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August 2019

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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Continuity IRA has been determined to be responsible for an attempt to murder police and soldiers in a bombing in County Fermanagh. The police are now pleading for additional officers to fight the growing risks of terrorism.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mississippi. Inside the Mississippi prison where inmates are set on fire and gangs have total control.
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22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. NBC News has revealed that the Chinese dissent cult, the Falun Gong has used its media arm the Epoch Times Media group to push a pro-Trump narrative since 2016. Recently, it has made itself the second biggest spender on Facebook ads, spending over $1.5 million, promoting itself and various conspiracy theories such as Qanon and “truths” about 9/11.
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27This issue affects Brazil. The Amazon rainforest is burning down at a rapidly accelerating rate, with tens of thousands of fires occurring this year so far. Much of the fires are due to the deforestation of the Amazon that has been facilitated and accelerated by Jair Bolsonaro's government.
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20This issue affects Malaysia. This issue affects Indonesia. Concerns about the possibility of losing a major industry of palm oil production in Malaysia and Indonesia. These countries are working with former tobacco and oil lobbyist DCI GroupWikipedia's W.svg, to improve the environmentally destructive industry's PR offensive in the United States.
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16This issue affects Italy. Italy government crisis: PM Conte quits amid coalition row
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25This issue affects Denmark. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Greenland. Trump throws a tantrum over Danish rejection of his (apparently serious) interest in purchasing Greenland, and cancels state visit to Denmark.
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23This issue affects Australia. Convicted pedophile and prelate of the Australian catholic church, George PellWikipedia's W.svg has lost his appeal against sexual abuse convictions.
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19This issue affects El Salvador. A 21 year old El Salvadoran woman, who delivered a stillborn at 34 weeks and lacked any access to any form of reproductive health care is acquitted of a suspected abortion after three years
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25This issue affects the United States. This issue affects New York. Over five years after Eric Garner was choked to death, the police officer who murdered him has finally been fired.
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8This issue affects the United States. Protecting the nachos of America, nearly four tons of marijuana stuffed inside jalapenos is intercepted at the US/Mexico border.
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20This issue affects Ireland. The Financial Times has reported that the Catholic church in Ireland is in such a financial difficulties, that it is coerced to sell many of its own assets, notably property. This is due to the the many scandals that the church has had to pay compensation, and falling incomes & donations. A notable one is the selling of the Holy Cross seminary in Dublin to a major sports association for €95 million.
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4This issue affects the United States. This issue affects New York. Bleach touted as miracle cure. Again.
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20This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. This issue affects Honduras. This issue affects Brazil. This issue affects Guatemala. Inside the world of evangelical influence peddling in Latin America with help from the Trump White House.
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33This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Greenland. This issue affects Denmark. Donald Trump has asked about the possibility of the US buying Greenland from Denmark. Nobody seems to know if he was joking or not. Shockingly, Greenland is not for sale.
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18This issue affects Israel. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Palestine. Israel bans Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the occupied West Bank due to their support for the BDS movement, hours after Donald Trump told the country's government to do so.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. Instead of their usual boxes, 210 take-away fried chicken restaurants will use special ones provided by the government with anti-knife crime messages on them. The move has been criticized, among other reasons, for playing on the tired old trope that black people love fried chicken.
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. Two TV commercials are banned for going against recently introduced rules that prohibit gender stereotyping in adverts.
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25This issue affects the United States. Trump's head of immigration suggests that the poem on the Statue of Liberty's pedestal be amended to read "Give me your tired and your poor - who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge."
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Virginia. Man wearing TV screen caught on surveillance cameras dumping old television sets on neighborhood patios.
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45This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Nevada. (Yet another) male wannabe white supremacist terrorist was thwarted in his plan to conduct bombings on synagogues and LGBT bars in Las Vegas.
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28This issue affects Norway. One injured in shooting at mosque in Norway. The shooter, dressed in body armor and armed with two "shotgun-like weapons" and a pistol, was overpowered by members of the mosque. Shocking nobody, the shooter is described by police as a "young white man".
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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. UKIP elects a new leader who promises to keep the comedy coming. Ladies and gentlemen, a big round of applause for Dick Braine[No, not The Onion]. UPDATE: Don't call him Dick Braine.
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34This issue affects the United States. Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges
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35This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Montana. Montana man assaults 13 year-old to the point of hospitalization because he didn't remove his hat during the national anthem.
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18This issue affects Canada. Vaginal steaming proves less than safe. Sorry for the lack of surprise in this news story.
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23This issue affects Luxembourg. Luxembourg is currently passing through legislation in the parliament about legalising recreational cannabis. It is planned to be available in the Grand Duchy in two years time, making it the first country in Europe doing so. (Note: cannabis is only either decriminalised as in Portugal or Czechia, or tolerated as in the Netherlands)
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21This issue affects New Zealand. Researchers in New Zealand identify fossils as belonging to the world's largest recorded parrot.
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18This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Venezuela. Trump announces total economic embargo against Venezuela
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19This issue affects India. This issue affects Pakistan. In the midst of the territorial dispute between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir region, the Indian government is currently revoking the autonomy of the region, has severed internet connections, mobile phone lines and landlines within the region, and has been deploying tens of thousands of soldiers to the region over the past two weeks.
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46This issue affects Spain. This issue affects the European Union. The Spanish Health Minister María Luisa Carcedo is campaigning to change the 2001 EU law, which allows unproven medicines, specifically homeopathic "medicines" to be classed as medicines.
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38This issue affects the World. Cloudfare finally terminates their service to 8chan in response to the mass shooting in El Paso and the perpetrator publishing his white nationalist manifesto on the website.
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30This issue affects the World. Most detailed model of Milky Way ever created yet was just released by scientists.
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9This issue affects China. Warning: Clickbait alert. "First human-monkey chimera raises concern among scientists"
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Ohio. ...Not even 24 hours. Mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. At least 9 dead. 16 injured. Shooter dead.
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29This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Texas. 20 dead, 24 injured, in yet another mass shooting; this time a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. A 21 year old suspect in custody. Authorities are investigating a manifesto with anti-immigrant talking points, supposedly written by the shooter.
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20This issue affects Japan. A statue remembering WWII comfort women was removed from a Japanese art exhibition due to complaints and threats of violence.
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8This issue affects Russia. Russian cops crack down on pro-democracy protesters in Moscow, detaining over 800 people.
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7This issue affects El Salvador. In anti-abortion El Salvador, woman faces second homicide trial after stillborn birth
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13This issue affects the United States. TRUMP THREATENS BEER! Well, actually, microbrewers are trying to keep water clean, but Ol' 45's environmental policies might make the clean water needed for good suds harder to get...
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23This issue affects Brazil. Deforestation of the Amazon rainforestWikipedia's W.svg reached a record high last month, pushing it ever closer toward a tipping point from which it cannot recover. Much of it is not legally permitted. Warning: the article calls Bolsnaro a "climate change skeptic".
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27This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. This issue affects the World. United States exits yet another fucking treaty, this time it's the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces TreatyWikipedia's W.svg from 1987 with Russia. This would be the treaty that bans land-based missiles with ranges from 500 and 5,500 km (310-3,400 miles). And so starts the new arms race...
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33This issue affects the United States. Majority of House Democrats now support impeachment inquiry.
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25This issue affects Netherlands. Problems on the first day of the Netherlands' burqa ban (in public buildings and on public transport) as nobody is willing to enforce it: the police would rather women in burqas continue to visit police stations and other public staff won't police it either.