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August 2020

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7ChinaHong Kong A dark new phase in Hong Kong as pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai is arrested under new security law
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28United States A US government contractor has embedded surveillance software in over 500 phone apps
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21United StatesCalifornia. Since 2013, the San Diege PD has issued 83 tickets for "seditious language" against the police
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16China China's Great Firewall now blocks all HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI. For the concerned, RationalWiki is not affected.
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7United States With economic relief talks stalling in Congress, President Trump signs an executive order unilaterally extending enhanced unemployment benefits, stop evictions, continue the suspension of student loan debt and deferring payroll tax though the executive orders are expected to face legal challenges
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40United StatesNew York. New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced that she has filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association and four individuals, including longtime leader Wayne LaPierre, seeking to dissolve the gun rights advocacy group for "diverting charitable funds to support wasteful spending."
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14the WorldHow stone tools may have played a huge role in the origin and subsequent evolution of language
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14Bulgaria Bulgarian protests have continued for nearly a month, triggered by a raid on the President's residence as political tensions rise in the country
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27United KingdomEngland Beavers, hunted to extinction in England 400 years ago, have now been officially reintroduced to the country.
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19United Kingdom Corporations bailed out with public money have paid billions of pounds to shareholders while cutting tens of thousands of jobs
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30Lebanon Devastating nitrate explosion in Beirut injures at least 4,000 and kills over 75 people. Update Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his Cabinet resign as public anger mounts
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14United StatesChina Trump wants Treasury to get "a cut" of whatever Microsoft pays for TikTok!
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23United States The Department of Homeland Security, which is already compilling intelligence reports on journalists, is creating a blacklist of "Antifa activists" and attempt to tie them to foreign powers
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22 United States Ladies and gentlemen, the leader of the free world and self proclaimed genius https://youtu.be/zaaTZkqsaxY
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11SpainThe emeritus king Juan Carlos I has said he is going to self-imposed exile, as prosecutors are investigating allegations of financial improprieties in offshore accounts.
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22the WorldUnited States Internet Archives launches a counter lawsuit to protect Covid-19 emergency library
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10United Kingdom A British Tory MP has been arrested and charged with rape but will not be suspended from the party (Guardian)
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33Israel Protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are gaining steam, though Ben dismisses the protestors as "leftists and anarchists"
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32United Kingdom Wind power is now so cheap that it could start paying back to British consumers
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10United States No deal: Economic relief talks in Congress comes at a standhill as benefits expire

July 2020

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23Ireland Due to her repeated violations, Twitter has decided to permanently suspend Irish alt-right personality Gemma O'Doherty
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16GermanyUnited States Angry that Germany is not spending more of its GDP in NATO, Trump announces plans to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany with the intention of returning home 6,400 troops while relocating the rest in other nations.
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13United States Millions of tenants brace for evictions as the four months moratorium expires today at midnight
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26United StatesFlag of Mars.svg NASA rover launches in mission to search for Martian life
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18ChinaUnited StatesCanadaUnited Kingdom Food and customs agencies have warned people not to plant unsolicited mysterious bags of unknown seeds that originally came from China. Such bags have been posted to the USA, Canada and the UK. Chinese authorities have asked the local authorities to work to re-route the packages back to them so investigations can be conducted.
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34United States Netflix documentary critical of Trump almost blocked by ICE
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21SyriaUnited States Leaks from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons raise the possibility that the Trump administration bombed Syria under false grounds
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20United StatesNorth Carolina. In a historic move, the Ashville city council approves reparations for black citizens
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18United Statesthe District of Columbia. Golden statues memoralizing Trump's most divisive moments have appeared across the District of Columbia
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11LibyaEgyptTurkey Egypt's parliament has authorized the deployment of troops to Libya, a move that raises the stakes in Egypt's proxy war with Turkey
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26United States Republican Representative Louie Gohmert introduces bill to ban the Democratic Party for past support for slavery
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15CanadaGermany German neo-nazis are buying up land in Cape Breton, according to a report
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-30United StatesUnfortunately, the third Bill and Ted film will not see theatrical release
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21Germany A 93-year-old former SS concentration camp guard has been convicted for being complicit in the murder of more than 5,000 prisoners. He received only a suspended sentence, due to the fact he was under 18 at the time of the crimes and his current advanced age.
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17GreeceTurkey Already embroiled in a scandal regarding turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque, Turkey's plans to drill in the East Mediterrean has sparked alarm in Greece
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22European Unionthe World Renewable energies provided 40% of European electricity, becoming also the least affected energy source by the pandemic
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15United StatesNew Jersey. California. The FBI has found evidence that ties the MRA lawyer who shot the son of a federal judge dead and wounded her husband, to the murder of another MRA lawyer, Marc AngelucciWikipedia, in California on 11 July.
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16European Union The EU summit ends with a landmark €1.82 trillion budget and recovery deal, with heavy compromise between the frugal northern states and the more spendthrift southern states
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18United StatesOhio. Ohio House Speaker Larry HouseholderWikipedia and five others have been arrested by the FBI related to a $60 million bribery scheme relating to Ohio House Bill 6.
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11Belgium Thousands protest against Belgium's headscarf ban ruling in higher education institutions
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10United States Trump admin consults Bush-era lawyer John Yoo who tried to legally justify torture to circumvent Congress through executive orders
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25United States Trump administration's memo about how to spot a transgender woman has been leaked
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30United StatesSurprising nobody, Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Ed Henry (who's already been fired) are named in a lawsuit, alleging sexual misconduct.
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22United StatesOregon. "Wall of moms" in Portland formed to protect demonstrators from being kidnapped. Update: And now the dads have joined too
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26United StatesNew Jersey. Son of a federal judge is dead and her husband critically injured after a gunman shoots at her home. UPDATE: The suspected shooter has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot. The man has been identified as a lawyer who held Men's rights beliefs and had a lawsuit before the Judge Salas over the all-male draft.
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17Israel Dozens of protestors arrested in Israel against Netanyahu's corruption and handling of the pandemic
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18CanadaUkraine Monument to Ukranians that served in the SS has been defaced, with the police claiming it's a hate crime against Ukranians
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32United StatesOregon. Oregon Department of Justice is suing against multiple federal agencies over their conduct in Portland, seeking a restraining order against the unlawful detainments, and opening an criminal investigation into the serious injury of a protester shot in the head with impact munition on 12 July. The ACLU has filed a separate lawsuit against multiple agencies as well.
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9United States Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland SecurityWikipedia Ken Cuccinelli about the conduct of DHS personnel in Portland: "...this is a posture we intend to continue not just in Portland but in any of the facilities that we're responsible for around the country".
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14United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Rep. John Lewis, lion of the civil rights movement, dies at 80.
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9Portugal A heat wave strikes Portugal, with hot and dry weather, sweltering nights and a heightened risk of wildifres
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8United States SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announces cancer recurrence
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22United StatesOregon. Feds using unmarked vehicles to unconstitutionally kidnap protesters off the streets of Portland UPDATE: United States Customs and Border ProtectionWikipedia has indicated they are behind some of the arrests in Portland. UPDATE 0.5: The FAA has issued an emergency Temporary flight restrictionWikipedia for "Special Security Reasons" in Portland. The restricted airspace height (0' to 1000') suggests it's intended to prohibit drone usage.
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32United States Leaked documents show that the police knew that far-right extremists were the real threat at the George Floyd's protests, not "antifa"
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33PakistanUnited Nationsthe World Pakistan meets UN's climate change goal a decade ahead of deadline
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31United StatesFlorida. An entire softball team quits after their general manager attempts to use them in a racist, pro-Trump propaganda stunt in Twitter
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17Russia Protests in Russia against the referendum's results, with the police detaining over 140 anti-Putin protestors in Moscow
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23United StatesNorth Carolina. In a unanimous vote, the city government of Asheville, NC has announced slavery reparations for Black residents
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14United StatesCentrist zionist (Original phrasing: Fascist adjacent) Bari Weiss leaves NYT
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22AustraliaThe National Archives in Canberra has been forced to by court to reveal the Palace LettersWikipedia, these are letters linking the Queen, the Governor-GeneralWikipedia and the Government of the day during the 1975 constitutional crisisWikipedia. So far, it has been revealed that the Governor-General has over-reached his authority over the government by dismissing it and the Queen was only lightly informed about the situation.
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10United StatesFederal government carries out first execution in 17 years
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28United StatesOregon. Outrage as Trump's use of federal officers to suppress protests compared to "occupying army," one officer reportedly shot a peaceful protester in the face
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20United States Gig workers on Target's delivery app Shipt will go on strike in July 15 to protest the implementation of an algorithm-based pay model that slashes wages by 30% in cities where it was tested
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17United States 32% of US households missed paying their rent or mortage, the fourth month in a row
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34SudanSudan relaxes some of its 30 years old Islamist laws. These new reforms will allow non-Muslims to drink alcohol, and scraps apostasy laws and public floggings.
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23United StatesIranIsrael The United States and Israel destroy an Iranian nuclear plant, increasing tensions
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9AustraliaA recent poll by YouGov has put support for an Australian to be the country’s head of state instead of being under the British royal family at 62% against 38%, an all-time high.
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13United StatesUnited KingdomTrump has put in an extradition request for Christopher Steele, the former MI6 officer who wrote the Russia report, alleging collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia.
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20United States Since May 25, at least 68 people have driven their cars into Black Lives Matters protestors
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12United StatesIowa. Black Lives Matter protestors face rare leak charge as prosecutors accuse them of stealing confidential police documents
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1United States The Supreme Court rules that the government can't set employment decisions for religious schools
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31United StatesOklahoma. In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court rules that half of Oklahoma is Native American land
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13United StatesFaithful execution ftw! Trump commutes Roger Stone's prison sentence days before it was due to start.
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21United Kingdom Majority of women support trans people's right to self-identify, according to a new poll
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38United StatesIn a pair of 7-2 opinions, SCOTUS rejects Trump's batshit claims of absolute immunity, but punts the fight over his tax returns back down to the lower courts.
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32United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Group of armed black protestors march on Confederate monument
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28the WorldGenomic study suggests that Polynesian sailors made contact with the indigenous peoples of South America long before the arrival of the European explorers
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12United KingdomNew ZealandLondon's The Daily Telegraph has reported that Arron Banks’s outfit Leave.EU is trying to use its disinformation assistance by advising populist Winston Peters and his party New Zealand First in the upcoming general election later this year.
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22United StatesOhio. Utter shitshow in small Ohio village as hundreds of armed extremists lay siege to a small BLM demonstration
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47the WorldUnited Nations The Human Rights Council released a damning report (which you can read here) that shows that, contrary to mainstream wisdom, global poverty has continued to rise over the last decade thanks to tax cuts for billionaires, destruction of social safety nets and that over half of the world's population does not enjoy minimal protections against sickness, disability, unemployment or old age
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19Puerto Rico Severe drought prompts water rationing in Puerto Rico
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33United States Conservatives are flocking to a new "free speech" social media app that bans liberal users
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15Canada A member of the Canadian Army Reserves' Canadian RangersWikipedia drove his personal vehicle through the gates at Rideau HallWikipedia, the residence of Governor General Julie Payette and PM Justin Trudeau, armed with 'several weapons'. He is currently in custody on 22 charges.
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15ChinaHong Kong Hong Kong police arrest more than 300 protestors under China's new security law
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20United Kingdom Historian and TV presenter David StarkeyWikipedia says, "Slavery was not genocide otherwise there wouldn't be so many damn blacks in Africa or Britain, would there?" His college at Cambridge University has accepted his resignation.
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18United Kingdom Tories' austerity measures have killed a quarter of a million people over a decade
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19the WorldHundreds of brands are boycotting Facebook for a month, though the network's greatest advertisers are quietly not participating
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17New ZealandUnited KingdomUnited StatesIndiaIranIt has been revealed that around twenty years ago New Zealand’s intelligence services broke into the embassies of India and Iran in Wellington on behalf of MI6 and the CIA to photograph code books, plant bugs and steal communications.
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15United StatesDespite the U.S. being in the worst recession since the Great Depression, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’ personal wealth is now over $171 billion due to rising sales and corporate share price.
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18United StatesMinnesota. Pharmaceutical industry group sues to stop Minnesota's new insulin affordability program
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7United KingdomEuropean Union"Iconic" crime figures were among 746 arrests after messages on EncroChat were intercepted and decoded. More than two tonnes of drugs, several dozen guns and £54m in suspect cash have been seized, says the UK's National Crime Agency.
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7United StatesWashington. At least 23 people have been arrested when the police storm the "Autonomous Zone" after Mayor Jenny Durkan gives an executive order to clear the protest zone
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11Italy Italian customs police have seized a massive haul of amphetamines produced by DAESH. The haul has been estimated at €1bn.
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16United StatesSo much for separation of Church and State...
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15United StatesMexicoCanadaThe USMCA trade agreement come into force from today July 1st 2020, superseding and replacing the 26 year old NAFTA free-trade treaty.
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16FinlandThe Finnish Air Force is quietly retiring its swastika logo after 100 years of use. Usage outside of Finland, especially with peacekeeping work has given the force second thoughts.
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9United KingdomFranceSpainEuropean Union Aviation giant Airbus will cut over 15,000 jobs across Europe