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July 2019

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0This issue affects the United States. Rand Paul blocks Senate from approving 9/11 victim compensation fund
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3This issue affects the European Union. German politician and Merkel ally Ursula von der Leyen will become the President of the European Commission on 1 November, succeeding Jean-Claude Juncker
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14This issue affects Australia. Christian family who argued taxes 'against God's will' ordered to pay $2.3m bill
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13This issue affects the United States. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99
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28This issue affects the United States. 50 years ago, Apollo 11 launched to the moon: a look back at the epic day.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. Border agent asked toddler to pick parent to stay with in US in attempted family separation
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11This issue affects the World. Proto-lunar disc found orbiting exoplanet, this find can help confirm or dispel key theories on moon formation, including that of our own moon.
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24This issue affects Italy. Italian police seize a cache of automatic weapons and an anti-aircraft missile from terrorists. Why isn't this the main news item everywhere? Oh, it's not Muslim extremists, just common or garden fascists with links to Russia...
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37This issue affects the United Kingdom. Alan Turing, the father of computer science who helped to save the world from Nazism before being punished for the crime of being gay, is to appear on the new fifty pound note that will go into circulation in 2021.
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15This issue affects Iran. This issue affects the United Kingdom. UK-Iranian relations have been fierce for the past week. Beginning with the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker, Iran has made threats to hijack British tankers in the Gulf, prompting an increase in Royal Navy coverage.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Turkey. This issue affects Russia. Turkey has agreed to purchase the S-400 anti-air missile defence system from Russia. Consequently, they will no longer be a customer to the F-35 program.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Northern Ireland Office has been put under the spotlight after an aide obtained a £10,000 compensation payment for being offended by portraits of the Queen.
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20This issue affects the United States. Labor secretary Alex Acosta has resigned over his connections with Jeffrey Epstein.
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31This issue affects the United States. Trump administration abandons citizenship question in 2020 census.
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18This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mississippi. Republican gubernatorial candidate in Mississippi refuses to travel with female reporter without a chaperone, citing the Billy Graham rule.
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18This issue affects the World. Worldwide, crops are becoming increasingly dependent on pollinator insects, but providing an insufficient diversity of crops to keep the pollinators fed throughout the year. Coupled with increasing climate stress on insects, and shrinking natural plant biodiversity, this represents a major risk to crops around the world.
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32This issue affects the United Kingdom. Tommy Robinson has been jailed for nine months over contempt of court
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12This issue affects Italy. This issue affects Russia. Milan's public prosecutor is opening a investigation about revelations revealed by L'Espresso and BuzzFeed, over links between the governing far-right Lega party and Russia.
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23This issue affects the World. Earliest modern human found outside Africa
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19This issue affects Belgium. This issue affects the European Union. Transgender Belgian Green MEP Petra de SutterWikipedia's W.svg has been appointed as the new chair of one of the European Parliament’s most notable committees, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. This position would make her one of the highest positioned officials who is transgender.
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25This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Wyoming. New 150 million year old bird relative found in Wyoming, thus creating 2 new missing links that evilutionists can't provide evidence of.
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12This issue affects Papua New Guinea. At least 15 women and children murdered in what has been called the "worst tribal massacre in recent PNG history."
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20This issue affects the United States. Ross Perot dies at 89
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26This issue affects the United Kingdom. The House of Commons has passed a bill which would require Northern Ireland be under the same rules as the British mainland in terms of abortion and same-sex marriage, effectively legalising it. The condition on the bill being acted, is that if the Northern Irish Assembly doesn’t reconvenes by 21st October.
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13This issue affects the United States. ICE has access to millions of Americans' IDs and driver's licenses without needing a warrant
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17This issue affects the United States. Jeffrey Epstein arrested for sex trafficking of minors
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14This issue affects the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Congolese warlord Bosco "The Terminator" Ntaganda convicted of war crimes
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30This issue affects the United Kingdom. Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has been found in contempt of court after breaching a media blackout during a series of trials.
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34This issue affects the United States. Surprising nobody, Donald Trump uses his July 4th Speech to laud the Continental Army for taking over airports during the revolution.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Michigan. Representative Justin Amash quits the Republican Party
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14This issue affects Netherlands. The main party in the Dutch coalition government the liberal VVD, has proposed to make it a crime to rescue migrants from drowning at sea, despite international treaties making it an obligation.
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30This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Germany. Plant biologists from the UK and Germany have rubbished the idea of "plant neurobiology", the idea that plants have a conscience with "feelings", as pure quack science.
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28This issue affects the United States. Transphobic parade organizers glitterbombed
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23This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Korea. Fox News' Tucker Carlson goes full Nazi in defense of Trump meeting Kim: "You’ve got to be honest about what it means to lead a country; it means killing people."
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9This issue affects the European Union. The European Council has forwarded; the German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen as the new Commission President, current IMF chief Christine Lagarde as Central Bank President, former Belgian prime minister Charles Michel as European Council President and former Spanish foreign minister Josep Borrell Fontelles as Foreign Affairs Commissioner and High Representative. Now they have to be approved by the other European bodies, such as the Parliament, and that is not going to be easy.
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19This issue affects the United Kingdom. British mainland MPs have forward a cross-party private members' bill to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland if the Stormont assembly doesn't re-convene.
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6This issue affects Japan. Japan resumes commercial whaling for the first time since the 1980s.
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23This issue affects Hong Kong. This issue affects China. Anti-extradition protesters have raided and graffitied the Hong Kong Legislative Council Complex in Central. This is happening on the auspicious date of the 22nd anniversary of the handover from the UK to China.

June 2019

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36This issue affects the United States. Trump says he might not leave office after two terms. So much for the Constitution, eh?
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49This issue affects the United States. James Fields, the man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotestors at the Unite the Right rally, has been sentenced to life in prison.
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22This issue affects the United States. NASA Announces New Dragonfly Drone Mission to Explore Titan.
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42This issue affects the United States. In a big surprise, this April the United States generated more electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind at 22% of production, compared to 20% from coal. Another piece of news is that coal usage nationally hit a 41-year low this year.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. The first black female bishop is appointed by the Church of England.
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5This issue affects the United States. The United States Supreme Court rules that it is beyond the federal court's reach to do anything about partisan gerrymandering. It's the responsibility of the states and legislators to oversee how redistricting efforts are carried out. No prizes for guessing how the decision split: 5-4.
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17This issue affects the United States. The United States Supreme Court blocks a citizenship question from the 2020 Census, dealing a blow to the Trump administration.
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14This issue affects the United States. Mother of teenager beaten unconscious by 13 year old racist sack of shit
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9This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Yemen. Millions of refugees have fled Yemen, the US has accepted just fifty.
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17This issue affects the United States. Polygamist accused of scamming the US out of half a billion dollars
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29This issue affects the United States. Good news for a change: NRATV is closed and it appears that Dana Loesch is out of a job.
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9This issue affects the United States. San Francisco has become the first city in the US to completely ban the sale of e-cigarettes. This is despite the city being the home of one of the biggest producers of such devices, Juul Labs.
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9This issue affects the United States. Stephanie Grisham to become the next White House Press Secretary, replacing Sarah Sanders.
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23This issue affects the United Nations. UN expert says human rights, such as the right to life and the rule of law, may not survive the climate crisis
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4This issue affects the United Kingdom. Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is in hospital after suffering a stroke.
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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. Admiralty law nut loses court case in UK over refusal to register child's birth and make child "an asset to the country, which has boarded a vessel to sail on the high seas".
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22This issue affects the United States. Militia freaks besiege Oregon legislature, forcing it to shutdown. Where are the national guard?
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15This issue affects Colombia. Skaters jump cops in Colombia after being ruthlessly run over by them
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32This issue affects the United States. Oregon Republicans continue to make a mockery of democracy by fleeing the state and denying the 20 senator majority needed to pass important laws, militia movement extremists vow to "protect" senators who refuse to do their fucking jobs from being hauled back to the Oregon legislature.
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45This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Venezuela. Verbatim headline: "Trump is Giving Up on Regime Change in Venezuela Because it's Complicated and he Got Bored, Report Says."
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32This issue affects the United States. House votes to block Trump's ban on trans people serving in the military.
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3This issue affects the United States. An oil refinery in Philadelphia caught on fire and exploded.
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17This issue affects the United States. Alabama law allows formation of church police
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27This issue affects the United States. Oregonian Republican state senators have used the old-but-rare tactic of not going to work for the second time in two months, with some reportedly having fled the state into Idaho, in order to prevent a quorum and avoid a vote on climate change legislation. Gov. Kate Brown has authorized the use of state police to track the senators down, and at least one -- Sen. Brian BoquistWikipedia's W.svg (R-12) -- has threatened to shoot any police officers who come to get him, gaining a vow of protection from the sovereign citizen group the Oath KeepersWikipedia's W.svg.
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21This issue affects Italy. New species of cat, called the "cat-fox," discovered in Sardinia
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14This issue affects the United States. Cop murders non verbal man near a Costco, man's parents are injured
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. A by-election has been called in Wales following a Recall petition to unseat Chris Davies, MP, who was accused of forging invoices.
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18This issue affects the United States. Several council members of Kenai Penisular Borough Assembly in Alaska walked out of council prayers, because it was the turn of the local Satanic Temple to deliver the prayers.
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5This issue affects the United Kingdom. The final choices for the Tories as to who will be the next prime minister are a racist liar, or a man with a nearly-rude surnameWikipedia's W.svg.
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9This issue affects the United States. Alabama man fed pet squirrel meth in order to create an "attack squirrel." Will we see battle bunnies next?
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28This issue affects Jersey. This issue affects Guernsey. This issue affects Isle of Man. The UK's three crown dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man) have all agreed to open up their company registers to allow anyone to find who the owns the businesses registered in the dependencies by January 2023. Lack of transparency for business registers is one of the reasons these places are known for money laundering and tax evasion.
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40This issue affects the United States. All fifty extremist killings in 2018 were perpetrated by alt-righters, according to recent study.
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29This issue affects France. France's health agency is planning to advise the government to scrap all funding for homeopathic "medicines". However, already the country's largest homeopathic pill maker, Boiron, has launched a large PR campaign to stop this from happening.
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18This issue affects the United Nations. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. MBS liable to be charged with murder according to UN report
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11This issue affects Brazil. The Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht that was involved the Operation Car Wash money laundering scandal, that brought down former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has filed for bankruptcy protection with debts of 51 billion reais ($13 billion).
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17This issue affects Vatican City. This issue affects Brazil. Vatican considers allowing older married men to be ordained as priests in remote regions like the Amazon to deal with priest shortage
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29This issue affects Spain. Two potentially life-friendly planets found orbiting a nearby star.
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25This issue affects the United Kingdom. Two teenage neo-Nazis are jailed for terrorism offences as a result of what they posted online, including calls for Prince Harry to be murdered for being a "race traitor".
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-38This issue affects the United States. Facebook to launch cryptocurrency called Libra, promising to "innovate" on regulatory fronts.
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27This issue affects the United States. Harvard rescinds acceptance to Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv over racist comments made in the past
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-8This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. Trump sending 1000 additional troops to the Middle East in light of the recent oil tanker attacks
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4This issue affects the United States. Famed American socialite and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt dies at the age of 95
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25This issue affects the United States. Trial to begin for couple accused of shooting antifa activists during a Milo Yiannopoulos speech at the University of Wisconsin.
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14This issue affects Egypt. Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi dies in court.
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22This issue affects the United States. Investigation reveals the extent of which American plastic waste has utterly devastated the poorer nations of the globe
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15This issue affects Papua New Guinea. This issue affects Australia. Papua New Guinea snubs Australia as it cancels contract to house potential immigrants in a concentration camp on Manus Island
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-8This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Syria. This issue affects the United States. Benjamin Netanyahu renames a settlement in the Golan Heights to "Trump Heights."
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4This issue affects the United States. Kansas poised to use private prisons from now on
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20This issue affects Israel. Israeli court convicts Sarah Netanyahu for misuse of state funds, but she only has to pay a fine. How's that for corruption prosecution?
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8This issue affects the United States. The Empire Strikes Back as Barr decides to "investigate" the origins of the Mueller report. Someone call Nobs.
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8This issue affects the United States. Grayson Fritts, a Tennessee sheriff's office detective and Baptist preacher, gave a sermon in which he called for the execution of LGBTQ people. Gotta love those tolerant, peace loving Christian values.
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30This issue affects the United States. Investigation finds hundreds of active-duty and retired law enforcement officers from across the United States who are members of Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia groups on Facebook.
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13This issue affects Albania. This issue affects the United States. Head of Albania's conservative party faces criminal charges, and an ex-Trump aide is involved. The swamp grows bigger by the day.
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11This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Iran. The UK joins the US in accusing Iran of committing the oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman, apparently the crew are being held hostage. Somewhere, somehow, Jimmy Carter is smirking.
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18This issue affects Ecuador. Ecuador's highest court legalizes same-sex marriage
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17This issue affects the United States. Prosecutor of Central Park Five resigns from college post
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31This issue affects the United States. In a victory for public welfare, New York repeals religious exemption for vaccinating children
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12This issue affects Russia. Hordes of flies plague rural Russian villages
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16This issue affects the United Kingdom. A ban on adverts featuring negative gender stereotypes comes into effect.
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13This issue affects the United States. The Make America Straight Again conference is being held near Orlando, Florida by the New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Movement on the weekend of June 14-16. It is spitefully being held on the anniversary of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, and the conference celebrates and calls for the murder of homosexual people.
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22This issue affects the United States. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving the White House at the end of the month, Trump says
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14This issue affects the United States. Pentagon woefully unprepared to fight climate change according to new report
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3This issue affects Sweden. A Sweden Democrat-led city council has just prohibited its employees from taking “prayer breaks” during working hours. Although it affects all religions, it is widely interpreted to hit pious Muslims to stop them doing the “salahWikipedia's W.svg” during work.
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11This issue affects the United States. Prolific romance novel writer Nicholas Sparks co-founded a school in North Carolina with an avowedly Judeo-Christian ethos and now he's getting upset about LGBT students wanting rights, staff devoting too much time to diversity instead of "Christian traditions", and allegations of homophobia and racism.
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13This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia tracking women that flee the country by use of their cellphones
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14This issue affects the United States. Cops fired 55 times at rapper Willie McCoy who was asleep in his car, an investigation called it "reasonable."
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10This issue affects the United States. The Florida Seminole "go to war" against Florida proper over gambling income. According to the state the tribe is withholding over $350 million dollars from the state according to a revenue sharing deal, and according to the Seminole the state reneged on its deal. We'll see how this clusterfuck plays out in court.
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8This issue affects Oman. This issue affects the United States. Two oil tankers struck in suspected attack on the Gulf of Oman
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13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. What you should know about the situation along the US-Mexican border.
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14This issue affects the United States. Trump administration to hold migrant children at base that served as WWII Japanese internment camp
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11This issue affects the United States. Oil giant Exxon Mobil made tax exempt donations in the 90's to universities and charities to help overturn environmental regulations new documents show
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8This issue affects the United States. No Más Muertes trial ends in a hung jury
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37This issue affects Germany. German Health Minister Jens Spahn has proposed a ban on conversion therapy
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34This issue affects Botswana. Botswana's High Court decriminalizes homosexuality.
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20This issue affects the United States. GOP Rep. Justin Amash, who backs impeachment, resigns from Freedom Caucus.
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Korea. Kim Jong-namWikipedia's W.svg, half brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, was an informant for the CIA according to a new report
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24This issue affects the United States. New York introduces country's first state bill decriminalizing sex work
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21This issue affects the United States. Succuss Meds, Live Better?: The Center for Inquiry has filed a lawsuit against Walmart for consumer fraud in D.C., alleging the sale of name-brand and Equate store-brand homeopathic "remedies" alongside traditional medicines implies effectiveness.
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46This issue affects the World. Facebook bans Natural News.
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14This issue affects New Zealand. This issue affects China. New Zealand Chinese-language media told to support Communist Party initiatives amidst increasing concern about self-censorship of China-critical articles and use of overseas media as propaganda tools by the CCP.........but it doesn't affect the neutrality of news coverage... honest.
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28This issue affects Hong Kong. This issue affects China. More than 1 million protest in Hong Kong, organizers say, over Chinese extradition law. The protest was held to oppose a proposed bill that would allow the Chinese government to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong. Chinese media blame "foreign forces" for trying to "create havoc".
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28This issue affects Bhutan. The small Himalayan country of Bhutan has made movements to decriminalise homosexuality, after its lower house of parliament has passed a bill to repeal provisions that said “unnatural sex” is illegal.
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20This issue affects the World. The 9 June 2019 New York Times Front Page, features the images of over a dozen right wing YouTube personalities, including Sargon of Akkad, Stefan Molyneux, Milo Yiannopoulos, Jordan Peterson, Steven Crowder and Paul Joseph Watson with the headline: "The Making of a YouTube Radical".
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13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Russian and American warships almost collide in brazenly stupid show of naval brinkmanship in the East China Sea
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11This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Australia. Mohamed Noor, the cop who killed Justine Damond, sentenced to 12 years in prison
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12This issue affects Vatican City. The Vatican, approved by Pope Francis, has rewritten the Lord's Prayer to put God in a better light, at least in the Italian translation.
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22This issue affects the United States. In an example of utter irony, creationists mock flat earthers for not understanding science.
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21This issue affects the United States. The U.S. Catholic Church spent $10.6 million on lobbyists between 2011 and 2018 to prevent victims of clerical sex abuse from suing for damages.
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22This issue affects Poland. A court in the city of Kraków has given the five-year-old son of a British-based Polish lesbian couple Polish citizenship. Previously, it was denied by the Polish Civil Registry Office on the grounds that both parents could not be on a birth certificate and the child's certificate was invalid, thus he could not be Polish.
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27This issue affects France. This issue affects the United Kingdom. D Day veterans in their 90s parachute into Normandy once more
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31This issue affects the World. YouTube says homophobic abuse does not violate harassment rule. Update: apparently, it does. YouTube has demonetized Steven Crowder's account unless he (in addition to other issues with the channel) removes links to his store, where he sells "socialism is for fags" T-shirts among other items, after being alerted to multiple documented instances of harassment by Vox journalist Carlos Maza. This comes amidst a new policy change promising a crackdown on extremist content.
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24This issue affects Ethiopia. Oldest flaked stone tools point to the repeated invention of stone tools throughout human evolution
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21This issue affects the United States. Homeless population reaches 36,000 in Los Angeles, the total being 50,000 in the county at large
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18This issue affects the World. Human Civilization Will Crumble by 2050 If We Don't Stop Climate Change Now, New Paper Claims,
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. An investigation by a local newspaper journalist in the English city of Bristol over a prolific green pen writer has found that the person is, in fact, a Russian disinformation project aimed at local newspapers.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. Nigel Farage faces a ban from entering the European Parliament after he was set a 24-hour deadline to explain why he allegedly failed to declare almost half a million pounds in gifts from tycoon Arron Banks.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Brexit Party finds itself in its second scandal in as many weeks, when MEP Anne Widdecombe reminds the public exactly who she is.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. The Trump-sponsored US-UK free trade deal is in jeopardy following his insistence the NHS be part of any version of the trade deal.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. Six MPs have quit Change UK (more than half the party) over whether or not to merge with the Liberal Democrats.
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26This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the United States. In a sad moment for history, the last of the WWII Mohawk code talkers has died after finally being hailed as a war hero. The efforts of the code talkers during the war was secret for many decades, and some of these men died before they ended up being vindicated by history. Rest in peace.
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21This issue affects the United States. Some good news for once as New Jersey couple sell piece of an old Native American reservation back to the Lenape
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19This issue affects the United Kingdom. Great Britain went for two weeks without burning coal for electricity, a new record. This was mainly because it went without rain for two weeks - also a new record.
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15This issue affects Philippines. This issue affects Canada. The Philippines is sending imported trash back to Canada. Malaysia, another majort importer of trash, is also sending some of it back to the countries of origin.
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31This issue affects the United States. Shock of all shocks as Bill Cosby's defamation suit against sexual assault victims is dropped
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12This issue affects the United States. Yet another shooting took place at a government building in Virginia Beach.