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Keep up to date with all the interesting world news and current events that relate to RationalWiki's mission here. The most popular entries are found at Best of the world and the older entries found in the archives.

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November 2018

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1This issue affects Canada. This issue affects Mexico. This issue affects the United States. Justin Trudeau says he won't negotiate in public on future of LGBTQ rights in USMCA
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. Johnston Press, who owns a mixture of regional and local newspapers in the UK has gone into administration (a sort of bankruptcy).
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8This issue affects Finland. This issue affects Russia. Finland has summoned its resident Russian ambassador Pavel Kuznetsov after Russia was suspected in blocking GPS signals over Finnish Lapland.
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15This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects the United States. The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Jamal Khashoggi's assassination.
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17This issue affects the World. Long-lived nuclear waste can be broken down into into shorter-lived isotopes, minimizing a major sticking point for widespread nuclear power.
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21This issue affects Ireland. Protests in Ireland after the woman having worn a thong was used as evidence for consent by the defense in a rape trial.
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11This issue affects Czechia. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is facing calls to resign. After it was reported that he lured his mentally disabled son Andrej Babiš Jr, and then put him into a sanatorium in Russian-occupied Crimea against his will. This was alleged to prevent investigators from making inquiries to Babiš Jr regarding corruption of EU funds into Babiš Sr’s businesses.
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16This issue affects the United States. A court filing mistake suggests that Assange has been charged in secret by the Justice Department.
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16This issue affects the World. We have a new definition for the kilogram, to be implemented May 20th, 2019.
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15This issue affects Cambodia. The last two surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge have been found guilty of genocide.
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18This issue affects the World. Potential super-Earth found nearby after decades-long hunt
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27This issue affects the United States. Man shouts "Heil Hitler, Heil Trump!" during a performance of Fiddler on the Roof in Baltimore, sparking a rush for the exits, as people feared a shooting was about to occur.
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16This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. The US announces sanctions on 17 Saudi nationals with alleged roles in the Khashoggi killing as Saudi prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for five allegedly involved.
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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has resignedsaying he cannot support the UK's proposed EU deal.
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22This issue affects the World. The ongoing surge in renewable energy is not enough to halt climate change.
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14This issue affects Colombia. Key witness in the Odebrecht corruption case died of a heart attack on Thursday. His son who came home from Spain for the funeral found a water bottle on his dad's desk, took a drink, and died of cyanide poisoning.
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18This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Yemen. The US will stop refueling Saudi-led coalition jets but progressives in Congress want more
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21This issue affects the United States. 13 news organizations, including Fox News, release a joint statement supporting CNN's lawsuit against the Trump administration over the revokal of a White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass.
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15This issue affects the United States. UC Berkley scientists use hurricane simulation software on recent hurricanes with different climactic conditions to estimate the effect of climate change on hurricane strength. Short version: 5-10% more rain and wind now due to climate change, and absolute terror if we ever reach 3° C.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Conservative-DUP pact has collapsed as of Tuesday night due to irrecoverable differences regarding the EU Withdrawal Bill. DUP MPs will no longer receive emails on government planning, and Arlene Foster has not been invited to read and comment on the draft, which will only be approved by the cabinet.
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34This issue affects the United States. With no sense of irony, Mitch McConnell wonders if Dems will "work with us, or simply put partisan politics ahead of the country?"
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24This issue affects the United States. The FBI reports a 17% jump in hate crimes during 2017, the largest increase since 9/11.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. UK and EU officials have agreed the draft text of a Brexit agreement.
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17This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. Gaza Strip militants announce a ceasefire with Israel in a bid to avoid all-out war.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. According to conservative author and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, Robert Mueller is seeking information about Nigel Farage in the investigation on the Russiagate affair.
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19This issue affects Malaysia. Malaysia has abolished the death penalty for 32 offenses, including murder.
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16This issue affects the United States. CNN is suing President Trump over the banning of Jim Acosta.
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14This issue affects the United States. Fox News is boycotting Twitter after its presenter Tucker Carlson's home address was shared, leading to protests outside his house. Fox News continues to report on Facebook.
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10This issue affects the United States. Wisconsin's Baraboo High School faces strong criticism after a prom photograph shows the majority of students performing the Sieg Heil salute, with former students revealing a culture of racist bullying.
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13This issue affects the United States. Chicago police face a $1 million lawsuit after accidentally killing a security guard that saved his club from a shooter.
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7This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. An attempt by the Middle East Forum to meet with former-EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lenon fails as his Visa is denied.
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17This issue affects the United States. Fresh from snubbing the memory of US soldiers at the Armistice centenary commemoration, Trump skips Veterans' Day at Arlington and calls for military postal ballots to be ignored.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. Thirty prominent humanists have petitioned the BBC's director general, demanding non-religious access to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.
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16This issue affects Vatican City. This issue affects the United States. The Vatican has ordered US bishops to halt plans for a vote on sex abuse reforms.
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14This issue affects France. Paris is creating its first "eco-neighborhood" as part of its plan to become carbon-neutral by 2050.
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11This issue affects the United States. Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith comes under fire for a joke about attending "a public hanging".
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10This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Iran. Top Saudi officials close to the Crown Prince discussed assassinating enemies a year before the Khashoggi killing.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. Right-wing lobbying think tank TaxPayers' AllianceWikipedia's W.svg admits to sacking and smearing the whistle-blower Shahmir Sanni, after he revealed that Vote Leave overspent the limit during the EU referendum. Speculation that this a diversionary tactic to prevent TPA from revealing the organisation’s own funding which it keeps hidden.
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10This issue affects Philippines. Philippine authorities say they will file charges of tax evasion against a news source openly critical of Duterte.
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27This issue affects the United States. The tech company Riot Games, which focuses on developing the game League of Legends, is being sued for gender discrimination. The suit cites examples such as male employees emailing each other "Riot Games Hottest Women Employees" and engaging in rape threats. It also touches on ongoing white supremacy at the job, such as the supervisor Geoff Chandler claiming "'diversity should not be a focal point of the design of Riot Games' products because gaming culture is the last remaining safe-haven for white teen boys."
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12This issue affects Austria. This issue affects Russia. A retired Austrian colonel is believed to have spied for Russia for decades.
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13This issue affects the United States. Health insurance company Aetna has been ordered to pay $25.5 million to the estate and husband of a woman who was denied a claim for coverage for proton beam therapy.
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6This issue affects Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan parliament has been dissolved with snap elections scheduled for January.
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18This issue affects the United States. Trump has signed a proclamation blocking asylum for migrants who cross the border illegally.
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23This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Afghanistan. This issue affects Iraq. This issue affects Pakistan. The War on Terror has killed about 507,000 people in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.
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12This issue affects Philippines. Imelda Marcos, Philippine first lady during the Marcos regime, has been found guilty in multiple corruption cases.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Ukraine. This issue affects Russia. The Treasury Department announces sanctions on several Russian and Ukrainian entities and individuals related to events in Crimea.
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9This issue affects the United States. 12 dead in California bar shooting in Thousand Oaks.
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15This issue affects the United States. A federal appeals court upholds a ruling that Trump does not have the authority to unilaterally end DACA.
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13This issue affects France. Macron comes under fire for praising a World War I marshal who later became the PM of Vichy France.
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24This issue affects the United States. Trump clashes with reporters 7 times during a post-midterms press conference.
UPDATE: The White House used a video doctored by Infowars as justification for suspending one of the journalists Trump clashed with's press pass.
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20This issue affects Pakistan. Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy, has been released from prison.
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14This issue affects Greece. Some 10 thousand Greek Orthodox clergy have had their status as civil servants removed, but will still be paid by the Greek government.
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20This issue affects the United States. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns after immense criticism from President Trump. His acting replacement, Matthew Whitaker, is a GOP loyalist and Trump supporter.
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21This issue affects Russia. This issue affects Monaco. A Russian billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev, who attracted attention in the Trump-Russia investigations over his 2008 purchase of a Trump property in Florida, has been arrested in Monaco. He's charged with "corruption" and influence peddling.
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12This issue affects Iraq. This issue affects the United Nations. A UN report says at least 6000 bodies have been dumped in mass graves by ISIS in Iraq.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. A local branch of the Labour Party has voted down motion condemning Pittsburgh synagogue attack. This comes amid accusations of antisemitism from within the Party.
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. The Trump administration has reimposed all sanctions on Iran removed by the nuclear deal. However, China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey are exempt.
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19This issue affects the United States. Another mass shooting: a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, was shot up, with two dead and five wounded before the killer turned his gun on himself. The killer was a self-described incel and misogynist who ranted on YouTube about the "collective treachery" of the women he'd gone to high school with for not sleeping with him, and had been arrested twice and banned from the Florida State University campus for groping women.
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10This issue affects France. This issue affects New Caledonia. New Caledonia votes in favor of remaining part of France, by 56.4% to 43.6%
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11This issue affects the United States. North Dakota's recent change in voter registration law could theoretically eliminate 35% of native voters due to the street address requirements.
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15This issue affects the United States. The US Army response to a migrant caravan, dubbed Operation Faithful Patriot, presently consists of 7000 personnel, with a Military Police battalion ordered to block off bridges on the US-Mexico border with razor wire. President Trump faces criticism that the operation, using more personnel than presently in Afghanistan, is a mere publicity stunt for the elections, and has walked back from earlier suggestions that migrants caught throwing stones are to be shot.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. After being reported to the National Crime Agency, Brexit badboy Arron Banks is now under investigation by the the financial watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority for financial irregularities.
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22This issue affects Pakistan. The lawyer representing a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has fled Pakistan in fear for his life.
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11This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects the United States. North Korea threatens to restart nuclear weapons development if sanctions aren't lifted.
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20This issue affects the United States. Washington state representative Matt Shea comes under FBI scrutiny over a how-to guide he wrote on killing non-believers and establishing a Christian theocracy.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. A man who brokered a full-time gig for Radio Sputnik on a Washington, D.C. radio station is suing the Department of Justice because he doesn't want to register as a foreign agent.
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7This issue affects Netherlands. The open source intelligence collective Bellingcat is to expand its operations, by opening an office in The Hague, Netherlands.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. Allegations afoot that when Theresa May was Home Secretary, she prevented the security services from investigating Arron Banks on his financial links during the EU referendum.
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20This issue affects the World. Scientists plan to map the genomes of the 1.5 million known species of complex life
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13This issue affects the United States. NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End
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18This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. The Electoral Commission has referred to one of the “Bad Boys of Brexit”, Arron Banks, to the National Crime Agency, essentially the police, on the grounds to suspect "a number of criminal offences have been committed".
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10This issue affects the United States. Wisconsin gets approval to implement work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries.
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18This issue affects North Korea. Human Rights Watch releases a report about rampant sexual assault against women by officials in North Korea.

October 2018

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33This issue affects the United States. Conspiracy theorist discovers running a conspiracy is not too easy when he gets caught trying to pay women to falsely accuse Robert Mueller of sexual harassment.
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16This issue affects the United States. Irony meter hits new high as Trump attacks Ryan for criticising Trump's birthright citizenship plan, saying the speaker should not talk about things he knows nothing about
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17This issue affects Denmark. This issue affects Iran. Denmark pushes for further sanction against Iran after an assassination plot by the Iranian intelligence against an Iranian activist based in Denmark.
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14This issue affects the United States. Footage of Cesar Sayok at a Trump rally has been uncovered in the outtakes of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9.
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19This issue affects India. Work has completed on Prime Minister's Narendra Modi's £330 million, 182 metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue gained controversy when families were forced off their land to find room for it.
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27This issue affects Pakistan. The Pakistani Supreme Court acquits a woman who has been on death row for nine years for blasphemy charges.
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11This issue affects Russia. An explosion at an FSB office killed one.
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12This issue affects the United States. The Kepler Space Telescope has run out of fuel and shut down.
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8This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Austria. The European Court rules that an Austrian woman's blasphemy conviction for calling the prophet Mohammed a pedophile does not violate freedom of expression.
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25 This issue affects the United States. Trump has suggested making an executive order rescinding the right to "jus soli" citizenship for undocumented immigrants, despite being against the Fourteenth Amendment.
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10 This issue affects Belgium. A right-wing senator from the Flemish city of Bruges has complained that the city's "Wintermarkt" (winter market) should be called "Kerstmarkt" (Christmas market), despite it being called a winter market for the last two years as does many other cities in Northern Belgium.
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19 This issue affects the United States. Since federal regulations have been relaxed, several states have purged voters from the rolls, mostly southern states.
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35 This issue affects the United States. Just days after saying people should stop labeling political opponents as enemies, Trump goes back to labeling the media as the "enemy".
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20 This issue affects Germany. Angela Merkel says she will not run for re-election as her party's chairwoman and will step down as chancellor in 2021.
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24This issue affects the United States. Suspect identified in deadly shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue. In an account on the Gab social media platform that authorities are investigating, the suspect is believed to have posted he "can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I'm going in." Gab has since been booted from Paypal and its hosting provider.
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6This issue affects Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan parliament has been suspended until November 16 amidst worsening political crisis.
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33This issue affects Ireland. Jesus H Christ! According to exit polls by the public broadcaster RTÉ, 71.1% of Irish people have voted to remove the blasphemy cause (§40.6 (1)) in the constitution.
UPDATE: The official result is 64.85% to remove the blasphemy clause to 35.15% let it remain, with all parts of the country voting to remove it.
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17This issue affects Iceland. Icelandic woman saves rare delicious goat breed from extinction
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23This issue affects the United States. South Carolina wants federal law to allow discrimination against Jewish families
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8This issue affects NATO. This issue affects Norway. The largest NATO-led military exercise since the end of the Cold War known as Exercise Trident Junction 18Wikipedia's W.svg, has started in Norway and will continue in the Baltic.
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5This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Ukraine. This issue affects Russia. The European Parliament has awarded the Crimean filmmaker Oleg Sentsov the 2018 Sakharov PrizeWikipedia's W.svg.
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12This issue affects Hungary. This issue affects Austria. The prestigious Central European UniversityWikipedia's W.svg, which is famed for producing many academics and leaders, which was founded by George Soros after the fall of communism, has been forced to relocate from Budapest to Vienna due to pressure from the Hungarian government.
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10This issue affects Afghanistan. This issue affects Pakistan. Pakistan has released the leader of the Afghan Taliban from prison.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. Anger as huntress shoots goats
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46This issue affects the United States. Apparent explosive devices were sent to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, George Soros, Maxine Waters and CNN.
UPDATE: Two more have been sent to Joe Biden and Robert De Niro.
UPDATE: Another two have been sent, this time to Cory Booker and James Clapper.
UPDATE: An arrest has been made. The bomber was basically a walking Florida Man stereotype, a vitriolic Trump supporter on social media with a long criminal record, a kookmobile, and who claimed to be part of the "Unconquered Seminole Tribe" (a claim disputed by the actual Seminole tribe).
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16This issue affects Syria. This issue affects Japan. Japanese journalist Junpei Yasuda is freed three years after being kidnapped by an Islamic extremist group in Syria.
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26This issue affects the United States. The Museum of the Bible says five of its Dead Sea Scrolls are fake
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25This issue affects the United States. Arizona cancels an optional vaccine education program after receiving backlash from anti-vaxxers.
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42This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration is considering legally invalidating transgender people's identities and erasing discrimination protections.
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30This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia admits journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in its Turkish consulate, but claims it was in a "fist fight".
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25This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. Around 700 000 people marched in central London demanding a “People’s Vote”, which is final vote on the Brexit deal. This is the biggest march in London since the anti-Iraq War march in 2003.
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16This issue affects Australia. The Sydney Anglican Church is set to ban a series of activities it says are "against doctrine" from being practised on any of its 900 properties, including same-sex marriage, indigenous smoking ceremonies and yoga
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2This issue affects the United Kingdom. Radical hate preacher Anjem Choudary, who was sentenced to 5 years in prison for encouraging people to join ISIS, has been released after serving just 2 years.
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10This issue affects Afghanistan. Three Afghan officials were killed in an attack claimed by the Taliban.
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31This issue affects Australia. Queensland, Australia, legalizes abortions after a parliamentary vote.
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19This issue affects the United States. Trump's plan to eliminate the national debt was to print more money
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14This issue affects Ukraine. This issue affects Russia. 18 were killed in an attack on a college in Crimea.
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33This issue affects Canada. Canada becomes the second country to legalize recreational marijuana nationwide.
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27This issue affects the World. Climate change is causing a shortage of barley in much of the world, which could make beer more expensive. This is from the scientific journal Nature Plants, from researchers from the University of California, Irvine.
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11This issue affects Russia. The Russian Orthodox ChurchWikipedia's W.svg has announced from its synod, that it is severing ties with the other Orthodox churches by breaking with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
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15This issue affects Belgium. Political experts are concerned that Belgium could get another stalemate like the one between 2010-2011Wikipedia's W.svg after the next federal elections in seven months’ time, with the French-speakers voting the extreme-left and the Dutch-speakers voting the extreme-right. This is coming from the back of the most recent municipal elections, which bought swinging results for extremes in all communities
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23This issue affects the United States. President Trump says climate change isn't a hoax, but thinks it might 'change back again'
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14This issue affects the United States. Trump's praise of CSA general Robert E. Lee is called out on by Lee's great-great-great-grandnephew.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Afghanistan. The US agrees to discuss pulling its troops out of Afghanistan in a meeting with the Taliban.
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24This issue affects Germany. Over 200,000 protest in Berlin against the rise of far-right populism.
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20This issue affects Vatican City. This issue affects Chile. Two retired Chilean priests have been expelled from the priesthood due to child sexual abuse.
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31This issue affects the United Kingdom. With its membership collapsing in on itself, the Conservative Party is suffering a shortage of candidates for the next election.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. Continuing a trend in Wales, another teenager has been arrested for conspiracy to incite racial hatred after vandalising Cardiff with Nazi graffiti and attempting to recruit people into the terrorist group, System Resistance Network.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. Despite the police imposing strict conditions, violent clashes in London have taken place between a Democratic Football Lads Alliance demonstration and an anti-fascist counterprotest led by Unite Against Fascism.
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10This issue affects Rwanda. This issue affects France. Rwanda's foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo has been voted to replace Michaëlle Jean as head of La FrancophonieWikipedia's W.svg, causing outrage among many due to Rwanda's human rights record and lack of links to the French-speaking world. Many are accusing France's president Emmanuel Macron of causing a stich-up.
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13This issue affects Ukraine. This issue affects Russia. The head of all the Orthodox churches, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, has decided that the church recognises the autocephaly (independence) of the Ukrainian Orthodox ChurchWikipedia's W.svg. There is worry that this act could cause a massive flare between the Russian Orthodox ChurchWikipedia's W.svg with the rest of the Orthodox world, with Russia saying it will "defend the interests of the Orthodox".
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13This issue affects Turkey. This issue affects the United States. Turkey releases US pastor Andrew Brunson.
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31This issue affects the United States. The Washington state Supreme Court has struck down the death penalty, citing racial bias.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. US Senators call on Trump to impose sanctions on anyone who may be responsible for Saudi journalist’s disappearance, including Saudi officials and leaders.
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19This issue affects China. China's Xinjiang province has officially written its Muslim reeducation camps into law.
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6This issue affects Vatican City. Pope Francis claims abortion is like "hiring a hit man".
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. The trial has begun for three suspected National Action members arrested last year, alleged to have named a baby Adolf; sent texts calling for the death of Jews and posing in Klan robes.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. At least one soldier has been discharged after footage of Army recruits chanting with Tommy Robinson led to a government inquest.
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5This issue affects the United Kingdom. Bakers who refused to ice "support gay marriage" win in UK Supreme Court.
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24This issue affects the United Kingdom. In an event shocking to literally no one but the PIE, one of its founding members has been accused of raping several Filipino children.
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9This issue affects Australia. Shock jock 2GB’s Alan Jones has forced the premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian, to pressure the manager of the world-famous Sydney Opera House, to put advertising for a horse race projected onto its sails, causing outcry among locals.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Nations. Nikki Haley resigns as the US ambassador to the UN.
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4This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Sweden. Two economists won the Swedish Central Bank's Economics Prize in the Memory of Alfred Nobel for their work on environmental economics.
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7This issue affects Spain. This issue affects France. The first full-scale Hyperloop capsule was unveiled early this month in Spain and will undergo further optimization and testing in France.
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24This issue affects Israel. PM Netanyahu's wife goes on trial for fraudulent use of $100,000 of state funds.
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29 This issue affects the World. "Final call" for climate change. Five key takeaways from the IPCC report.
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11This issue affects Bulgaria. This issue affects the European Union. Bulgarian investigative journalist Victoria Marinova has been murdered and her body dumped into the Danube. This is the third murder of a journalist in the EU, prompting concern of journalism freedom.
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18This issue affects Romania. A proposed ban on same-sex marriage in Romania has failed after turnout of 20.4%, failing the necessary threshold of validation
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-51This issue affects the United States. Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the United States Supreme Court.
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27This issue affects the United States. Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke found guilty of second-degree murder in Laquan McDonald killing.
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38This issue affects the United States. Senator Bernie Sanders proposes a bill to break up too big to fail financial institutions.
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0This issue affects the United States. The Senate has voted 51-49 to hold a final confirmation vote on Brett Kavanaugh tomorrow.
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20This issue affects China. This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the United States. How China is using a microchip to spy on U.S. tech companies.
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19This issue affects the United States. Slipped under the radar: Arizona education standards official begins push to add creationism and intelligent design to state biology curriculum, defended by state superintendent of education. "We wouldn’t consider Christianity a fringe view," said the superintendent's chief of staff.
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17This issue affects San Marino. Microstate and tax haven San Marino, has asked the IMF for a bailout of 250 million euros over debts the country has received due to bad banking practices by seven of country's biggest banks. The loan is equivalent to approximately €7400 per person.
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15This issue affects Poland. A Catholic order is appealing to the Supreme Court in Warsaw against it paying the compensation of one million złoty (€233,000) to a young victim of paedophile priest of its order, who was subsequently jailed for four years in a landmark ruling.
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30This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. Frances Arnold shares the Nobel prize for Chemistry for using directed evolution to produce enzymes that can be used as catalysts to produce biofuels and drugs. The other winners are George Smith and Sir Gregory Winter, who developed a new technique to evolve new proteins.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. Conservative candidate for mayor of London blamed multiculturalists "removing" Christianity for turning London into a "crime-riddled cesspool".
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32This issue affects the United States. Donald Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from his father, and the New York state tax department is reviewing the fraud allegations.
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20This issue affects the United States. Four alleged members of hate group charged in 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. Online retailing giant Amazon is raising pay for hundreds of thousands of workers in the US and UK.
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15This issue affects the United States. Trump administration halts visas for unmarried same-sex partners of diplomats, UN employees
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4This issue affects the United States. EPA says a little radiation may be healthy. Finally, Ann Coulter was right about something!
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10This issue affects Syria. This issue affects Iran. Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria over the Ahvaz attack.
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. Scores of diplomats including ambassadors and a gulag-born European commissioner have poured scorn on the British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, when at the Conservative Party Conference he compared the European Union to the Soviet Union.

September 2018

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9This issue affects the United States. California becomes first state to require women on the corporate boards of publicly traded companies.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. Brexit is costing the UK half a billion pounds per week.
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20This issue affects the United States. After Blasey Ford's testimony, Trump's pick for SCOTUS, Brett Kavenaugh, launches into a toddler-esque rant, blaming Democrats and (bizarrely) the Clintons for the accusations against him. Surprising nobody it turned out he lied through his teeth, while under oath. In a surprising move, his nomination hearing is held back, pending an FBI investigation into the allegations.
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23This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration projects global temperatures being 7 degrees Fahrenheit higher than pre-industrial levels by 2100.
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-2This issue affects the United States. Mississippi Department of Public Safety refuses to buy Nike over Kaepernick row. A county sheriff went a step further by comparing Kaepernick with bin Laden.
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19This issue affects India. The Indian Supreme Court has struck down a law making adultery illegal for men.
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24This issue affects China. A former Google employee warns that his old company is developing powerful censorship and mass surveillance tools for Red China.
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21This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Conservative Party's attempt to mimic Momentum's social media strength has backfired, after their 40-member Twitter army turned on Theresa May over her Chequers deal.
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14This issue affects Russia. This issue affects Switzerland. Billionaire Russian-Israeli oligarch and owner of Chelsea FC Roman Abramovich, has been refused a residency permit by the Swiss authorities due to being a danger to public security and linked to possible money laundering.
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7This issue affects Denmark. After a complaint by the Venstre Party, a Danish policewoman is undergoing investigation after being photographed hugging a Niqabi.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. News Corp is to sell its remaining 39% stake in BSkyB to Comcast after three decades.
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13This issue affects Russia. This issue affects the United Kingdom. Investigative website Bellingcat has revealed that one of Russian spys in the Skripal poisoning, "Ruslan Boshirov” is actually GRU Colonel Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga, a veteran of the Second Chechen and Donbass Wars.
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10This issue affects Spain. A Spanish actor has been detained for questioning regarding a blasphemous social media post after ignoring previous summons from the courts.
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14This issue affects Mexico. The entire police force of the city of Acapulco has been disarmed due to fears it has been infiltrated by gangs.
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16This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Greece. British and Greek researchers found that the presence of an ancient retrovirus in the "pleasure gene" may increase the likelihood of addictive behavior.
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24This issue affects the United States. President Donald Trump gets unexpected laugh at United Nations
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14This issue affects Sweden. The Swedish PM has been voted out by Parliament.
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20This issue affects Germany. A four-year investigation reveals the scale of sexual abuse in the German Catholic Church.
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13This issue affects Poland. A new film Kler (Clergy) which is headlining the Gdynia Film Festival, which talks about three mischievous priests, has been criticized by the deputy culture minister as being “harmful and untrue”.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May planning snap election for November according to reports from senior advisers.
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17This issue affects the United States. Another woman comes forward with sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.
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16This issue affects China. This issue affects Vatican City. The Vatican and China have reached a deal on a decades-long dispute over the appointment of bishops in China.
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5This issue affects the United States. Astronomers just found a planet where Star Trek's Vulcans were predicted to exist
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14This issue affects the United States. An 85 mile coral reef has been discovered off the East Coast.
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10This issue affects Iran. 25 were killed in an attack on an Iranian military parade.
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16This issue affects the United States. Texas Republicans face criticism after releasing an ad asking Hindu voters if they would rather vote for a donkey or an elephant
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6This issue affects Spain. Accused of plagiarism, the Spanish prime minister recognizes 'error' in book
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15This issue affects the United States. Amy Chua the Tiger Mother reportedly groomed female clerks for judge Brett Kavanaugh. The Dean of Yale Law School has called for anyone affected to let themselves be heard.
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21This issue affects Australia. Fossilized Edicaran life form Dickinsonia is proven the oldest known animal to date.
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11This issue affects Pakistan. Pakistani ex-PM Nawaz Sharif's jail sentence has been suspended.
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13This issue affects North Korea. North Korea agrees to dismantle one of its main missile testing and launch sites "in the presence of experts from relevant nations".
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12This issue affects the United States. The State Department has lowered the cap on refugees next year to 30,000.
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13This issue affects Germany. Germany ousts the head of its domestic intelligence agency over his comments on far-right violence in Chemnitz.
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10This issue affects the United States. Congress passed a package of 70 bills designed to curb the opioid epidemic.
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9This issue affects Syria. This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Russia. A Russian plane has been destroyed by a Syrian antiair response to an Israeli airstrike, creating further diplomatic strains between Moscow and Tel Aviv.
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23This issue affects the United States. Donald Trump Jr. has come out as a Hurricane Florence denier, using footage of Hurricane Ike to prove that CNN is exaggerating destruction.
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Australia. This issue affects Russia. This issue affects Ecuador. In another twist of irony, a leaked cable from Wikileaks reports that back in 2010, Julian Assange was planning to flee the UK for Russia. Wikileaks denies the cable saying it is untrue.
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29This issue affects the United Kingdom. In a twist of irony, Katie Hopkins, who berated people for being poor on the grounds they were bad at personal finance, has applied for an IVA, a form of creditor protection to prevent people from going bankrupt, due to her recent loss in a libel trial against activist Jack Monroe.
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12This issue affects Syria. This issue affects Russia. This issue affects Turkey. Russia and Turkey agree to establish a buffer zone to prevent an all-out assault on Syria's last rebel stronghold.
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25This issue affects the United States. Analysis of gravitational waves data casts doubt on the existence of higher spatial dimensions.
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13This issue affects Switzerland. This issue affects Russia. The Swiss government confirms reports that two suspected Russian spies allegedly tried to hack a lab investigating the Skripal poisoning.
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18This issue affects the United States. The LDS Church excommunicates a bishop who campaigned for the abolition of sometimes sexually explicit one-on-one interviews between clergy and underage members.
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10This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. On Saturday, 450 Palestinians protested at the Gaza border. Some hurled explosives and hand grenades at Israeli Troops during border clashes in response to three Palestinians killed by Israeli Armed Forces the previous day.
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16This issue affects the United Kingdom. The UK Labour Party wants to ban early foetus gender tests amid fears it may lead to abortions of girls.
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15This issue affects the United States. A border patrol agent has been arrested under suspicion of being a serial killer recently targeting women in Texas.
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16This issue affects the United States. The lawsuit over Alex Jones' use of Pepe the Frog has been scheduled for July 16, 2019.
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15This issue affects the United States. Not on Twitter? Don't worry, FEMA is testing a system that will let Trump send "Presidential Alerts" directly to your cell phone.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. New book reveals extent of British evangelical Christian politician Tim Farron's problems with homosexuality and abortion.
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13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. Trump reportedly wants to impose another $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports.
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10This issue affects Russia. This issue affects Canada. Pussy Riot activist Pyotr Verzilov is taken to a hospital in serious condition, possibly due to poisoning.
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23This issue affects the United States. Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort will plead guilty to the multiple criminal charges raised against him and will cooperate with the investigation of interference in the 2016 Presidential election.
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4This issue affects the United States. The number of migrant children in detention centers has risen to the highest level ever recorded.
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18This issue affects France. This issue affects Algeria. France admits to having carried out systematic torture during the Algerian War of Independence.
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2This issue affects the United States. In a controversial decision, California's Bay Area Rapid Transit will allow ads by the antisemitic hate-group, the Institute for Historical Review.
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29This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Puerto Rico. President Trump claims the Democrats inflated the death toll of Hurricane Maria to make him look bad.
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11This issue affects the United States. New York City will start allowing people to change their birth certificates to a third gender.
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10This issue affects Myanmar. Myanma ruler Suu Kyi admits the treatment of the Rohingya "could've been handled better", but defends the sentencing of two journalists investigating it.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Hungary. This issue affects the European Union. The Conservative Party has been accused of apologism for antisemitism by a Jewish group, alleging they voted against the EU resolution to boycott Hungary in order to get support for Brexit.
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12This issue affects Georgia. Georgia may legalise the production of cannabis for export if a new bill is passed.
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18This issue affects Australia. A row echoing Kaepernick's protest, after in Australia a 9-year-old girl who refuses at school to stand for the national anthem, saying it doesn’t respect the country’s Indigenous population.
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16This issue affects the United States. As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, it's revealed that Trump moved $10 million from FEMA to fund ICE's deportation crackdown.
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5This issue affects the United States. One school in the state of Georgia wants to reintroduce corporal punishment.
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11This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Hungary. European Parliament votes to sanction Hungary for undermining democratic values.
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5This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Jordan. This issue affects Syria. This issue affects the World. This issue affects Palestine. President Trump's solution to the Israel-Palestine dispute has been revealed: pressure neighbouring countries to make refugees their citizens. Abbas however refuses to work with Netanyahu on such a plan, while Jordan is against naturalising refugees entirely.
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8This issue affects the European Union. European Parliament has voted in favor of controversial copyright reforms.
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20This issue affects the United States. Rape apologist Roosh V has had nine of his books removed by Amazon and has been banned from livestreaming on YouTube for three months.
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13This issue affects Russia. Russia is holding its largest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union.
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11This issue affects Netherlands. A few wind farm protesters are becoming so extreme with threats, intimidation and vandalism that the Dutch counter-terrorism unit, NCTV described them as being ‘radicalised’.
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22This issue affects the United States. Trump makes a statement on the economy so wrong that Fox News corrected it.
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18This issue affects the United States. California has passed legislation to make all retail electricity be carbon-free by 2045.
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14This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has made posting satire attacking religion online an offense punishable by five years in prison.
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9This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Nations. This issue affects Afghanistan. The US will threaten sanctions against International Criminal Court judges if they investigate allegations of war crimes committed by the US in Afghanistan.
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10This issue affects China. China reportedly detained a man for terrorist charges after he set his watch 2 hours behind Beijing time.
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5This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Korea. U.S. Charges North Korean Spy Over WannaCry and Sony Pictures Hack
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3This issue affects the United States. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves has stepped down amidst sexual misconduct allegations.
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4This issue affects Ireland. A few identitarian activists and Farage loyalists in Ireland are trying to create a localised version of UKIP, with the “Irexit Freedom Party”. This is despite support for the EU being around 90% in Ireland.
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4This issue affects Russia. Nearly 300 protesters against pension reform in Russia have been detained.
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6This issue affects Georgia. The PM of the Georgian breakaway region Abkhazia died in a car accident.
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9This issue affects the United States. Bay Area care centers charged with human trafficking and theft
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10This issue affects Indonesia. The Indonesian province of Aceh has banned men and women who aren't related or married from dining together.
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8This issue affects Egypt. Egypt sentences 75 to death over a pro-Morsi sit-in in 2013.
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8This issue affects Austria. This issue affects Italy. Italy and Austria spar over rumors that Austria is making a law that will give German and Ladin speakers in South Tyrol Austrian citizenship.
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13This issue affects Ireland. After the Supreme Court in Dublin has rejected all legal challenges to the 36th amendment vote, it is expected to be signed-off by President Higgins next week, making abortion up to twelve weeks legal in Ireland from the beginning of next year.
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6This issue affects Iraq. This issue affects Iran. Iraqi protesters set fire to the Iranian consulate.
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. The BBC admits its coverage of climate change is poor with too much time given to denialists and failure to accept climate change is definitely happening.
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12This issue affects the United States. Adding to further insult to Jason Kessler, organiser of the Unite the Right rallies, the man that assaulted him in Charlottesville received a $1 fine after appeal.
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12This issue affects the United States. President Trump is considering taking legal action to out the name of the New York Times' source, insisting it is a matter of "national security".
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13This issue affects Brazil. The Brazilian presidential frontrunner was stabbed.
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9This issue affects Japan. Hokkaido Japan hit by deadly 6.7 earthquake and mudslides, where at least nine people are killed and approximately 40 are missing.
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44This issue affects the United States. Twitter has permanently banned Alex Jones and Infowars.
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Russia. Two Russian nationals have been charged with carrying out the nerve agent attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
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47This issue affects India. In a historic ruling, the Indian Supreme Court strikes down the country's British-era sodomy law and legalizes homosexuality.
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17This issue affects the United States. In an anonymous op-ed by a senior administration official in the New York Times, there's been suggestions of invoking the twenty fifth amendment (incapacity amendment) over President Trump.
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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. Outrage as posters claiming Israel is a racist endeavour spring up at four London bus stops.
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-2This issue affects the United Kingdom. London's Metropolitan Police investigate validity of the charges of anti-semitism against the Labour party.
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18This issue affects France. French president Macron's approval rating has sunk to 31%.
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23This issue affects the United States. According to the Washington Post, Trump would like protesting, a major principle of free speech, to be made illegal.
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9This issue affects Brazil. Brazil museum fire: Funding cuts blamed as icon is gutted
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2This issue affects the United States. Jon Kyl has been chosen to serve the rest of John McCain's term.
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30This issue affects the United States. Watergate journalist Bob Woodward reveals in his new book that staffers are so worried about the president Trump, that they snatch and hide papers before he has a chance to sign them.
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10This issue affects Russia. Putin's cult of personality reaches to a new high, with a new entire show dedicated to documenting his activities and praising him on a major TV channel.
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6This issue affects Afghanistan. The founder of prominent Afghan militant group the Haqqani Network has died.
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15This issue affects Belgium. Controversy over religious broadcasting in Belgium after a lay reader during a televised church service quotes Ephesians 5:22-33: "Women, be submissive to your husband as the husband to the Lord." As a result, the liberal/centrist party Open VLD calls for an end to religious programming on state TV.
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11This issue affects the United States. Trump attacks Sessions because his DOJ indicted two GOP congressmen.
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4This issue affects Argentina. Argentina launches fresh austerity measures to stem peso crisis
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14This issue affects Myanmar. Myanmar has sentenced two journalists who were investigating the Rohingya genocide to seven years in prison.
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3This issue affects Nauru. Extensive and growing concern about the democratic decline and corruption in the Pacific island-state of Nauru, and on how Australia is supporting it.
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2This issue affects Australia. Reports by the think-tank the Grattan Institute, says as much as AU$62.8 million of last year’s donations to Australian parties are from unknown sources [dark money].
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Pakistan. The US will cut $300 million in aid to Pakistan due to perceived failure to tackle militant groups.
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11This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. The US accuses China of an aggressive spy campaign on LinkedIn.
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5This issue affects the United States. A federal judge refuses to order that DACA be shut down despite saying it is most likely illegal.
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6This issue affects Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government has reportedly tendered for a scheme to dig a huge canal or moat round Qatar, cutting it off from Saudi Arabia, after continued tensions between the two Islamic nations. Don't be giving Trump ideas!