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October 2019

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1This issue affects the United Kingdom. The planned vote on Boris Johnsons new Brexit deal has been delayed as the House of Commons votes to delay Brexit until 31 January
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1This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Florida. The 2020 G-7 to be held at the Trump Doral and no details are available about the proposed costs.
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1This issue affects Chile. Chile President Piñera declares emergency as capital rocked by riots, caused by a Metro fare hike in one of America's countries with the highest inequality rate, and high costs of life having a low minimum wage.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. Chick-fil-A will close its sole British outlet in the town of Reading as a result of pressure from the local pride activists on the shopping centre’s owner.
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16This issue affects Turkey. This issue affects Syria. Turkey caught using white phosphorous on Kurdish civilians, a war crime.
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14This issue affects the United States. A bill in the US Senate may require all new cars to have a new passive ignition interlock devices.
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19This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Kansas. In Coffeyville, Kansas, debt collectors decide who goes to jail and who remains free. Debt prisonsWikipedia's W.svg basically, which were ruled unconstitutional all the way back in the 1830's.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. Boris Johnson has announced a 'great new deal' with the EU, despite the DUP saying they cannot support it.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Maryland. Congressman Elijah Cummings, a key figure in the Donald Trump impeachment case, has died at the age of 68.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. Plans to introduce a strict age verification system for viewing online porn and to block all porn sites that don't comply with it are dropped.
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34This issue affects Netherlands. Six people aged 16 to 25 rescued in the Netherlands after being kept underground for years by some kind of doomsday cult leader, apparently "waiting for the end of time".
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity campaigners claim victory after Brighton & Hove Council rejected three applications for 5G cell towers in the city. However, the council stated this was due to beautification reasons rather than EMF.
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13This issue affects the United States. Eric Trump's ball-gargler & senior Trump campaign adviser, Lara Trump, defends Trump's actions in Syria by saying most Americans don't know who the Kurds are.
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22This issue affects the World. The new IPCC impact report of climate change on oceans and ice is out. The short version: mostly really bad.
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16This issue affects Poland. Recent radio listenership figures have shown falling interest the religious Catholic station "Radio Maryja", to its lowest audience score in history.
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18This issue affects Spain. Spain's Supreme Court has sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between 9 and 13 years in prison over their role in the 2017 independence referendum as protesters take to the streets .
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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. Despite only having one case of voter fraud in the last general election, the British government is proposing legislation for voter ID laws in the next Queen’s speech.
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21This issue affects the United Kingdom. Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg Due to growing demands for Welsh independence, the Welsh government in a report has said that Westminster must be open to any requests for an independence referendum.
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15This issue affects the United States. Declassified documents in relation to the Trump-Zelenskiy call revealed that Trump often passes the receiver to Ivanka for her to speak too.
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19This issue affects the United States. Shepard SmithWikipedia's W.svg, one of Fox News’ most respected journalists, abruptly leaves network.
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41This issue affects the World. This issue affects Russia. Legendary cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first human to conduct a spacewalk, has died from chronic illness in a Moscow hospital. Rest in peace, comrade.
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20This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Ukraine. Ukraine's President Zelensky says there was nothing corrupt about "the phone call" because he didn't know the military aid had been suspended. It's a good line in staying in #45's good books and getting that aid, although it's irrelevant to whether #45 was conducting a corrupt practice.
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20This issue affects the United States. This issue affects California. 800,000 Californians have been left without electricity due to power company PG&E preemptively shutting off the grid to prevent wildfires.
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36This issue affects the United States. Two Giuliani associates were arrested for campaign finance violations Wednesday night. They were helping Giuliani try to dig up dirt on the Bidens in Ukraine before being arrested as part of the separate matter.
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20This issue affects Germany. Gunman murdered 2 people in Germany outside a synagogue, reportedly live-streaming the attack and spouting anti-Semitic BS. Update: The attacker manufactured the gun with a 3D Printer and shared instructions online.
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27This issue affects Syria. This issue affects Turkey. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the European Union. Donald Trump dismisses concerns that Turkey's attacks on the Kurds could free DAESH prisoners, saying they'll just "be escaping to Europe".
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21This issue affects Ecuador. Ecuador protests against austerity measures leading to spikes in fuel prices, forcing President Lenín Moreno to relocate government from the capital of Quito to Guayaquil.
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22This issue affects Turkey. This issue affects Syria. This issue affects the United States. Turkish warplanes have bombed parts of north-eastern Syria. This comes just days after President Donald Trump controversially withdrew US troops from northern Syria.
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25This issue affects the United Nations. The United Nations is in a liquidity crisis and is currently so short of cash that it can't pay its workers next month according to the Secretary-General António Guterres.
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35This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. South Park creators issue mock apology after ban
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25This issue affects Romania. Romania is set to create its first-ever national Holocaust museum. Romania took a long time to come to terms with its role in the genocide, only acknowledging its involvement for the first time in 2003.
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. President Trump has ordered a military withdrawal from al-Hasakah ahead of a planned Turkish assault on the disputed Kurdish state of Rojava. Claims by the President the UK was thrilled with the decision have been disputed by British diplomats and 10 Downing Street.
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11This issue affects the United States. Possible stopped clock moment as the Trump Organization halts an "Act For America" fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago.
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13This issue affects Papua New Guinea. Bougainville set to hold long-awaited independence referendum late this November
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. Flag of Sark.svg Thought of a quaint rural idle where nothing can happen, the Channel Island of SarkWikipedia's W.svg has been been revealed by the outgoing police officer as a home of drug smuggling, drunkenness and traffic problems (despite cars being banned!), assisted with a local version of omertà. In other news, the local assembly has approved same-sex marriage on the island, making now Northern Ireland the only place the British Isles where same-sex marriage is not allowed.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Illinois. Rod Blagojevich, remember him? Trump has hinted that he may commutate the corrupt former governor of Illinois. AP says he may do it, as a vendetta against the Justice Department and Robert Mueller.
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34This issue affects the United States. In need of people with "dark skin" for facial recognition data, Google in a totally not unethical way targeted homeless people and students to "play with the phone for five bucks," often without telling those involved that their pictures were being taken to be analyzed and stored inside Google's facial profile database.
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24This issue affects Canada. In the middle of an election campaign trying to scrounge up votes from the centre and centre right, human rights crusader Justin Trudeau doesn't think Native Canadians deserve their rightful compensation for human rights violations.
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14This issue affects the European Union. Graphene turns 15
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14This issue affects China. The motivations and strategies of Chinese anti-TCM activists. Tactics include hiding their identities and working in cells to not be punished asking for medicine that actually works. (sci hub link)
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has been accused of pandering to antisemitism in linking the 2016 Remain campaign's finances "allegedly" to George Soros.
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24This issue affects the United States. Continuing the tradition of Trump officials dropping like flies, Rick Perry is planning to resign next month.
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27This issue affects the United Kingdom. Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland becomes the first country in the UK to make smacking children completely illegal.
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30This issue affects Pakistan. Genetically modified cotton makes farmers far less sick with medical costs per season for families dropping almost 50%.
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13This issue affects France. This issue affects Martinique. Three police officers and a civilian member of staff have been stabbed to death by a fellow colleague in the main police station in Paris. The attacker, 45-year-old Martinique-born civilian intelligence worker with no previous mental health issues, was later shot dead by an armed officer.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. Diane Abbott becomes the first black person to represent an entire political party at prime minister's questions.
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Oregon. Amid poor ticket sales and criticisms of his far-right beliefs, Morrissey ejects a protestor from a concert in Portland after she holds up a sign critical of For Britain.
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9This issue affects Peru. Peru’s president and Congress mutually suspend each other (Non-paywalled link)
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Advertising Standards Agency admonishes Burger King for a Twitter post in the summer deemed to encourage the throwing of milkshakes at the likes of Nigel Farage and Tommy Robinson.
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18This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Missouri. Why 13 African American children have been shot dead in St Louis over the course of six months
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23This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Australia. Trump tried pressuring the Australian government into investigating the origins of the Mueller probe.
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12This issue affects Turkey. This issue affects Pakistan. This issue affects Malaysia. Turkey, Pakistan, and Malaysia are jointly going to start a channel modeled on the BBC to "promote Islamic issues" and combat Islamophobia: but given those countries' human rights records/blasphemy laws, is its aim a Sunni version of Russia Today?