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December 2020

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20United StatesSmall Business Administration reveals that over 25 Paycheck Protection Program loans worth more than $3.65 million were given to businesses that pay rent at Trump and Kushner real estate properties. Fifteen of the businesses self-reported that they only kept one job, zero jobs or did not report a number at all. Update: Project Veritas got $558,900 in taxpayer money for being a "nonprofit".
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13United StatesTrump administration is rushing to sell oil drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as they would be very difficult to revoke under a Biden administration.
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19United StatesChinaIn the wake of closure of the PRC consulate in Houston and arrest of 6 Chinese for undeclared links to PLA, 1000 Chinese researchers leave the country!
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22the WorldWorld Meteorological Organization says 2020 will be one of the three hottest years on record since 1850, with Arctic temperatures 5C above average. The other two record years were 2016 and 2019.
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24United StatesUS Justice Dept investigating pardon for money scheme.

November 2020

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14United KingdomThe British government has ruled out a full public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane, who was shot dead in front of his family by Loyalist paramilitaries in the middle of the Troubles.
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44India Nearly 250 million workers (equivalent to 1 out of every 30 people in the entire world) start history's largest labor strike
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17IranIsraelTop Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated in apparent terrorist attack. Iran naturally suspects Israel.
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31Austria The Austrian village of Fucking is going to change its name to Fugging from January 2021, because locals were getting fed up of its sign being frequently stolen.
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35United StatesSovereign-States-Within-Europe-Flag-Loop.gif Leaked documents reveal that Amazon has hired the Pinkertons, the infamous union-busting mercenaries, to monitor European workers’ labour union organising efforts
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38United KingdomScotland Scotland becomes the first country in the world where everyone who needs them can get free tampons and sanitary pads.
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25United States Department of Justice lawyer claims that the US government can kill its own citizens without review when state secrets are involved
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18Hong KongChina Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong pleads guilty to illegal assembly. If convicted, he could up to five years in jail
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18United StatesIn a case of the online media world eating itself, Verizon Media has agreed to sell the Huffington Post to rival Buzzfeed.
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38United StatesAfter Inauguration Day, Trump will no longer have the legal protection of the presidency. Here are the many legal problems he will face.
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36Guatemala Protestors in Guatemala break into and burn part of the Congress building as retaliation for a controversial budget that would cut education and health that was approved in secret while most of the country was distracted with hurricanes and the pandemic
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8United StatesMichigan. Three state republicans have introduced a resolution to impeach Governor Gretchen Whitmer on the charges of corrupt conduct
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20FranceMiddle East flag loop.gif Emmanuel Macron issues a "republican values" ultimatum to Muslim leaders with the goal of saving the children from islamism while anti-French protests are growing throughout the Muslim world
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1United Kingdom The BBC has decided to only play a censored version, without homophobic and misogynistic slurs, of the 1987 Christmas song "Fairytale of New YorkWikipedia" by The PoguesWikipedia on BBC Radio 1, its pop music station aimed at teenagers. However, on BBC Radio 2, an adult contemporary music station, only the original uncensored version will be played. Both versions will be heard on BBC Radio 6 Music, the station for serious musos, with the DJs getting to choose which one they play.
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13United StatesPuerto Rico After assessing the damage to the Arecibo ObservatoryWikipedia, the National Science Foundation has decided to decommission the 305-meter radio telescope.
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16United States Trump has placed a neo-nazi in charge of Holocaust memorials. This particular neo-nazi was also a speechwriter who had been sacked back in 2018 for meeting with white nationalists
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9Armenia Ethnic Armenians return to Nagorno-Karabakh after cease-fire
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13the World A study finds that artificially cooling the Earth through solar geoengineering would not be effective of stopping climate change if greenhouse gas emissions were left to continue to climb to high levels
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28ArgentinaPresident Alberto Fernández has presented a bill to Congress which would legalise abortion for the first 14 weeks in Argentina, saying it protects women's health.
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25United Kingdom Jeremy Corbyn has been readmitted into the Labour Party UPDATE: Corbyn has not been restored to the Parliamentary Labour Party. He will not sit as a Labour Party MP in the Commons
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39Norway Norway bans hate speech ľagainst bisexual and trans people
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15United StatesAlaska. The Trump administration is rushing to auction off rights to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before President-elect Biden can block it.
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26United States Jim Watkins, the owner of 8chan/8kun gets seemingly outed by his own son, Ron Watkins, as having posted as the "Q" from QAnon on the far-right messaging platform Parler. Ron Watkins later claimed that he never owned a Parler account, but the account had its identity verified, making this unlikely.
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14European UnionHungaryPoland Poland and Hungary block the European Union's recovery budget due to a clause that forces members to abide by the rule of law and as a reaction to criticism for these two countries violating democratic standards
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24United States Wall Street Journal reports that the social media platform Parler is actually owned by the alt-right Mercer family who also owns Cambridge Analytica.
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33United StatesFederal judge has ruled that acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf was appointed unlawfully and thus his suspension of DACA migrant protections is invalid.
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25United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Suspects in the Ahmaud Arbery's murder have been denied bail because they attempted to use their influence in law enforcement to influence and obstruct the investigation
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26United StatesCrows found to possess human-like intelligence
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17United KingdomNo. 10's resident Mekon and Brain of Brexit, Dominic Cummings has finally left the building.
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30United StatesIsraelMike Pompeo wants to use his State Department to label leading human rights groups like Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Oxfam as antisemitic in retaliation for their criticism of the Israeli government.
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35United States Infighting amongst Proud Boys as some members seek to do away with the pretense they are anything other than a neo-nazi organization
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31United StatesFlorida. Reporters in Florida have discovered local Republicans in Miami-Dade county had purposefully put a candidate up with similar names to a local Democrat State Senator to confuse the voters to split the vote. Plus, the funding of this operation was completely dark due to election funding rules.
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18Ethiopia Fighting has broken out between the Ethiopian military and insurgents loyal to Tigray's nationalist government.
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32BoliviaUnited States Evo Morales returns to Bolivia one year after being ousted by a US-backed coup
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27United StatesUS Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case in which GOP states are again asking the Court to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act.
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25Vatican CityA new Vatican report on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked last year amid numerous allegations of sexual misconduct spanning decades, shows that Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI were aware of the accusations against him and did nothing.
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23United States Bill Barr authorizes the DOJ to investigate voting irregularities. The head of the Election Crimes Branch promptly resigns, citing his prior DOJ recognition for "Exceptional Integrity and Professionalism"!
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26United StatesThe chief of Arkansas' Marshall Police Department has resigned after a series of Parler posts calling for physical attacks and even murders of Democrats, though he insists it was a hoax.
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18United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has been fired, and is to be replaced by National Counterterrorism Center director Christopher Miller.
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38FranceIn worrying sign of increasing radicalization, French police questioned four 10-year-olds who voiced support for the recent beheading of a schoolteacher and who said they would kill their own teacher if he insulted Muhammad.
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25United KingdomScotland Scotland becomes the first part of the UK in which smacking children is made a criminal offense.
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27United Kingdom Charities are identifying a growing number of “newly hungry”, a cohort of people previously in good jobs and enjoying comfortable middle-class incomes who have been forced to use food banks and claim welfare benefits for the first time during the pandemic.
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34Russia Dictator Vladimir Putin plans to step down next year amidst fears of him developing Parkinson's disease, according to a report. By sheer coincidence, the Russian Parliament is discussing whether to grant lifeline immunity from prosecution for ex-presidents
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57IsraelUnited StatesWhile the world was distracted by the US elections, Israel carried out the largest bulldozing operation against Palestinian homes in the last decade. They apparently hoped to avoid international criticism with their timing.
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43United StatesUS Supreme Court now hearing a case on whether cities can forbid private foster care agencies from discriminating against LGBT couples.
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41United NationsAzerbaijanArmeniaUN High Commissioner for Human Rights says that indiscriminate attacks on civilians from both sides in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict likely constitute war crimes.
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24United KingdomAfter recent Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, the UK has raised its domestic terror threat level to 'severe'.
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34PolandPoland delays implementing Europe's most restrictive abortion law following days of widespread protests.
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29PolandPoland's Catholic Church may be losing its moral authority after widespread protests against the clergy.
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26AustriaAt least three killed in Viennese terror attack. Update: DAESH has claimed responsibility.