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[edit] December 2016

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5The prime minister of Baguette country announced his candidacy today.
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5An armed North Carolina man tried to "investigate" a DC pizzeria supposedly involved in "Pizzagate", a right-wing conspiracy about a child sex ring involving the Clintons.
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6A Muslim woman was called a terrorist ad pushed down a flight of stairs in New York City. Another hate crime was committed against a Muslim woman working for the NYPD when a man threatened and assualted her and her son. (Autoplay video)
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2The Pentagon buried evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste.
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5Jill Stein sues Pennsylvania officials; vote recounts in Michigan begin Monday.
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8John Key has resigned as Prime Minister of New Zealand.
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17McCarthyism continues to grow in the US as a conservative group sets up a watch list on university professors.
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27The Army Corp of Engineers has finally denied Dakota Access's pipeline permit. Meanwhile, President Obama is making a last ditch effort to save as much public land as possible from President-elect Donald Trump.
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10Fiji's police and military using torture with near impunity.
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30It looks like, ironically, Austria and Germany — of all places — are currently the Western world's safeguards against far-right nationalism. Update: Matteo Renzi has resigned.
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12Denmark has deported a Slovakian woman for begging.
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12Congress seeks to pass a bill that will fund various health programs like fighting cancer and mapping the brain… and deregulate the pharmaceutical industry.
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20Firms such as Kellogg's, Unilever, and Nestlé use child labor to gather palm oil.
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11For monkeys, lower status affects immune system.
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10North Dakota has approved of $7 million worth of support to the cops protecting the Dakota Access pipeline while the state threatens to fine those bringing supplies to protesters. Amnesty is demanding the Justice Department investigate the reports of brutality.
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10How US dollars are helping the Philippines’ bloody drug war.
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11Proving that the US really can’t afford universal healthcare, the House of Representatives passes a $619 billion defense policy bill.
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5Through the Export-Import Bank, the Obama administration has spent nearly $34bn on dirty energy plants in countries from India to Australia to South Africa. Good thing Obama believed in anthropological global warming!
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5Counterterrorism law to let Australia detain convicts after their sentences.
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8Out of 8 companies surveyed, only Twitter would rule out helping Trump build a database of Muslims.
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4Obama’s EPA watered down a key study of fracking and water contamination.
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4The Saudi-led war in Yemen has shut down more than half of their health facilities which has worsened the spread of cholera.
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8Ethnic cleansing is underway in South Sudan.
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7Texas cops brush off rape of 15-year-old without telling mom.
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6School tutor charged after he assaulted a Black student.
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5The White man who admitted to killing former NFL player Joe McKnight, a Black man, has been released with charges.
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15Au revoir, Monsieur Hollande!
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25The EU is on track to meet its 2020 renewable energy target.
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35Australian high school students have outmaneuvered Martin Shkreli, can produce price-jacked drug for about $20 a popbatch what he charges $750 a dose for.
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14British Prime Minister and daughter of Anglican vicar, Theresa May, planned to punish children of illegal immigrants for the sins of their parents. I hate to say Andrea Leadsom was right about her.

[edit] November 2016

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-2Obama decides to leave Trump with an even larger, unaccountable military force.
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-2Trudeau approves Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.
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14Three California mosques receive letters praising Trump and threatening genocide.
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5Slovakia toughens church registration rules to bar Islam.
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10Officer has charged a Black pedestrian for bumping his shoulder.
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1WikiLeaks has released half a million US diplomatic cables from 1979.
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2Turkish spy in Bremen, Germany plotted murder of 2 Kurds.
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5Turkey detains BBC journalist reporting on mine disaster.
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1Barrett Brown leaves prison still chained to a crime he didn't commit.
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2Watergate-era Church Committee staffers urge leniency for Snowden.
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7ACLU-obtained emails prove that the Federal Bureau of Prisons covered up its visit to the CIA’s torture site.
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3FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails.
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2A woman dies in ICE custody in Arizona.
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64 people, including an infant, have died in Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke’s jail.
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5Sanctuary cities in Texas vow to oppose Trump’s deportations.
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4Far-right nationalist march on Poland’s independence day.
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-1Obama’s white-collar overtime pay mandate blocked by a judge.
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2An airline used by Amazon wins an order to end cargo pilots’ strike. In an unrelated incident, an Amazon employee tried to kill himself after he was put on an employee-improvement plan which can lead to termination.
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4Norwegian police arrest 20 men in pedophile network probe; Norwegian authorities say at least 51 people are involved.
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27 dead, at least 53 injured in Tennessee wildfire. (Autoplay video)
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6Trump abandons campaign promise to penalize outsourcing, offers tax breaks instead.
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3Even as the public acknowledges the need for more trustworthy reporting, newsrooms are being decimated.
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25Trump’s cabinet choices only get worse. His health policy picks are Tom Prince, a “health freedom” advocate, for the Department of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, whose consulting firm made it harder for the poor in Indiana to benefit from Obamacare. His Treasury Secretary is Steven Mnuchin, an ex-Goldman Sachs banker who has worked with George Soros. His national security adviser, Michael Flynn, facilitated the murder of civilians in Afghanistan.
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17A petition urging the Electoral College to elect Hillary Clinton reaches almost 4.7 million signatures. - That's more than double her popular vote lead.
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6Elaine Chao, wife of Mitch McConnell, is picked for Secretary of Transportation.
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14Sweden's Yule Goat burns down in record time
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-10Toronto's "left-of-centre" student newspaper The Varsity[wp] provides a good summary of the current "social justice" movement, in context of the Jordan Peterson controversy, in Drowning out Discourse.
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8A Japanese theme park thought it was a good idea to freeze 5,000 dead fish in a skating rink
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27The Green Party Jill Stein files for a recount of votes in Wisconsin.
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6There has been an influx of "progressive" whites to the DAPL protest, who are treating it all like some counter culture festival.
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27A Black woman in a wheelchair was tased by Texas cops for not stopping the recording of her daughter's arrest.
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17James Means, a Black teen, was shot and killed by White man who called him “another piece of trash”.
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18Three years after the EuroMaidan protests, Ukrainians continue to be disappointed by the government's corruption.
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1012 Yemeni civilians have been killed as the Saudi-led coalition continues to bomb civilian targets with arms supplied by the US.
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11The US Navy's new, $4 billion advanced warship the USS Zumwalt has broken down for the second time.
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6Employees of John N. Kapoor’s Insys Therapeutics bribed doctors to prescribe large, off-label doses of painkiller, prosecutors charge.
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9At least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra activists killed in chilling crackdown.
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10A third of the refugee children removed from Calais have gone missing.
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10According to a report by the Lancet, smugglers have forcibly sedating refugees with deadly shots of fuel and parasites ahead of their long refugees; their organs have also been harvested to be sold on the black market.
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24Porn websites in the UK will be banned from showing a huge range of sex acts and check to confirm that its users are 18 under proposed new law.
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15The Trump Foundation admits to violating ban on self-dealing in a new IRS filing.
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17Trump will allow corporations and wealthy individuals to make large donations to fund the activities surrounding his inauguration.
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13Protests keep Israel’s bulldozers away from Bedouin village
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12The US Army Corps of Engineers orders eviction of Dakota pipeline protesters' camp. Meanwhile, Dakota Access workers lay a razor wire fence on the Native American burial ground. (Video)
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33 Fidel Castro, the former Communist dictator of Cuba, has died at the age of 90. Maybe now he can duke it out with Kennedy in heaven.
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4A manhunt is underway in the South of France after a masked man entered a retirement home for retired Catholic monks and killed a member of staff.
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29Police protecting the Dakota Access pipeline are using teargas, rubber bullet, mace, concussion grenades during the standoff, as well as spraying protestors with water cannons in freezing temperatures, and have arrested one protestor. One woman protesting the pipeline was hit by a concussion grenade (Graphic photos) and may lose her arm. (Video showing the crackdown.) Medics at the protest explain the abuse further.
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30Trump has recently met with his Indian business partners, supposedly asked Argentine President Mauricio Macri for help with building permit in Buenos Aires, and urged Nigel Farage to oppose Scottish wind farms near his country club (Autoplay video); cases like these are raising ethical concerns about Trump's international business empire; his international ties include a $150K speech to a Ukrainian oligarch and various foreign banks. Richard Painter, Dubya's formerethics lawyer, says that such conflicts of interests may violate the emolument clause of the Constitution. Meanwhile, he has had an off-the-record, private meeting with media executives and anchors and has donated thousands to Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate minority leader, so don't expect any resistance to his business dealings. Update: Trump's response, what did you expect.
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19Trump's breaks another campaign promise by pledging to continue the US's military cooperation of South Korea.
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22Rudy Giuliani, Trump's possible Secretary of State pick, has accepted money from the Iranian terrorist group, Mujahidin e-Khalq.
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3A new Rutgers report reveals the University's ties to slavery & displacement of Native Americans.
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8The Chilcot inquiry was meant to avoid accountability.
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26The FTC will now require homeopathic "treatments" to be labelled as ineffective.
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10US homeless has dropped nationally but there is reason to be skeptical.
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10Betsy DeVos, wife of the president of Amway, is appointed as Secretary of Education. Nikki Haley has been picked as the UN envoy.
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-7Moralized Rationality a concept that seems to describe the skeptic community at large.
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23Bernie Sanders urges progressives to rise above "shallow" identity politics. Some other thoughts he has the Democratic party and identity politics.
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20Anti-Muslim assaults reach 9/11 era levels, FBI data show
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1Trump disavows and condemns the Alt-right
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29Most middle school children are unable to distinguish between real and fake news sources, a Stanford University study suggests.
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29Something else Trump doesn't understand: how ambassadors are appointed.
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18Au revoir, monsieur Sarkozy!
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17Child refugees forced to work for nothing after leaving Calais.
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13Driving while Black means getting pulled over and searched for many African-Americans. (Autoplay video)
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26The North Pole is an insane 36 Fahrenheit degrees warmer than normal as winter descends.
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11More than 7 million Britons now in precarious employment.
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11Thousands of Canadians protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Vancouver.
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11$25 million settlement reached in Trump University lawsuit. Update: Trump will likely get a $25 million tax write-off becuase of course he would.
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17Mike Pence wants his email communications limited from public access.
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9NASA tests the EM Drive, and it seems to be working.
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19In Libya, a monkey stole a schoolgirl's head scarf, sparking days of tribal violence with 16 people dead and dozens injured so far
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15Michigan could not be bothered to provide clean water to the residents of Flint.
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19Donald Trump has selected Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, a an opponent to civil rights, and white nationalists are ecstatic. Mike Pompeo also appears to be his pick as head the CIA.
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19A Muslim man was firebombed while driving on a Texas highway.
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12Chios island refugee camp in Greece attacked.
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22Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental right for all.
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18Briton who reported rape in Dubai could face jail for extramarital sex.
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25The British have passed the snooper charter which forces internet providers to store browsing data for up to a year.
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24A huge trove of Remington's rifle documents is made public showing that the company sold their rifle knowing that its defective trigger would cause misfires.
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23Immigration hardliner says Trump team preparing plans for wall and mulling a Muslim registry.
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15A look at Australia's exploitation of migrant farm workers. (Autoplay video)
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21No DAPL protests are held in about 300 cities across the US. (Autoplay video) Senator Bernie Sanders joined protestors outside the White House.
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20Obama administration cancels oil and gas leases on Blackfeet tribe’s sacred grounds.
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13EU declares right to boycott Israel is protected by free speech, but the foreign policy chief maintains that EU rejects the BDS campaign.
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23The UK Foreign Office will deny the Chagos Islanders their right to return to Diego Garcia, the island they were forcibly removed from in order to allow the US to establish a military base.
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19An ICC report finds that US armed forces and the CIA may have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan between 2003 and 2014.
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19Obama has no plans to tighten "rules" for assassinating individuals on kill lists.
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25Hate crimes against American Muslims have surged 67% since 2015, but Jews remained the most frequent target of religious-based hate crimes in the US.
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18A new report finds that in many of Boston's communities of color, incarceration rates are much more elevated than crime rates. (The report itself)
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20Ireland performs poorly in EU social justice survey.
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39Sarkozy proposes EU introduce carbon tax on U.S. goods in case the new U.S. administration discards the Paris climate agreement.
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33Muslim teaching assistant objects to graphic video footage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks being shown to a special needs class of 11-12 year olds; fired for allowing her religion to get in the way of work, in spite of her claim that it isn't about her religion.
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29Leaked memos reveal that British officials hope to exploit Trump's political inexperience and that Theresa May still has no plan to complete Brexit.
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18China has executed Jia Jinglong, a villager who murdered a CCP official for demolishing his house.
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18AJC and ISNA launch the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council.
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17Russia's economy minister, Alexei Ulyukayev has been detained over a $2-million bribe.
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23Donald Trump plans to appoint Steve Bannon as his chief strategists; everyone, from the US media to the Israeli media and AIPAC, seems to refuse to denounce Bannon's white nationalism and anti-Semitism.
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14Trump says that he is okay with the possibility of women having to go to another state to get an abortion if his SCOTUS nominee helps to overturn Roe v. Wade. Pro-choice groups react to his statement.
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10A man suspected of working for Dakota Access has run over two people and shot at protesters. Video also shows that the company has fenced wild Buffalo in an 8ft trench without food or water.
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13Chelsea Manning is petitioning Obama to release her on time served.
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15Israel seeks to ban mosques from using loudspeakers and legalize settlements in the West Bank.
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11Trump won't rip up Iran deal, adviser confirms.
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202016 will be the hottest year on record UN says. Good thing the US just elected to the most powerful office in the world, a man who believes in climate change and intends to be proactive about it. Oh, what's that you say? Oh no!
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14Meet the “Reichsbürger” movement: a pseudolaw conspiracy theory with a German flavour.
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8The average US checking account fee costs $1,000.
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16Congress appears to be abandoning the TPP after Trump's win.
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16Donald Trump says he will end the US support for the Syrian rebels.
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22Donald Trump plans to immediately deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records; to no one's surprise, there aren't that many undocumented immigrants with criminal records. Update: The LAPD will not help Trump deport immigrants.
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4According to the Times of Israel, the United Nations of all things, have rated the emergency medical team of the Israel Defense Force the best in the world.
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10Supermoon 11/13-14.
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37There have been over 200 incidents of harassment and intimidation since the US election. Such incidents include a hate speech against a Muslim teacher in Georgia, a Black doll hung as an effigy at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, a substitute teacher telling a student that their parents will be deported in Los Angeles, California, and a large amount of racist graffiti.
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17Obama’s final arms-export tally is more than double Bush’s.
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19Indian tea workers' conditions remain very poor.
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16Amazon delivery drivers feel compelled to defecate in vans to save time.
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15Wages of Hispanic women decline nearly 21 percent in Wisconsin.
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-15Calexit?
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25Millions sign a petition urging the Electoral College to elect Hillary Clinton.
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26America under Trump: Trump has released his plan for his first 100 days and he has released his cabinet picks which include Social Security privatisers, lobbyists, and an architect of Bush's torture program. TransCanada hopes to push through the Keystone XL pipeline while fears are raised that Trump will approve the Dakota Access pipeline due to his personal investments in the project. At least he says he might keep parts of Obamacare.
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16The Dakota Access will drill their pipeline under the Missouri River in weeks despite protests. Luckily for them, Obama will likely approve it.
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13Obama has finally begun targeting Al Qaeda in Syria.
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9US-led coalition strike kills 20 civilians near Raqqa.
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10 Donald Trump launches a government website to facilitate the transition to his presidency.
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18Nigerian preacher TB Joshua deletes prophecy of Clinton win
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28Assaults on members of the LGBT community and damage to their property have been linked to Trump supporters, but it's still too early to know if this is evidence of a trend..
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26There are attacks on Muslim students on college campuses as a result of the Trump election, underscoring the criticism that Donald Trump's harsh anti-Muslim language was emboldening extremists.
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34Donald Trump in keeping his word to kill climate change policy, reportedly will appoint Myron Ebell, a notorious climate change denier.
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27Nigel Farage, interim leader (still) of UKIP, takes credit for Trump's electoral success; jokes about the prospect of Trump raping Theresa May.
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32Crazification factor just went up to 47.5 percent.
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31A BBC investigation of a military charity finds them raising funds through offensive merchandise. While the staff can try to defend themselves as only mocking Jihadists with their Anti-Islam gear, it doesn't quite explain the Nazi paraphernalia.
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33Glenn Beck isn't the raving lunatic he used to be.
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21Janet Reno, first female Attorney General of the United States, has died at age 78.
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36A bunch of idiots, misled by a demagogue with fascistic overtones, in a display of total misunderstanding and/or ignorance of the independence of the judiciary, will march on the British Supreme Court on the date of the Brexit legal challenge hearing.
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24The Clinton Foundation confirms that it failed to report Qatar's $1 million birthday gift to Bill Clinton while Hillary was at State Dept.
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13A Chicago officer fatally shoots a Black man after road rage incident in Mount Greenwood.
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22Documents reveal US marines are amassing information on Japanese protesters and journalists in Okinawa.
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30Chelsea Manning has tried to kill herself a second time while in solitary confinement which was used to punish her for her first suicide attempt.
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26Video shows a nurse in a Texas jail allowing a woman to die in a diabetic coma after refusing to test her blood sugar.
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15The illegal kidney trade continues to flourish in Pakistan despite ban.
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32Priests molesting children or voting for Democrats. Which is a mortal sin? A Catholic church in San Diego has told its parishioners which action will condemns one's soul to suffer everlasting hellfire.
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19Climate change is causing low oxygen levels in the ocean which could lead to losses in fisheries and a collapse of marine ecosystems.
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39BBC brilliantly trolls jingoist prick of an MP who demands it play "God Save The Queen" every night! Yep. This is where we are. You see, Americans, we have our own Louie Gohmerts. We're just better at ignoring them most of the time!
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24Human Rights Watch has released a report that shows Belgium has committed abuses such as beatings, prolonged solitary detention, and reviewing suspects’ phone records without judicial approval after the ISIL terrorist attacks.
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17Khaled Al-Omair, a Saudi activist arrested in Saudi Arabia for protesting the 2009 Gaza war, has begun a hunger strike over his torture and seemingly indefinite detention. Such abuse is not rare as the Gulf states 140 prominent political activists.
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14Erin Schrode, an activist journalist, was shot by police with a rubber bullet while she was giving an interview at the Dakota Access pipeline protest.
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16Net worth of White households in D.C. is 81 times that of Black households.
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24House Republicans are preventing Dr. Eugene Gu from researching how to grow human organs in animals in order to save infants because he is using aborted fetal tissue.
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11Turkey has now detained at least eleven MPs from the People's Democracy Party (HDP); this includes pro-Kurdish leaders, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag.
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25Starbuck's new coffee cup sparks "War on Christmas" outrage... Again. It's the most wonderful time of the year!
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33UK High Court decides Parliament must have final say on Brexit! Update: Jeremy Corbyn has announced that the Labour Party will still push for Brexit. (Autoplay video)
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26Back To The Future II was a year off.
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22Saudi Student Beaten to Death in Wisconsin
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22As the Dakota Access pipeline nears completion (Video), the police continue to violently suppress the protesters. (Video) A DAPL security contractor tried to infiltrate the protesters with his AR-15 as an agent provocateur; the company and State Historical Society also failed to notify North Dakota government officials that they had found protected Native American artifacts.
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13President Peace Prize has broken another record: most immigrants detained for deportation. (Hard paywall)
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9A UN study has found that peacekeepers in South Sudan failed to protect civilians from rape, torture, and murder during the violence in July.
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11The Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi has been burned and vandalized with "Vote Trump".
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2The FBI has released its 129 pages on its investigation of Bill Clinton's 2001 pardon of Marc Rich, a Democratic political donor. (Autoplay video; the files themselves)
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12Storms and flooding, caused by global warming, are damaging or destroying a growing share of the US's 1.1 million public housing units forcing residents to flee.
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16Two police were killed in "ambush-style" shootings in Des Moines, Iowa. The suspect in the shootings, a 36-year-old white male has been taken into custody. The suspect has a history of racism and of run-ins with the police including assault harassment.

[edit] October 2016

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101 dead, several severely burned after the Colonial Pipeline in Shelby County, Alabama explodes. The explosion was caused by two massive wildfires that have devasted the South due to the current drought.
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14ISIS militants have spread a toxic, corrosive cloud of sulfur and oil over parts of Syria, Iraq, and Turkey.
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12The US had 220 oil pipeline spills in 2016.
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14The police in North Dakota are collaborating with the oil companies as out of state police come to reinforce them. Meanwhile, protestors are also being caged in dog kennels.
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5Montreal police monitored iPhone of La Presse journalist Patrick Lagacé.
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2Videogame publishers have launched a website attacking voice actors' union over strike.
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6US universities use subcontracting to distance themselves from their low-wage employees’ needs.
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3Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of Washington finds racial and gender discrimination by Uber and Lyft drivers.
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6Syrian rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack to break siege. (Autoplay video)
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16Turkey sacks 10,000 more civil servants and 15 more media outlets.
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25Poverty, not race, increases the risk of unintended pregnancy.
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24Mass protests against South Korean President Park Geun-hye over alleged leaked documents scandal.
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23From baby boomers to millennials, American lifespans are shortening.
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13A study by the Yale School of Public Health has found that that many of the chemicals involved and released by fracking can be linked to cancer.
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16Uber has lost the right to classify UK drivers as self-employed while Airbnb is now banned from listing short-term rentals in New York.
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14Google is the latest tech company to drop the longstanding wall between anonymous online ad tracking and user’s names.
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22Facebook’s advertising system allows advertisers to exclude black, Hispanic, and other “ethnic affinities” from seeing ads.
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13North Dakota police officers have destroyed a protest camp blocking the Dakota Access pipeline and arrested 141 protesters.
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7The Center for American Progress found that LGBT—immigrants are consistently detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement despite ICE’s own system recommending release.
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5When it comes to court settlements, POC and women are often valued less.
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6Brigham Young University has announced that it will restructure its Title IX Office and grant amnesty to victims who disclose Honor Code violations.
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4Dr. Larry Nassar, an osteopathic doctor working for USA Gymnastics, has been accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts under his care.
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33President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines claims God told him to stop swearing, or He'd crash the plane. Oddly, the voice in his head did not rebuke him for killing drug addicts.
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14Apparently, Anita Hill wasn't the only woman Clarence Thomas sexually assaulted.
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14All defendants of the Oregon standoff have been found not guilty.
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16Pennsylvania lawmakers have approved a law blocking public officials from naming police officers who are involved in fatal shootings.
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11How the U.S. government is helping corporations plunder Native land.
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14A private company which owns Pittsburgh's water system has contaminated it with high amounts of lead.
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12The United States shipped hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia just weeks prior to the Saudi-led coalition’s funeral bombing in Sanaa, Yemen.
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14Over the past decade, more than 800 journalists have been killed in the line of duty, and only 8 percent of these cases have been resolved.
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19Far Right groups all over Europe beg their followers for donations to support Knights Templar International and other militias in Bulgaria and Hungary to 'police' the border for refugees. Nothing possibly could go wrong with that...
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15The British National Party has gained control of a parish council in Essex by luring dejected Conservative voters with a fake name.
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11Australia has cancelled its planned trade negotiations with Brexit Britain when informed that Liam Fox is not legally allowed to negotiate trade deals until after the UK actually leaves the EU.
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26When tech employers are given resume with identifying information and told to choose the best candiates for interviews, they select women 5% of the time. When the data is anonymized it jumps to 54%
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21Saudi Arabia is deliberately targeting Yemeni farms and arricultural infrastructure.
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28World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020.
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22Researchers have found that a gay flight attendant did not cause the outbreak of AIDS in the US. (The report itself)
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15Gambia joins a long list of African countries that are choosing to leave the International Criminal Court. These countries assert that the ICC suffers from a bias against African nations due to its continual failure to prosecute the war crimes committed by Western nations since its creation; critics assert that this is a veiled attempt to prevent further African leaders from being prosecuted for international crimes.
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16Human Rights Watch has found that Turkey's state of emergency facilitates torture.(The report itself.)
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12Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence. (Autoplay video) Meanwhile, AT&T is doing NSA-style work for law enforcement, without a warrant, and earning millions from US taxpayer.
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18New Zealand professor asked to present his work at US event on nuclear physics despite it containing gibberish all through the copy.
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25Iraqi troops have been stealing tents and water given to refugees from Mosul by aid groups.
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22Remember all of those refugees Turkey accepted? Well, they are being coerced into sweat shops in order to make clothing for UK retailers. Keep that in mind as France demolishes refugee camps in Calais.
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13Amnesty International slams Australia's use of Naura as a detention center as an open air prison. (The report itself)
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13Video shows North Dakota cops violently suppressing hundreds of Dakota Access pipeline protestors in a mass arrest. (Autoplay video)
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13How the US federal government's "Countering Violent Extremism" program weaponizes anti-bullying rhetoric.
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9Amnesty International says that the Pentagon ignored civilians casualties from coalition airstrikes aimed against ISIL in Syria.
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11Former Wall Street executive played a significant role in choosing key staff members for Obama administration.
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11Oxford has officially credited English poet, Christopher Marlowe, as the co-author of all three parts of Henry VI.
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8The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank, has released a report showing that Social Security spares more than 22 million Americans from deprivation. (The report itself.)
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11Saeed Toosi, a Qur'an reciter in Iran, has been accused of molesting three Iranian men when they were preteens.
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15Thousands of California National Guard soldiers were paid reenlistment bonuses they shouldn't have received (due to fraud by unscrupulous enlistment officials and no fault of the soldiers themselves) to serve in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, nearly ten years later, those veterans are being ordered to pay that money back.
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23Washington police officers kill a pregnant Native American; they allege that she had a handgun.
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19Alabama teenager with IQ of 51 released one year after arrest for alleged terror plot. (Autoplay video)
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9The US government continues its addiction to secret law as the Brennan Center for Justice finds that scores of legal memos, opinions, and letters from several US agencies still being kept from public view. (The report itself.)
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9The Palestinian Centre for Development and Media Freedoms has released a report showing that Facebook is deliberately targeting Palestinian accounts after meeting with Israeli government. (The report itself.)
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12Obama's administration has confirmed that Obamacare premiums will go up by double-digit percentages next year.
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12The little-known company that enables worldwide mass surveillance.
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14Congo security forces have killed dozens of anti-government protesters.
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11The Pentagon accounts for more than half of the US federal government’s $1 billion PR budget.
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48Evangelical cartoonist Jack Chick dies in his home at the age of 92. Chick has gone to meet his maker no longer exists and doesn't know there's no maker to meet.
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24And then they came for the Jews: In 2016, people have read anti-Semitic tweets 10 billion times, many from Trump supporters.
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36Deny them your labor: In Argentina, women strike after the fatal rape of a female teenager. In South Korea, workers launch a major strike against a proposed anti-worker law. In California, voice actors strike against video game companies for more compensation. In Pennsylvania, thousands of faculty members went on strike Wednesday at 14 Pennsylvania state colleges and universities for higher pay and better wages.
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17Actress Shailene Woodley reveals she was strip-searched after her arrest protesting the Dakota Pipeline.
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14Authorities have confirmed a spike in the number of young offenders who have raised allegations of excessive force over the past few months in Australia.
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18The ACLU finds that when California schools call cops for small infractions it disproportionately hurts minority students. (The study itself)
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21Soon, foreign travelers to the United States will be expected to tell U.S. authorities about their social media accounts.
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13In Somalia, the U.S. escalates a shadow war.
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9Research by the University of Warwick has found that cuts made by David Cameron's Coalition government may have played a significant role in the 'Leave' vote result in the EU referendum. (The research itself.)
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13Hacked DVRs were why half the Internet shut down yesterday. Bruce Schneier warned about such a DDOS attack in September.
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11Philippine President Duterte announces separation from the United States and aligns with China.
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14Prof. Gavin Macfayden, Director of Wikileaks, dead.
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22Scientists in New Zealand found some more evidence that our oceans are indeed getting warmer. It is worth keeping in mind that they have been protecting us from the detrimental effects of global warming and climate change since the 1970s, if not earlier. Now, this layer of protection is finally buckling.
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19European Space Agency successfully tested the most expensive Martian bombardment system discovered so far.
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29As if liberating its power grid from fossil fuels is not enough, Iceland is now tapping into the energy of underground water streams in a "supercritical state" of extreme heat and temperature.
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22Turkey has launched 26 air raids against the Syrian Kurds killing between 160 to 200 "militants".
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15Two dangerous fault lines under San Francisco are connected.
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8Birth.Movies.Death's top editor, Devin Faraci, steps down after sexual assault accusation.
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15The Treatment Industrial Complex: Private prison companies are moving to preserve their profits by seeking contracts to provide in prison medical and mental health care facilities.
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20Feeding cows seaweed could slash global greenhouse gas emissions.
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16DNA testing for jobs may be on its way, warns Gartner.
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11This is what the e-waste mountains look like.
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11New Zealand now tops the IMF list of unaffordable places to live.
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11Philippines police van rams protesters outside US embassy in Manila.
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13Cops are using secret cell phone trackers nationwide to collect cellphone data, especially in poor, black neighborhoods.
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19An NYPD police officer has killed a 66-year-old mentally ill Black woman.
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16A new dwarf planet has been discovered in the Kuiper Belt.
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17A study by Center for Privacy & Technology found that US cops have a database of 117 million faces in their largely unregulated facial recognition databases. (The 150-page paper itself.)
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12Portland, Maine police released mugshots of Black Muslim women without their Hijabs and charged them more heavily than their White counterparts.
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18Bystander video show a Minnesota police officer harassing and arresting a Black man for walking in the street because the side walk was closed for construction.
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13The junk science behind the UK's massive program to "deradicalize" potential terrorists.
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16Ecuador says it cut WikiLeaks founder's internet over US election interference. (Assange, by the way, isn't the only one running Wikileaks)
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15Followers of Harun Yahya may have been responsible for the distribution of anti-gay leaflets in Amsterdam.
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20Conservative councillor wants to make it treasonable to oppose Brexit
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17Shepard Smith has come out as a gay man. (Autoplay video)
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16The US Navy has admitted to using bombs in wargames that have released known chemicals that can cause birth defects in humans.
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14A record number of Central Americans have crossed the US-Mexico border while fleeing the violence in their countries.
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23Native Americans are being killed by police at a higher rate than any other group.
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14Deia Schlosberg, a documentarian, has been arrested while filming the DAPL protests. Meanwhile, Standing Rock protestors have been arrested and stripped searched for minor crimes.
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33Amy Goodman filmed native Americans protesting the construction of an oil pipeline. She only did her job but risked being charged with taking part in a riot.Update:The case has been dismissed. Deia Schlosberg, who filmed protestors taking down a pipeline faces a possible 45 year prison sentence.
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12US vets are still dying from burn-pit illnesses.
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14B'Tselem has urged the UN to take action against Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine.
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18South African students are protesting for free tertiary education.
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11Thousands of declassified documents show FBI anti-Castro and Cuban-American surveillance. (The documents themselves.)
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28Israel collectively loses its mind over UNESCO referring to the Western Wall/Al-Aqsa Mosque location as the "Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif." Netanyahu calls it a "denial of the over 3,000 year old connection between the Jewish people and its holiest site in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount."
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18Saudi Arabia hires its 10th US lobby firm.
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263 men in Kansas plotted a terrorist attack against a Somali community.
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16An FBI study found that US military operations abroad were the most commonly cited reason for domestic terrorism.
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13Every 25 seconds, US cops arrest someone for drug possession.
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12Off-duty cop involved in arresting patron and librarian at pro-Israel event received "counter-terror" training in Israel.
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6WikiLeaks has released more draft chapters from TiSA.
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14The US has fired 3 missiles in Houthi-controlled territory after the Houthis apparently fired a missile at a US destroyer off the coast of Yemen. Iran has sent two warships in response.
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21Sacramento County is being ordered to pay to a homeless man after he was beaten with a flashlight by a cop; this same cop has been implicated in two other beatings. In Alabama, charges against a cop who twice shot a man in the back as he laid on the ground; meanwhile, the "suspect" was being charged (charges since dropped) with attempted murder of two officers.
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17There were over 125K complaints against more than 25K Chicago cops over the last five decades; 90% of those complaints were determined by the CPD to be "false" while those determined to be true rarely resulted in a firing. This may seem incredible until you find out that Texas and California police officers failed to report hundreds of cases of use-of-force between 2005-2015.
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17Autism Speaks tries to be slightly less reprehensible, no longer pushing for a "cure".
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11Gender pay gap is widest with workers in their 50s.
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12Mismatch of skills and labor market as university education keeps growing is bad for students and employers.
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14Mustafa al Hawsawi, a Gitmo detainee, will receive corrective rectal surgery for his decades-old injury from being sodomized by the CIA.
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26Rush Limbaugh: thinks lefties are too uptight about consensual sex.
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20Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize For Literature.
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20Video shows pickup truck plowing into Native American rights protesters.
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15Israel's navy has seized a Gaza flotilla and redirected it. Meanwhile, a Palestinian protester was killed by an Israeli soldier in East Jerusalem.
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10Boris Johnson has rejected calls for establishing a no-fly zone over Syria.
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16Thousands of refugee children have gone missing in Europe as criminal networks exploit the migration crisis.
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4The EFF's report on the the state of communications surveillance in Latin America. (The various reports themselves.)
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12In the US, fewer than 10 percent of people in the bottom fifth of the wealth distribution will make it into the top fifth.
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23Mother kills her two young children so “They Can Go to Heaven With God”
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23Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter provided data access for a surveillance product marketed to target activists of color.
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212 days after western media said the Syrian government doesn't fight ISIS, the Syrian Army liberates half of a major Palestinian refugees camp from ISIS.
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41GOP Senator Jeff Sessions doesn't think grabbing a woman by her genitals is sexual assault.
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18The surveillance state descends on the Dakota Access pipeline Spirit camp.
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21Germany's post-war justice ministry was infested with Nazis protecting former comrades. of course that was true for very close to every German institution, but now we have a new thoroughly researched report, which is nice
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11As Saudis bombed Yemen, U.S. worried about legal blowback.
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18John Walker, state representative of Arkansas, was arrested by police because he was legally filming a traffic stop.
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10The Deepwater Horizon spill continues to affect the health of Lousiana residents. (Autoplay video)
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13Why so many Puerto Rican drug addicts end up in Chicago.
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14A US Department of Labor report finds that state cuts to workers' compensation leave injured workers in poverty.
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16Yemen's Army launches ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabian bases, and at foreign invaders in Yemen. One missile found its target at a Saudi airbase in Ta'if, near Mecca.
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4An investigation on the Hannibal Directive.
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14RedHack leaks reveal the rise of Turkey's pro-government Twitter trolls.
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17Bees were just added to the U.S. endangered-species list for the first time
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10Ethiopian police violently dispersed an Oromo protest which led to a stampede that killed 100 people.
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17A Sikh man was attacked, had his turban removed and his hair cut, in Richmond, California.
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6In less than two years, 44 Afghan troops have gone AWOL in the US during their military training.
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13An appeals court has rejected Indiana's attempt to prevent state agencies from providing social services to Syrian refugees as national origin discrimination.
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1280 prison guards from a Maryland prison have been indicted in a massive federal racketeering and drug-trafficking case.
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16Flint, Michigan is now suffering from an outbreak of shigellosis, a highly contagious gastrointestinal disease.
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10Thousands of Haitians from Brazil are lined up at the US-Mexico border due to the US's restrictive immigration policies; they will likely be detained and deported to Haiti once they cross the border.
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20The FBI has detained an NSA contractor for several months and accused him of stealing secret files on the NSA's spying software; it appears that he was merely hoarding at his home.
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30A body cam video shows a Franklin County cop shooting an unarmed White man 7 times. A grand jury chose to not indict him.
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10Risk of famine looms in Yemen.
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25Saudi Arabia bombs a funeral in Yemen's capital, killing 155 people including the mayor, and injuring almost a thousand. The Saudi jets conducted a "double-tap" airstrike to kill first responders at the funeral home, with video evidence. Saudi Arabia is bombing the same city even after this airstrike as we speak. Update: Photos showing the fragments of the US-made bombs have emerged.
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20Blacks are still more likely than Whites to be arrested for marijuana even after legalization.
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49Trump makes history. The New York Times prints the expletives "fuck," "pussy" and "tits."
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47"Grab them by the pussy." Just in case you have not already thought of Trump as an awful person. John McCain has accused Trump of sexual assault and will not vote for him.
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17Hurricane Matthews has devastated 20,000 homes and killed 800 in Haiti.
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15The Intercept has published a four-part investigation series on corruption within the Chicago PD.
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10Max Blumenthal has released a two-part series on Syria: Inside the shadowy PR firm that’s lobbying for regime change in Syria. How the White Helmets became international heroes while pushing U.S. military intervention and regime change in Syria.
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13Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child using a flare.
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11A Black man is suing Ohio cops for smashing his face on a police cruiser's windshield.
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11The DOJ is investigating violence and rape inside Alabama men's prisons.
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11Texas ends its record-breaking streak of not executing people, a whole six months.
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17A Jewish man has been indicted after criticizing Israel at a Kansas library Q&A.
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10Harvard's cafeteria workers have gone on strike and are demanding $35,000 a year.
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15A worker freezes to death in the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, but it garners little response from the hotel or OSHA.
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5McDonald’s workers file sexual harassment complaint.
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6Lancashire's fracking ban has been overturned.
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5A prison strike organizer is facing retaliation after he spoke with NPR.
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10A Neo-Nazi march has been allowed in Cambridgeshire as a "charity" event.
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5Global debt hits an all-time high of $152 trillion.
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5Fatah Al-Sham, the former Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, continues to grow.
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4The Syrian Army continues its assault on rebel-held East Aleppo, securing several neighborhoods from Islamist groups. Here's an animated map of the recent advances. Update: The US is accusing Syria and Russia of committing war crimes while they try to capture East Aleppo.
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22Perhaps it's because the storm's name caught his attention, but Matt Drudge has decided to ramp up his climate change denialism by introducing "hurricane trutherism" with claims that the Obama Administration is exaggerating the danger of Hurricane Matthew to make climate change seem, you know, real.
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8 Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos is awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for working on a peace deal with the FARC, despite the outcome of the referendum.
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19An Iranian human rights activist got a 6 year prison sentence for writing an unpublished story about a stoning.
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16A study by the World Bank finds that signing up for ISIS isn't necessarily connected to a recruit's level of education as university graduates are more likely to volunteer as "suicide fighters" compared to the illiterate chuckleheads in DAESH's ranks. Other factors conducive to blowing yourself into smithereens for the caliphate were origin from a Islamic country, low level of religious knowledge and unemployment. (Link to World Bank study)
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13The US State Department has condemned Israel's expansion of settlements in the West Bank despite the US giving Israel $38 billion in foreign aid.
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15The audio tapes of John Kerry's meeting with Syrian rebels has been leaked.
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10These are the FBI's recruitment methods of informants near the border.
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9Inuit farmers in Labrador, Canada fear that they will be poisoned with methylmercury when flooding occurs in order to build a dam.
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21The Earth is at its hottest in 115,000 years.
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14Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence. (Autoplay video)
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7Lord Bell ran a $540m covert PR operation in Iraq for the Pentagon. Update: A more indepth look at the operation.
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19Next year's international women's chess championship is planned to be held in Iran and women will be required to wear the hijab. Many international women chess players have decided to boycott the event. There is a petition that readers can sign in hope of changing the venue.
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19The 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to a British man, a Frenchman and a Dutchman for developing molecular machines. PZ Myers is concerned that no woman got a physics Nobel prize in 50 years.
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30A teenager in Singapore was jailed for criticising Christianity and Islam. There are concerns over freedom of expression.
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22The federal Bureau of Prisons has renewed a contract with a private prison in Georgia, despite the supposed ban.
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19Experts decry solitary confinement for Chelsea Manning after suicide attempt.
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21A child rape lawsuit has been filed against Donald Trump (for the third time, having previously been withdrawn for unknown reasons). Witness testimony alleges that there may have been many other victims too.
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23You know who's mostly against banning trans women from women's bathrooms? Women.
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15Politically connected traders cashed in during the 2008 financial crisis. (Autoplay video)
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15Representative John Culberson, a House Republican, wants to freeze US naturalizations.
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18An LAPD officer has killed a Black teenager during a chase on foot.
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10A US airstrike in Somalia has killed 22 civilians.
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17US gasoline consumption is higher than ever.
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27Roseburg Forest Products, an Oregon-based timber company, is demanding that the city of Woods get its water somewhere else since they own the land where the populace gets its spring water from.
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14Israel has approved construction of 98 new settlements in the West Bank.

[edit] September 2016

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27"Fuck this guy", a Sacremento cop says before he attempts to run over a mentally ill Black man. He misses, but don't worry, they end up shooting him 14 times while he surrenders.
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19California no longer has a statute of limitations on rape charges.
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22The Dutch parliament has agreed to shut down all coal power plants.
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25The White House wants to add MENA (Middle East & N Africa) category to census. This could additionally add more protections from discrimination in housing/employment.
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16A US district judge in Texas has lambasted aggressive drug war tactics in a case involving a drug checkpoint.
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21In sunny Pasadena, California police kill an unarmed bipolar Black man after he called them for help.
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17Charlo Greene, the Alaskan reporter who quit on air to advocate for pot legalization, faces decades in prison for handling a "controlled substance".
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18Polish women to stage all-out strike to protest abortion ban.
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10The US has spent $4 million attepting to influence Cuban politics.
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12Syrian rebels are moving closer to al-Qa'eda.
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7Mahmoud Abbas attended the funeral of late Israeli leader Shimon Peres[wp] and expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased Meanwhile Hamas goes ballistic (Times of Israel)
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30Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has been suspended for the remainder of his term, without pay, for encouraging probate judges to defy SCOTUS on gay marriage. He is ineligible to run again when his term ends.
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11India has launched a "surgical" strike on militants on the border of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.
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11The FBI wanted to target Yemenis using student groups and mosques.
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9NYPD sent undercover officers to Black Lives Matter protest and collected ‘multimedia records’ of protests after the death of Eric Garner.
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8Another American airstrike in Afghanistan has killed 15 civilians.
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16NYC Uber and Lyft drivers are protesting for union rights.
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21Millennials have very little confidence in most major institutions.
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14About half of young college graduates between the ages of 22 to 27 are underemployed, most have liberal arts degrees.
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4Behind India's epidemic of farmer suicides.
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12A bill before the Russian parliament, backed by the government and based on a recommendation from the totally credible UN, would ban baby boxes where children can be safely surrendered to the care of a hospital. All while the Russian Orthodox Church is pushing to ban abortion. What should destitute mothers do instead? *crickets*
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20 Rachel Maddow of MSNBC has some interesting evidence about Trump and his business connection to Cuba during the embargo. For the record, Trump was rabidly pro embargo.
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19A Duke University study finds that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused widespread marsh erosion.
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16A UN report finds that the US and EU sanctions are harming Syrian citizens and crippling work.
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20The Scripps Institution of Oceanography says we’ve permanently pushed atmospheric carbon levels past 400 parts per million.
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16Across the US, police officers abuse confidential databases. (Autoplay video)
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13The UK has opened its secret files on Jewish terrorists in Palestine.
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18US Congress rejects Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which means relatives of 9/11 victims can now sue the Saudi government. Basically the entire Senate rejected the veto, Harry Reid being the only senator to support it, while Tim Kaine and Bernie Sanders abstained from voting.
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15Police have killed a mentally ill Black man in El Cajon, protestors take to the streets soon after.
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16Prison guards at Alabama's Holman prison didn't show up to work in order to show solidarity with the prisoners' strike.
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13A pharmacy argues that they have a First Amendment right to secretly sell drugs used for executions.
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14A study from the Columbia Law School finds that the ATF drug stings in Chicago targeted minorities.
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-7United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent believes that the U.S. owes Black people reparations.
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25Abolish Abortion Florida, a Florida-based Christian anti-abortion group, is pushing for a ballot initiative that would classify abortion as first-degree murder, a crime punishable by death in Florida.
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12The IDF Censor redacts 1 in 5 articles it reviews for publication.
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11Over 1,000 faculty members condemn bullying tactics employed by the shadowy ‘Canary Mission’ website.
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7California has become the 13th state to enact anti-BDS measures.
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8Facebook has apologized for disabling Palestinian news outlets, Quds News and Shebab News Agency, accounts.
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6The Housing and Finance Institute thinktank believes that housebuilding on towns and villages will solve the housing crisis in Britain.
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11Nearly half a million households in the United States lack proper plumbing.
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1360 percent of Australians would be concerned if a relative married a Muslim. (Autoplay video)
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10Elon Musk unveils his plan for colonizing Mars No word on whether it will include a hyperloop.
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11Hezbollah chief prefers Israel over Wahhabism.
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11General Haftar's troops have seized the Brega oil port.
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19Daesh receives most of its arms through Eastern Europe.
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19Concentrix, the US company used by the Brits in order to cut down on tax credit fraud, has continuously been receiving suicidal calls.
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14World leaders have approved of a refugee resettlement plan. The plan itself has no concrete solutions and will still allow countries to detain children, something the US pushed for.
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14Turkey is forcing Turkish Kurds into paramilitaries in order to permenantly occupy Kurdish villages.
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16Saudi Arabia will heavily cut public sector employee paychecks as Iran gains the edge in oil prices.
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22Saudi women file petition to end male guardianship system.
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20Baltimore man who called 911 for help dies after being punched by police.
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17A mass shooting at the Cascade mall ends with 5 dead. Another mass shooting in Houston by a gunman wearing a Nazi emblem injuries 9. (Autoplay video)
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21Syrian ceasefire collapses; experts say the situation and diplomatic efforts to stop it are as dire as when it first started in 2011.
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18Newly released documents show that the CIA knew Pinochet personally ordered Orlando Letelier's assassination.
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12Obama has approved construction of two more oil piplines.
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17The UK has been accused of blocking a UN inquiry into claims of war crimes in Yemen.
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20Students and student athletes across the US are protesting the national anthem and they are being threatened for it.
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6The city of Munich cancels a BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions[wp]) event because "It is probable that during the event the line between criticism of Israel and antisemitism will be crossed"
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26A Jordanian writer has been murdered just prior to his trial for sharing a "blasphemous" cartoon. Isn't it nice to have this infantile bullshit back again?
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17Body camera video shows a Maryland cop pepper-spraying a 15-year-old girl who is sitting in the back of a police cruiser. In Phoenix, 3 cops resign after they forced a teen to eat marijuana during a traffic stop. Lastly, the police officer who shot Charles Kinsey will not be charged. (Autoplay video)
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10The US military is using white phosphorus against ISIS troop formations in Iraq, again.
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15Chromium-6 chemical threatens two-thirds of Americans
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16Archeologists denounce Dakota Access pipeline for destroying artifacts.
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9A court rules that national security trumps free speech when it comes to 3d printed guns.
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11A study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine finds that immigrants aren't "stealing" American jobs.
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10Palestinian DAESH supporters in Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp are reportedly abandoning the organization in favour of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham following the arrest of local commander, Imad Yassine. How this will affect life in the camp is .not yet known.
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13A boat holding approximately 450 refugees has capsized off the coast of Egypt.
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12Pennsylvannia court throws out bargaining rights for home care workers.
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20KKK fliers are showing up across the US.
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21Far-right Jewish fundamentalists arrested for riot at Christian choir event in Jerusalem.
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-5Boston police Officer Kills Black Man over marijuana cigarette. False! Snopes confirms that the "Boston Tribune" and "Baltimore Gazette" (the sites peddling this story) are fake news sites. Snopes now has an article on this fake story.
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17The Syrian Army announces the start of the operation to retake Aleppo city from rebels, telling all civilians to flee from rebel areas and granting them amnesty.
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15Chelsea Manning gets 14 days in solitary confinement for her suicide attempt. Because, you know, that's really the ethical thing to do to suicidal inmates.
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20Video of police fatally shooting Keith Scott, a black man, in Charlotte, North Carolina. They shot him for allegedly having a gun. Update: A second video has been released. The Charlotte police have finally released both the body camera and the dashcam footage of Keith Scott.
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31Oculus founder, Palmer Luckey supports the alt-right movement by supporting an unofficial pro-Trump group that thinks "shitposting is powerful and meme magic is real" and makes derogatory memes on Hillary Clinton. Indie developers distance themselves and declare to no longer support the Oculus Rift.
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19 Benjamin Netanyahu gives his speech at the UN and has invited Mahmud Abbas to speak at the Knesset and said he would take a counter-invitation to Ramallah "for the sake of peace". (His full speech on YouTube)
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15Prosecutors in the Philippines call for the reintroduction of capital punishment following last year's arrest of the Australian citizen Peter Sully, accused by both countries of multiple counts of child abduction, murder, human trafficking, and running an online business producing and selling violent child rape videos.
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25Charlotte's police chief refuses to release the dashcam video of Keith Scott's killing, but they have shown it to his family; according to the family lawyer, he had his arms to his side when he was shot. Meanwhile, the police officer who killed Terence Crutcher will be charged with first-degree manslaughter.
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26State-sanctioned Christian prayer has returned.
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9 As another judge rules that the evidence collected by the FBI Playpen warrant is invalid and orders it suppressed, Senator Ron Wyden will try to force a debate on the changes to Rule 41 which will give the US government broad hacking authority after December 1st. (If you think it will help, sign a petition.)
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14Wells Fargo fired the whistleblowers who reported massive fraud.
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8As 26 civilians are killed in Hodeidah, Yemen by a Saudi coalition airstrike, the US Senate approves of a massive arms deal with the Saudis.
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20An inmate died of thirst after prison guards deprived him of water after he tried to flood his cell.
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12Attempted Mustard Gas attack against US and Iraqi soldiers conducted by IS.
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27Renewable energy comprises up to a third of the world's total electric capacity in 2015.
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18President Duterte of the Philippines lashes out at the EU for criticising his extrajudicial killings of accused criminals, citing past European colonialism, because that's apparently relevant somehow.
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21Saudi Arabia appears to be using white phosphorus in Yemen supplied by the US.
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10TiSA has been leaked. (The documents themselves.)
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26Massachusetts high court says Black men may have a legitimate reason to flee police and shouldn't be deemed suspicious for doing so.
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22HP is using firmware in their printers to sabotage off-brand ink.
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17A Federal bill in Congress would surrender 18 million acres of protected public land in Eastern Utah to gas and oil companies. Most of this land is sacred to the Native Americans living on or around it.
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8Seattle City Council approves worker-scheduling law.
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15The attorney general will ignore the White House's new report finding that commonly-used forensics are bogus. (The report itself.)
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15Fast food restaurants aren't doing enough to stop the overuse of antibiotics.
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9A water crisis in India sparks clashes in neighboring states.
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19Scientists incentivised to publish surprising results frequently in major journals, despite risk that such findings are likely to be wrong.
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16A study by the Economic Policy Institute reveals that the racial wage gap has worsened in recent decades. (The study itself.)
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17It's not just Wells Fargo that is fraudulently opening unauthorized bank accounts as more banks are using low wages and job insecurity to force employees to commit fraud.
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153 New York correctional officers are being charged with conspiracy and fraud as well as assault after they savagely beat a Black inmate.
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13A judge rules that the NYPD can now arrest and prosecute you without going through the DA.
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11DARPA wants an aerial dragnet to monitor urban drone traffic.
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21Protests erupt in Charlotte, North Carolina, after police officers kill a man while looking for their suspect. Update: 1 protestor has been shot by the police.
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21Don't cross the streams! A British pub invites its drinkers to show their appreciation for Trump every time they need to take a piss.
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33Donald Trump has used over $250,000 of charity money from the Trump Foundation to settle legal expenses for his businesses.
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27Video shows Tulsa police killing Terence Crutcher This link is behind a soft pay wall. Use incognito. while he is unarmed and has his hands up Accessible link (NSFW) while Tyre King's autopsy shows that he was shot while running away.
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12US covering up opposition breaches of Syria ceasefire, claims the totally impartial Russian government.
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273% of American adults own half of guns in the US.
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10Weapons makers hold lavish lovefest for Joseph Rixey, the Pentagon official who manages arms sales.
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11Ghassan Abdallah al-Sharbi, an Al-Qaeda bombmaker being held indefinitely at Gitmo, says that a Saudi royal family member recruited him.
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19George Washington University, a college that charges students $64,000 a year, is opening a food pantry for students who can't afford food.
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13Witnesses say that Korryn Gaines was killed by police out of frustration and that the police escalated the situation.
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23Police accidentally record themselves conspiring to fabricate criminal charges against a protester.
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10A study by scientists from Harvard University and Columbia University estimates 100,000 premature deaths have been caused by Indonesian haze.
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13Marijuana is legal, but only if you are a US citizen.
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21Even the National Review Online admits (with extensive numbers) that nobody except the conservative base cares about the conservative media bubble. (See also the author's earlier piece on the same topic.)
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17Millions of Africans face food insecurity as fish stocks diverted to make animal feed for Western factory farms.
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22If you still needed a reason not to hit your kids, a 50 year study finds that spanking is ineffective.
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13Congress will try to pass the TPP during Obama's lame duck session.
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21The sugar industry is manipulating scientific studies.
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18Dolphins in a Russian zoo have been recorded having a conversation.
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17August has been recorded as the hottest month ever recorded making it the 11th month in a row to break climate records. This will only be exacerbated now that we have destroyed a tenth of the Earth's wilderness in the last 25 years.
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16Many Black schools are increasingly becoming surveilled and policed.
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9UK students are going on a debt strike.
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11Joseph Michael Schreiber, the 9/11 Florida mosque arsonist, has turned himself in.
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14A pressure cooker bomb exploded in Manhattan on Saturday, leaving 29 injured. Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared it an act of terrorism, though no groups have yet come forward.
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9DAESH claims responsibility for a stabbing spree in Minnesota that left eight people injured on Saturday.
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16Colombia accepts role in 1980s killings of leftist politicians.
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9Julian Assange says he'll turn himself in if Obama pardons Chelsea Manning.
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12British war crimes: British MPs attack Cameron over Libya's collapse while a UK judge condemns British troops who drowned Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali, a 15-year-old Iraqi boy, in 2003.
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17Colin Powell's leaked emails seem to confirm that Israel has approximately 200 nuclear weapons.
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13A Saudi "double-tap" airstrike on a water well has killed 30 civilians. This kind of carnage shouldn't be surprising since one in three Saudi air raids on Yemen hit civilian sites.
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11The US has "accidentally" bombed static Syrian army positions near Deir al-Zor, allowing DAESH to briefly seize the area.
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7A cop in Columbus, Ohio lethally shot a 13-year-old boy multiple times because he had robbed someone with a BB gun.
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6Elizabeth Warren wants James Comey to explain why the DOJ didn't prosecute bank fraud after the 2008 economic crash.
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8Dr. Adam Hanieh, a British professor who was invited to give a lecture at Birzeit University, and TeleSUR journalist, Abby Martin, have both been denied entry due to "pro-Palestinian" views.
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15The Colonial Pipeline has burst in Shelby County, Alabama spilling over 336,000 gallons oil.
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14A study by the American Journal of Public Health has found that marijuana legalization reduces the use of opioids.
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16A London undercover police agent has been accused of urging anti-racist activists to commit arson. Meanwhile, the FBI will impose new restrictions that will make it harder for undercover agents to impersonate journalists, but they will still approve these tactics.
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9Video footage shows US commandos fleeing a Syrian town while rebels hurl anti-American insults at them.
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9Switching to cold showers reduce sick leave(but not sickness) by 27%
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26Because Scott Walker asked. The Guardian's story on recently obtained court documents which reveals the secretive influence of corporate cash on politics.
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30The post-9/11 wars have cost nearly $5 trillion.
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16ITT Tech students announce a debt strike after campus closures.
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20Kentucky governor Matt Bevin says conservatives may need to spill blood in order to retake the country.
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14Probe finds that popular children's websites tracked their users' activity.
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1422 people have been arrested protesting the Dakota Pipeline. A live stream of the event was taken down by Facebook; the posters claim it is politically motivated.
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22The ACLU and Amnesty International are asking President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden.
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23A new study confirms that human activities are responsible for the ongoing sixth mass extinction, which is compounded by global warming, climate change, and ocean acidification. Large marine creatures in particular face the greatest risk.
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16Bayer buys everyone's favorite corporate puppet masters, Monsanto, for $57 billion. "Blame it on Bayer" does have a better ring than "Monsanto Did It".
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20A former Ohio mayor has been arrested for raping a girl eight times from the age of four. He pleads not guilty, as she led him on.
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18Homophobic preacher and terrible human being, Steven Anderson banned from visiting South Africa.
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10In some cities, police go from stop-and-frisk to stop-and-spit.
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11A study from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School finds that US drug prices remain high without generic competitors.(Autoplay video)
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15Syrian Army allegedly shoots down Israeli warplane after it allegedly bombed Syrian Army positions on the border. Israel denies it.
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1623 prisoners have died in an Ethiopian prison known to hold political dissenters. It has been reported that they died while trying to escape.
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22A man tried to set a Muslim woman on fire in Midtown, New York City. The suspected motive behind the attack is an Islamaphobic hate crime.
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22A study by the Urban Institute has found that US teens in low-income communities often have to do sex work, save school lunches, sell drugs and join gangs for food
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5Facebook is collaborating with the Israeli government to determine what should be censored.
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11U.S. veterans support legal fight by Yemeni man whose relatives were killed in drone strike.
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17Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has finally resigned from Parliament altogether.
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20A union organizing workers at O'Hare airport is suing the airport over widespread wage theft.
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16US special ops training in Latin America has tripled.
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21Arizona's governor asked voters to fact check whether pot was safer than alcohol so the Washington Post did it for them.
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14A lawsuit alleges that the US dairy industry killed half a million dairy cows in order to fix the prices of dairy products.
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17A suggestion from the Quackwatch newsletter, where finally The Sun gets it right for a change: "How web giant Amazon ‘endangers’ the sick and vulnerable by ‘peddling bogus miracle cancer cures’".
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25So, will the Donald J. Trump Foundation receive as much public scrutiny as the Clinton Foundation? We'll see.
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17The Guardian has interviewed the chief investigator for the Senate intelligence committee’s inquiry on the CIA's torture programs, Daniel Jones, and releases a three-part series on how the CIA tried to interfere and cover-up the Senate torture report.
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13Another use for the goat has been found: Goats as yoga assistants! Aren't they wonderful animals?
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20A group of about 10 louts verbally harass two French women over what they apparently judged to be revealing leg-wear, calling them "whores". When the women's husbands and a male friend came to their defence, they were severely beaten.
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11Turkey to oust 28 pro-Kurdish mayors and administrators.
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19Stifling dissent: An arrest warrant has been issued for Amy Goodman for her coverage of the Dakota Pipeline. The US has also blocked Craig Murray's visa without explanation.
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16The ocean will no longer be a buffer against global warming.
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14Disease studies: A study by Radiology finds that Zika damage to brain goes well beyond microcephaly. Another study by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has found a mosquito virus that's broken up into pieces.
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