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May 2019

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5This issue affects Ukraine. In his presidential inaugural speech, Volodymyr Zelenisky is trying to curb any cult of personality of himself by stopping the display of portraits of the president in official buildings. Instead he has asked for displays of the person’s children, as a thinking point.
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1This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects United Arab Emirates. Trump declares emergency to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE
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4This issue affects the European Union. The Right-Wing Populist Plan to Destroy Europe
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11This issue affects Spain. Having established itself as a mainstream political party, Spain's "VoxWikipedia's W.svg" movement is to change its focus away from opposing Catalan independence to opposing gay marriage, transgender issues and bestiality, which it insists are all supported and encouraged in schools.
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21This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May announces her resignation, set for 7 June.
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26This issue affects the United States. Leaked private chat logs from the alt-right extremist group 'Proud Boys' shows members plotting violence at rallies. Looks like they're not "just a drinking club" after all.
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29This issue affects the United States. Never let the mask slip. The person behind "Blacks for Trump", "Catholics for Trump" and a dozen similar Facebook pages that push Islamaphobia and anti-Soros conspiracy theories is not Catholic or black.
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2This issue affects the United States. A 23-year-old trans woman was shot dead in Texas—just a month after she was beaten in public
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13This issue affects Austria. Austria's Chancellor Kurz calls for early elections after vice chancellor resigns over alleged corruption video
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18This issue affects Poland. Mass grave in Poland embodies the violent beginning of the Bronze Age
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7This 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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33This issue affects the United States. House passes Equality Act to increase protections for sexual orientation and gender identity
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-15This issue affects Germany. This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. German parliament votes to condemn BDS as antisemitic.
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48This 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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19This issue affects the United States. Officials: Camp Fire, deadliest in California history, was caused by PG&E electrical transmission lines
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16This 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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19This 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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20This 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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25This issue affects the World. Carbon dioxide levels hit new landmark at 415 ppm, highest in human history
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22This issue affects the World. UN report: 1 million species at risk of extinction
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20This issue affects Sweden. Prosecutors are to reopen an investigation into an allegation of rape against Julian Assange.
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16This issue affects the United States. San Franciso Police raid home of journalist in reporting death of public defender
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16This 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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26This issue affects the United States. Chelsea Manning released from jail on contempt charge.
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-7This 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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25This 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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-7This 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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20This 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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-1This 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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33This 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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15This 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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32This 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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26This 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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23This 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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28This 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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41This 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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37This 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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27This 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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34This 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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37This 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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21This 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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35This 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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12This 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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30This 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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31This 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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27This 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.