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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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February 2019

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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. 3 Conservative MPs have resigned from the Party to join an independent group, set up by former Labour MPs.
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4This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Colombia. This issue affects Venezuela. Sir Richard Branson will sponsor a Live AidWikipedia's W.svg style concert on the Colombia-Venezuela border. Maduro will have one of his own as well.
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8This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects the United States. Kim Jong-un purges wealthy elite and opponents of outreach to the US.
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18This issue affects the United States. Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality.
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7This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Hungary. The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said he would like the ruling Hungarian party Fidesz, to leave the the centre-right European People's Party.
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8This issue affects Syria. This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Bangladesh. The family of Shamima Begum, the British-born teenager that left the UK to join Islamic State in Syria, who now is trying to get back into Britain, have received a letter from the Home Secretary Sajid Javid saying he has revoked Shamima’s British citizenship. Their conflicting reports alleged that she would end-up stateless, that could cause legal problems.
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22This issue affects the United States. Bernie Sanders launches second presidential campaign
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24This issue affects China. This issue affects India. This issue affects the United States. The Earth has become greener in the last two decades thanks to human activities in India and China. In related news, the U.S. Senate passed a bill setting aside one million acres of land (4047 square kilometers) for conservation.
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13This issue affects the United States. The governor of Wisconsin proposes the decriminalization of marijuana possession and legalization of its medical use. He also wants to align with federal standards for cannabidiol (CBD oil), believed to reduce anxiety and pain. President Trump helped push the oil into mainstream use with his farm bill in December 2018.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. A group of British MPs says Facebook "intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws."
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9This issue affects the United States. Trump accuses McCabe and Rosenstein of plotting a "very illegal act" against him due to discussions of invoking the 25th amendment.
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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. Seven Labour MPs have quit the party and formed an "Independent Group" in protest of the party's handling of Brexit and antisemitism. This number is a minority of the original thirty who planned.
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8This issue affects Bulgaria. This issue affects Hungary. This issue affects Sweden. This issue affects Germany. Hundreds of Neo-Nazis from Hungary; Germany and Sweden attend a candle-lit march in honour of General Hristo Lukov.
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8This issue affects Hungary. This issue affects Sweden. Hungary has summoned the Swedish ambassador after the Swedish Social Affairs minister criticised the Hungarian government plans to encourage larger families, saying that they "reeked of the 1930s".
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27This issue affects Germany. Germany’s Health Minister in a newspaper interview, said he is planning to put forward a bill through parliament to ban gay conversion therapies. It is hoped the legislation will pass by the middle of the year.
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30This issue affects the United States. Trump's national emergency declaration is already facing several legal challenges.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. A campaign to encourage Hindi and Punjabi-speaking victims of sexual violence to come forward has led to far-right harassment after Stephen Yaxley-Lennon accused the campaign of automatically supporting the rape of white people.
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12This issue affects India. This issue affects Pakistan. India has said it will ensure the "complete isolation" of Pakistan after a suicide bomber killed 46 paramilitary police in Indian-administered Kashmir.
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21This issue affects the United States. Alaska’s Supreme Court has rejected two laws which restricts Medicaid coverage for abortions. This is based on the equal protection clause in the state’s constitution.
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25This issue affects the United States. West Virginia delegate Eric Porterfield faces condemnation for his claims that the LGBTQ+ community is a terrorist group comparable to the KKK.
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15This issue affects the United States. The federally-owned Tennessee Valley AuthorityWikipedia's W.svg has voted to retire its last two coal plants of Paradise Bull and Bull Run by 2023. Ironically, Paradise Bull's main supplier of coal is Bob MurrayWikipedia's W.svg's Murray Energy, a major Trump donor.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. The LIGO gravitational-wave detectors are receiving an upgrade allowing them to detect collisions of compact objects from almost twice as far.
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4This issue affects New Zealand. Man accused of killing 10 month old baby may be considering Sovereign Citizen" defence - not your usual one, but one based upon New Zealand's ongoing "discussion" about the status of the founding Treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and indigenous Maori
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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. Criticism has been made by nursing groups and pro-choice supporters after the BBC did not put out its information and support line at the end of an episode of hit television show Call the MidwifeWikipedia's W.svg. The show’s episode in question mentioned in its storyline an illegal backstreet abortion.
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16This issue affects the United States. Trump 'to sign border security bill and declare emergency' over wall
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20This issue affects Australia. Insanity grips Australia's One Nation party, the far-right nutters led by Pauline Hanson. Hanson's chief of staff James Ashby is banned from parliament after "an altercation", following which former One Nation senator Brian Burston smeared blood on Hanson's office door. The precise meaning of this gesture is as yet unclear.
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21This issue affects the United States. Democrats go after political "dark money" in anti-corruption measures
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9This issue affects Syria. This issue affects Germany. This issue affects France. Three Syrians arrested in Germany and France for suspected crimes against humanity.
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17This issue affects the United States. Judge rules Manafort intentionally lied multiple times to the FBI and Mueller.
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-9This issue affects Pakistan. An American trophy hunter reportedly paid $110,000 for a hunting permit to kill a rare Pakistani mountain goat. Face-bad.svg
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21This issue affects the United States. Flag of Mars.svg NASA's Opportunity Mars rover is dead after 15 years, making it the longest-lasting Mars rover ever.
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14This issue affects the United States. Lyndon LaRouche is dead. No word yet on whether it was the Rothschilds or the House of Windsor who assassinated him.
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15This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the United States. Projected climate equivalence map of North American cities in just one generation shows that cities move hundreds of miles south. By 2080 (two generations), cities' climates will move an average of 500 miles (800 km) if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated. Check how your city will feel here.
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12This issue affects the United States. Trump-like Governor Dunleavy of Alaska has proposed privatizing the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system. The ferry is for many communities in the state’s panhandle including the capital Juneau, the sole method of getting in and out by land.
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10This issue affects Philippines. Head of Philippine news site critical of the government arrested on "cyber-libel" charges.
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10This issue affects the United States. The US national debt has surpassed $22 trillion.
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21This issue affects Finland. This issue affects Switzerland. This issue affects Italy. Finland's basic income trial boosted happiness but not employment. The economist leading the trial said this was not a surprise for economists, given that the jobless tend to lack marketable skills, have health issues or decision-making problems. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) warned that implementing such a scheme nationwide requires higher taxes, which could upset voters, and might even increase poverty. While Swiss voters rejected it in 2016, Italy plans to introduce a "citizens' wage" this April.
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17This issue affects Macedonia. It is now official! The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is now the Republic of North Macedonia.
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20This issue affects the World. Plummeting insect numbers "threaten collapse of nature."
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11This issue affects Mexico. This issue affects the United States. Mexican cartel boss El Chapo has been convicted for drug trafficking by a US court.
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8This issue affects Spain. Supreme Court trial of Catalan separatist leaders begins.
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7This issue affects the United States. A bipartisan agreement on the construction of additional barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border has been reached to avoid another federal government shutdown. Instead of the $5.7 billion demanded by Trump, this deal allocates only $1.4bn.
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5This issue affects Venezuela. Thousands march for Guaido as Maduro promises "better times"
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16This issue affects the United States. Harrison Ford - 'Leaders who deny climate change are on the wrong side of history'
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14This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. North and South Korea both under joint bid to host 2032 Summer Olympics
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12This issue affects the United States. Facebook under pressure to close anti-vaccination groups to curb tide of misinformation being spread around about vaccines in the first place.
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7This issue affects Haiti. Police clash with demonstrators in Haiti demanding the president quits over corruption claims.
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25This issue affects Switzerland. Surprise! Mars One is bankrupt.
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6This issue affects the United States. The promise and peril of 5G wireless Internet.
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12This issue affects Germany. "Ridiculously" rare case of cancer found in Triassic-age turtle excavated from deposits in Germany
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14This issue affects the United States. Denver teachers strike over base pay
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17This issue affects Russia. Russian islands declare emergency after mass invasion of polar bears
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18This issue affects the United States. There have been over 700 victims of sexual assault at the hands of Southern Baptist leaders and volunteers in the past 20 years,
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25This issue affects Angola. Angola has approved a new civil code which will decriminalise homosexuality, after criminalizing it 133 years ago as a Portuguese colony. This act means that currently same-sex relationships in all Portuguese-speaking countries worldwide are now legal.
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-2This issue affects Egypt. Egypt's Sisi takes over as new Chairperson of the African Union.
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13This issue affects the United States. Arizona lawmakers are pushing to declare pornography a public health crisis.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. Seaborne Freight, the company that was given a £14 million contract to provide cross-Channel ferry services despite having no ships, has had its contract withdrawn by the government. This was due to one of its financial backers, an Irish shipping company, pulling out of the deal.
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12This issue affects Thailand. The Thai king’s older sister Princess UbolratanaWikipedia's W.svg has put herself forward as a prime ministerial candidate in the upcoming general election to bridge the gap between the royal family and the populist red-shirt movement. However, her brother has asked her to stand down, citing the breaking of constitutional protocol. Update: The party that put her forward as a candidate, has withdrawn her candidacy.
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22This issue affects Canada. Quebec City mosque mass shooter sentenced to life in prison. In related news, a serial killer of gays in Toronto received a similar sentence.
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13This issue affects Netherlands. A court in the Netherlands has ruled that teff flour, a flour made from the ancient Ethiopian grain of teffWikipedia's W.svg which is traditionally used to make a type of bread called injeraWikipedia's W.svg cannot be patented.
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15This issue affects Germany. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. Polling has found that Germans trust China more than the USA, with just 23% trust in America over China compared to 42% the other way round. Plus, currently only 10% have a positive view of the States compared to 85% having a negative view.
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23This issue affects the United States. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accuses the National Enquirer of extortion over the release of sensitive photographs.
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24This issue affects the United States. The United States Supreme Court temporarily struck down 5-4 a Louisiana law that restricts abortion by requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Chief Justice John Roberts gave the deciding vote. Writing for the majority, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer argued that forcing so many abortion clinics to close imposes an undue burden on women.
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20This issue affects the United States. The New Mexico governor pulls the National Guard from the border, citing a "charade" at the federal level.
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15This issue affects Ireland. Outrage in Ireland, after a petition was put on the British parliamentary petitions site for making the Republic of Ireland rescind independence and becoming part of the United Kingdom. It gathered over 2500 signatures before it was later pulled.
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9This issue affects Russia. This issue affects Denmark. Russia jails Dane for six years in Jehovah's Witnesses purge.
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11This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Israel. The Senate has approved a bill that would allow state and local governments to sanction those who boycott Israel, sending it to the House.
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18This issue affects Vatican City. The Pope publicly acknowledges clergy sexual abuse of nuns.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. Hope not Hate reports that John Mappin, a major supporter of the British branch of alt-right Turning Point, is a Trumpian, King Arthur-obsessed Scientologist. Even his Brexit supporting buddies think he is “a total fruit loop”.
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22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects United Arab Emirates. This issue affects Yemen. US arms sold to Saudi Arabia and the UAE have ended up in the possession of the Houthis and groups with ties to al-Qaeda.
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23This issue affects the United States. Lawsuit reveals how Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, intentionally helped exacerbate the US opioid epidemic
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23This issue affects the United States. Gavin McInnes is suing the SPLC for designating the Proud Boys as a hate group.
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23This issue affects Australia. Victoria to become first Australian state to ban gay conversion therapy
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27This issue affects the United States. Federal judge orders Pentagon to stop discriminating against naturalized citizen soldiers
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9This issue affects the United States. Pentagon announces nearly 4,000 additional troops heading to US-Mexico border.
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20This issue affects Central African Republic. A peace deal has been reached between the Central African Republic government and 14 rebel groups.
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8This issue affects Russia. This issue affects the United States. Putin announces Russian suspension of the INF treaty in response to the US doing the same.
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14This issue affects Venezuela. Venezuelan air force general defects from Maduro government.
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19This issue affects Ukraine. A petition on supporting the legalisation of medical marijuana in Ukraine has reached the national parliament. It has been received support from the country's acting health minister.
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25This issue affects the United Kingdom. First conviction for female genital mutilation in the UK.
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22This issue affects the United States. A measles outbreak in the Northwestern United States prompts the reconsideration of non-medical vaccination exemptions. California and Vermont eliminated such exemptions in 2015. Oregon and Washington State tried to do the same but failed due to stiff opposition.
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13This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects the United Kingdom. The EU has passed legislation allowing Britons visa-free travel in the event of a no-deal Brexit, though the UK objects to it describing Gibraltar as a colony.
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8This issue affects the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the United States is pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces TreatyWikipedia's W.svg from February 2nd.
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21This issue affects the United States. Catholic leaders in Texas name 286 accused of abusing minors.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Information Commissioner’s OfficeWikipedia's W.svg, the body which regulate on data protection has fined Leave.eu and the insurer Eldon Insurance in total £120 000 (US$156 700) for breaches of data protection law, and demands an audit on Arron Banks’ finances.
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4This issue affects China. News agency AFP reports that the Chinese mercenary company Frontier Services Group which is linked to the founder of Blackwater Erik Prince, is building a huge new facility in Xinjiang province.

January 2019

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14This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. 5 Israeli soldiers charged with beating handcuffed, blindfolded Palestinian detainees.
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21This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Crown Prosecution ServiceWikipedia's W.svg has stated it would not use the Obscene Publications Act 1959, over pornography between consenting adults, based it on the notion that it is no longer taboo.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. A small study into using e-cigarettes as smoking cession products, has reported it is slightly more effective than regular nicotine replacement products to help quit smoking.
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16This issue affects the United States. How the Religious Right gained unparalleled access to Trump
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10This issue affects the United States. Eight dead as the polar vortex continues to pummel the Midwest and the Northeast
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8This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Venezuela. EU Parliament votes to recognize Guaido as the Venezuelan interim president.
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28This issue affects the United States. Man who worked as top conversion therapist comes out as gay.
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13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Investigative journalists have found another route in the ties between American conservatives and the Russians, the home schooling movement through sanctioned oligarch Konstantin Malofeev.
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21This issue affects Israel. Ethiopian Jews to hold mass protest in Tel Aviv against police brutality and racist violence.
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14This issue affects Russia. Russia proposes easing laws on corruption, saying it is unavoidable sometimes.
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22This issue affects New Zealand. This issue affects Australia. This issue affects China. A scholar studying China no longer feels safe in her home country, New Zealand, thanks to a series of incidents of harassment. Being able to read Chinese documents in the original language, her work uncovered, for example, Chinese ambitions in Antarctica, a region of vital interest to Australia and New Zealand.
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19This issue affects Pakistan. Pakistan's Supreme Court has upheld the acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.
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10This issue affects the United States. Carbon monoxide poisoning kills two residents of public housing in Columbia, South Carolina. All other residents of Allen Benedict Court have been evacuated permanently when fire officials discovered "serious and life-threatening code violations." A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the housing authority. Two reporters from the local CBS affiliate were arrested by housing authority police when they tried to access the building holding publicly released documents. UPDATE: Reporters released, housing authority apologizes.
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12This issue affects the United States. A measles outbreak in Washington state, has meant that the state has declared a State of Emergency, after 36 confirmed cases. It is also causing concern to nearby state of Oregon as the center of the outbreak is in Clark County which next to Portland.
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11This issue affects the United States. The government shutdown cost the US economy $11 billion, $3 billion of which won't be recovered.
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14This issue affects Poland. Police are asking public prosecutors for assistance in the protest from an ultra-nationalist group in Auschwitz during Holocaust Memorial Day. Protesters declared they want to 'free Poland of Jewishness, to tell these Jewish invaders: enough!'
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10This issue affects United Arab Emirates. Criticism has been made to this year’s Emirati Gender Balance Index awards, which are to celebrate improvements to gender equality in the United Arab Emirates, as all the winners were men.
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14This issue affects Cuba. Cuba opens its first new church since the revolution.
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13This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. North Korea threatens citizens with execution for watching South Korean TV.
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14This issue affects Brazil. A mining dam has burst in Brazil, leaving dozens dead and hundreds missing. This is the second disaster of its kind in 4 years (by the same mining company, too). The disaster could put pressure on incumbent president Jair Bolsonaro's controversial environmental policies.
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9This issue affects Canada. This issue affects China. Canada fires ambassador to China after remarks on Huawei case
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16This issue affects the United States. Arson committed at restaraunt Comet Ping Pong, which had been targeted by the bunk Pizzagate conspiracy theory, though causes for this instance are not clear yet.
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12This issue affects Venezuela. Venezuela's highest ranking military diplomat breaks with Maduro.
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25This issue affects the United States. Militia members get decades in prison for bomb plot to massacre Muslims.
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17This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Satellite images show that Saudi Arabia has constructed a ballistic missile factory.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. Dozens of girls subjected to breast ironing in the UK.
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25This issue affects the United States. Trump agrees to reopen the government without wall funding until February 15.
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23This issue affects Germany. Buchenwald Memorial bans German far-right AfD party from Holocaust commemoration
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13This issue affects Greece. This issue affects Macedonia. The Greek parliament has voted narrowly by 153 to 146 for the Prespes Agreement, meaning that the 27-year-long disagreement over the name of “Macedonia” has ended. Now, the country which has the capital of Skopje is going to be recognised as North Macedonia by everyone, and will work towards NATO and EU membership.
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28This issue affects the United States. Roger Stone, a political strategist who worked for Donald Trump's Presidential campaign was arrested by the FBI and indicted by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation.
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9This issue affects the United States. The White House is reportedly preparing a draft national emergency declaration, with $7 billion in potential border wall funding.
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20This issue affects Brazil. Openly gay Brazilian congressman leaving his job and the country amid death threats.
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19This issue affects the United States. After reports of 200 people, around 15% of its workforce have been laid off at BuzzFeed, there has been suggestions that the digital news content media bubble of Vice, HuffPost as well as BuzzFeed is about to burst.
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13This issue affects the United States. The partial shutdown is inflicting severe and possibly unconstitutional delays on the federal court system.
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-1This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects the United States. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un praises progress towards a second meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.
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20This issue affects the United States. New York passes law allowing abortions at any time if mother's health is at risk.
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14This issue affects the World. Gum disease bug could play a central role in the development of Alzheimer's.
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7This issue affects Myanmar. Government restrictions on foreign aid activities in Rakhine impact 'at least 50,000 people' - U.N.
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4 This issue affects the United Kingdom. Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has been arrested and charged with attempted rape.
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13This issue affects Australia. The Australian city of Adelaide has hit a record temperature of 46.6 °C (115.9°F), the hottest temperature ever recorded in an Australian state capital city. Already emergency power generators have been switched on for the first time.
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16This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Singapore. Billionaire maker of vacuum cleaners and leading Brexiteer businessman James Dyson has announced that he is moving his business’ headquarters from Wiltshire, UK to Singapore.
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15This issue affects Venezuela. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the European Union. Venezuelan President Maduro gives U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave after U.S. recognizes opposition leader as interim president. Update:The opposition has been recognized by Canada, many Latin American countries, and the EU. The U.S. is considering oil sanctions against Venezuela, a country heavily dependent on oil exports and the U.S. is the leading customer.
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13This issue affects Germany. AfD lawmakers walk out on Holocaust survivor's speech in Bavaria.
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23This issue affects the World. A new addition to Microsoft Edge web browser called NewsGuard, which aims at stopping disinformation, has blocked the MailOnline website on grounds that it "generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability”.
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11This 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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7This 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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10This issue affects Venezuela. Tens of thousands protest in Venezuela against Maduro.
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15This issue affects the United States. Iowa's "fetal heartbeat" abortion restriction has been declared unconstitutional.
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31This 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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2This issue affects the United States. Supreme Court narrowly votes to stay a temporary ban transgender people in the military. However, one injunction blocking the Trump administration's ban remains in place, meaning the military cannot enforce the new policy yet.
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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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17This issue affects North Korea. Report finds another undisclosed North Korea missile site, says there are 19 more.
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8This 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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25This 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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8This 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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14This 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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17This 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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13This 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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29This 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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20This 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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17This 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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34This 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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15This issue affects Russia. Facebook blocks accounts linked to Russian state-owned Sputnik.
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31This 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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17This 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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11This issue affects Zimbabwe. Crackdown on protesters in Zimbabwe results in scores beaten and abducted from their own homes.
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15This 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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15This 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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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May and her government win a 'no-confidence' vote 325 to 306
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12This 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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32This 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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16This 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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11This 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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12This 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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11This 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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21This 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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20This 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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9This issue affects Russia. Russia's only space radio telescope not responding, Kremlin says.
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14This 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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12This 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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16This issue affects China. China broadcasts images from the Far Side of the Moon
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13This issue affects China. An inside look at China's Muslim-targeted concentration camps
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18This 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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16This 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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21This 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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11This 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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-5This 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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21This 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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15This 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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8This 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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16This 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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18This issue affects the United States. 2018 was the worst year for US stocks since the Great Recession.