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December 2019

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7This issue affects Brazil. Neo-Pentecostalist drug dealers ("Soldiers of Jesus") are terrorizing religious minorities in Brazil.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Afghanistan. Newly leaked documents show the US government has lied about the Afghanistan War for years now, even knowing that it was literally unwinnable and still selling that shit to the public. The military-industrial complex rules all, it seems.
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18This issue affects the United States. Sunburn on my asshole makes me ouchy
Sunburn on my ballsack makes it fry
Sunburn on my unit smarts a whole lot
Sunburn on my taint just makes me cry
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18This issue affects Australia. Firefighters in New South Wales trying to stop some of the biggest wildfires in generations, exacerbated by high temperatures at 43°C (110°F). They have said that the current mega-fire north of Sydney, which larger then Australia’s biggest city is simply too big to put out and would take weeks to stop.
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20This issue affects the United States. Trump's private border wall construction continues despite court order
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25This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Missouri. Kansas City becomes the first major American city with universal fare-free public transit
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16This issue affects Belarus. While the Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka is discussing with Putin about further “integration” of the country with Moscow, around a thousand people protested in the capital Minsk against the plan.
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9This issue affects the United States. The origin of the Crazification Factor is now selling the Miracle Mineral Solution toxic bleach cure.
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19This issue affects Israel. 52 percent of Israelis say that Benjamin Netanyahu should resign due to being indicted on corruption charges.
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31This issue affects the United States. Bernie Sanders unveils a new plan to increase internet access, while also breaking up companies like AT&T and Verizon.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. Four Brexit Party MEPs most notably Annunziata Rees-Mogg, have left the party and are asking voters to vote Conservative. This will make the party lose its status as the biggest British party in the European Parliament, and lose important specific parliamentary allowances.
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18This issue affects Samoa. Samoa measles update: Death toll now over 60 - most of them children under 4 years old. Anti-vaxxer arrested and denied bail. Background info on Samoa's extreme vulnerability - Why Samoa?
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21This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank costs Palestinians billions
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36This issue affects the United States. In case you needed more proof this is the darkest timeline, George Zimmerman is now suing Trayvon Martin's parents, along with the prosecutors of his case for "conspiring to frame him." The lawyer retained for the case is none other than Larry Klayman, the founder of the far-right Judicial Watch.
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26This issue affects the United States. Amazon planned to enact huge mass surveillance scheme in cooperation with local police, and were planning to resort to bullshit fear-mongering about ever-elusive "criminals" to sell this to the public.
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44This issue affects the United States. Despite the unemployment rate being the lowest in fifty years, almost half of Americans work in low-wage jobs that pay less than a median annual wage of $18,000. And why is that?? According to Forbes - "it's not the economy - it's management", while according to The Guardian it's a conspiracy by management to create an economic system that keeps wages down. All very depressing really!
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26This issue affects New Zealand. The New Zealand government is putting forward a bill aimed for the 2020 general election, which will force transparency in political advertising and ban private foreign donations to political parties.
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14This issue affects the European Union. Jean Claude Juncker officially steps down as European Commission President and is replaced by Ursula von der Leyen.
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43This issue affects the United States. Suicides, overdoses, and other "deaths of despair" are fueling a three-year trend of dropping U.S. life expectancy. The twin trends — an increased probability of death in midlife and a population-wide reversal of longevity — set the United States in stark contrast to every other affluent country in the world.
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30This issue affects Denmark. This issue affects Greenland. This issue affects the United States. After Trump’s pursuit of Greenland and growing interest in possible mineral exploration, Denmark’s equivalent of the Defense Intelligence Agency the DDIS, has classified the Arctic island-nation the country’s #1 security issue.
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36This issue affects the United States. Solidifying his "kill the poor" cred, Trump's proposed cuts to food stamps would cut off food aid to millions of people, as well as over a million children.

November 2019

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35This issue affects the United States. In its latest financial report, Chick-Fil-A has mentioned that it is stopping donations to two same-sex marriage opponents, the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian AthletesWikipedia's W.svg and it is also donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center. This in turn leading to condemnation from conservative politicians Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee.
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17This issue affects South Africa. Police in South Africa arrest members of the National Christian Resistance Movement, claiming they were planning terrorist attacks.
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects New York. NYers jump turnstiles to protest police brutality and a crackdown on fare evasion in the subway which have disproportionally affected people of color and working class folks.
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. A man wearing a hoax explosive device has been shot dead by police after stabbing multiple people, in what has been declared a terrorist incident.
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31This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Ohio. In the latest example of anti-abortion activists ignoring medical science, a new bill in Ohio requires physicians treating ectopic pregnancy (a serious, potentially fatal, condition) to attempt to reimplant the embryo into the womb even though this is not medically possible, or face charges of murder. This is after a previous bill that tried to eliminate insurance coverage for abortion but provided exemptions for reimplantation and after doctors said pretty much the same thing about reimplantation.
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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. After de-platforming a leadership debate about climate change, and in return the channel put an ice sculpture in its place. Johnson has threatened to review the public service obligations of the channel in question.
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9This issue affects France. The French government is planning to change the law on retail sales and discounting outside official sales periods, so in effect make Black Friday illegal in France. (subscription paywall shit)
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13This issue affects Malta. The Daphne Caruana Galizia case, it has been believed that the former prime-ministerial aide Keith Schembri masterminded the businessman Yorgan Fenach to kill Daphne. In which he did this, by paying three hit-men (who are currently in prison) €130 000 to kill the journalist. There have been repeat protests outside the Maltese parliament, demanding the resignation of prime minister Joseph Muscat.
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16This issue affects Denmark. This issue affects Greenland. Climate change has meant that Greenland’s main airport at Kangerlussuaq, would be unusable within five years as melting permafrost destroys the airport’s runway.
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28This issue affects Israel. Israeli researches have developed a bacterium capable of eating carbon dioxide.
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10This issue affects Samoa. Samoan measles epidemic -toll reaches 39 - 29 them pre-school children
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13This issue affects Malta. Two senior ministers Konrad Mizzi & Chris Cardona and a prime-ministerial chief of staff Keith Schembri, have resigned over links between a businessman and the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Update: Police have now started questioning Schembri
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33This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Michigan. In case you couldn't hate ICE more, here's a reason to. ICE entrapped about 250 students on foreign visas by creating a fake university, 80% have been deported but the remaining 20% are contesting their deportations in court. ACAB.
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15This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. Israeli soldiers injure two nonviolent Palestinian protestors and abduct two Palestinian teens protesting Trump's recognition of the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank territories
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24This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. The Labour Party has revealed a 451-page document that seems to prove that the NHS is 'up for sale' in a trade deal with the United States. This document had previously been released after a Freedom of Information Act request, but was almost entirely redacted. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, previously denied this was the case.
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26This issue affects Samoa. This issue affects Australia. Death toll from Samoan measles epidemic increases to 32 (mostly children), but Australian anti-vax "influencer" continues to spout life threatening nonsense about health authorities behaving like Nazis. Godwin's law might apply but this is, literally, killing people. ETA: Another child dies - death toll now 33.
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22This issue affects China. Leaked documents show the extent of the Chinese government to suppress the Uyghurs and deflect criticism.
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12This issue affects the World. Research shows that, even if we meet emissions targets, sea levels rises will continue all the way to the 2300s.
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41This issue affects the United States. A poll by the respected pollster Pew Research found 80% of Americans accept a human role in climate change. It was also found that partisan divide on the issue, was older white male conservatives.
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15This issue affects Russia. A bill passed by the Duma, will require from July 2020 that all new smart gadgets like smartphones to have certain government-approved apps already installed on the device.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Ukraine. Newly-released State Department records show that Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had at least two phone conversations shortly before US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was removed from her post.
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18This issue affects Colombia. Colombia's capital placed under curfew due to ongoing protests against the country's right-wing populist president Iván Duque. Protesters are demonstrating against Duque's lack of support for the civil war peace treaty, failure to protect human rights workers, and potential plans to cut pension benefits.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Ukraine. Impeachment witness Laura Cooper testified that Ukraine knew about the president's hold on their military aid as early as July 25th, far earlier than what the White House claims.
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27This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Ukraine. Lev Parnas implicates Devin Nunes as pushing for Biden investigations.
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20This issue affects Papua New Guinea. Bougainville's long awaited independence referendum finally here
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. Solar farms can keep UK's lights on even at night.
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12This issue affects Malta. Eyebrows have been raised after the economy minister Chris Cardona was voluntarily questioned by police, although neither side said why he was questioned. This was only a short while after the arresting and questioning of prominent businessman Yorgen Fenech over the murder case of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
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25This issue affects Canada. Flag of Ontario.svg An Ontario court has thrown out a $210 million (US$158 million) lawsuit by Doctor's Associates Inc [Subway] against the public broadcaster CBC, over a TV show that revealed that Subway's chicken products contained only about 50% chicken.
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36This issue affects India. As solar energy prices hit records low, the Indian government cancels plans for 14 huge coal-fired power stations
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30This issue affects the United States. An FBI report discloses that Jews were the most targeted victims of religious hate crimes in 2018
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14This issue affects the United States. Falling interest and #MeToo has meant that the American female underwear company Victoria's Secret has confirmed it is scrapping its famous televised catwalk shows.
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14This issue affects Australia. Australian authorities seek travel records of Fraser Anning in bankruptcy case. If you don't know who Fraser Anning is, he's a former Australian state Senator remarkable solely for his role in making egg boy famous
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Florida. This issue affects Venezuela. Leading expert on money laundering and University of Miami professor indicted for you know what...
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9This issue affects Russia. Russia opens criminal enquiry after a video emerges of children asking a gay man about his lifestyle and sexuality
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11This issue affects the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Measles death toll nearly 5000 in Democratic Republic of Congo
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29This issue affects Israel. Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted by the attorney general for bribery and fraud after offering various bribes for favourable coverage in the country’s media.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. Former First Minister Alex SalmondWikipedia's W.svg has appeared in court charged with sexual offences against 10 women.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. Prince Andrew is stepping back from royal duties following his 'car crash' interview with the BBC regarding his links to Jeffrey Epstein.
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13This issue affects New Zealand. At the New Zealand inquiry into abuse in state and faith based institutions, a catholic apologist tells a survivor her abuser was "healing his sexuality with women".
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16This issue affects Austria. The Austrian house that a notable moustached German was born in, is set to be the town's resident police station.
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20This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Nevada. Las Vegas adopts ban on sleeping on the streets with a penalty of a $1000 fine. If a person cannot pay, they will be given a "work crew" to pay it off in another victory for the Prison industrial complex.
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29This issue affects the United States. In a stopped clock moment, FCC chair Ajit Pai has announced a proposal for an easy-to-remember three-digit number for emergency suicide prevention and mental health hotline services, similar to that of other emergency services.
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11This issue affects the United States. A vegan man sues restaurant chain Burger King after discovering that his meat-free Impossible Whopper burger was cooked on the same grill as the regular meat Whopper burgers.
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19This issue affects the United Kingdom. In the last five years, raw milk sales have increased nearly five times over in the UK.
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24This issue affects the United States. This issue affects California. If it's a day ending in y... another mass shooting, this time at a house party in Fresno.
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30This issue affects Chile. After weeks of protests, the Chilean government agrees to rewrite the constitution written under Pinochet's brutal regime.
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18This issue affects Bolivia. Bolivian protests: five killed in a rally calling for Morales' return after police opens fire on crowd. UPDATE: The country spirals further into chaos after Sacaba massacre and proclamation of an impunity decree and the threatened detention of MAS-IPSP leadership
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19This issue affects Bolivia. Bolivian coup comes less than a week after Morales stopped multinational firms' lithium deal(which is a key to green energy)
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21This issue affects Italy. 89 year-old Auschwitz survivor under police protection after receiving 200 death threats.
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20This issue affects the United States. Foreign visitors to the U.S. are warned that although cannabis is legal in many states like Alaska, California and both Washingtons (state and district), it is illegal on a federal level. This means that visiting foreigners can be arrested, detained, and expelled, and lose their visa-waiver status.
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28This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Ohio. WTF!? GOP-lead Ohio House passes bill allowing student answers to be scientifically wrong due to religion. This means a question on evolution, could be answered with creationism and the teacher has to mark correct.
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32This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Florida. Roger Stone is found guilty of 1 count each of obstructing an official proceeding and witness tampering, and 5 counts of making false statements to Congress. Shockingly, Trump is not happy, and took to Twitter to cry about the verdict.
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24This issue affects the United States. Cop thrashes teenage amputee to the ground in yet another case of goddamn police brutality.
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15This issue affects the World. First ICANNWikipedia's W.svg removed price caps on .org website domains, and then Public Interest RegistryWikipedia's W.svg, the non-profit responsible for those domains sold itself to a for-profit private equity firm, Ethos Capital.
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13This issue affects Samoa. The Samoan measles epidemic has now claimed 7 lives in the small island nation of about 200,000 people.
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34This issue affects Germany. The Bundestag has voted by a large margin to make the measles vaccination obligatory for all children who attend school, child refugees and childminders. Those who refuse it are liable to a fine of up to €2500. Not surprisingly, while the governing CDU and SPD parties are for this measure, the AfD voted against, while a number of the Greens and the Left abstained.
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37This issue affects Italy. In the "Irony Award of the Year" section, the Venetian legislatural council is flooded for the first time in history immediately after rejecting measures on climate change.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. Flag of England.svg Accident & Emergency waiting times across England have now hit their worst on record, with 74.5% of patients being treated and then discharged, admitted or transferred within four hours. The target has been 95% since 2004.
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19This issue affects China. This issue affects Hong Kong. Hong Kong in a "technical Recession" amid civil unrest and unrelenting protests, according to finance secretary Paul Chan
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22This issue affects the United States. The most important moments of the first day of Trump's Impeachment inquiry hearing
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18This issue affects Australia. The catastrophic fires currently decimating Australia, which has resulted in peacetime military deployment to aid in fire-fighting, will last for months according to a local fire chief
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20This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the World. US held record number of migrant children in detention camps in 2019 so far. Many of these detained children, including some as young as three years old, have been sexually abused by the staff.
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32This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the District of Columbia. Stephen Miller outed by SPLC for sending e-mails with white supremacist content to Breitbart.
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34This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Massachusetts. A federal court judge in Boston has ruled that suspicionless searches of traveler’s electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops are unconstitutional. The judge states that both ICE and CBP border agents need to have "reasonable suspicion" for a search.
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31This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Connecticut. The SCOTUS has allowed the families of Sandy Hook Massacre to proceed in filing a lawsuit against Remington Arms.
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32This issue affects Italy. Anti-semitism is dividing Italy again. After receiving threats and being placed under police protection, a prominent Holocaust survivor and Italian senator called for a parliamentary investigation into racism and anti-semitism. The parliament vote was boycotted by all of Italy's right wing parties, and racist incidents seem to be on the rise.
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25This issue affects Bolivia. This issue affects Mexico. Evo Morales is heading to Mexico, which has offered him political asylum. Meanwhile, Bolivia is in political chaos with an empty government, suspicious behavior from military leaders, street battles between Morales' supporters and opponents, and no clear way of restoring order.
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21This issue affects Bolivia. Bolivian socialist president Evo Morales has resigned after nearly 14 years in power. This comes after weeks of protests over election fraud allegations convinced the Bolivian military to demand he step down.
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38This issue affects the World. Flag of Mars.svg Flag of Luna.jpg Research shows that tomatoes, peas and other crops can be grown on Mars and the Moon
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28This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Russia. There are allegations that Boris "Sasha" Johnson is personally holding up and suppressing a report that about Russian interference and finance in British politics, and especially with the Conservative party.
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31This issue affects Brazil. Emboldened by Bolsonaro, illegal loggers in Amazon kill indigenous leader Paulo Paulino Guajajara
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30This issue affects Japan. Japan 'glasses ban' for women at work sparks backlash.
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30This issue affects Germany. This issue affects the World. Celebrations in Germany and across Europe mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event which has become iconic as symbolizing the defeat of communist tyranny in Europe. The anniversary is also a reminder of the challenges that still face Germany and the world.
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19This issue affects India. In a move that will definitely not incite religious tensions in an already tense region, the Indian Supreme Court has awarded Hindus the rights to a site disputed by Muslims, which contained a mosque which was torn down in '92.
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39This issue affects Brazil. After Brazil's Supreme Court ruling to end mandatory imprisonment of convicts after first appeal, former President Lula da Silva has been freed from political imprisonment.
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-36This issue affects the United Kingdom. The UK's best-selling Jewish newspaper The Jewish Chronicle has in an unprecedented move, put a statement on its front-page asking all Gentiles (non-Jews) not to vote Labour under the party's current leader. This is due to his anti-Semitism.
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3This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects India. Hard-line Hindu nationalist activists with close ties to the BJP are attempting to influence to swing voters in 48 marginal constituencies away from Labour to the Conservatives.
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14This issue affects the United States. Experts have put out a warning that American service veterans are being targeted by various disinformation groups in the run up to the 2020 elections. One expert tallied-up at 32 different nationalities running fake social media accounts aimed at veterans.
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13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Alabama. Senior officials at NOAA and the Commerce Department disciplined Birmingham weather forecasters for issuing an accurate forecast about hurricane Dorian despite their unawareness of the president’s disinformation.
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7This issue affects New Zealand. News website TheGuardian.com is creating a local New Zealand version of its international page, after setting up its first local bureau in the country.
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5This issue affects the United Kingdom. Global warming is affecting evolution - Red deer in the Scottish Highlands are evolving due to global warming - specifically warmer weather is allowing earlier births, which is increasing the prevalence of the gene for earlier births. Another +1 for actual evidence of both!
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32This issue affects Germany. Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Activists from the local branch of right-wing AfD have slurred the Bavarian city of Nüremberg, after the city choose its first ever "ethnic" ChristkindWikipedia's W.svg (Christ Child), locally born Indo-German Benigna Munsi. However this backfired, after she received warm support from many, including the locally-born state premier.
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43This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the World. The Trump administration has formally started to leave the Paris Climate Agreement.
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26This issue affects the United States. This issue affects California. Neoliberalism in a nutshell: Private fire crews in California protect the insured, not the public
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1This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. Rumors are swirling that Steve Bannon is interested in purchasing Britain's Daily Telegraph for around $125 million. He hopes to turn the paper and its brand into an alt-right media giant.
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21This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Russia. The Sunday Times has reported that a whistleblower has reported “serious concerns" to the security agencies regarding the security clearance of the prime minister's senior advisor Dominic Cummings. This is due to his time working in Russia between 1994 to 1997.
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21This issue affects the United Kingdom. Criminal evidence that could lead to charges against pro-Brexit campaign group Vote Leave has been passed from the Metropolitan Police to the Crown Prosecution ServiceWikipedia's W.svg.
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30This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Dakota. Portion of Keystone Pipeline shut down after 380,000-gallon oil leak in North Dakota.
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50This issue affects Indonesia. An Indonesian official who helped set up strict adultery laws has been flogged for adultery