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March 2019

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15This 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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16This 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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16This 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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18This 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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23This 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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23This 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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27This issue affects the World. Students in more than 100 countries skip school to protest against inaction on climate change.
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18This 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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34This issue affects the United States. US House votes to make Mueller Report public 420-0.
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38This 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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25This 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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43This 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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31This issue affects the United States. Senate passes resolution to overturn Trump's national emergency declaration
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17This 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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18This issue affects Poland. Polish newspaper runs front page list on "how to spot a Jew".
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18This 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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28This issue affects the United States. Jacob Wohl Faked Death Threats Against Himself
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27This issue affects the United States. California governor signs executive order stopping state's death penalty for now
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33This issue affects the United States. Democrats reintroduce Equality Act to ban LGBTQ discrimination
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22This 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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32This 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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33This 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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36This issue affects Italy. Italy bans sending unvaccinated children to school.
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27This 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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11This issue affects China. Chinese lawmakers urge scrapping family planning laws as birth rates plunge
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28This 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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22This 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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37This issue affects Canada. This issue affects Honduras. The Canadian government will stop funding homeopaths to go to Honduras.
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3This 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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38This 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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8This issue affects Malaysia. Malaysian jailed for more than 10 years for insulting Islam.
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12This 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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7This issue affects Venezuela. Massive power outage affects most of Venezuela.
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34This issue affects the United States. Trump inauguration took money from foreign shell companies new report reveals
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30This 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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37This issue affects France. French cardinal convicted of child sex abuse cover-up.
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46This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia criticized by 36 countries over human rights.
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31This 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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27This 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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-3This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Cuba. Pompeo announces tightening of Cuba embargo.
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3This 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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10This 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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14This 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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1This issue affects the United States. Officers who shot man eight times will not be charged
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14This 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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22This 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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27This 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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9This 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.

February 2019

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14This issue affects Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden's son Hamza emerging as new al-Qaeda leader.
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39This issue affects the United States. "Herbalist" sentenced to prison time after his advice convinced a child's parents to stop giving their son insulin, resulting in the child's death.
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41This issue affects Israel. The Israeli attorney general has announced his intent to indict PM Netanyahu for bribery.
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22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Korea. North Korea nuclear summit ends abruptly with no deal.
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26This issue affects the United States. Michael Cohen Testifies Before House Oversight Committee
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28This issue affects the United States. U.S. House approves expanded background checks for gun sales
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14This issue affects the United States. Former governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, who fought against the union at Boeing's SC plant, is nominated to Boeing's board of directors.
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12This issue affects France. Sportswear retailer Decathlon has decided not to sell arunning hijab” in its French stores, after outrage by politicians who said that the product contradicts France's secular value of « laïcité ».
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31This issue affects the United Kingdom. Far-right activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram, after being declared a hate preacher.
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33This issue affects Australia. Cardinal George Pell the Vatican’s treasurer and the third most senior Catholic has been convicted in Melbourne county court of five counts of sexually abusing two choirboys while he was Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996. The conviction was only released today due to a gag order by the court to protect a possible mistrial. The cardinal is liable to a prison sentence of up to 50 years, which will be handed out next week.
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22This issue affects the United Nations. This issue affects British Indian Ocean Territory. The UN’s highest court, the International Court of Justice in the Hague has criticised the British government for not decolonizing the British Indian Ocean TerritoryWikipedia's W.svg, and the expulsion of thousands of Chagossians to provide a military base for the American government.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Israel. A major pro-Israel American PAC AIPACWikipedia's W.svg has criticised the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu for supporting the far-right party Jewish Power. The organisation using the party’s Hebrew name Otzma Yehudit (עוצמה יהודית‬) was “racist and reprehensible”.
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37This issue affects the United States. A federal judge has ruled that the male-only draft is unconstitutional.
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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. A protest against the BBC by supporters of far-right provocateur Tommy Robinson takes place in Manchester, England, because BBC current affairs program Panorama program is investigating him; UKIP friend-of-racists Gerard Batten speaks too.
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27"I own you": wide-angle bigot and Fox pundit Keith Ablow is, to little surprise, sued for being a sexual predator
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Malaysia. A gay Malaysian asylum seeker is having his asylum application to the UK turned down, on the grounds that the 67-year-old isn’t in a same-sex relationship as so can’t be gay.
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6This issue affects Venezuela. Two dead after Venezuelan soldiers open fire on opposition supporters. The Maduro administration claimed the border town residents were aiding foreign governments in smuggling arms into the country.
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47This issue affects the United States. After posting a photo of the federal judge in charge of his case with what appears to be the cross hairs of a gun near her head, Roger Stone is still out on bail, now subject to a full gag order concerning his case. He may only say he is innocent of the charges and request legal defense funds. Talking or posting online about his case or other parties investigating the case such as Robert MuellerWikipedia's W.svg will be a violation.
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13This issue affects Vatican City. Vatican opens landmark sex abuse summit.
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26This issue affects the United States. Supreme Court limits police powers to seize private property
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. Former Conservative MP Anna Soubry has mentioned in an interview on BBC’s Newsnight that in her opinion, Theresa May is a irrational pathological xenophobe.
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22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. A draft report made by the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said that Trump officials, primarily Michael Flynn, tried to fast-track nuclear tech transfer to Saudi Arabia. The plan would have led to the construction of 40 nuclear power plants and facilities to enrich uranium , which could help the Saudis build their own nuclear weapon.
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17This issue affects the United States. According to the SPLC, the number of hate groups in the US has risen 30% in the past four years.
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. 3 Conservative MPs have resigned from the Party to join an independent group, set up by former Labour MPs.
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-4This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Colombia. This issue affects Venezuela. Sir Richard Branson will sponsor a Live AidWikipedia's W.svg style concert on the Colombia-Venezuela border. Maduro will have one of his own as well.
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9This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects the United States. Kim Jong-un purges wealthy elite and opponents of outreach to the US.
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35This issue affects the United States. Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality.
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7This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Hungary. The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said he would like the ruling Hungarian party Fidesz, to leave the the centre-right European People's Party.
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16This issue affects Syria. This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Bangladesh. The family of Shamima Begum, the British-born teenager that left the UK to join Islamic State in Syria, who now is trying to get back into Britain, have received a letter from the Home Secretary Sajid Javid saying he has revoked Shamima’s British citizenship. Their conflicting reports alleged that she would end-up stateless, that could cause legal problems.
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36This issue affects the United States. Bernie Sanders launches second presidential campaign
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36This issue affects China. This issue affects India. This issue affects the United States. The Earth has become greener in the last two decades thanks to human activities in India and China. In related news, the U.S. Senate passed a bill setting aside one million acres of land (4047 square kilometers) for conservation.
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17This issue affects the United States. The governor of Wisconsin proposes the decriminalization of marijuana possession and legalization of its medical use. He also wants to align with federal standards for cannabidiol (CBD oil), believed to reduce anxiety and pain. President Trump helped push the oil into mainstream use with his farm bill in December 2018.
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27This issue affects the United Kingdom. A group of British MPs says Facebook "intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws."
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11This issue affects the United States. Trump accuses McCabe and Rosenstein of plotting a "very illegal act" against him due to discussions of invoking the 25th amendment.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. Seven Labour MPs have quit the party and formed an "Independent Group" in protest of the party's handling of Brexit and antisemitism. This number is a minority of the original thirty who planned.
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4This issue affects Bulgaria. This issue affects Hungary. This issue affects Sweden. This issue affects Germany. Hundreds of Neo-Nazis from Hungary; Germany and Sweden attend a candle-lit march in honour of General Hristo Lukov.
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9This issue affects Hungary. This issue affects Sweden. Hungary has summoned the Swedish ambassador after the Swedish Social Affairs minister criticised the Hungarian government plans to encourage larger families, saying that they "reeked of the 1930s".
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39This issue affects Germany. Germany’s Health Minister in a newspaper interview, said he is planning to put forward a bill through parliament to ban gay conversion therapies. It is hoped the legislation will pass by the middle of the year.
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38This issue affects the United States. Trump's national emergency declaration is already facing several legal challenges.
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16This issue affects the United Kingdom. A campaign to encourage Hindi and Punjabi-speaking victims of sexual violence to come forward has led to far-right harassment after Stephen Yaxley-Lennon accused the campaign of automatically supporting the rape of white people.
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13This issue affects India. This issue affects Pakistan. India has said it will ensure the "complete isolation" of Pakistan after a suicide bomber killed 46 paramilitary police in Indian-administered Kashmir.
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24This issue affects the United States. Alaska’s Supreme Court has rejected two laws which restricts Medicaid coverage for abortions. This is based on the equal protection clause in the state’s constitution.
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26This issue affects the United States. West Virginia delegate Eric Porterfield faces condemnation for his claims that the LGBTQ+ community is a terrorist group comparable to the KKK.
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19This issue affects the United States. The federally-owned Tennessee Valley AuthorityWikipedia's W.svg has voted to retire its last two coal plants of Paradise Bull and Bull Run by 2023. Ironically, Paradise Bull's main supplier of coal is Bob MurrayWikipedia's W.svg's Murray Energy, a major Trump donor.
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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. The LIGO gravitational-wave detectors are receiving an upgrade allowing them to detect collisions of compact objects from almost twice as far.
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-2This issue affects New Zealand. Man accused of killing 10 month old baby may be considering Sovereign Citizen" defence - not your usual one, but one based upon New Zealand's ongoing "discussion" about the status of the founding Treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and indigenous Maori
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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. Criticism has been made by nursing groups and pro-choice supporters after the BBC did not put out its information and support line at the end of an episode of hit television show Call the MidwifeWikipedia's W.svg. The show’s episode in question mentioned in its storyline an illegal backstreet abortion.
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14This issue affects the United States. Trump 'to sign border security bill and declare emergency' over wall
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29This issue affects Australia. Insanity grips Australia's One Nation party, the far-right nutters led by Pauline Hanson. Hanson's chief of staff James Ashby is banned from parliament after "an altercation", following which former One Nation senator Brian Burston smeared blood on Hanson's office door. The precise meaning of this gesture is as yet unclear.
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28This issue affects the United States. Democrats go after political "dark money" in anti-corruption measures
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9This issue affects Syria. This issue affects Germany. This issue affects France. Three Syrians arrested in Germany and France for suspected crimes against humanity.
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22This issue affects the United States. Judge rules Manafort intentionally lied multiple times to the FBI and Mueller.
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-12This issue affects Pakistan. An American trophy hunter reportedly paid $110,000 for a hunting permit to kill a rare Pakistani mountain goat. Face-bad.svg
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24This issue affects the United States. Flag of Mars.svg NASA's Opportunity Mars rover is dead after 15 years, making it the longest-lasting Mars rover ever.
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14This issue affects the United States. Lyndon LaRouche is dead. No word yet on whether it was the Rothschilds or the House of Windsor who assassinated him.
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15This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the United States. Projected climate equivalence map of North American cities in just one generation shows that cities move hundreds of miles south. By 2080 (two generations), cities' climates will move an average of 500 miles (800 km) if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated. Check how your city will feel here.
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11This issue affects the United States. Trump-like Governor Dunleavy of Alaska has proposed privatizing the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system. The ferry is for many communities in the state’s panhandle including the capital Juneau, the sole method of getting in and out by land.
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10This issue affects Philippines. Head of Philippine news site critical of the government arrested on "cyber-libel" charges.
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10This issue affects the United States. The US national debt has surpassed $22 trillion.
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21This issue affects Finland. This issue affects Switzerland. This issue affects Italy. Finland's basic income trial boosted happiness but not employment. The economist leading the trial said this was not a surprise for economists, given that the jobless tend to lack marketable skills, have health issues or decision-making problems. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) warned that implementing such a scheme nationwide requires higher taxes, which could upset voters, and might even increase poverty. While Swiss voters rejected it in 2016, Italy plans to introduce a "citizens' wage" this April.
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16This issue affects Macedonia. It is now official! The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is now the Republic of North Macedonia.
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22This issue affects the World. Plummeting insect numbers "threaten collapse of nature."
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11This issue affects Mexico. This issue affects the United States. Mexican cartel boss El Chapo has been convicted for drug trafficking by a US court.
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9This issue affects Spain. Supreme Court trial of Catalan separatist leaders begins.
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7This issue affects the United States. A bipartisan agreement on the construction of additional barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border has been reached to avoid another federal government shutdown. Instead of the $5.7 billion demanded by Trump, this deal allocates only $1.4bn.
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6This issue affects Venezuela. Thousands march for Guaido as Maduro promises "better times"
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24This issue affects the United States. Harrison Ford - 'Leaders who deny climate change are on the wrong side of history'
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15This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. North and South Korea both under joint bid to host 2032 Summer Olympics
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14This issue affects the United States. Facebook under pressure to close anti-vaccination groups to curb tide of misinformation being spread around about vaccines in the first place.
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7This issue affects Haiti. Police clash with demonstrators in Haiti demanding the president quits over corruption claims.
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26This issue affects Switzerland. Surprise! Mars One is bankrupt.
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6This issue affects the United States. The promise and peril of 5G wireless Internet.
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12This issue affects Germany. "Ridiculously" rare case of cancer found in Triassic-age turtle excavated from deposits in Germany
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14This issue affects the United States. Denver teachers strike over base pay
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17This issue affects Russia. Russian islands declare emergency after mass invasion of polar bears
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18This issue affects the United States. There have been over 700 victims of sexual assault at the hands of Southern Baptist leaders and volunteers in the past 20 years,
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27This issue affects Angola. Angola has approved a new civil code which will decriminalise homosexuality, after criminalizing it 133 years ago as a Portuguese colony. This act means that currently same-sex relationships in all Portuguese-speaking countries worldwide are now legal.
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-2This issue affects Egypt. Egypt's Sisi takes over as new Chairperson of the African Union.
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11This issue affects the United States. Arizona lawmakers are pushing to declare pornography a public health crisis.
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18This issue affects the United Kingdom. Seaborne Freight, the company that was given a £14 million contract to provide cross-Channel ferry services despite having no ships, has had its contract withdrawn by the government. This was due to one of its financial backers, an Irish shipping company, pulling out of the deal.
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12This issue affects Thailand. The Thai king’s older sister Princess UbolratanaWikipedia's W.svg has put herself forward as a prime ministerial candidate in the upcoming general election to bridge the gap between the royal family and the populist red-shirt movement. However, her brother has asked her to stand down, citing the breaking of constitutional protocol. Update: The party that put her forward as a candidate, has withdrawn her candidacy.
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25This issue affects Canada. Quebec City mosque mass shooter sentenced to life in prison. In related news, a serial killer of gays in Toronto received a similar sentence.
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13This issue affects Netherlands. A court in the Netherlands has ruled that teff flour, a flour made from the ancient Ethiopian grain of teffWikipedia's W.svg which is traditionally used to make a type of bread called injeraWikipedia's W.svg cannot be patented.
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17This issue affects Germany. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. Polling has found that Germans trust China more than the USA, with just 23% trust in America over China compared to 42% the other way round. Plus, currently only 10% have a positive view of the States compared to 85% having a negative view.
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25This issue affects the United States. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accuses the National Enquirer of extortion over the release of sensitive photographs.
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24This issue affects the United States. The United States Supreme Court temporarily struck down 5-4 a Louisiana law that restricts abortion by requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Chief Justice John Roberts gave the deciding vote. Writing for the majority, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer argued that forcing so many abortion clinics to close imposes an undue burden on women.
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20This issue affects the United States. The New Mexico governor pulls the National Guard from the border, citing a "charade" at the federal level.
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15This issue affects Ireland. Outrage in Ireland, after a petition was put on the British parliamentary petitions site for making the Republic of Ireland rescind independence and becoming part of the United Kingdom. It gathered over 2500 signatures before it was later pulled.
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9This issue affects Russia. This issue affects Denmark. Russia jails Dane for six years in Jehovah's Witnesses purge.
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11This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Israel. The Senate has approved a bill that would allow state and local governments to sanction those who boycott Israel, sending it to the House.
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18This issue affects Vatican City. The Pope publicly acknowledges clergy sexual abuse of nuns.
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19This issue affects the United Kingdom. Hope not Hate reports that John Mappin, a major supporter of the British branch of alt-right Turning Point, is a Trumpian, King Arthur-obsessed Scientologist. Even his Brexit supporting buddies think he is “a total fruit loop”.
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22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects United Arab Emirates. This issue affects Yemen. US arms sold to Saudi Arabia and the UAE have ended up in the possession of the Houthis and groups with ties to al-Qaeda.
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23This issue affects the United States. Lawsuit reveals how Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, intentionally helped exacerbate the US opioid epidemic
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23This issue affects the United States. Gavin McInnes is suing the SPLC for designating the Proud Boys as a hate group.
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27This issue affects Australia. Victoria to become first Australian state to ban gay conversion therapy
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27This issue affects the United States. Federal judge orders Pentagon to stop discriminating against naturalized citizen soldiers
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8This issue affects the United States. Pentagon announces nearly 4,000 additional troops heading to US-Mexico border.
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20This issue affects Central African Republic. A peace deal has been reached between the Central African Republic government and 14 rebel groups.
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8This issue affects Russia. This issue affects the United States. Putin announces Russian suspension of the INF treaty in response to the US doing the same.
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15This issue affects Venezuela. Venezuelan air force general defects from Maduro government.
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19This issue affects Ukraine. A petition on supporting the legalisation of medical marijuana in Ukraine has reached the national parliament. It has been received support from the country's acting health minister.
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31This issue affects the United Kingdom. First conviction for female genital mutilation in the UK.
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22This issue affects the United States. A measles outbreak in the Northwestern United States prompts the reconsideration of non-medical vaccination exemptions. California and Vermont eliminated such exemptions in 2015. Oregon and Washington State tried to do the same but failed due to stiff opposition.
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13This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects the United Kingdom. The EU has passed legislation allowing Britons visa-free travel in the event of a no-deal Brexit, though the UK objects to it describing Gibraltar as a colony.
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7This issue affects the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the United States is pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces TreatyWikipedia's W.svg from February 2nd.
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21This issue affects the United States. Catholic leaders in Texas name 286 accused of abusing minors.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Information Commissioner’s OfficeWikipedia's W.svg, the body which regulate on data protection has fined Leave.eu and the insurer Eldon Insurance in total £120 000 (US$156 700) for breaches of data protection law, and demands an audit on Arron Banks’ finances.
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-1This issue affects China. News agency AFP reports that the Chinese mercenary company Frontier Services Group which is linked to the founder of Blackwater Erik Prince, is building a huge new facility in Xinjiang province.

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