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January 2019

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4This issue affects Venezuela. Venezuala Opposition politician Guiado hosts ceremony swearing himself in as president after refusing to participate in the election. Trump apparently recognizing him as the president of Venezuela.
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5This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. The European Union puts individuals from Russia and Syria linked to the poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on British soil on a sanctions list, which includes Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, believed to be in charge of Syria’s chemical weapons program.
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4This issue affects Venezuela. Tens of thousands protest in Venezuela against Maduro.
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5This issue affects the United States. Iowa's "fetal heartbeat" abortion restriction has been declared unconstitutional.
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23This issue affects Poland. Despite (or perhaps because of) an increasingly vocal and active anti-vax minority in Poland, a growing majority of Poles believe vaccinations are beneficial and should be compulsory. According to a new poll, 87% believe vaccinations should be compulsory, compared with 80% in 2017.
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1This issue affects the United States. Supreme Court allows transgender military ban to be enforced.
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17This issue affects Egypt. Egyptian TV host sentenced to a year in prison for interviewing a gay man.
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16This issue affects North Korea. Report finds another undisclosed North Korea missile site, says there are 19 more.
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9This issue affects Venezuela. Venezuela captures rogue officers after uprising at military outpost.
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14This issue affects the United States. Shutdown makes government websites more vulnerable to hackers, experts warn
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23This issue affects the World. The 26 richest people own as much as the poorest 3.8 billion.
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15This issue affects the United States. Aid volunteers found guilty of dropping off water and food for migrants in protected part of Arizona desert.
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9This issue affects Syria. This issue affects Israel. Syria accuses Israel of rare daylight strike as Israeli Defence Forces downs missile over Golan.
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4This issue affects the United States. Lawsuit claims University of North Carolina admissions process unfairly uses race.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. Two people have been arrested following a suspected New IRA carbombing.
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17This issue affects Serbia. More than 10,000 protest in Belgrade against Serbian president.
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16This issue affects the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Huge election fraud revealed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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12This issue affects the United States. Mueller's office disputes BuzzFeed story about Trump directing Cohen's false testimony.
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12This issue affects Russia. Families in Chechnya are being ordered to kill LGBT relatives, with authorities also demanding money for the release of detained ones.
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Korea. White House announces second Trump-Kim summit in February.
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28This issue affects Poland. The leader of Poland’s anti-vax movement Justyna Socha has been successfully convicted for defamation by a court, against the epidemiologist Dr Paweł Grzesiowski for allegedly suggesting he was in colluding with drug companies.
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18This issue affects the United States. One upping other recent "Ten Commandments" laws, Mississippi legislator introduces bill requiring all students and teachers to recite the Ten Commandments every day
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16This issue affects the United States. Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer and personal fixer, offered the Liberty University's chief infomation officer $50,000 to rig two online polls for Trump.
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11This issue affects Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe cuts internet indefinitely amid violent crackdown.
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19This issue affects the United States. ICE almost deported a U.S.-born Marine veteran, says ACLU.
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31This issue affects the United States. New York becomes the 15th U.S. state to ban "gay conversion therapy" for minors. California was the first state to do this and has been joined by the District of Columbia and several localities. A number of other states are considering a ban.
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14This issue affects Russia. Facebook blocks accounts linked to Russian state-owned Sputnik.
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29This issue affects the United Nations. The WHO has declared the anti-vaxx movement one of the top threats to global health.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. Three out of the four government-funded Steiner schools in England have been declared “inadequate” by the schools inspector OfstedWikipedia's W.svg. Ofsted has listed concerns include; “put pupils at risk of harm”, “physical intervention is used unnecessarily”, safeguarding is “not effective” and high number of exclusions for special needs pupils.
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16This issue affects Spain. This issue affects Iran. The far-right Spanish political party Vox has admitted that it received large amounts of money in the past from the Iranian organisation the People's Mujahedin of IranWikipedia's W.svg, also known as the MEK.
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6This issue affects the United States. The shutdown has meant as many as 80 plus federal government websites like ows2.usdoj.gov and rockettest.nasa.gov are inaccessible, since their website security certificates haven’t been renewed.
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11This issue affects the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Intensifying ethnic violence in the Congo killed 900 people in December, UN says.
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10This issue affects Zimbabwe. Crackdown on protesters in Zimbabwe results in scores beaten and abducted from their own homes.
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14This issue affects Isle of Man. The bill which decriminalizes abortion for up to fourteen weeks on the Isle of Man has had its Royal Assent.
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14This issue affects Canada. A Canadian man tried to get out of paying in a bankruptcy case by using documents that said assets he holds belong to someone else. However, it was discovered that the documents he was using were forgeries, because the typefaces used in the paperwork were newer than the stated ages of the documents.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May and her government win a 'no-confidence' vote 325 to 306
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13This issue affects Mexico. "El Chapo" paid former Mexican president Pena Nieto a $100 million bribe according to a former associate. In 2012, Nieto ran on a campaign of "reducing corruption" by fighting the national teachers' union.
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30This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May's Brexit deal is rejected by Parliament by 432 votes to 202. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has scheduled a confidence vote.
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22This issue affects the United States. Congressional liberals dare President Trump to make good on his promise to cut prescription drug prices by backing their legislative proposal do to just that. "We are taking aim at the global freeloading that forces American consumers to subsidize lower prices in foreign countries through higher prices in our country," said the President before the 2018 midterm elections.
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7This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Honduras. Another migrant caravan heads for the US from the Honduras.
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14This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Switzerland. The European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) is planning a particle accelerator that is four times the circumference of the Large Hadron Collider, currently the biggest of its kind, and ten times more powerful.
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14This issue affects the United States. Trump's Attorney General pick vows to protect the Mueller investigation
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20This issue affects China. China Germinates First Seed on Moon
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13This issue affects the United States. Due to the government shutdown, there is no catering at the White House for presidential functions. So for his guests of the winning Clemson University football team, Trump provided McDonald’s and Wendy’s fast-food. At least he was paying for it out of his own pocket!
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20This issue affects Antarctica. Antarctic ice melt has accelerated by 280% in the last 4 decades.
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16This issue affects the United States. A federal judge blocked Trump's new birth control rules, which would allow employers to decline providing contraception to women if doing so violates their "moral conviction" or "religious beliefs."
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13This issue affects Japan. Reports about the treatment of the former boss of Renault-Nissan Carlos Ghosn by his wife Carole, has shown concerns about the treatment of accusers within Japanese criminal justice system. Such examples include forced confessions and having limited access to lawyers, as well as poor treatment of people in detention including unheated cells, poor diet and limited access to medication.
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14This issue affects Poland. The mayor of Gdańsk Paweł Adamowicz has been murdered at a charity concert by a convicted bank robber angry at the Civic Platform party for his conviction.
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10This issue affects China. This issue affects Canada. Canadian Robert Schellenberg sentenced to death in China for drug trafficking. He was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison for carrying 200 kg of illegal drugs but prosecutors argued that was too lenient.
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. National Security Council asked for military options to strike Iran.
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13This issue affects Germany. AfD has voted in its conference to make itself the UKIP of Germany, by supporting “Dexit” (Germany leaving the EU) in its 2019 Euro-election manifesto.
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13This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. Road with wall separating Israelis and Palestinians opens in West Bank.
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12This issue affects the United States. GoFundMe is refunding all donations made to the "Fund the Wall" campaign.
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12This issue affects Syria. This issue affects Israel. Syrian state media says Israeli warplanes fired missiles at a warehouse at Damascus airport.
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19This issue affects the United States. The Supreme Court of the United States announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows "no evidence" of cancer and is recuperating from surgery. She was appointed in 1993 and has signaled she will serve on the bench for as long as possible.
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19This issue affects the World. The global retreat of democracy either stopped or paused in 2018, according to a statistical analysis by The Economist. While civil liberties remain under threat, voter participation has gone up.
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10This issue affects Russia. Russia's only space radio telescope not responding, Kremlin says.
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13This issue affects the United States. Government shutdown blocks key services but Trump, not having his priorities set straight, expands drilling in the Arctic regardless.
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11This issue affects the World. This issue affects the United States. According to the Financial Times, Ivanka Trump is being rumoured to be nominated by President Trump as the next head of the World Bank, replacing Jim Yong Kim. This is despite being banned from New York State for running charitable foundations.
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17This issue affects the United States. It is now the longest shutdown in United States history. Also, congress went home for the weekend, so it's going until next week, at the earliest that the shutdown ends.
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11This issue affects Macedonia. The necessary two thirds of the parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have voted to constitutionally change the country's name to North Macedonia. Now they are waiting for a vote from the Greek parliament to accept the deal of the Prespes Agreement.
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11This issue affects Russia. Several gay men and women detained in Chechnya.
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15This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Canada. Saudi woman who fled her family has been granted asylum in Canada.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the British Virgin Islands. Parliament has attacked the government for delaying plans to force overseas territories to make their companies registers public. This is because government has retaliated against possible court action or succession by the said territories, noted among which are the British Virgin Islands.
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12This issue affects the United States. 31,000 Los Angeles teachers prepare to strike
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13This issue affects China. China broadcasts images from the Far Side of the Moon
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11This issue affects China. An inside look at China's Muslim-targeted concentration camps
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17This issue affects the World. Oceans are warming even faster than previously thought.
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10This issue affects Venezuela. Venezuelan President Maduro sworn in for second term.
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13This issue affects the United States. The FDA is halting all food testing and inspections due to the government shutdown. E-coli and salmonella anyone?
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12This issue affects the United States. The proposed steel slats for Trump's wall would be useless, as one could easily break them with a domestic saw according to tests.
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14This issue affects the United States. Rising milk yields, falling domestic consumption, changing tastes and falling exports has meant that the American cheese mountain surplus is at its biggest size yet.
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11This issue affects the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Outcry as winner of DRC presidential election is declared a "perpetrator of voter fraud" by the runner-up
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13This issue affects Russia. This issue affects New Zealand. "Fireball" over New Zealand was satellite, not missile, Russia confirms
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14This issue affects the United States. "It's the Last Resort": Federal workers turn to GoFundMe in a desperate attempt to secure funding as government shutdown lumbers on with no seeming end in sight
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15This issue affects the United States. Trump walks out on shutdown negotiations, reportedly calling them a "waste of time."
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12This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Iran. Iran sanctioned by the EU for ordering the killings of two opposition figures.
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20This issue affects the United States. Trump tells FEMA not to send more money to California for forest fires.
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17This issue affects China. This issue affects Kazakhstan. China to let thousands of ethnic Kazakhs leave Xinjiang as China begins to feel mounting pressure against the mass internment of ethnic Muslims in the Western Regions
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14This issue affects the United States. "It's a Nightmare": US Citizens at risk as government shutdown slashes funding for the EPA.
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15This issue affects Vietnam. Vietnam says Facebook violated its new cybersecurity law by allowing users to post content critical of the government.
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18This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Manafort suspected of sharing polling data with associate linked to Russian intelligence.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. The government's 'no-deal' Brexit preparations have been 'thwarted' by a House of Commons vote.
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24This issue affects the United States. Florida’s Amendment 4, which removes the ban on ex-felons from voting, has been enacted.
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9This issue affects Italy. The Italian government has pushed through an emergency decree designed to help the troubled Banca CarigeWikipedia's W.svg with state guarantees, despite pre-election promises of not bailing out troubled banks.
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16This issue affects the United States. Due to the shutdown of the federal government innumerable TSA employees are calling in sick, leading to delays in screening and travelers feeling less safe overall.
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the European Union. US downgrades EU in diplomatic importance with regards to relations between the US and the EU.
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8This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Russian lawyer charged with obstruction of justice in Trump Tower meeting.
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14This issue affects the United States. Trump pleads to US populace for his wall on his first prime time address from the Oval Office.
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15This issue affects the United States. US carbon emissions spiked in 2018.
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15This issue affects Germany. AfD politician badly beaten up in "politically-motivated attack".
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17This issue affects the United States. Only six immigrants in terrorism database stopped by CBP at southern border in first half of 2018.
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15This issue affects France. Following seven weeks of protests and riots, the French government announce plans to crack down on unsanctioned protests and punish those who participate in them.
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13This issue affects the World. This issue affects the United States. Jim Yong Kim will voluntarily resign as president of the World Bank effective 1st February. As traditionally the President of the United States chooses the next head of the World, this is causing some concerns.
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12This issue affects Sweden. Sweden’s central bank is warning people not to fall for scams that are based on the cryptocurrency, the “e-krona”. The Riksbank says at the moment is just a proof of concept.
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22This issue affects Germany. Enormous "Pulse of Death" during Holocaust was far worse than feared.
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20This issue affects India. Some attendants of the annual Indian Science Congress dismiss the physics of Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein while promoting Hindu mythology. Some even claim that stem cell research was started by the ancient Hindus.
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16This issue affects Mexico. Pre-Aztec temple dedicated to the "Flayed Lord" Xipe Totec recently uncovered in the Mexican state of Puebla, dated to between 900 and 1150 CE.
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12This issue affects Afghanistan. 30 killed in Afghan gold mine collapse
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Syria. Bolton states that US won't withdraw from Syria until ISIS defeated and Kurdish freedom is secured
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15This issue affects Gabon. Coup attempt in Gabon fails.
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15This issue affects the United States. Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, an American Muslim boys and men's club, organizes to help clean trash out of National Parks that furloughed National Parks Service staff can't do.
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20This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Thailand. Saudi woman says she is stranded at Bangkok's main airport after fleeing her family and having her passport seized by a Saudi official. UPDATE: Thailand vows not to deport Rahaf al-Qunun, the aforementioned Saudi woman
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12This issue affects Malaysia. Sultan Muhammad V abdicates as Malaysia's king in historic first.
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17This issue affects the United States. President Donald Trump in "no hurry" to replace his acting Cabinet secretaries; claims they give him "more flexibility."
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15This issue affects France. "Yellow vests" storm French ministry as protests turn violent.
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18This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Yemen. USS Cole bomber died in Yemen airstrike.
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17This issue affects the United States. Devastating wildfires force California's largest utility company to plan huge sale of gas assets
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. As China starts to feel the cold bite of Trump's trade war, a "chill" spreads around the world
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15This issue affects the United States. Another mass shooting as California reels from a massacre that has left three dead and multiple people injured
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12This issue affects Ukraine. The Orthodox Church of Ukraine is now recognised as an independent church of the Orthodox Churches of Constantinople, as the head of Orthodox Church Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has signed the "Tomos of Autocephaly".
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13This issue affects Russia. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Ireland. Complexity on the case of ex-USMC Paul Whelan case in Russia, after the embassies of Canada, the UK and Ireland were called as it was discovered he is a citizen of all those countries.
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12This issue affects Brazil. Brazil's Bolsonaro begins firing left-wing and centrist public servants.
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17This issue affects Egypt. Egypt demands CBS should not air interview with President Sisi.
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-4This issue affects the United States. Appeals court sides with Trump on transgender military ban.
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12This issue affects Germany. Massive data hack targets German politicians.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Nations. The United States stopped reporting to the UN on potential human rights violations overseas, thereby setting a dangerous precedent for other countries as well.
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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. Further embarrassing revelations about Seaborne FreightWikipedia's W.svg, the ferry company without any ferries that has been given a government contract to somehow provide ferry services in the event of a no deal Brexit. The terms and conditions on its website were copypasted from those of a take-away pizza restaurant and one of its company directors used to run shipping companies that were compulsorily liquidated.
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17This issue affects Ireland. Psychological or emotional abuse to be made legal offense in Ireland.
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12This issue affects the United States. The commission investigating the Parkland shooting recommends teachers be allowed to carry guns.
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23This issue affects the United States. Nancy Pelosi has been voted as the new House speaker, and the first bill to be put through Congress HR.1, would be over federal voter reform include easiness in registering, which includes nationwide same-day voter registration.
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13This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects Italy. North Korea's top diplomat in Italy has become the latest high-profile defector.
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18This issue affects China. China Lands Probe on the ‘Dark Side’ of the Moon
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14This issue affects the United States. A former Alabama police chief is now facing charges of raping a disabled relative, after having been recently dismissed for drugs charges.
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19This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Israel. This issue affects the United Nations. The US and Israel have left UNESCO after accusing it of anti-Israel bias.
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15This issue affects India. Protests break out in India after two women enter temple.
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18This issue affects China. This issue affects Taiwan. Xi Jinping says Taiwan "must and will be" reunited with China.
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18This issue affects the United Kingdom. Counterterrorism police are investigating a suspected Islamist attack in Manchester, after a man stabbed three people at a train station. He is, however, currently detained under the Mental Health Act rather than the Terrorism Act.
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9This issue affects Brazil. Far-right Jair Bolsonaro sworn in as Brazil's president.
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23This issue affects the United States. New Horizons performs the most distant space encounter in history, 4 billion miles from Earth.
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25This issue affects the United States. Bill announced in Congress to end shutdown of federal government, without the funding needed for Trump's beloved wall
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33This issue affects the United States. Amazon warehouse employees push to unionize, shouting that they "are not robots!"
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Korea. Kim Jong Un wants a new summit with Trump, but also issues a transparent "warning" to the US, stating that he'll amp up nuclear arms development if the US doesn't end economic sanctions against Pyongyang "immediately"
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21This issue affects Sweden. The household-based TV licence which pays for public broadcasting has been scrapped from today in Sweden. It has been replaced by an income-based public service fee managed by the tax agency.
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11This issue affects Denmark. This issue affects Estonia. Danish bank Danske BankWikipedia's W.svg has been named by The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project as the 2018 Actor of the Year in Organized Crime and Corruption. That was as a result of using its Estonian branch as a funnel for corrupt money to various tax havens.
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12This issue affects Poland. Polish far-right politician Adam AndruszkiewiczWikipedia's W.svg has been appointed as the country’s secretary of state in the Ministry of Digitization, leading to concerns about censorship in the Polish internet sphere
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15This issue affects Ireland. Abortion services are now available under the 36th amendment, including support by the HSE (Irish public health provider).
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16This issue affects the United States. 2018 was the worst year for US stocks since the Great Recession.

December 2018

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8This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. US citizen arrested in Moscow on suspicion of spying.
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-14This issue affects the United States. How legal marijuana failed on its promises of racial equality
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8This issue affects Vatican City. The Vatican spokesman and his deputy resign over strategy disagreements.
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11This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Arab Regimes are using White Nationalist lies to attack Muslim-American politicians
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16This issue affects the United States. Elizabeth Warren announces her intention to run for President in 2020
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15This issue affects the United States. To the surprise of no one, Trump continues to act like a fucking child and not the mature adult one would expect the POTUS to act like by denying responsibility for the deaths of migrant children at the border, conveniently blaming the Democrats instead.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. There has been criticism of a ferry company that has received a public contract to produce ferry services between Ramsgate and Oostende in case of a no-deal Brexit. The company has never run services in the past, doesn’t own any ferries and the port is currently unsuitable to provide shipping services. Fingers are being pointed at the closeness between the ferry company and a large donor to the Conservative Party.
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12This issue affects the United States. Videos from a shelter for migrant children that has since been shut down show staffers dragging and pushing children.
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20This issue affects China. Slime mold solves traveling salesman problem in linear time.
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12This issue affects Canada. This issue affects China. Retrial ordered for Canadian sentenced in China for drug smuggling.
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11This issue affects Bangladesh. Bangladesh shuts down mobile internet in lead up to election day.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. Leader of ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect and three followers accused of child kidnapping.
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18This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Sudan. This issue affects Yemen. Saudi Arabia has been using Sudanese child soldiers in Yemen.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. Physicians and food scientists call for a ban on nitrites, used as a colouring and preservative in processed meat, due to mounting evidence that they cause cancer and other health problems.
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12This issue affects the United States. Trump threatens to close the border with Mexico unless the border wall is given funding.
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11This issue affects Russia. Russia to deploy a hypersonic missile system in 2019.
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8This issue affects the United States. Richard Overton, Oldest American veteran dies at the age of 112.
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10This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. Personal data of almost 1,000 North Korean defectors leaked.
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14This issue affects the United States. Michael Cohen filings renew discussion of Trump's impeachment
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30This issue affects the United States. MSNBC beats Fox News in key ratings for the first time in 17 years.
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18This issue affects Belgium. Belgium's Flemish Christian-Democrats say they would like to expand the laws governing medicinal cannabis to include plant cannabis. Currently only Sativex cannabis spray is allowed in the country, in limited circumstances for people with epilepsy and multiple-scoliosis.
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14This issue affects Tunisia. Protests in the city of Kasserine have turned violent in the background of the funeral of Abdel Razaq Zorgi, who had set himself on fire over harsh living conditions in the country. It was the self-immolation of a street vendor in Tunisia eight years ago in protest at police harassment that sparked Tunisia's revolution and the Arab Spring uprisings across the rest of the region the next year.
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17This issue affects Thailand. Thailand becomes the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana.
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16This issue affects the United States. Medical checks ordered for all kids held in US custody after death of second immigrant child this month.
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15This issue affects Iraq. Iraq officially makes Christmas a national holiday.
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9This issue affects Afghanistan. Militants storm government building in Afghan capital, taking civilians hostage.
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12This issue affects Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the Knesset, leading Israel to have general elections in early April.
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10This issue affects Norway. This issue affects Russia. A man has been arrested and taken in to Tromsø police station after he tried to rob the bank in the remote community of Longyearbyen, the northernmost settlement in the world. Update: Police have announced that gentleman is a 29-year-old Russian tourist.
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16This issue affects Indonesia. Hundreds dead, more injured after tsunami hits Indonesia
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12This issue affects Poland. This issue affects Israel. Simcha Rotem, one of the last surviving fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, has died.
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13This issue affects Germany. Germany's last black hard coal mine Prosper-Haniel closes, ending over 150 years of black coal mining in the country. However, the country is expending lignite (brown coal) mining, which is ironically dirtier than black coal.
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13This issue affects Russia. Russia has banned outdoor exchange rate advertising boards which are common throughout the Eurasian region, except legitimate retail banks. It is speculated the reason is to prevent the bad publicity of the falling rate of the Russian ruble.
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12This issue affects Cuba. Cuban lawmakers have approved a new constitution that will head to referendum in February.
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15This issue affects the United States. Brett McGurk, the special envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, has resigned in protest of President Trump's withdrawal order.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. Paddy Ashdown, Lord Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats and former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, has died of bladder cancer aged 77.
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19This issue affects the United States. Government shutdown begins as talks falter over Trump's border wall.
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19This issue affects Ghana. A Gandhi statue has been removed from the campus of the University of Ghana due to derogatory comments he made about black Africans.
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11This issue affects the United States. Ohio has passed a law banning the method used for most second term abortions, though a bill to ban abortion after a heartbeat is detected was vetoed.
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17This issue affects the United States. The Supreme Court rejected a request from the Trump administration to restart an asylum ban that would have prevented migrants who enter the country illegally from applying for asylum.
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16This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. It was revealed by Greenpeace's Unearthed team that lobbyists from American agribusinesses and Atlas NetworkWikipedia's W.svg-linked think-tank Institute of Economic AffairsWikipedia's W.svg (IEA) paid for former Brexit secretary David Davis and influential backbencher Owen Paterson to visit Washington and Oklahoma, a major beef producing state.
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5This issue affects the United States. The USDA has announced that all GMO products must be labeled by 2022.
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25This issue affects Vatican City. Pope urges predator priests to turn themselves in.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. Porn sites will require proof of age in the UK starting April 2019.
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16This issue affects the United States. Defense secretary James Mattis has resigned as Pentagon chief after Trump disagreements
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Afghanistan. President Trump "to pull thousands of troops" from Afghanistan.
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16This issue affects the United States. Alabama police department blames crimes on rejection of God.
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16This issue affects Japan. Japan to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission in a bid to resume commercial whaling.
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15This issue affects Denmark. The Folketing has approved funding to turn the small island of Lindholm into a holding centre for failed asylum seekers and immigrants that Denmark cannot extradite. Controversially, Lindholm was previously used by scientists as a laboratory to test toxic pathogens such as swine flu and foot-and-mouth.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. After repeated near collisions with aircraft at Gatwick airport, police and Army units are now hunting down careless or malicious drone users in the area, with all flights suspended for the duration. Update 2 arrests have been made
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects China. The US and UK have accused China of state-sponsored hacking of aerospace and pharmaceutical corporations to steal hundreds of gigabytes of information to keep up with foreign powers.
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14This issue affects the United States. The Illinois attorney general says the Catholic Church dramatically underreported the number of priests in the state with sexual misconduct allegations.
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Libel suit against BuzzFeed thrown out.
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24This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Syria. US plans full withdrawal of troops from Syria.
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25This issue affects the United States. Huge bipartisan criminal justice bill passes Congress, reducing sentences for drug offenders.
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16This issue affects Sweden. Swedish women-only music festival found guilty of discrimination for banning men, although this referred to its promotional material rather than its admission policies (apparently they didn't check genders at the entrances.)
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6This issue affects Cuba. In a rare U-turn, the constitutional commission for Cuba’s new constitution has removed an article which will allow constitutional provision for same-sex marriage due to pressure from the country's growing evangelical churches. However, the government will put forward legislation for same-sex marriage in the future.
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15This issue affects the United States. 83 judicial ethics complaints against Brett Kavanaugh have been dismissed because he's on the Supreme Court.
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10This issue affects Belgium. Following the vote of no confidence of the government tabled by the socialists and greens, Charles Michel has stood down as prime minister. King Philippe I is now looking for a new prime minister to replace him.
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6This issue affects the United States. A Bankrupcy Court approves a $25 million bonus for the executives of bankrupt department retailer Sears, while thousands of laid off workers will not get severance
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25This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration has instituted a nationwide ban on bump stocks.
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18This issue affects the United States. Trump charity agrees to dissolve amid allegations of a "shocking pattern of illegality."
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21This issue affects the United Kingdom. 3500 troops to be put on standby in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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9This issue affects Turkey. Turkey announces that cigarettes will be sold in plain packaging from 2019, and later plans to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco to 21, which would be the highest in the world.
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18This issue affects the United States. A deer poacher has been ordered to watch Bambi at least once a month for each month of his year-long prison sentence.
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12This issue affects Israel. Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's son Yair was banned on Facebook for 24 hours for posting Islamophobic and anti-Palestinian messages.
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17This issue affects the United States. CRISPR used (in vitro) to remove evolved chemotherapy resistance from cancer
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16This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the World. A large scale study has found genetic networks can be linked to a number of mental illnesses.
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7This issue affects Guernsey. This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Channel Island of Guernsey has quietly changed its local referendum laws, leading to speculation that an independence referendum in on the cards in the future.
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11This issue affects Malaysia. This issue affects the United States. Malaysia is filing charges against the American investment bank Goldman Sachs after allegations of impropriety of the 1MDB scandal.
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14This issue affects Brazil. A Brazilian faith healer accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women has handed himself in to police.
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13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. New report on Russian disinformation around the 2016 election shows the operation's scale and sweep.
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9This issue affects Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan PM who was sacked by the president has been reinstated, ending a 51-day constitutional crisis.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. Theresa May's most senior allies accused of "betrayal" over "secret second referendum plot".
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18This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. A 90 year old US Army veteran has been stranded in Manchester with his wife, as a Chechen DAESH fighter once used his name as an alias.
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16This issue affects the United States. Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8 million users' unposted photos to app developers.
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7This issue affects Ukraine. Ukraine announces the creation of an independent Orthodox church.
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23This issue affects the United States. Congress has voted to legalize hemp nationwide.
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12This issue affects the United Nations. Nations at UN climate talks back universal emissions rules.
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17This issue affects the United States. A Texan federal judge has ruled Obamacare unconstitutional. As a result, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could end up at the Supreme Court for a third time.
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2This issue affects Australia. This issue affects Israel. Australia recognizes West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, causing some criticism from Netanyahu for them not recognising the whole of Jerusalem.
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11This issue affects the United States. Roy Moore, the disgraced U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama, was duped into appearing on the Showtime satire series Who Is America?Wikipedia's W.svg Now he's suing actor Sacha Baron Cohen, saying he was "defrauded."
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8This issue affects the United States. Mick Mulvaney is to become the Acting White House Chief of Staff.
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13This issue affects the United States. DeVos cancels $150 million in student loan debt after losing court battle.
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10This issue affects France. A Jewish cemetery in Strasbourg has had thirty-seven gravestones defaced with Nazi phrases and symbols.
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18This issue affects Ireland. The Seanad has passed the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018. It is now in the hands of the President, which means that Ireland will soon legalize abortion for up to 12 weeks, enabling the 36th amendment.
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18This issue affects the United States. Despite Trump's attempts by trying to get rid of federal tax credits for vehicles, according to Politico he can't kill off the electric car.
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14This issue affects Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces have captured the last town held by ISIS.
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20This issue affects the United States. Mark Green, recently elected U.S. Representative from Tennessee, states "there is some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines."
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. Adverts that promote gender stereotypes (including men being useless at housework) will be banned in the UK from next year.
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19This issue affects Canada. New class of eukaryote discovered by Nova Scotia researchers.
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15This issue affects Hungary. Protests in Hungary as a result of a law being passed allowing employers to demand 400 hours of overtime a year and go up to three years without paying it.
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina pleads guilty to engaging in conspiracy against the US.
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9This issue affects Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s supreme court has ruled that the president's order to dissolve parliament and hold snap elections was unconstitutional.
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9This issue affects Yemen. The warring sides in the Yemeni Civil War have agreed to a ceasefire for the crucial port city of Hodeidah.
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13This issue affects the United States. The FCC affirms that wireless carriers can block unwanted text messages.
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12This issue affects the United States. Newt "Moon Base" Gingrich is apparently under consideration as a potential candidate for Trump's next chief of staff.
UPDATE: Gingrich dismissed speculation that he's in the running for the position.
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10This issue affects China. This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the United States. The chief financial officer of Huawei, a Chinese tech giant, was arrested while transferring flights in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the request of U.S. authorities. She was released on bail but could be extradited to the U.S. on charges of Iran sanctions dodging and fraud. In response, China demanded her immediate release and has detained a former Canadian diplomat. Update: another Canadian in China has disappeared.
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22This issue affects Vatican City. This issue affects Australia. The third most powerful Vatican official has been convicted on charges of sexually abusing two choir boys.
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30This issue affects the United States. Michael Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison.
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9This issue affects Belgium. According to statistics released by the Catholic Church in Belgium, only 17% of marriages are celebrated in church today compared to 77% forty years ago in the 1970's.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May now faces a vote of no confidence. A vote of confidence scheduled for 12 December, 2018 from 06:00PM(18:00) to 08:00PM (20:00) GMT. May has stated that she "will contest that vote with everything I have got." So far 28 MPs have publicly acknowledged that they have sent in a 'no confidence letter'. If May wins the vote of confidence on 12 December, she is safe from a leadership challenge for 1 year. Update: She won with 200 votes to 117.
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15This issue affects Argentina. Two former executives of an Argentine Ford Motor plant have been convicted of human rights crimes during the Dirty War.
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15This issue affects the United States. Trump threatens partial government shutdown if funding isn't provided for a border wall.
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10This issue affects France. Strasbourg shooting: At least three dead, several seriously injured in attack at Christmas market. UPDATE: The attacker, a radical Islamist named Cherif Chekatt, has been shot dead in a gunfight with police forces
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11This issue affects Yemen. The Yemeni government and the Houthis have agreed to swap 16,000 prisoners.
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12This issue affects the World. The Arctic is experiencing its "most unprecedented transition in history."
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18This issue affects the United States. Scientist's accidental discovery could make coral grow 40x faster
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19This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration promoted coal at a climate change conference.
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17This issue affects New Zealand. New Zealand passes laws to make medical marijuana widely available.
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26This issue affects the United States. The Supreme Court declined to hear a case concerning Planned Parenthood, effectively allowing people to continue to use its non-abortion services with Medicaid funds. Notably, three conservative judges, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, dissented, but the other two, John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh, did not.
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21 This issue affects the United Kingdom. After repeatedly saying she wouldn't delay the Brexit deal vote, Theresa May has delayed the vote.
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9 This issue affects Spain. According to a British academic, the rise of the far-right Vox party in the recent Andalusian regional elections in Spain, is due to a backlash against the Catalan nationalists.
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10 This issue affects the United Kingdom. Concern is put on the public sector outsourcing company, Interserve on the worry that it might collapse like the noted company Carillion which happen earlier this year.
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15 This issue affects the European Union. The EU’s court the European Court of Justice, based in Luxembourg City has said that the UK can revoke Article 50 without any permission from the other member states.
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18This issue affects the United States. Federal investigators are looking into millions of fraudulent letters on net neutrality sent to the FCC during the public commenting period.
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11This issue affects Malaysia. The Malaysian government has decided against ratifying a key UN anti-discrimination treaty.
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37This issue affects the United States. Prosecutors connect Trump to illegal payments during the campaign.
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7This issue affects the United States. The head of the FBI in Oregon says that the Proud Boys were never designated as an extremist group.
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7This issue affects China. He Jiankui's claims of gene edited babies are sparking outrage, as He has at best protected only one of the twins and at worst caused irrevocable damage with CRISPR.
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16This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the World. Dow Jones plummets 800 points as bond markets signal looming recession.
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21This issue affects the United States. James Alex Fields Jr. has been convicted of first-degree murder.
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18This issue affects Germany. Angela Merkel steps down as leader of the CDU.
UPDATE: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been chosen as her successor.
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4This issue affects the United States. A proposal to loosen restrictions on coal power plants has been unveiled.
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. Counterterrorism police have arrested three suspected members of the Neo-Nazi group Sonnenkrieg Division, following calls to assassinate the Duke of Sussex and murder police officers on Discord. Sonnenkrieg is affiliated with the American organisation Atomwaffen Division, and includes ex-members of National Action and System Resistance Network.
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29This issue affects Luxembourg. In a bid to encourage people out of their cars, the government of Luxembourg has agreed to remove the charges and make all public transport completely free throughout the Grand Duchy from 2020 at a cost of €30 million.
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17This issue affects the United States. The Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature has passed a bill to weaken the incoming Democratic governor's powers.
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23This issue affects the United States. Four have been criminally charged in the US government's investigation of the Panama Papers.
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29This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May's government has been found in contempt of Parliament for refusing to publish legal advice received on Brexit.
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13This issue affects the United States. The emails of top National Republican Congressional Committee officials were stolen in a major hack.
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19This issue affects the United Kingdom. Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has quit the party in opposition to current leader Gerard Batten's decision to appoint Tommy Robinson as an advisor.
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16This issue affects France. In response to violent protests in many major cities across France, fuel tax hikes have been suspended for six months.
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16This issue affects Poland. The COP24 environmental conference in Katowice has been criticized for being literally a coal festival, with coal sponsorship, coal displays and coal miners brass band greeting the delegates.
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16This issue affects Italy. Italy's antivax health minister Giulia Grillo has sacked all of the members of the country's higher health board.
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15This issue affects Qatar. Qatar to withdraw from OPEC in January 2019.
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6This issue affects the World. Social media platform Tumblr announces that is banning all adult content from the site from December 17th.
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14This issue affects Hungary. The Soros-founded Central European University has been forced out of Hungary.
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25This issue affects Germany. Police have shut down a gig in Saxony after the audience began shouting "Sieg Heil".
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31This issue affects Israel. Israeli police recommends the attorney general to indict prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara for alleged bribery with a telecoms tycoon.
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. Trump and Xi have reached a truce on the trade war.
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13This issue affects Denmark. Denmark to banish foreign convicted criminals to deserted island.
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16This issue affects the United Kingdom. The charities' ombudsman, the Charity Commission, has slapped the right-wing think tank the Institute of Economic AffairsWikipedia's W.svg over publishing a pro-Brexit report as ‘overstepped the line of what is permissible charitable activity’. While another related think think the Adam Smith InstituteWikipedia's W.svg has removed a section mentioning "cash-for-access" of power lunches with ministers.
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5This issue affects the United States. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has suspended the Broward County elections supervisor.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May announces that the UK is to pull out of the European Galileo satellite navigation system, and plans for the UK to set up its own satellite system. This causes the UK to lose over a billion pounds worth of investment. This has, in turn, led to the resignation of science and universities minister Sam Gyimah.