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April 2021

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20United States Derek Chauvin found guilty on all 3 charges.
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4United Kingdom Dawkins loses 1996 'humanist of the year' title over his trans comments.
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10United States the District of Columbia. The Biden administration has put its support for the DC Statehood Act which would turn the District of Columbia into the state of the Douglass Commonwealth, and admit Washington as the fifty-first state of the Union.
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1United Kingdom LGB Alliance given charity status
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7Chad Idriss Déby, the President of Chad since 1990, has been killed in clashes with rebels. Chad will now be governed by a military council for the next 18 months.
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15Cuba For the first time since 1959, the person in charge of Cuba is not one of the Castro brothers.
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15RussiaUnited States The "Russian bounty on US soldiers" conspiracy theory falls apart as US intelligence agencies find the story, at best, unproven and possibly untrue
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21United StatesFlag of Mars.svg NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter succeeds in historic first flight.
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22United States How Amazon scared workers into voting "no" by telling them they "might" lose health care
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32United Kingdom Breaking the record 63,000 complaints it received when it aired Jerry Springer: The Opera in 2005, the BBC receives 110,994 complaints about its coverage of the death of Prince Philip. Most people complained there was much too much coverage of the death across BBC TV and radio. Some complained that not all TV presenters were wearing black. And 116 people complained that it was too easy to complain.
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24United StatesMissouri. Newly-elected Missouri state legislator Rick Roeber is to resign Friday following months of allegations of molesting his children.
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20China Chinese researchers brag that their AI text censor is 91 percent accurate
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12United Kingdom Almost 500 engineers have lost their jobs with British Gas after refusing to sign a contract agreeing to forego overtime pay.
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32United States Bernie Madoff, author of one of the biggest financial frauds in history, dies in a US federal prison at 82.
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17United States Hank Azaria, the white actor who voiced the Indian character Apu in The Simpsons for 30 years, has unreservedly apologized for doing that. Azaria says that the series was part of "structural racism" and that, although Apu was created with good intentions in mind, "it doesn't mean that there weren't real negative consequences for the thing that I was accountable for."
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17United StatesAfghanistan US troops will leave Afghanistan by 11 September, Biden is set to announce.
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9United Kingdom Shirley Williams, a politician whose career spanned 50 years, former Labour MP and Secretary of State for Education and Science, founder member of the Social Democratic Party and leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, has died at the age of 90.
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7United StatesIsrael Pentagon chief declares 'ironclad' US commitment to Israel.
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27Vanuatu God is dead. Well, a god is dead at least. Or maybe just a spirit, nobody seems quite sure. Anyway, it's definitely a sad time for the few villagers in Vanuatu who revered Prince Philip.
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8United StatesArkansas. Arkansas House passes bill allowing creationism to be taught as science in schools.
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15United Kingdom A local branch of the Loyalist paramilitary force the Ulster Volunteer ForceWikipedia orders the removal of three Catholic families from a housing estate in the predominately Protestant town of Carrickfergus, which has been described an act of '21st century form of ethnic cleansing'.
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21United StatesNew Mexico. New Mexico abolishes qualified immunity, becoming the second state after Colorado to do so
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22United StatesKansas. Kansas Senate Maj. Leader Gene Suellentrop was removed from his post after police reports surfaced showing that he drove under the influence 90mph the wrong way down a highway, then led cops on a high-speed car chase, and then threatened to fight one of the cops while calling him "donut boy". The senator also faces formal charges and is out on bail.
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26United StatesTurns out, putting anti-union propaganda in bathroom stalls actually works
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37United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip has died, aged 99.
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22Flag of Europe.svg Czechia The Council of Europe’s European Court of Human RightsWikipedia has ruled that obligatory vaccinations can been seen as necessary in a democratic society,in a case brought by a Czech anti-vax group.
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25United Kingdom Belfast and south County Antrim faces the "worst riot in Northern Ireland in decades", police says.
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31CanadaUnited States Jordan Peterson "shocked" that Captain America comic is allegedly parodying his views as philosophy of the super-villain Red Skull
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22MyanmarMurderous crackdowns committed by the military junta continue in Burma as the military tries to suppress anti-coup protests with live rounds, machineguns, and grenades. The total death toll since the takeover has reached about 600.
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36Italy Italy has scrapped film censorship, so no more banned movies. Instead cinemas are replacing it with a self-regulatory film classification system.
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14United StatesArkansas. Arkansas' state legislature has overridden Gov. Hutchinson's veto on their bill to ban gender-affirming healthcare for trans minors. Hutchinson said he was disappointed and criticized the bill for failing to take into account trans minors who are already undergoing treatment.
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32United States the World Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has proposed a global minimum corporation tax rate to stop race-to-the-bottom in corporate taxation.
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18United States A study shows that extremely popular or well-known members of the US Congress are not the most effective at law-making
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12BrazilGlenn Greenwald and husband David Miranda bound and robbed at gunpoint in a burglary by small gang. It should be noted that Miranda, while less famous stateside, is a member of Brazil's equivalent of House of Representatives; even Brazil's leaders are not insulated from the crime there.
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46United StatesVirginia. Virginia has banned the "gay/trans panic" legal defense. The bill was authored by Delegate Danica Roem.
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-26United States Montana. Montana bans sanctuary cities
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24the World The data of some 533 million Facebook users, including phone numbers and dates of birth, have been hacked, and leaked online.
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32Argentina Poverty in Argentina climbs to 42% after historic recession.
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16United Kingdom Following on from the largely ridiculed report on racism in the UK, Johnson's ethnic minority adviser, Samuel Kasumu quits.

March 2021

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32United StatesNew York. Cannabis is now legal in New York. Hey there's a real win with 40% of tax income from weed sales are going to assist marginalized communities. Honestly this probably finally happened because Andrew CuomoWikipedia wanted to sweep the whole "sexual assault allegations" and "sending COVID patients to nursing homes" thing under the rug.
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13Germany The Other Nuremberg trials, Seventy-Five Years On: Or the deep links between big business and the Nazis
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14United Kingdom London schoolkids remind us that the future belongs to them.
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26United Kingdom An official report concludes that the UK is no longer an institutionally racist country. Many people in Britain think those findings are a load of crap.
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46United States Church membership in the U.S. has fallen below the majority for the first time in nearly a century. Non-paywalled alternative.
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19United StatesArkansas. Arkansas passes law banning gender-affirming care for trans youth.
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28ChinaHong Kong Beijing overhauls Hong Kong's electoral system to ensure the city is governed by “patriots”.
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23United States Capitol riot suspect arrested at home wearing an “I Was There, Washington D.C., January 6, 2021" T-shirt.
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16Mozambique Massacre as Daesh fights government forces in northern Mozambique
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12United Kingdom Nigel Farage's new job is planting trees to offset CO2 - for a company owned by QAnon promoter and Brexit donor John Mappin, who was also a funder of astroturf culture wars student organisation Turning Point UK.
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21EgyptEver Given finally unstuck from Suez Canal one week after grounding, allowing traffic through the canal to resume.
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5United StatesMinnesota. In a 6-0 ruling, Minnesota's Supreme Court rules it's not rape, if a woman gets voluntarily drunk.
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12ChinaGermanyGood job with your brand awarenessWikipedia, Chinese branch of Hugo Boss.
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22United StatesNorth Carolina. An unnamed 6 year old boy was arrested and brought to trial alone for picking flowers at a North Carolina bus stop, highlighting the low age threshold for court in the state. (The judge dismissed his case.)
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28 United KingdomEngland A teacher showing his students a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad from the French magazine Charlie Hebdo during a Religious Studies lesson about blasphemy in Batley, West Yorkshire, an area with a large Muslim population, leads to days of protests outside the school and accusations that those protests have been taken over by extremists on both sides.
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33United KingdomScotland In 2020, renewable energy met 97% of Scotland's electricity demand
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39United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Georgia's government enacts their comprehensive voter suppression law, which limits absentee ballot drop boxes, allows unlimited challenges to a voter's qualifications, cuts the runoff election period from 9 to 4 weeks, significantly shortens the amount of time voters have to request an absentee ballot, empowers the state legislature to appoint a majority of members on the state election board, allows the state election board to strip local election boards of their power, and makes it illegal to distribute food or water to voters waiting in long lines. Goddamn.
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27United States Arkansas. Arkansas is now the second state to ban transgender women and girls from competing in school sports teams consistent with their gender identity.
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31Egypt Massive container ship plots an (probably unintentional) enormous dick pic and then gets jammed in the Suez Canal.
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18Vatican City Cardinals get a pay cut as Vatican income takes a dive due covid related closure of museums and lack of tourists.
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29United StatesVirginia. Virginia becomes the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty.
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27Bangladesh Garment Workers Win $22 Billion in Historic Victory Against Wage Theft
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16United StatesColorado. 10 shot dead in a Boulder, Colorado grocery store,
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36PolandPolish journalist Jakub Zulczyk could face up to three years in prison for the "crime" of calling President Duda a moron. In Poland, it is illegal to insult state leaders or religion.
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24United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Atlanta police wrongfully detain Latino man for four hours after spa shooting. He was the husband of one of the deceased.
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18United StatesFlorida. Donald Trump is going to create a new social media site in order to maintain influence
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36Spain Spain legalizes euthanasia.
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10Turkey Turkey quits the anti-domestic violence Istanbul Convention on the grounds that it is incompatible with the nation's family values and seeks to normalize homosexuality.
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19AfghanistanAfghanistan is facing a wave of assassinations by religious conservatives aimed at journalists, human rights activists, judicial workers, doctors and clerics. These murders claimed 700 lives in 2020 and still seem to be escalating.
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16United KingdomEngland Violent protests in Bristol against bill that would allow police officers to impose time and noise limits on street protests. The bill, although has existed long before the events, was put up for debate in wake of protests and vigil that follow Sarah Everard's kidnapping and murder by Wayne Couzens, a police officer.
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15Egypt Nawal El Sa'adawi, an Egyptian feminist and human rights activist, dead at 89.
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14United StatesHow inequities get built into America's vaccination program.
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14United StatesMinnesota. Treaty rights asserted by Native American protesters during creation of White Earth protest camp
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18DenmarkDenmark plans to limit non-Western residents in disadvantaged areas
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18the WorldUnited StatesUnited Kingdom Studies done by Yale University and the University of Leeds have suggested that life on Earth may have been a result of lightning strikes dating back billions of years.
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31Spain Spain to test a 4-day/32 hours workweek program over a period of three years
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25United Kingdom Stephen Yaxley-Lennon AKA Tommy Robinson has declared himself bankrupt. Now many of his followers are questioning much of the funding they have given to him and whether he has defrauded them.
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35United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Man shoots 8 dead in Atlanta, in a spree seemingly aimed at Asians. Local sheriff claims the shooter was having a "bad day," but then it turns out he posted anti-Asian Covid pictures on Facebook.
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26Tanzania Tanzanian President John Magufuli has died in a Dar es Salaam hospital. He had not been seen in public and recent reports had suggested he was being treated for covid overseas. Widely seen as a "do something" sort of guy, but his lasting legacy may end up being his covid denial.
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20United States Across the internet, a game Of Whac-A-Mole is underway to root out extremism.
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25Israel Israeli experts announce discovery of more Dead Sea Scrolls
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18AustraliaMyanmar Speaking from prepared notes, Australian PM, Scott Morrison says that women attending the March 4 Justice events in an effort to end gendered violence, should be thankful they can protest, and aren't "being met with bullets," like people in Myanmar.
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17Vatican CityThe Vatican's orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has declared that the Church will not bless gay unions since God "cannot bless sin". The ruling was approved by Pope Francis.
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28United KingdomEngland Met Police criticised for "deeply disturbing" handling of a vigil for a woman murdered by a cop
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26MyanmarBloody week of military crackdowns brings the number of murdered anti-coup protesters in Myanmar to about 70.
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25United StatesMississippi. Mississippi governor signs bill banning trans athletes from participating in school sports. The bill argues that boys and girls have "inherently different athletic capabilities".
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20Australia United Kingdom United StatesIdaho. Since the announcement that the American PowerballWikipedia lottery will introduce Australia and the UK to the game later this year, Idaho has said it will pull out of the multi-state game over concerns that non-Americans or non-Canadians would win the jackpot.
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16United Kingdom The British postal operator Royal Mail has announced its plans to trial delivering parcels on the sabbath, the first time in over 500 years.
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35MyanmarIndiaA group of Myanmarese policemen have fled to India after defying orders to shoot anti-coup protesters, saying the military junta is becoming more desperate and brutal. Since the coup, the military and police have killed an estimated 50 people.
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36United States President Biden's relief package is projected to reduce poverty by one third, making it the most ambitious anti-poverty program since the War on Poverty.
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42United States Study suggests that the modern antivaxxer movement is shaped by Christian nationalism
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42United Kingdom Bye, bye: Piers Morgan leaves Good Morning Britain after a wave of complaints due to his racist remarks against Meghan Markle
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30United KingdomVatican City Remember Milo? He now claims to be ex-gay.
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46FranceRemember when French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by an Islamic terrorist for allegedly showing religiously offensive cartoons? The girl who accused him just admitted in court that she made up the story to hide from her father that she got suspended for chronic truancy.
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33United StatesKenyaUS Capital insurrection rioter who fled to (of all places) Kenya to escape justice is deported and arrested at JFK airport in New York City.
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44United KingdomEnglandWales Members of Parliament from various parties call for "conversion therapy" for LGBT+ people to be made illegal in England and Wales as quickly as possible.
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9Switzerland Demonstrating a lack of tolerance for different cultures in spite of being an inherently multi-ethnic country, a committee with ties to the Swiss People's Party, the Swiss vote to ban burkas in public.
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19Equatorial GuineaAt least 615 injured and 98 dead in explosions in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. Every building in the city appears to have suffered some amount of damage, and the number of injuries/deaths are likely to climb. Much like the recent Beirut explosion, it appears to be the result of improperly stored dynamite.
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28United StatesMissouri. General Baptist pastor Stewart Allen Clark of Missouri uses a sermon to tell women it's their duty to look beautiful to keep their husbands faithful. He said, "I'm not saying every woman can be the epic trophy wife of all time like Melania Trump. Most women can't be trophy wives, but you know... maybe you're a participation trophy." He is currently on leave and in professional counselling.
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9United Kingdom Nigel Farage says to the Sunday Telegraph he is quitting politics this time, and his Reform UK fiefdom is going to be headed by his millionaire mate and founder of Leave.EU, Richard Tice.
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30United StatesCalifornia. Stockton's Basic Income experiment pays off
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13United StatesAlabama. It's now a felony in Alabama to provide HRT or affirmative surgery to trans kids under the age of 20. The bill is yet to be approved by the governor.
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23Russia Germany Ex-staffer at RT’s news agency Ruptly’s office in Berlin reveals that the company purposefully put out provocative videos to support extremist politics, and tries to undercut prices and other anti-competitive practices against traditional news agencies such as Reuters and AP.
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22IsraelIranIsrael is currently dealing with the largest environmental disaster in its history, with a massive oil spill along its shores. But what's weird is that it's unclear where the oil came from. Israel is claiming that an Iranian-linked oil tanker turned off its transmitter and intentionally dumped oil 40 miles off the coast of Israel. Iran of course disputes this. The ship's ownership is overly complicated, making determining responsibility unclear. Israel was nearly vaccinated enough to reopen the beaches to tourism, whereas Iran is in the middle of dealing with trying to get the best possible nuclear deal with the US, so this comes at a bad time for both countries. Interesting times and all...
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25CyprusWiki Eurovision Heart.svg Its singer says it's about an abusive relationship. But the Cyprus Orthodox Church says that "El Diablo", the Cypriot entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, promotes submitting to the will of Satan.
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37United States Study found that police killings declined by as much as 20% in municipalities where Black Lives Matter protests were held
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32 United States Richard Barnett, the self-described white nationalist who, on January 6, carried a weapon into the United States Capitol, posed for pictures sitting at Nancy Pelosi's desk, and left a note for Pelosi stating "Nancy, Bigo was here, you bitch," threw a temper tantrum in court complaining that he's being incarcerated pending trial.
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15United Kingdom Wales Support for Welsh independence reaches an all-time high, with 39% of Welsh people polled say that they would vote Ie/Yes if there was a Welsh independence referendum tomorrow.
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48Poland Three Polish women who protested against "LGBT" and "gender" being labelled sins by putting up posters of a Madonna and Child with rainbow halos are found not guilty of offending religious feelings.
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-32United Kingdom The esteemed publication the New Scientist has been sold to the Daily Mail's parent company DMGT for £70 million.
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34United StatesTexas. Texas is enjoying the taste of that sweet, sweet deregulation as their largest power cooperative is filing for bankruptcy protection, following the recent snowstorm.
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29Israel The High Court of Justice rules that people who convert to Judaism in Israel through Reform and Masorti movements must be recognized as Jews and thus entitled to Israeli citizenship, puncturing the longstanding Orthodox monopoly on conversions
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37United States It has now been revealed that one of the accounts that were in the Gab hack, belonged to former president Trump.
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3United States Nope, not The Onion. Six of Dr Seuss's books have been pulled from publication for being too racist. Additionally, a number of schools in San Francisco are being renamed to remove racist Presidents such as Abraham Lincoln.
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7United Kingdom An investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has determined the family resort Pontins racially discriminated against Irish people by training its employees to refuse service to people with Irish names and accents.
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44United States Gab, the original Twitter for Nazis, has been hacked, with over 70Gb of personal information and private chats made available.
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48France Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to 3 years in jail (2 of which are suspended) after being convicted of corruption.

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37Malaysia Malaysian man wins landmark challenge against gay sex ban
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6United KingdomScotland Anas Sarwar wins Scottish Labour leadership race
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26the World According to a study, the Atlantic Ocean circulation is at its weakest in at least 1,600 years
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-10United StatesTexas. Federal judge rules eviction moratorium to be unconstitutional
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17United Kingdom Adrian Hanstock has been appointed to the position of temporary Chief Constable of the British Transport PoliceWikipedia, making him the first openly LGBT chief of police of a police force in the United Kingdom.
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15United KingdomGermany A German man has been jailed for sending hoax bomb and murder threats to hospitals, protesters and politicians in the UK to extort Bitcoin money.
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15United States One of the most famous toy lines goes gender neutral as Hasbro drops the "Mr." from its Mr. Potato Head brand.
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48United States A coalition of Christian evangelical leaders releases an open letter condemning the role of "radical Christian nationalism," particularly white nationalism, in feeding the political extremism that led to the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot
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47United StatesGermany US deports former Nazi concentration camp guard Friedrich Karl Berger to face charges for his participation in the Holocaust.
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34Myanmar Burma still caught in an increasingly violent nationwide police crackdown against anti-coup protests, with two killed on 20 February. Former elected leader Suu Kyi remains detained.
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36Vatican City Pope Francis seems to have ousted one of the Church's most outspoken conservatives, Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, by declining to allow him to continue serving after age 75. The pope and the cardinal differed on major issues like homosexuality and relations with Muslims.
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27United StatesNew York. New evidence in Malcolm X assassination points to possible conspiracy by NYPD and FBI
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23Turkey The LGBT+ Studies Club at the Boğaziçi University has been banned while President Erdogan calls gay rights protestors terrorists
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30United StatesBuzzfeed has revealed that Zuckerberg override his advisers advising him to ban Infowars and Alex Jones back in April 2019. This was several overrides that Zuckerberg did over various far-right groups in Facebook.
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17SpainCatalonia Violent protests in Spain after the arrest of rapper Pablo Hásel for glorifying terrorism
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30FranceIn a somewhat alarming turn of events the French government, led by President Macron, plan to investigate social science fields (especially on studies of race, gender, post-colonial studies) they claim are "imported from American universities and contribute to undermining French society." Academics fear crackdowns and possible government censorship.
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40United StatesTexas. Antarctica Wind turbines did not cause the Texas blackouts, instead it was corporate greed (more specifically Telecom's greed). In fact there are wind turbines in Antarctica (last link to Twitter)
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44United Kingdom The Supreme Court has ruled that Uber drivers are employees, and not self-employed contractors. This means that Uber must follow all the rules and laws regarding employment, including the minimum wage, holiday leave and maximum working times.
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35United StatesUS immigration news: Biden attempts to rein in ICE by issuing guidelines meant to focus the agency on actual national security threats, and Congressional Democrats unveil a pathway to citizenship bill for undocumented immigrants.
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19France Minister of Higher Education and Research Frédérique Vidal calls for an inquiry into "islamo-leftism"
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13United StatesKansas. Bob Dole diagnosed with stage four lung cancer
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56 Flag of Mars.svg Perseverance lands on Mars.
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34the World The massive carbon footprint of the rich
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43United StatesTexas. While Texas is battered by historic winter storms, leaving millions shivering without power, gas or water, Ted Cruz allegedly flies to Cancun, on holiday. Oh, and Rick Perry, the guy who used to be Secretary of Energy, says Texans would rather freeze than have their power grid regulated.
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31Australia "Time to reactivate MySpace": Facebook, who claim to be incapable of preventing fake news and far right content from being published their platform, manages to block sharing Australian news as well as the contents of news publishers pages on their platform. Even then it managed to stuff that up, blocking government pages such as Queensland Health (during a pandemic), the Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services (during bushfire alerts in that state), the Bureau of Meteorology and their own page.
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-5United Kingdom Unelected British peer Lord Frost is to be made a British cabinet minister to improve relations with the EU, which he condemned as run by unelected bureaucrats.
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87United States Good riddance.: Rush Limbaugh dead at 70
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20Sovereign-States-Within-Europe-Flag-Loop.gif The European Space Agency is recruiting up to six new astronauts. It wants to see more female applicants than in the past and is keen for one of the new recruits to be someone with a disability.
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23GuineaAfter five years, the Ebola virus has resurfaced in Guinea, killing three.
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-37United StatesUS Senate votes to acquit Donald Trump in his historic second impeachment on a vote of 57-43. Seven GOP Senators voted against the former president.
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11Italy After weeks of political turmoil, Mario Draghi replaces Giuseppe Conte as Italy's Prime Minister, the country's 7th Prime Pinister since 2010.
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10United StatesTexas. Texas’ Lieutenant-General Dan Patrick has proposed a law to prohibit the state from doing business with any investment firms that boycott oil and gas companies. The proposed law is based on the previous law that attacks BDS, which was challenged in the courts and upheld.
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25European UnionMyanmar EU provided crowd control training to Myanmar police units involved in crackdown on pro-democracy protests, but claims it did due to concerns about possible human rights abuses
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35United States Hustler founder, First Amendment advocate and pain-in-the-ass for the religious right, Larry Flynt, dead at 78.
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25Denmark Denmark's Social Democratic PM backs a "zero asylum seekers" goal in a speech to parliament
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32United KingdomAustraliaNew Zealand There has now been further revelations that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles have used a little known legal power of “Queen’s consent” to vet and lobby laws in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Needless to say it's not really news.
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14United States Former Secretary of State, and Theranos investor, George Schultz, dead, at 100.
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31United Kingdom It has been reported by The Observer, that Queen Elizabeth has personally lobbied in the 1970s for exclusion of financial transparency legislation, so no-one would know her financial affairs.
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15United States Former White House staffer Hogan Gidley begs "woke" companies to hire Trump loyalists for "depth of knowledge" on governing
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20Brazil Brazil's watershed anti-corruption "Car Wash" probe ends with a whimper
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26Germany A 95 year old German woman charged with complicity in more than 10,000 murders in the Stutthof concentration camp during WWII
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25United States According to BuzzFeed News, Parler tried to get exclusive rights to the social media account of Trump in return for a 40% stake in the company, potentially breaking anti-bribery laws.
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26United StatesNevada. Welcome to the world of Cyberpunk. Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments
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35United States Joe Biden thinks that his "erratic" predecessor shouldn't have access to intelligence briefings, as former presidents usually do, because he can't be trusted not to "slip and say something."
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29United States According to data, the GameStop mania may not have been the retail trader rebellion it was percieved to be, as institutional investors also participated in the short squeeze
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29United States The Fox Business Network has canceled Lou Dobbs Tonight, and is planning to completely distance themselves from the presenter.
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49Indonesia Indonesia makes it illegal for public schools to make students wear religious clothing. That is to say, they can't force girls to wear headscarves.
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18United States Parler's former CEO John Matze claims that he was fired (effectively by Rebekah Mercer) from his position, because he was planning to step up monitoring on the platform and to ban neo-Nazi groups.
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26United States Star of Home Alone 2, Zoolander and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Donald J. Trump. quits the Screen Actors Guild before he can be forced out of it.
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42United StatesSaudi ArabiaYemen The US will formally cease its support for Saudi Arabia in its "intervention" in Yemen.
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33United States Parler's CEO has been fired.
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20Poland Poland's justice ministry proposes that women who are forced to give birth by the country's abortion ban are given “a room to cry in”.
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43Canada Canada becomes the first nation in the world to officially designate the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity.
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45ChinaMass rape in Uighyr concentration camps. Allegedly. Due to media blackouts in China, it's impossible to verify every detail of everyone's stories, yet there are a lot of stories. There also appears to be a forced prostitution aspect as well, considering that many of the rapists appear to be from outside the camps and are paying/bribing for the prettier women, making this uncomfortably close to the "comfort women" of WWII. It also appears that it's not unusual for a raped woman to never be seen again, implying the possibility of the women being sold into indefinite sexual slavery.
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27United Kingdom RIP Maureen Colquhoun. The UK's first openly lesbian Member of Parliament and a campaigner for gender balance, access to abortion and protection for sex workers has died at the age of 92.
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20United States Pete Buttigieg has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Secretary of Transportation, making him officially the first openly LGBT U.S. department secretary [government minister].
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20Russia Opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for two years and eight months
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18 Russia Switzerland Two researchers have used computer modeling and data from cadaver crash tests to conclude that an unusually small, delayed avalanche is the most likely explanation for the incident at Dyatlov Pass.
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38Brazil Brazil has currently the highest number of people in extreme poverty in a decade
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7United StatesFlorida. Two FBI agents are dead following a shooting while executing a search warrant.
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6United StatesScreech from Saved by the Bell dead at 44
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32Myanmar Military coup in Burma - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi 'detained by military' .... because coups always end so well and improve things so much. Guess who was providing "security services" in Myanmar?