects the United States. Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade
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21This issue affects the United States. 'Church' to offer 'miracle cure' despite FDA warnings against drinking bleach
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. A police counterterror operation went awry in Derry when a suspected New IRAWikipedia's W.svg member opened fire, killing a journalist.
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37This issue affects the World. Astronomers have found helium hydride -aka the "universe's first molecule".
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-30This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Yemen. Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen
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40This issue affects the United States. Bernie Sanders received strong support for his Medicare-for-all proposal at a town hall with Fox News. He recently updated his health reform proposal.
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44This issue affects France. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris suffers a devastating fire.
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19This issue affects the United Kingdom. Three UKIP MEPs have quit the party and joined the Brexit Party in protest over the conduct of Gerard Batten as leader, reducing UKIP's size in the European Parliament from 24 at the last election to just four. Batten and the national executive insist they were not chosen to stand for election anyway, however.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May has been briefed that DAESH member Shimima Begum was a member of the organisation's "Hisba" police force.
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36This issue affects the United Kingdom. Small group of Brexiteer protestors block off depot of Aldi supermarket because it's a German business
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25This issue affects the United States. Antivaxxers sinking to new lows - appropriating nazi-era Star of David symbology to represent how oppressed they are!!
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17This issue affects the United States. US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos indicated she was aware of potential threats to transgender students, but rolled protections back anyway
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1This issue affects the World. All major browsers (except Firefox and Brave) will permanently enable click tracking.
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11This issue affects the United States. Trump reportedly promised to pardon CBP head if he violated immigration law
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18This issue affects the World. One third of cancer patients use dangerous and useless alternative and complementary medicine without informing their doctor.
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-1This issue affects the United States. A protestor(?) attempted self immolation on the White House lawn
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2This issue affects Papua New Guinea. Doctors in Papua New Guinea are reporting seeing an increasing numbers of patients seeking medical assistance, due to botched penis enlargements. The rise is due to a number of men putting injections of silicon, or various oils such as coconut oil and cooking oil, into their "member".
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12This issue affects Germany. Literature review by the German government finds glyphosate poses zero increased risk of cancer, contradicting a scientifically questionable finding in a 2018 American lawsuit against Bayer.
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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. The tabloid newspaper the Daily StarWikipedia's W.svg is getting rid of page 3 girls, bringing an end to the era when pictures of topless women appeared in British daily newspapers.
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26This issue affects Australia. Star rugby player Israel Folau is to be fired by Rugby Australia after writing on social media that hell awaits those who die without repenting the sin of homosexuality.
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24This issue affects the United States. A major observational study of more than 30 000 people finds that vitamins and minerals are good for human health, but only if you get those from actual food, not supplements.
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33This issue affects South Korea. South Korea's constitutional court has ordered that the country's 60 year-old abortion law, which prohibits it, be repealed.
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16This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Ecuador. The Ecuadorian embassy in London has withdrawn the asylum application of Julian Assange and allowed the Metropolitan Police to arrest him for breaching bail.
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-26This issue affects the United States. Texas' congress is currently debating a new law (Bill #896) that would classify destroying any fetus, including by means of abortion, as a homicide and punishable by death. (warning: adblock bitching)
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11This issue affects Sudan. The Sudanese Army have overthrown President Omar al-Bashir, ending 30 years of rule and ordered the release of all political prisoners.
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15International economics organsation the OECDWikipedia's W.svg, has conveyed that millennials (those born between 1983 and 2002) are dropping out of the middle-class in all developed economies. This is primarily due to rising property values over wages.
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22This issue affects Philippines. New human species discovered in the Philippines
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. The UK and EU have agreed another Brexit delay until 31 October. Cue dozens of crap Halloween jokes.
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37This issue affects the United States. House votes to restore net neutrality rules (warning: autoplay video)
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47Black hole picture revealed for the first time.
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36This issue affects Ireland. Ireland has passed legislation banning zero-hours contracts and stating workers are always entitled to a minimum payment, even if their employer fails to provide them with work.
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25This issue affects China. The Chinese government is seriously considering a ban on cryptocurrency mining, principally Bitcoin mining, primarily due to environmental reasons.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. Police have foiled a suspected terrorist attack in County Down, after a member of the public reported a mortar being rigged on a country road to fire at passing cars.
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34 First ever photo of a black hole taken to be released on Wednesday
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20This issue affects Iran. This issue affects the United States. Iran Labels U.S. Central Command a Terrorist Organization
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. Trump Designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a Foreign Terrorist Group
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34This issue affects Canada. Facebook has announced that it is deplatforming several noted Canadian alt and far right extremists including Rebel Media's Faith GoldyWikipedia's W.svg, white nationalist crusader Kevin Goudreau, and groups including Soldiers of Odin, Wolves of Odin, and the Aryan Strikeforce across its platforms.
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13This issue affects the United States. Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns as Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary
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13This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term in office
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14This issue affects Hungary. This issue affects Slovenia. The Hungarian government has sent a complaint to the Slovenian embassy, after a noted Slovenian news magazine Mladina put a provocative cartoon of Viktor Orbán on the cover. The magazine has been critical of Hungary's increasing authoritarianism and its growing influence in Slovenia.
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20This issue affects the United States. State attorney generals sue the Trump administration for weakening nutritional standards for school meals.
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29This issue affects the United States. Mormon LDS Church rolls back controversial anti-LGBT policies.
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15This issue affects the United States. Ted Cruz sues the Federal Election Commission in attempt to overturn limits on post-election campaign donations.
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35This issue affects Peru. Another one of those pesky transitional fossils identified - 4-legged whale found in Peru.
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30This issue affects the United States. Year-old footage of Steve Bannon suggests Breitbart is undergoing severe financing issues due to the successes of the "Sleeping Giants" network in convincing companies not to advertise there.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. The trial of suspected National Action terror cell leader Jack Renshaw has concluded with no verdict on the charge of being a member of a proscribed organisation, but Mr. Renshaw has been found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and four sex offences.
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22This issue affects the United States. President Donald Trump reverses his earlier decision to repeal the Affordable Care Act, saying he wants to wait till after the 2020 election.
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25This issue affects the United States. The meltdown of WND. (Apparently original is behind a Paywall for some people - here's an alternative site for the article: stuff.co.nz)
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26This issue affects Algeria. Algeria's autocratic president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has submitted his resignation as the country's head of state, after weeks of popular protest in the country.
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4This issue affects the United Kingdom. 40 MPs have passed a parliamentary motion called for “organ tourism”, the practice of going abroad to “buy” replacement organs, to be banned.

March 2019

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12This issue affects the United States. Trump administration awards $1.7 million family planning grant to anti-abortion group called the Obria Group, which considers itself an anti-abortion version of Planned Parenthood.
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8This issue affects Malta. A report by the Council of Europe paints an alarming worry about processes in the criminal justice system in Malta, especially with corruption and senior officials.
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7This issue affects the United Kingdom. Protests against gay relationship lessons at primary school in Birmingham.
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14This issue affects Singapore. Singapore introduced legislation to combat fake news. "If we do not protect ourselves, hostile parties will find it a simple matter to turn different groups against one another and cause disorder in our society," said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
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25This issue affects the United States. President Donald Trump overrides his Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and restores funding for the Special Olympics.
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14This issue affects Hong Kong. While public transits in cities worldwide are making losses, Hong Kong's MTR system is making a surplus.
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-31This issue affects Ireland. In a debate about conversion therapy in the Seanad, conservative independent Senator Rónán MullenWikipedia's W.svg suggested that individuals should have the option, unless proved to be harmful.
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7This issue affects Brunei Darussalam. Brunei introduces death by stoning as punishment for gay sex and adultery.
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24This issue affects the United Kingdom. More Brexit confusion as Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement is rejected…. again
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Bangladesh. Churchill's policies contributed to 1943 Bengal famine
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19This issue affects Poland. One of Poland's biggest domestic banks, mBank, has announced it's blacklisting mining or energy companies that are involved in coal. It's doing it in the effort to improve the bank's environmental record and supporting green energy.
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50This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the World. Solar and wind costs have fallen enough in the United States that roughly ¾ of of coal capacity is at risk from renewable competition, and by 2025 this is expected to rise to 6/7. Furthermore, while the US acquired nearly half of its electricity from coal just a decade ago, in just another year it's expected to be just a quarter. Wind is also expected to produce more energy than hydro in the US in just a short time as well.
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17This issue affects the United States. Trump doubles down on opposition to emergency relief aid for Puerto Rico, drawing criticism
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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May to resign before next phase of Brexit
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19This issue affects the United States. New York county declares state of emergency over measles outbreak, bars unvaccinated children from public spaces.
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32This issue affects the United States. Facebook announces new ban on white separatist and white nationalist content to go along current white supremacist ban, and starts directing searches for certain keywords to resources for leaving hate groups.
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15This issue affects India. India shoots down satellite, becoming the fourth country to have done so behind the United States, Russia, and China. Riding on their success, India declares itself a space power.
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13This issue affects Lithuania. Lithuania jails Soviet defense minister for 1991 crackdown
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5This issue affects the United States. Betsy DeVos defends Special Olympics budget cuts: 'We had to make some difficult decisions.'
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18This issue affects Australia. An investigation by a journalist from al-Jazeera, found two One Nation activists trying to solicit political donations from the NRA, in return for supporting loosening Australia’s strict gun control laws.
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13This issue affects the United States. Pentagon reallocates one billion dollars to Trump's border wall
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3This issue affects the European Union. European Parliament passes a sweeping law reforming copyright that's opposed by both corporations and human rights activists
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-13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Syria. Trump recognizes the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, angering Syria.
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23This issue affects the United States. US budget deficit hit $234 billion in February, a new monthly record
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14This issue affects the United States. Mueller report finds no collusion, not enough evidence of obstruction
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13This issue affects Ireland. Eyebrows were raised across Ireland, after remarks made during a visit by Northern Irish DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson to the Fine Gael's annual conference after he had suggested that [the Republic of] Ireland should join the Commonwealth.
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21This issue affects Ireland. Health Minister Simon Harris has called for anti-vaxxers be called out, and stop the hypocrisy of the HPV vaccine.
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37This issue affects the United Kingdom. According to the organisers, around over a million people have marched from Park Lane to Westminster in Central London demanding a revocation of Article 50 and having a “People’s Vote”. This is one of the biggest protests that have even happened in the UK, just behind the Iraq War protest in 2003.
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25This issue affects Syria. Islamic State in Syria defeated, 'caliphate' eliminated
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25This issue affects the United States. Special Counsel for the Trump-Russia investigation Robert S. Mueller III submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. UKIP is reportedly considering standing Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin) as a candidate despite his history of racism and misogyny.
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8This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the European Union. A U.S. jury unanimously ruled that glyphosate, a commonly used weedkiller, is a cancer factor. While the World Health Organization concluded in 2015 that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the European Food Safety Authority disagree. E.U. members voted in 2017 to renew the license for this chemical.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. Researchers at the University of Bath are growing artificial meat in the lab. However, getting people to purchase artificial meat once it becomes commercially available could be difficult due to the naturalistic fallacy.
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42This issue affects New Zealand. New Zealand bans semi-automatic assault riflesAnd it only took 6 days.
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20This issue affects the United States. Devin Nunes, perhaps best known for pushing a conspiracy theory about Trump being persecuted by the FBI in a memo, is suing a fictional cow over a parody Twitter account, with inevitable Streisand effect consequences. (Alternative link to a Guardian report which mentions a goat who is not being sued.)
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17This issue affects the United States. Bitcoin is not going so well for US neo-Nazis.(self promotion warning)
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23This issue affects the United States. US judge temporarily halts oil drilling nationwide in landmark climate change ruling
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17This issue affects the United Nations. This issue affects Bosnia and Herzegovina. Former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadžić has lost his appeal in the charge of war crimes at the International Tribunal in the Hague. The judge has also increased his sentence from 40 years to life.
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17This issue affects the United States. There is anger at Alaska Governor Dunleavy's planned tour of statewide town hall meetings promoting his budget plan which includes cuts to Medicare and education after it was revealed that Americans for Prosperity were sponsoring and managing the events.
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21This issue affects Russia. Russia has passed two laws that block websites and hand out punishment for "fake news" and material deemed insulting to the president, state or the public.
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32This issue affects the United Kingdom. Citing 17th century procedure on resubmitting failed bills, Parliament cannot vote on the Brexit deal again unless the terms are changed.
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. A 50-year old man in Surrey is being held for suspected terrorism offences after a rampage of car-smashing and racist chanting concluded with the stabbing of a teenager of Southern European heritage.
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20This issue affects Netherlands. Three people have died and five have been injured in a shooting on a tram that has happened in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Police are saying they are treating the incident as act of terrorism and that officers are wishing to speak to 37-year-old Turkish-born Dutchman Gökman T., who is the possible suspect of the incident. Update: Police have arrested the man in question. Update: According to Dutch television, the man has psychological problems and has domestic issues which could be the cause.
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31This issue affects the United States. Native Americans on the Pine Ridge ReservationWikipedia's W.svg are expressing doubts and worries about Christian-backed charities on the reservation, fearing that these Christians will attempt to proselytize in an attempt to stamp out the tribal religion of the reservation.
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33This issue affects the United Kingdom. A bill to legalise mixed-sex civil partnerships has passed the lower chamber of the House of Commons. Currently only same-sex civil partnerships are legal in the UK.
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37This issue affects the World. Students in more than 100 countries skip school to protest against inaction on climate change.
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19This issue affects the United States. The "Tragedy of the Commons" was written by a white supremacist based on false history and eugenics.
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42This issue affects the United States. US House votes to make Mueller Report public 420-0.
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44This issue affects New Zealand. This issue affects Australia. An Australian senator is facing international backlash over comments shifting blame to the New Zealand government for the Christchurch attack for allowing Muslim immigration.
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57This issue affects Denmark. The far-left Red–Green Alliance has changed its long-held demand for a Danish referendum on European Union, in favour of reforming it for its 2019 Euro-election manifesto. Party spokesperson Pernille Skipper saying “It was a mistake. Brexit has been an eye-opener for us as a party."
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46This issue affects New Zealand. A mass shooting takes place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Death toll has reached 40, with perhaps 27 injured. Update: 23:37 NZT - 49 Dead, 48 in hospitals as of 9pm. Death toll now 50 as additional body found inside mosque.
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32This issue affects the United States. Senate passes resolution to overturn Trump's national emergency declaration
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. British Parliament has voted 412 to 202 to seek a delay on leaving the EU.
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21This issue affects Poland. Polish newspaper runs front page list on "how to spot a Jew".
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19This issue affects the United States. Southern Poverty Law Center is filing a lawsuit against a decision by Betsy DeVos to divert federal finance from the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant which is used to make schools healthy and safe, to purchase firearms for teachers.
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32This issue affects the United States. Jacob Wohl Faked Death Threats Against Himself
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28This issue affects the United States. California governor signs executive order stopping state's death penalty for now
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34This issue affects the United States. Democrats reintroduce Equality Act to ban LGBTQ discrimination
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30This issue affects the European Union. After the crash of one of them in Ethiopia several days ago, the European Union grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 jets as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it sees "no basis" to do so joining several other countries that have done the same. Update: Boeing decided to ground all of its 737 Max 8 jets after the FAA found new evidence at the crash site "out of an abundance of caution." U.S. pilots have complained that the aircraft is difficult to control after takeoff.
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40This issue affects the United Kingdom. For a second time, the UK Parliament has voted against Theresa May's Brexit plan by 391 votes to 242.
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36This issue affects Netherlands. A bill banning discrimination on the grounds of gender identity such as intersex and transgender, has passed both chambers of the Dutch parliament. All the parties voted for it, apart from the fundamentalist Reformed Political Party and the anti-immigrant Party for Freedom. Now it just needs signing by King Willem-Alexander.
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14This issue affects Algeria. Algerian president Bouteflika announces he will not seek a fifth term amid massive protests against his reelection bid.
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19This issue affects the United States. Dozens have been charged in a multimillion-dollar college admission bribery scandal.
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44This issue affects Italy. Italy bans sending unvaccinated children to school.
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42This issue affects Israel. Netanyahu draws criticism for saying that Israel is "the national state, not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people."
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25This issue affects the European Union. Member states approve EU-wide protections for whistleblowers who expose crimes
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12This issue affects China. Chinese lawmakers urge scrapping family planning laws as birth rates plunge
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34This issue affects the United States. A massage parlor has been selling political access to Donald Trump at Mar a Lago to Chinese business executives.
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23This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects Malaysia. This issue affects Indonesia. Indonesian woman accused of murdering Kim Jong-nam, the estranged brother of North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un, has been acquitted of any wrong doing.
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41This issue affects Canada. This issue affects Honduras. The Canadian government will stop funding homeopaths to go to Honduras.
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1This issue affects Germany. On International Women's Day, a group of German academics are proposing that the German language scrap the grammatical gender and make all nouns neuter.
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13This issue affects Ethiopia. 157 people have died after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed.
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53This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Uganda. A Ugandan-born woman becomes the first person in the UK to be found guilty of the crime of female genital mutilation for harm she did to her 3-year-old-daughter and is sentenced to 11 years in jail.
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10This issue affects Malaysia. Malaysian jailed for more than 10 years for insulting Islam.
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8This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration is considering asking U.S. allies hosting U.S. military bases to pay more for them, though Trump has not decided on any burden-sharing option. South Korea recently agreed to pay more. Trump and previous presidents have been pushing for NATO allies to pay more for their own defense while critics say overseas bases are costly.
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6This issue affects Venezuela. Massive power outage affects most of Venezuela.
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37This issue affects the United States. Trump inauguration took money from foreign shell companies new report reveals
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34This issue affects the United States. Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 47 months for fraud, while federal guidelines recommend 19 to 24 years.
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-2This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Finland. The U.S. State Department has rescinded an award for female journalism to Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro, due to the journalist's personal criticism of Trump.
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50This issue affects France. French cardinal convicted of child sex abuse cover-up.
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51This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia criticized by 36 countries over human rights.
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32This issue affects the United States. US officials made a list of 59 mostly American reporters, lawyers and activists to question at the border.
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34This issue affects Russia. Russia passes law to jail people for 15 days for "disrespecting" government.
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25This issue affects the United States. Cynthia Newman, a dean of Rider University in New Jersey, resigns because a campus ban on homophobic restaurant chain Chick-fil-A was "an affront to my Christian values", insisting "Chick-fil-A’s corporate purpose statement is to glorify God, to be faithful stewards of all that’s entrusted to them and have a positive influence on everyone who comes into contact with them."
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19This issue affects the United Kingdom. Briton Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon (Tommy Robinson) livestreams himself doorstepping journalist Mike Stuchbery's home, not once, but twice in one night. He also threatened to dox other reporters during the livestream.
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37This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Conservative Party has suspended 14 members in response to a growing problem of members posting racist material and comments on social media.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. Counterterrorism police are investigating letter bombs sent to two airports and a major railway station in London.
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-5This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Cuba. Pompeo announces tightening of Cuba embargo.
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2This issue affects Germany. The current leader of the German CDU party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer came under fire after joking in a televised carnival show, about Berliner cafés having “third-sexed bathrooms". Saying, "It's for the men who can't decide if they want to sit or stand when they pee.", which were seen as being anti-LGBT+.
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. A £1.6 billion government fund has been launched to boost less well-off towns in England after Brexit, which some see as a bribe to get MPs to vote for May's Brexit deal.
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18This issue affects the United States. US coal plants are contaminating groundwater with toxins, new analysis finds
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13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Palestine. This issue affects Israel. The US has closed its consulate to Palestine, merging it into the embassy to Israel.
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-4This issue affects the United States. Officers who shot man eight times will not be charged
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. The US ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, has come under fire in an interview by suggesting that the UK open up its market to American farmers post-Brexit.
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25This issue affects the United Kingdom. An influential group of MPs are proposing that the smoking age should be raised from the current age of 18 to 21.
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38This issue affects the United States. The University of California system has canceled its $10 million annual subscription to Elsevier's scientific journals. This comes amidst a growing movement of scientists fed up with the business model of academic publishing, and calling for the expansion of open access publication.
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12This issue affects Syria. The OPCW'sWikipedia's W.svg final report on chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria finds reasonable grounds for the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon, likely molecular chlorine. The OPCW's mandate did not include identifying who is responsible. The joint investigative mechanism between the UN and OPCW was responsible for apportioning blame but was disbanded after Russia vetoed an extension of its mandate.