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September 2021

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11Rwanda Rwanda genocide hero, Paul Rusesabagina, is found guilty on trumped-up terrorism-related charges.
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13Poland European Union The European Court of Justice has ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of €500 000 ($586 000, £429 000) for as long as it fails to comply with an order to cease operations at a coal mine near the borders of Germany and Czechia. A Polish deputy minister, however, says that the EU "won't get a single cent" from Warsaw.
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15United Kingdom England An English doctor is sentenced to 14 1/2 years in jail after nearly killing his partner in an attempted exorcism.
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8United Statesthe World Senate Republicans say they will vote to allow a debt default, leaving Democrats scrambling to avert economic collapse
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16AfghanistanThe Taliban government has turned the former headquarters of the Afghan women's ministry into the new seat of its morality police, the "Ministries of Prayer and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice". The old ministry's female employees have been unceremoniously fired and told to remain home.
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13United StatesHaitiThe US is planning a massive operation to deport roughly 12,000 Haitian migrants back to their home country, operating under a pandemic-related March 2020 executive order to expel all migrants without giving them the opportunity to seek asylum.
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17United StatesAfghanistan U.S. government admits that it killed ten civilians and no terrorists during an August 29 Kabul drone strike that was initially hailed as "righteous".
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23United StatesCalifornia. The world's largest tree, the General Sherman, has been wrapped in fire-resistant blankets, as a wildfire rages through Sequoia National Park.
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15United Kingdom Bell v. Tavistock, a decision that banned people under 16 from using puberty blockers, has been successfully appealed.
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14United Kingdom Johnson's latest dead cat while Britain burns, reverse metrication. Global Britain, yeah right!
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22United StatesMonths after being convicted of murdering George Floyd, former police officer Derek Chauvin will return to court on civil rights charges for a 2017 case where he allegedly beat a 14 year-old black boy with a flashlight and held him down by the throat.
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15United Kingdom One of the most noted computer boffins of the British microcomputer era, Sir Clive Sinclair has died aged 81 to a long illness.
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35United States the World Far-right hosting provider EpikWikipedia gets hacked by Anonymous. The hackers released all of the company's domain registrations, WHOIS records, DNS settings, GoDaddy logins, and pretty much every internal detail related to the operation of the company. The only element deliberately omitted is credit card information.
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15United States Pennsylvania. An all-white school board in York, Pennsylvania, unanimously bans several anti-racist children's books, including a book about Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai's autobiography, and a Sesame Street town hall on racism.
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30United States As four of the six living US Presidents attend memorial services commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Trump spends the day commentating on a boxing match.
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13GermanyRussia Nordstream 2 is now completed.
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14China Growing worries that China's largest property company Evergrande GroupWikipedia might default or have a huge government bailout, due to the company's massive debts of $300 billion.
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36MexicoThe Mexican Supreme Court has had its own Roe v. Wade moment, by ruling that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion as a crime. (Statement from the Court)
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24Afghanistan The Taliban unveils the new government of Afghanistan, featuring a Prime Minister who's on a UN blacklist and an Interior Minister who's wanted by the FBI.
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31Panama "Last year, three cryptocurrency enthusiasts bought a cruise ship. They named it the Satoshi, and dreamed of starting a floating libertarian utopia. It didn’t work out." A heartwarming tale of seasteading and libertarian ineptitude.
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12Afghanistan The taliban claims the Panjshir resistance is defeated as the Taliban seizes the provincial capital and chases the militias off to the mountains
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25Guinea Military coup in Guinea, with the president arrested and the national assembly dissolved
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30United StatesTexas. Hosting provider GoDaddy stops providing services to anti-abortion group Right to Life. The group had been hosting a "whistleblowing" site to assist people in reporting people who broke the Texan anti-abortion law. The site was subsequently put online with the services of Epik (the former hoster of 8chan and the Daily Stormer, both of which are now hosted by a company ran by Epiks CTO).
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20Japan Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan, will step down later this month. Despite being in office less than a year, his approval ratings have tanked due to Japan's large Covid outbreak and slow vaccination program.
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19New Zealand An ISIS-inspired terrorist is shot dead by police after stabbing 6 people in an Auckland supermarket.
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12United KingdomThis is no laughing matter, but Home Secretary Priti Patel is planning to restrict the sale of nitrous oxide [laughing gas] due its usage as legal high.
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19United Kingdom What is regarded as the biggest data leak in the UK, a leak involving names and map coordinates of 110 000 legal gun owners who used a gun trading website has been revealed. It is believed that it has connections with anti-hunting animal rights activists.
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31Ireland Irish population reaches five million for first time since 1851 census
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26Texas. Texas bans abortion after 6 weeks. Note that many people may not even know they are pregnant at 6 weeks. The law also allows anyone to bring a civil suit against someone who has provides or assists an abortion, i.e., the stalkers who sit outside of Planned Parenthood and go out of their way to dox any girl walking in the door (e.g., get their license plate number and use that to harass them) now have the ability to sue the women abortion facilitators, and they will. Even more disturbingly, it's unclear if the legal threat applies to helping women who go to another state to get an abortion.
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25United Kingdom The Brexit hits keep coming, as the NHS tells GPs and hospitals to reduce the number of blood tests performed, due to a shortage of sample vials. Oh, and pub chain Wetherspoons, owned by pro-Brexit Tim Martin, is running out of beer.

August 2021

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22Algeria The last place in the world that still sold leaded petrol, Algeria has finally stopped regular sale of the fuel after pressure from the UN.
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15China Kids under the age of 18 in China will only be allowed to play online games for one hour each week and only on Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening.
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14Belize Rumours are swirling around that Belize is thinking about following in the footsteps of Barbados in becoming a republic, due to tabled proposed changes to the Governor General by the government.
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28EgyptEgyptian scientists uncover a 43 million year-old fossil of a previously-unknown amphibious whale species that had four legs and a "strong raptorial feeding style."
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21AfghanistanUnited StatesA US Reaper drone has killed the DAESH militant who allegedly planned the Kabul Airport bombing that killed 13 US soldiers. The US says no civilians were killed.
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29United StatesMichigan. A Michigan judge holds parents liable for throwing away their son's porn collection.
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19the WorldUnited StatesThe NOAA and American Meteorological Society report that atmospheric CO2 concentrations are the highest they've been in 800,000 years. The net global uptake of anthropogenic carbon by oceans in 2020 was 30% higher than the 1999–2019 average. The report also notes that while anthropogenic CO2 emissions dropped 6% in 2020 due to the pandemic, the reduction did not significantly impact atmospheric CO2 accumulation during the same period.
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0United StatesThe US Supreme Court has ended Biden's eviction moratorium on the basis that it could not continue without Congressional approval. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan dissented.
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15AfghanistanUnited States At least 13 US servicemen and 170 civilians have been killed following twin-bombings targetting civilains fleeing Kabul.
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25United Kingdom Left-winger Sharon Graham has won the election to be the next general secretary of the UK & Ireland's biggest private sector trade union, UniteWikipedia. Momentously with her election, the three big heads of the trade union movement in the UK are women, with Frances O'Grady of the TUC and Christina McAnea of UNISON.
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20United Kingdom Brexit labour shortages force employers in the meat industry to expand work placement scheme for prisoners.
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11United Kingdom After 50 Nando's restaurants had to close temporarily due to supply chain problems leaving them sans chicken, McDonald's now has issues with milkshakes and bottled drinks. Notably this only seems to affect stores in Great Britain and not Northern Ireland. I wonder why...
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15AfghanistanThe National Resistance Front of Afghanistan has established a stronghold in the Panjshir Valley, a region famous for fighting off invasions, and says it has thousands of fighters ready to hold out against the Taliban. The valley is currently under siege.
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25the WorldUnited KingdomHow BP invented the 'carbon footprint' to turn climate change into a matter of Personal Responsibility™ and lifestyle one-upmanship.
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22United States NPR: Feds Deliberately Targeted BLM Protesters to Disrupt the Movement, a Report Says. [Disclosure: The organization who produced the report has direct connections to BLM]
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34France United States American-French singer-dancer Joséphine Baker, who actively resisted Nazi Germany during WW2 and who fought against racism & antisemitism, is to be given one of France's highest honours by being re-buried beside the great heroes of France in the Panthéon this November. This would make her the first Black woman to given the honour.
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2United KingdomHalf of Britons think US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan was wrong
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30the WorldGreenlandRain (as in, unfrozen water) fell on the peak of Greenland's ice sheet for the first time in recorded history.
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16United Kingdom The f-word has overtaken "bloody" as the UK's most used swear word, with "shit" being the second most common according to research from the Department of English at Aston University. However, fucking hell, swearing has fallen overall by 27%.
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29United Statesthe District of Columbia. Following on from a situation in Washington, DC, where a Trump supporter claimed to have a bomb, and was going to blow up the Capitol, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Al) issued a statement, saying, "Yes, more of that, please."
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22United Kingdom Scotland Around 20 protesters entered without paying and tried to seize Edinburgh Castle, to ‘free Scotland’ from ‘corrupt powers' by claiming Magna Carta. Except Magna Carta doesn't apply to Scotland, as Scotland was an independent kingdom at the time of its signing in 1215 and laws predating the Act of Union of 1707 do not apply to Scotland.
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33United States According to NIH's clinical study registry, Moderna may as soon as this week begin an HIV mRNA vaccine study set to last until Spring 2023. Previous HIV vaccines attempts have been lackluster.
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8Germany United Kingdom Russia More revelations about David Smith, a security guard for the British embassy in Berlin who has been caught by the German secret services passing documents to Russians for money. Suspicions were raised after he was passing large amounts of money around without going to bank.
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28Afghanistan Kabul and the Afghan government have fallen. The Taliban plans to announce the reestablishment of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan soon from within the presidential palace, which it has just taken over.
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17Germany Luxembourg Russia Plans to broadcast RT Deutsch in Germany, by circumventing German broadcasting laws by broadcasting in Luxembourg, have been dashed after the Luxembourgeois government refused to give the channel a broadcasting licence.
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20AfghanistanUnited StatesMajor developments in Afghanistan: President Ghani resigns and flees the country, the Taliban surround Kabul and demand "unconditional surrender", and US embassy staff begin evacuating Kabul by helicopter.
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21United Kingdom The UK makes it illegal to import and export detached shark fins and all products that contain them.
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27United StatesDavid Mikkelson, owner and main author of the debunking website Snopes, plagiarized several articles between 2015 and 2019. He has been suspended from his duties at Snopes.
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21United Statesthe WorldData from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that July was the hottest recorded month in human history.
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20United Kingdom England Five people murdered in Britain's worst mass shooting since 2010.
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25Brazil Brazil's lower house of Congress has voted in favour of expelling a Evangelical pastor turned lawmaker who has been accused of ordering the murder of her husband, with whom she has raised 55 children. Her former husband is also one of the many children she has adopted.
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16the WorldSpain A leaked draft of the next IPCC report says that greenhouse gas emissions must peak within the next four years, with coal and gas-fired power stations needing to be shutdown within the next decade, along with lifestyle and behavioral changes needed to avoid a climate breakdown
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22United Kingdom Scotland United States Activists have been given the go ahead to petition a court in Scotland for an unexplained wealth orderWikipedia on Trump, in relation to his purchases of two golf courses in Scotland.
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17United States Gay Pride Flag.svg In the latest edition of the comic, the character Tim Drake (who is Batman's sidekick Robin) has come out as bisexual. He outed himself by accepting an invitation from another male character.
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13United Kingdom An ex loyalist paramilitary who was earlier jailed for firebombing a pub which killed two in 1971, has been found behind an online hate campaign against the opening of a new integrated Irish language nursery in predominately unionist East Belfast.
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22Libya Russia A computer tablet that was accidently left in Libya has provided new revelations about the mercenary organization the Wagner GroupWikipedia and its connections to Russia.
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35United StatesNew York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has finally resigned for several instances of sexual assault.
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26Finland1,000 year-old remains of an early medieval warrior from Finland, previously thought to have been female, turn out under analysis to have belonged to a non-binary person. Despite the remains being buried in a traditionally female costume, researchers concluded that the buried person was anatomically male and likely had Klinefelter syndrome. The abundance of rare artifacts found in the grave indicate that the individual was highly respected and buried with honor.
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27United Kingdom In an alarming row, a crowd of protesting anti-vaxxers stormed the BBC Television Centre today... about 8 years too late. The building, now largely flats, offices, and a handful of studios used by ITV, hasn't been the BBC's headquarters since 2013.
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16United Kingdom Radio presenter James O'Brien has won a case by the broadcasting ombudsman against the libertarian "think-tank" the Institute of Economic Affairs, over claims the registered charity is a politically motivated lobbying organisation funded by “dark money”.
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23United Nations The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (yet again) determines that we're screwed if we keep burning fossil fuels, though some hope remains.
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18Pakistan An 8 year old Hindu boy in Pakistan is charged with blasphemy after peeing in a Madrassa library, the youngest ever to be charged under a law frequently used against religious minorities in Pakistan.
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16Ireland Environment minister Ossian Smyth has confirmed that the government is planning to introduce a single-use coffee cup levy in early 2022.
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45Barbados Barbados' prime minister Mia Motley has said that the country is on course to officially removing Queen Elizabeth as the head of state and becoming a parliamentary republic this year on the island-nation's independence day, November 30th.
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27United StatesJapanThe US State Department is trying to find a nearly $6,000 bottle of whisky that the Japanese government gave to former secretary Mike Pompeo. Despite being required to record diplomatic gifts, neither the government nor Pompeo knows what became of the booze.
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40BelarusPolandJapanBelarusian Olympic sprinter Krystina Timanovskaya flees Tokyo to take refuge in Poland, fearing that her government would persecute her for publicly criticizing Belarus' coaches.
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8the United States. Missouri. Pair of douches who pointed guns at protesters given pardon. With the pardon, the couple may find it easier to once again own more guns.
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27JapanUnited Kingdom Kokona Hiraki, aged 12 and Sky Brown, aged 13 have become the youngest ever person of each of their own countries to get an Olympic medal, in women's skateboarding.

July 2021

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17United Kingdom Priti Patel's Home office set up a fake website, aimed at migrants, which contains misleading information.
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16TaiwanChina Retired general tells the military to overthrow the Democratic Progressive government and surrender Taiwan to the People's Dictatorship Republic of China
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11Bosnia and HerzegovinaThe Republika Srpska's parliament unanimously adopted amendments to its criminal law introducing 5-year jail terms for people who "disparage or label" Bosnian Serbs as genocidal or aggressive in their actions during the Yugoslav Wars. This measure is in response to national efforts to ban denial of the Bosnian Genocide.
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28Luxembourg Tech giant Amazon has been fined a record €746 million ($885 million, £637 million) by a court in Luxembourg for breaching data privacy regulations. This is the largest fine ever given out by a European court for breaches of GDPR.
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23Ireland Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, the head of the Irish Defence Forces has said that climate change is the single biggest threat to the country. He cites the recent forest fires in Howth, Co. Dublin as an example.
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17United StatesTexas. In recent weeks, an activist group calling itself "Dallas Justice Now" has been sending flyers and vague doxxing threats to rich, white Dallas households about a "college pledge" that has naturally been going viral in right-wing circles/news media. However, investigations into the organization suggest DJN itself may be an elaborate hoax.
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11 United Kingdom In the strange twist from the heirs of Thatcher, a Conservative government through the Ministry of Defence have nationalised a steel mill for £2.6 million for defence reasons.
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22the World The world faces an onslaught of coastal flooding starting in the mid-2030s due to a "wobble" in the moon's orbit, a natural occurrence that was first recorded in 1728
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36United StatesArizona. Donald Trump raised $75 million to "Stop the Steal" and has spent $0 on it, not even donating to the GOP-led audit in Arizona
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25United StatesPolice are telling new "Shotspotter" app to fake evidence from gunshot-detecting AI. And people still wonder why we want to hold the police accountable.
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21United StatesFlorida. Florida-Man is at it again! Man attempts to walk several thousand miles across ocean in strange device.
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27United Kingdom Speaking at the “Worldwide Rally for Freedom” in Trafalgar Square, former nurse and full-time nutjob, Kate Shemirani, compared doctors and nurses of the NHS to Nazis, and suggested they should be hanged.
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17Iran At least eight people killed in Khuzestan, Iran as the state cracks down on protests against water shortages
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35United StatesOhio. 21-year-old Ohio incel arrested and charged with a hate crime for planning a mass shooting at university sororities.
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10 United Kingdom Left-wing Labour MP Dawn Butler has been temporarily suspended from the House of Commons, for using unparliamentary language by calling the prime minister a liar.
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34United Kingdom Convicted fraudster and far-right pundit Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has been convicted of libel against 16 year old Syrian refugee and ordered to pay him damages of £100 000, and the legal costs of £500 000.
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22Japan Olympic flag.svg Kentaro Kobayashi, the creative director of the Olympics' opening ceremony, is fired one day before the ceremony is due to take place for having made jokes about the Holocaust.
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15Poland A municipal council decided to investigate if a theater troupe that does a witch act are actual witches promoting occultism, sorcery and Satan worship. (source in Polish)
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27United StatesTexas. The Texas Senate voted 18-4 to pass Senate Bill 3, which drops requirements for teachers to include lessons on Cesar Chavez, Susan B. Anthony, the history of Native Americans, the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights-related figures and documents in their curriculums. The bill is currently stalled in the House. Also: the bill drops the requirement that schools teach why slavery and the KKK were morally wrong.
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15 United States Billionaire takes penis extension to space.
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16 United Kingdom Met Office issues first ever extreme heat warning amid sweltering conditions
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35Malaysia Police destroy 1,069 Bitcoin miners with big ass steamroller and charged the operators with stealing electricity
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19United Kingdom On the 17th, Northern Ireland recorded its hottest ever day recorded with temperatures reaching 31.2°C (88.2°F) in the townland of Ballywatticock, Co. Down. Update: On the 22nd, the city of Armagh beat that at 31.4°C (88.5°F).
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36SwazilandeSwatini, Africa's last absolute monarchy, has been wracked with protests over the fact that King Mswati III and his 15 wives live in opulence while more than two-thirds of the population lives below the poverty line. 40 people have died in police crackdowns so far, and the king has called the protests "Satanic".
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27United States A right wing "crypto millionaire," capitalizing on the disdain American conservatives have for "liberal" Silicon Valley and the mainstream media, launched a US$500 "Freedom Phone" targeting the MAGA crowd that claims to allow America's "patriots" to take "back control" of their lives from the tech oligarchy. The phone, which has virtually no published technical specifications, appears to be a cheap Chinese-made Android knockoff, is almost certainly full of security bugs, and is a scam.
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14United Kingdom GB News is in private crisis talks after suspending a presenter after he took the knee on air, and an executive has left the company board.
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24United Kingdom GB News has literally hit rock bottom, after the viewer ratings occasionally hitting zero.
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20GermanyBelgiumOver 60 dead, dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe. UPDATE: At least 120 dead. With hundreds unaccounted for, the number will probably keep on rising for the next days.
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19United StatesCalifornia. Protest against trans-inclusive spa sees collusion between far-right disinformation spreaders and gender critical narratives
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30Brazil Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro hospitalised after suffering from ‘chronic’ hiccups over the last 10 days
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19United Kingdom SDLP MP Colum Eastwood has used his parliamentary privilegeWikipedia to reveal the name of British paratrooper “Soldier F” who allegedly murdered two unarmed men during Bloody Sunday in 1972.
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24United StatesCalifornia. Death Valley has broken its own record for recording the hottest temperature on Earth, at 130°F (54.4°C), in less than a year.
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34Cuba ‘Freedom!’ Thousands of Cubans take to the streets to demand the end of dictatorship amid huge economic downturn.
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23United States Virginia. A statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee has been removed from Charlottesville, Virginia. Attempts to remove the statue in August 2017 led to the "Unite the Right" march at which anti-racism protester Heather Heyer was murdered.
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32the World Murdoch's attempt to create a conservative Google News copycat called Knewz, is killed-off after only 18 months.
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35United States Study on American religious affiliation in 2020 shows a decrease in the number of white evangelicals, and the stabilization of the growth rate of the religious unaffiliated. The shares of the religious unaffiliated has also increased in both parties
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17United StatesSaudi Arabia Saudi Arabia plans to launch a new digital 'news' platform in the USA.
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18Ireland The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has upheld eight complaints about RTÉ's "God is a Rapist" sketch after complainers said that the sketch in question mocks the Catholic faith.
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26IsraelIsrael's controversial law that bars Palestinians from earning residency in Israel through marriage failed a renewal vote in the Knesset as multiple members of PM Bennett's governing coalition refused to endorse it. Netanyahu and his Likud Party also voted against the renewal in an effort to undermine the new government.
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23Haiti Haiti's President, Jovenel Moise has been assassinated, during an armed attack on his private residence.
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21Netherlands Famous Dutch crime reporter Peter R. De Vries (notable for tracking down the kidnappers of Freddy HeinekenWikipedia) gets shot in the head in broad daylight. De Vries survives the shot (for now). Two suspects have been arrested, the shooter likely included. Update: De Vries died of his injuries 9 days after the shooting.
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19United StatesAfghanistan US troops quietly leave Bagram airbase in the early hours of the morning.... and Afghan forces seem to be collapsing in a replay of Vietnam 1975. Something about land war, Asia, and don't do it.....
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22Canada Justin Trudeau has announced that Mary Simon, a Québécois-born Inuk leader and former diplomat has been chosen to become Canada's next governor general, replacing Julie Payette. She would be Canada's first indigenous governor general.
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12France The dipshits in the French Senate have voted against a referendum that would enshrine the fight against climate change in the French constitution. Right-wingers whine about this potentially harming commerce for about the twenty quadrillionth time. This comes as Emmanuel Macron is pressured by environmentalists to do literally anything drastic to curtail the warming climate.
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9United Kingdom the World WTF and what is the point!? The British government has send a notice to the UN stating that from the 28th September 2021, after 111 years the official country code for vehicles is changing from GB to UK.
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14United Kingdom The main sugar manufacturer in the UK, British Sugar is taking the government to court over the new post-Brexit tariff regime on sugar claiming it is in effect a subsidy to its rival the US-owned Tate & Lyle. This is the first time such court action is happening, and it should be noted that Tate & Lyle is a major Tory party donor and supporter of Brexit.
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22CanadaThe recent freak heatwave in western Canada is now linked to nearly 500 deaths.
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14United States Florida. Florida now moves to demolish the last remaining parts of the Surfside condominium building ahead of tropical cyclone Elsa. The rescue operation has been suspended until this is complete..
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17Cuba Cuba is evacuating 70,000 Cubans as tropical cyclone Elsa creeps up upon the Cuban coast. At least 4 people across the Caribbean are known to have perished in this storm..
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-9United Kingdom The UK's fourth-largest grocer Morrison's have provisionally agreed to be taken over by a private investment company Fortress for $8.7 billion, however, one of the supporting companies of the takeover is linked to the Koch brothers.
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18Russia France Russia has signed a new law changing the PGI law on champagne meaning that champagne can be only made in Russia and that French champagne can only be described as “sparkling wine”. In return, the owner of champagne makers Moët & Chandon and Dom Perignon, popular with the Russian nouveau riche have said they are stopping exports to the country.
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15Mexico Hidalgo has become the third state in México to nullify the penalties for elective abortion.
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21Mexico The Gulf of Mexico briefly caught fire after an undersea gas pipeline belonging to state-owned company Petróleos Mexicanos burst.
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28the WorldCanada The heat-wave in Canada (and in Siberia, Russia) defies all worst-case climate models, proving how serious climate change is, for the umpteenth time.
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-13United States Arizona. By a 6-3 vote, the US Supreme Court has upheld voting restrictions in Arizona, effectively overturning most of what remains of the Voting Rights Act. In his majority opinion, Justice Alito wrote that, "the mere fact that there is some disparity in impact does not necessarily mean that a system is not equally open".
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8United Kingdom Two separate trials against former soldiers accused of murder have been dropped, including a Bloody Sunday trial which was crucial in the Good Friday Agreement.
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-5Bill Cosby is freed from prison after the Pennsylvania supreme court finds that the government broke a prior agreement not to prosecute him in exchange for his waiver of Fifth Amendment rights in a civil case. It is an egregious slander of the women who were raped by him.
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29Canada More than 100 people dead, in Canada's heatwave, which has seen three consecutive days of record highs, peaking at 49.6°C (121°F) at the end of June. Lytton, B.C. where the highest temperature was recorded, has been destroyed by wildfires.

June 2021

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23European Union Based on an earlier petition that the EU received from 1.4 million citizens, both the European Commission and the European Parliament have agreed to phase out caged animal farming in its entirety by 2027.
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38BrazilWill Brazil manage to do to Bolsonaro what America couldn't do to Trump? Bolsonaro’s impeachment ‘super motion’ lodged in the Chamber
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24Ireland Ireland's largest high-interest lender Provident has said it is closing its business, no longer collecting any monies, and any debts people have with the provider would be written off.
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31United States Bush Defense Secretary and architect of the Afghan and Iraq wars, Donald Rumsfeld has died.
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22United Kingdom The UK's third-largest Protestant denomination, the Methodist Church has overwhelmingly voted to allow same-sex marriages to be performed in its churches.
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3United StatesPennsylvania. Pennsylvania's Supreme Court overturns Bill Cosby's rape conviction.
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22Canada Another day, another residential school, another 182 bodies.
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18United States Leaked documents reveal that the membership of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans includes VIPs, military officers and elected officials, and that the neo-confederate organization has been growing over a desire to protect confederate statues
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26United States It has been revealed that one of the biggest corporate sponsors to the GOP, especially to candidates who believed that the 2020 vote was fraudulent, is the Japanese motor manufacturer Toyota.
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32the World YouTube has permanently banned the media watchdog group Right Wing Watch, and denied their appeal. As of writing, YouTube has not responded to a request for comment. Update: Article says ban is removed and was "a mistake".
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26United Kingdom Despite having good ratings at the start, GB News has been trounced in viewing figures by Welsh language programmes in the ratings including the soap Pobol y Cwm and the children's programme Patrôl Pawennau (Paw Patrol).
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14United Kingdom Scotland Social reformer and women's education champion Flora StevensonWikipedia will be the first woman to appear on a Royal Bank of Scotland banknote,
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14United Statesthe World No ET, no answers: A comprehensive intelligence report on 143 UFOs (of which 18 have "unusual movement patterns or flight characteristics") is finally released.
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18United Kingdom After being caught on CCTV breaking COVID regulations by kissing and hugging his mistress Gina Coladangelo, and then giving her a paying non-executive directorship in the health service, Matt Hancock has resigned as Health Secretary. Update: Randian former chancellor Sajid Javid has been chosen to replace Hancock.
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5China Argentina Falkland Islands China recognizes Argentina's claim over the Falklands
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31United States Minnesota. Derek Chauvin, convicted of murdering George Floyd, sentenced to 22.5 years in jail.
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24United StatesSince the beginning of the War on Terror, suicides have taken more than four times as many lives among active-duty US military personnel than combat.
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21 United Kingdom Gibraltar Voters in a referendum on the British overseas territory of Gibraltar have voted to liberalise the territory's strict abortion laws.
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40United StatesNew York. Rudy Giuliani suspended from NYS Bar Association over election lies; The court cited "there is uncontroverted evidence that respondent communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign." (PDF)
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33Canada An archeological expedition led by the Cowessess First Nation has announced its discovery of 751 mostly unmarked graves on the former grounds of the Marieval Indian Residential School and 215 similar graves were found at another. We don't know if there are any more to be found. [1] [2] The children were neglected and many were abused Because the children were neglected so many of them died. The Roman Catholic Church ran these two schools and the people running them must have known too many children were dying. Yet those running the schools continued unrepentent with bad practise till so many were dead. Then Catholics try to lecture the rest of us on what they consider gravely sinful.
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12United Kingdom European Union One benefit of EU membership, tariff-free mobile phone roaming across the EU has been scrapped by the UK's biggest networks EE from January 2022. While another one, O2 is lowing its data limit.
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26 United StatesConnecticut. Connecticut legalizes recreational pot
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16 United StatesFlorida. Florida moves towards authoritarianism by requiring college students and professors to register their political views
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16 United Kingdom TV commercials for foods high in salt, sugar and fat will only be allowed to air in the UK between 9:00 at night and 5:30 in the morning.
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28United StatesSpain John McAfee, computer security pioneer and libertarian eccentric, has been found dead in a Spanish prison shortly after a court granted his extradition to the US on tax charges.
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14 United States In light of a lawsuit that claimed Subway's tuna sandwiches contained no tuna, laboratory tests detected "no tuna DNA in 60 inches of tuna sandwiches that were examined." This could be because there is no tuna, or it's been so processed as to make DNA unidentifiable.
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15 United Kingdom The British government is planning to sell the publicly-owned, commercial broadcaster Channel 4.
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16 United Kingdom Proposals for schoolchildren to sing a government-backed patriotic song “One Britain, One Nation” on Friday, have been seen as a spoof and cringeworthy.
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37 United Kingdom Alan Turing, the computer pioneer who helped save the world from Nazism before being persecuted by his own country for being gay, appears on the new £50 note that has just gone into circulation.
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23 United States Nevada. Carl Nassib of the Las Vegas Raiders is the first active NFL player to come out as gay.
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8 Australia Barnaby Joyce sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister "after Michael McCormack was ousted in a leadership spill."
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28 United Kingdom An investigation by ITV News has found a UK Amazon warehouse has been destroying millions of items of unsold stock, including expensive electronics and needed PPE, each year.
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21 New Zealand Transgender Pride flag.svg New Zealand weighlifter Laurel Hubbard has been chosen to become the first transgender [AMAB] athlete to compete at the Olympics.
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16Germany Germany is planning to outlaw flying the flag of Hamas, by putting it on the list of prohibited symbols in German Criminal Code. This would put the flag on the same level as flying the Nazi swastika flag, and black flag of ISIS.
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27China China has launched its first crew to the Tianhe module, which is the first module of the Tiangong space station.
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41United States The House of Representatives voted to repeal 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which allowed the United States to invade Iraq during the Iraq War. The bill passed 268-161 and now moves to the senate.
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19Hungary In an audacious effort to further curtail the modicum of rights the LGBTQIA+ community even possesses in Hungary, the government has passed a law which outright bans any LGBTQIA+ presence in under-18 television shows or in school materials for underage constituents. This comes as the far-right Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán and his party Fidesz set out to assail the LGBTQIA+ communities in Hungary.
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42United States By a 7-2 vote, the US Supreme Court has upheld Obamacare and rejected a last-ditch legal effort by Republican-controlled states to overturn the healthcare law. The two dissents were Alito and Gorsuch.
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23United Kingdom GB News, the pro-Brexit, anti-woke, poor cousin to Fox News launches, and is a prefect mix of amateur hour mistakes and long monologues about how they're a station that won't do long monologues. Highlight so far, besides badly spelled chyrons, is a guest who felt the need to explain the difference between a pedophile and ephebophile, when defending Jeffery Epstein.
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39United States US to add federal holiday marking end of slavery.
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28South Africa Turns out that story about the 10 babies (see below) appears to be a mix of some weird hoax, and very shoddy journalism.
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28United States United Kingdom Allegations have been uncovered that Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficing ring also included the United Kingdom, and questions have been raised about why it was not investigated by the Metropolitan Police.
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-10Ireland Legislation has been put forward to allow gardaí [police] to demand passwords for devices when carrying out search warrants.
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39Isle of Man Gay Pride Flag.svg The Isle of Man holds its first ever Pride event.
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42United Kingdom England Scotland Wales Gay men in sexually active monogamous relationships are finally allowed to donate blood in England, Scotland and Wales.
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52Israel He's out! Benjamin Netanyahu has been ousted as prime minister of Israel, however far-right politician Naftali Bennett has been sworn in as prime minister.
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25United Kingdom Rupert Murdoch has written down the value of The Sun newspapers to zero as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic helped to fuel a £200m loss at his flagship tabloid titles.
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79United States Canada The Keystone XL Pipeline project has been terminated.
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24South Africa EDIT: South African woman allegedly gave birth to 10 babies, only for it to turn out to be a hoax. This is one month after another woman (also from Africa) broke the record with 9 babies.
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-11 El Salvador El Salvador's president has said he is proposing a bill which would make the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, the country's second official currency together with the American dollar. Update: Bill has been approved by the Salvadoran congress, and it is now official.
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39India Tamil Nadu set to become the first state to ban conversion therapy after Madras High Court ruling in favor of lesbian couple
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42Canada Flag of Ontario.svg A Toronto statue of Egerton Ryerson, the founder of the Indian Residential Schools system, whose system was the site of a massacre of 215 Indigenous children in Kamloops, has been pulled down. Also a petition by the resident faculty of the namesake university, has demanded that the university change its name.
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31RussiaGermany David Dushman, last surviving liberator of Auschwitz, dies aged 98
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40United States Italy Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows put forward the bizarre and laughable claim that Italian military satellites interfered with voting machines to change the votes from Trump to Biden.
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38United Kingdom England 70 metre replica of Noah's Ark is impounded as unseaworthy in England. Just as well the real Noah didn't have such busybodies.
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45United StatesCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapanUnited KingdomEuropean Union Finance ministers of the G-7 have provisionally agreed to create a minimum corporation tax of 15%, and to curb the tax avoidance of the big tech.
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24United KingdomScotland Scottish "gender critical feminist" Marion Millar has been arrested for alleged homophobic and transphobic tweets. Millar works for For Women Scotland, an organisation which has taken a prominent role in suing organisations that accept trans women are women and has campaigned against self-declaration of identity.
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25United Kingdom England The statue of slave trader Edward Colston, thrown into the sea in Bristol during a Black Lives Matter protest last year, goes on temporary display in a nearby museum, complete with the damage it sustained last year and alongside placards from the protest.
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25United StatesTexas. A heavily armed apocalyptic cult run by the son of the Moonies founder with ties to Trumpists bought a Texas compound to prepare for war with the deep state
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23United StatesArizona. Arizona plans to use Zyklon B in its gas chamber. You know, the stuff those guys used.
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21the World The NFT market bubble has popped and here's the charts to prove it
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25United StatesAustraliaCanadaRussiaBrazil The world's largest meat processor, JBS, is hit with a ransomware attack believed to originate in Russia, threatening to disrupt the meat supply.
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42United States Alaska. Joe Biden suspends leases granting permission to drill for oil and gas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that were sold by Donald Trump.