RationalWiki:What is going on in the world?/April 2018

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April 2018[edit]

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2This issue affects the United States. The House Intelligence Committee has formally cleared Trump of any charges of collusion with Russia.
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-4This issue affects Dominican Republic. This issue affects Taiwan. This issue affects China. The Dominican Republic has switched its recognition from the Republic of China to the PRC.
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22This issue affects the United States. Guns will be banned for part of the National Rifle Convention.
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-1This issue affects Afghanistan. 26 were killed, including nine journalists, in a terrorist attack in Kabul. A separate attack in Kandahar killed 11 children.
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0This issue affects Syria. Assad's forces have taken two villages from the Kurds.
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17This issue affects the United States. In what definitely isn't monopolization, T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to a merger.
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21This issue affects Thailand. The largest demonstration in Thailand since the 2014 coup took place against a government-funded luxury housing project on forested land.
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19Transdr, the world’s first trans-only dating app, has been harshly criticized for attracting chasers and using transphobic language in its marketing.
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-6This issue affects Mali. 40 Tuaregs were killed by suspected Jihadists.
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-1This issue affects Mongolia. This issue affects Singapore. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Korea. Mongolia and Singapore are the final two sites under consideration for the upcoming United States-North Korea summit
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19This issue affects the United States. The House chaplain was fired, possibly for warning of the implications of tax reform.
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0This issue affects China. Nine killed and ten injured in a school stabbing in Shaanxi.
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21This issue affects Peru. The 550-year old remains of possibly the largest child sacrifice ever have been discovered.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. Two-thirds of Brits are concerned about abuse of transgender people.
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16This issue affects the United States. Trump gives health workers means to discriminate against people who request abortions or gender-reassignment surgery (transgendered people), a.k.a. "religious liberty protections".
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15This issue affects the United States. Researchers kept pig brains and organs alive for 36 hours after death.
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33This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. The Koreas have agreed to finally end their war this year and to pursue denuclearization.
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16This issue affects the United States. Teacher protests have broken out in Arizona and Colorado.
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17This issue affects the United States. Representative Patrick Meehan (R-PA) resigns after it was revealed he used $39000 in taxpayer money as a severance payment to a former aide who accused him of sexual harassment.
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0This issue affects the United States. A militia leader pled guilty to attempting to bomb a federal cabin.
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-3This issue affects the United States. Mike Pompeo has been confirmed as the new Secretary of State.
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24This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. North and South Korea are holding the first summit in over a decade on 27 April.
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-1This issue affects the United States. Facebook posts record revenues for first quarter despite privacy scandal
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22This issue affects the United States. EPA chairman Pruitt has made a proposal to limit the types of research they can use.
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4This issue affects Rwanda. Four mass graves from the Rwandan genocide have been uncovered.
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18This issue affects Spain. Madrid regional premier Cristina Cifuentes quits after video of her shoplifting emerges
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15This issue affects Germany. All Bavarian government buildings must now display a Christian cross.
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23This issue affects the United States. A federal judge has ruled to uphold DACA, calling the White House "arbitrary and capricious" in moving to end it.
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-3This issue affects Nigeria. Sixteen were killed when armed herdsmen attacked a Nigerian church.
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27This issue affects Canada. A man drives a van into a crowd of people in Toronto, killing 10. Facebook posts reveal that the driver, a military washout, was motivated by his "involuntary celibacy" and had praised Elliot Rodger.
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33This issue affects the United Kingdom. Britain went three days straight without coal power, beating the record they set just days ago.
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45This issue affects India. A right-wing Indian politician has claimed that Indians invented satellites and the internet in ancient times and used them to receive live updates on the Kurukshetra War (traditionally dated to around 3000 BCE). Ridicule follows.
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17This issue affects Philippines. Evolution of the human race for specific niche roles is ongoing - Bajau peoples of Southeast Asia show adaptions suited to nomadic sea-borne lifestyle
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10This issue affects Greece. Far-right protesters clash with a migrant demonstration in Lesbos.
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5This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Yemen. At least twenty were killed at a wedding in Yemen by Saudi-led air strikes.
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11This issue affects Armenia. Armenian PM Sargsyan resigns amidst massive protests accusing him of clinging to power.
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28This issue affects the United States. How Trump's trans military ban backfired. Spectacularly.
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0This issue affects Libya. This issue affects Italy. The bodies of eleven Libyans attempting to flee to Italy have been recovered by the Libyan coastguard.
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6This issue affects Afghanistan. At least 57 were killed in a terrorist attack at a voter registration center in Kabul, and at least six more in a car bombing at another voting center in Baghlan.
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16This issue affects Italy. Italy’s retrograde laws, pushed by the Catholic Church, force LGBT parents to lie about the way their children were conceived.
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2This issue affects Madagascar. One killed in Madagascar as police crack down on protests against electoral laws designed to disqualify their candidate.
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16This issue affects China. A meme app has been banned in China for "vulgar" content. The decision raises the issue of unnecessary censorship.
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16This issue affects North Korea. North Korea announces a freeze on nuclear and missile tests starting April 21.
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28This issue affects the United States. ‘Imploding’: Financial troubles. Lawsuits. Trailer park brawls. Has the alt-right peaked?
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17This issue affects the United States. One wounded in yet another Florida school shooting.
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17This issue affects the United States. Peptide-based biogenic dental product may cure cavities
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19This issue affects the United States. Thousands of students walk out across the US on the anniversary of Columbine demanding stricter gun control.
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1This issue affects Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that provinces can put up non-tariff barriers like restrictions between inter-provincial trade. This ruling came about after a New Brunswick man went over his allowance of liquor that he imported from Québec.
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15This issue affects the United States. A federal appeals court has ruled that sanctuary cities can't be denied public safety grants.
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. The UK just went for a record 55 hours without using coal.
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28This issue affects the United States. In West Virginia a police officer was fired for assessing the situation and trying to talk down a black suspect instead of just shooting him. He has won a six-figure settlement over his questionable firing.
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14This issue affects Cuba. Cuba has a non-Castro in charge for the first time since the revolution.
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27This issue affects the United States. A former Texan 911 operator has been prosecuted for interfering with police procedure by hanging up a number of calls reporting robberies and murders because she wasn't interested in talking at the moment.
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6This issue affects Swaziland. On the 50th anniversary of its independence, Swaziland officially renames itself to the Kingdom of eSwatini.
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24This issue affects the United States. The inventor and manufacturer of bump stocks has announced it is ceasing production.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Somalia. Three men were convicted of plotting to bomb an apartment complex housing Somali Muslim migrants.
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13This issue affects Austria. Austrian researcher Herwig Czech exposes Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger's links to the Nazi euthanasia program in 1940s.
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11This issue affects the United States. Liberty University's bread-and-butter business is running an online distance learning program that, if the accounts of current and former students are to be believed, is basically a diploma mill roughly on par with ITT Tech and other for-profit colleges.
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2This issue affects China. This issue affects Taiwan. China conducted live-fire drills on the southeast coast which may have been aimed at Taiwan.
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21This issue affects the United States. Bills to curtail LGBT rights are failing in US legislatures.
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2This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. Palestinian with truck carrying explosives for 'Independence Day Terror Attack' arrested.
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3This issue affects Turkey. This issue affects Syria. Turkish-backed, racist and misogynistic terror groups in Afrin are accused of forced conversions and murder of Yazidis, taking a page from DAESH's book on inter-faith and inter-racial relations.
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16This issue affects the United Nations. This issue affects Syria. A UN security team was fired on in Syria while visiting suspected chemical sites.
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38This issue affects the United States. Alex Jones is being sued for defamation by the parents of two Sandy Hook victims.
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15This issue affects the United States. Barbara Bush has passed away at the age of 92.
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41This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. The Koreas are negotiating officially ending the Korean War after nearly seventy years.
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26This issue affects Russia. This issue affects Syria. A Russian journalist who reported on a secretive group of Russian mercenaries in Syria died after a mysterious fall.
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40This issue affects Japan. Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
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22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Russia. The US and UK blame Russia for hacks on internet routers worldwide.
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40This issue affects the United States. Michael Cohen's secret third client is revealed to be... Sean Hannity!!! CNN: "If I wrote a screenplay in which a lawyer/fixer had only three clients -- the President of the United States, a major GOP donor trying to cover up allegations of impregnating a Playmate and Sean Hannity -- roughly ZERO major or minor studios would buy that script, considering how improbable it all is. And rightly so! Yet here we are."
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11This issue affects Spain. Hundreds of thousands protest in Barcelona over imprisoned Catalan leaders.
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4This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. A massive tunnel between Israel and Gaza dug by militants has been destroyed.
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14This issue affects Philippines. The Philippines barred entry to and deported an EU Socialist Party official who criticized Duterte's War on Drugs.
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12This issue affects Slovakia. Tens of thousands protest against corruption in Slovakia.
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18Fact-checking Mark Zuckerberg's testimony about Facebook privacy
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11This issue affects Australia. An investigation finds that Australian state governments fail to keep basic records about school chaplains, including complaints. Both major political parties have also re-committed to continuing the religious programs in public schools
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12This issue affects the United States. Anti-gun control protests broke out across the US as a reaction to March for Our Lives.
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11This issue affects China. China is implementing a mandatory social credit system.
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19This issue affects the United States. Exxon lost a last-ditch effort to avoid investigation on whether they knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change.
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13This issue affects Hungary. Protests break out in Hungary against Orban's rule.
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11This issue affects the United States. Art Bell, longtime host of paranormal themed radio show Coast to Coast AM, has died at age 72.
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Syria. Having apparently learned nothing from George W. Bush (despite all his criticism of the Iraq War on the campaign trail), Donald Trump literally tweets out "mission accomplished" after bombing Syria. All that's missing is an aircraft carrier and a flight suit.
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18This issue affects the United States. Texas judge: LGBT workers should be protected from workplace discrimination
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12This issue affects China. Chinese Twitter Weibo will be removing gay content over the next few months.
UPDATE: They aren't doing it after massive backlash.
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18This issue affects the United States. The Oklahoma teacher strike has ended with millions in new education funding. Meanwhile, after threatening their own strike, Arizona teachers have gotten a 20% pay raise.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects France. This issue affects Syria. The US, France and UK bombed the Syrian regime directly, ostensibly in response to the use of chemical weapons last week. Let's just hope WWIII doesn't start...
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5This issue affects Turkey. 21 were sentenced to life in Turkey over the 1997 "postmodern" coup.Wikipedia's W.svg
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13This issue affects Philippines. Duterte threatens to arrest an ICC prosecutor if she comes to investigate his War on Drugs.
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6This issue affects Somalia. Five were killed by a bombing at a Somalian soccer match.
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21This issue affects the United States. Genetics in loggerhead turtles have shown to be heavily related to the magnetic fields of their nesting places.
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20This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. US Border Patrol agents attempted to dump an injured man across the US-Mexico border because he "looked Mexican."
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19Global warming, Atlantic cooling: the Gulf Stream, which keeps Europe warm, is at its weakest in 1600 years.
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-2This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. The US and Russia are closer to military conflict than any time since the end of the Cold War.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. In what might be the dawn of a new conspiracy theory, a town council in Britain is forced to issue a formal denial that its new tech is causing miscarriages and killing wildlife.
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8This issue affects the United States. Trump promises strike on Syria and warns Russia against backing Assad.
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8This issue affects the United States. DREAMers in Arizona have been barred from in-state tuition.
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13This issue affects Argentina. Argentine Congress has begun a debate on loosening the country's abortion restrictions.
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24This issue affects the United States. Paul Ryan is retiring at the end of his term.
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24This issue affects the United States. Pulling valuable metals from e-waste makes financial sense
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5This issue affects France. A Jewish elementary school in Paris faces antisemitic graffiti.
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Chad. Chad has been taken off the travel ban.
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12This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Qatar. Saudi Arabia is floating a plan to turn Qatar into an island.
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8This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. This issue affects the United Nations. This issue affects Syria. The US and Russia clash over Syria at the UN Security Council.
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23This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Australia. A 600,000 strong Black Lives Matter Facebook page has been shut down after Facebook revealed it was run by an Australian man profiting from $100,000 worth of donations.
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7This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Israel. The top adviser to Ali Khamenei has threatened response to a Syrian air strike Iran blames on Israel.
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7This issue affects Afghanistan. At least eight were killed by a bombing in Herat.
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15This issue affects Canada. Tensions mount as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pressures British Columbia to drop its opposition against the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which goes from Alberta to its coast. There is an on-going trade war between British Columbia and Alberta over this.
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25This issue affects the United States. The FBI raided the office of Trump's longtime personal lawyer.
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21Facebook has suspended another data analytics firm that was using tactics similar to Cambridge Analytica.
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20This issue affects Saudi Arabia. An 85,000 year old human finger bone found in Saudi Arabia suggests we left Africa earlier than we thought.
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25This issue affects Nigeria. 149 women and children abducted by Boko Haram have been rescued.
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13This issue affects Syria. This issue affects Russia. This issue affects Israel. Russia and Syria blame Israel for an airstrike on a Syrian air base whose culprit remains unknown.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. A leaked Home Office report confirms that an increase in violent crime in the United Kingdom was influenced by the Office cutting police officers by 14% since 2012. The Home Secretary at the time? Theresa May.
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24This issue affects North Korea. Kim Jong-un said he is willing to discuss denuclearization.
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18This issue affects China. This issue affects North Korea. China has banned the export of items with the potential to be used in a WMD to North Korea.
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2This issue affects the United States. Only two-thirds of American Millennials are sure the earth is round, and 2% are convinced it's flat.
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15This issue affects Vatican City. A Vatican ex-diplomat was arrested for suspicion of having child pornography.
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30This issue affects Portugal. Last month, Portugal generated more electricity than it needed using only renewable energy.
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19This issue affects the United States. The District of Columbia joins several American cities in taxing ride-hail companies, such as Uber and Lyft, in order to fund mass transit.
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22This issue affects the United States. A federal judge has ruled that "military-style" rifles and high capacity magazines aren't protected by the Second Amendment.
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23This issue affects Japan. This issue affects China. Japan activated its first marine unit since the end of World War II due to fears of China's rising power.
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10This issue affects Syria. At least seventy were killed in what is suspected to be a chemical attack in Douma.
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17This issue affects the United States. Texan congressman Blake Farenthold (R) resigns under allegations of sexual harassment and miscellaneous inappropriate behavior.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Korea. Secret talks between the US and North Korea are underway, planning for a Trump-Kim summit.
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4This issue affects Germany. Several are dead from a van plowing into a crowd in Muenster.
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3This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. Arizona and Texas are sending a combined number of 400 personnel to the US-Mexico border.
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18This issue affects Indonesia. Four were detained in the Indonesian province of Aceh, which is under sharia law, for allegations of having gay sex.
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12This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Yemen. A Saudi oil tanker was attacked by the Houthis, though Saudi Arabia says this will not affect oil supplies.
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11Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you?
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20This issue affects the United States. An analysis of various statistical surveys suggests that American political polarization is due to people having a sport-team mentality rather than because of genuine disagreements over the issues. This is best resolved by treating other people as "human beings", the researcher concludes.
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7This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. The US has imposed sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and 17 senior government officials.
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8This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. Four were killed and at least 200 injured in the Israeli response to resumed protests on the Gaza border.
UPDATE: Deaths include a well-known Palestinian journalist covering the demonstration.
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11This issue affects the United States. The Cambridge Analytica scandal affected almost double the amount of people it was previously thought to have.
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. Trump threatens another $100 billion of sanctions on China, to which China says it will retaliate if implemented.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. A sugar tax on soft drinks is introduced today in the United Kingdom. The tax makes a 2 litre bottle of Pepsi go up from £1.50 (≈US$2.10) to £1.95 (≈US$2.73)
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18This issue affects Vietnam. Six Vietnamese pro-democracy activists were sentenced to between seven and 15 years on baseless allegations of attempting to overthrow the government.
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12This issue affects Turkey. A gunman shot four academics dead at Osmangazi University who he alleges were members of the Gülen movement.
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21This issue affects Australia. Naturopath jailed in New South Wales after almost killing an eight-month old baby with dangerous dietary advice. She has said, through lawyers, that she believes her arrest was "staged".
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10This issue affects the United States. A study finds that consumer DNA tests are wrong 40% of the time.
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20Facebook announces that most of their users may have had their data skimmed by "malicious actors".
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. Reality check: Has London surpassed New York City in murder rates?
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14This issue affects Malaysia. A Malaysian university drew criticism for having a forum to "convert" LGBT students.
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7This issue affects Afghanistan. At least 20 civilians were killed in an Afghan air raid against the Taliban.
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22This issue affects the United States. A man was beaten, choked and tased by police after jaywalking.
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. Trump announces plans to militarize the US-Mexico border until the wall is built.
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20This issue affects the United States. Four were wounded by a shooting at the YouTube HQ before the shooter took her own life. UPDATE: she reportedly hated the company for filtering her videos and demonetization.
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6This issue affects the United States. A protestor was hit by a sheriff's deputy at a rally over an unarmed black man being killed by police.
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5This issue affects Mali. Six people found in a mass grave were allegedly arrested by the Mali military three days earlier, as violence by the government and jihadist groups alike increases ahead of the presidential election.
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13This issue affects the United States. Pink News highlights research showing that young trans people are 65% less likely to try to kill themselves if their names and pronouns are respected.
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13This issue affects the United States. A bill to be introduced this week to the South Carolina state legislature would ban local governments from implementing stricter gun laws.
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5This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Iran. Saudi dictator Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman recognized the existence of Israel, and called Iranian dictator Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei "worse than Hitler."
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7This issue affects the United States. The EPA wants to roll back California's air pollution regulations, claiming that they are too stringent.
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21This issue affects the United States. Sinclair Broadcasting Company made reporters from local networks it owns recite the same script warning about fake news.
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17This issue affects China. This issue affects the United States. China declares counter-tariffs on 128 US products.
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6This issue affects South Africa. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and widow to Nelson Mandela, died in her sleep at the age of 81.
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13This issue affects Israel. Israel has scrapped its internationally criticized deportation plan in favor of sending African migrants to other Western countries.
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17This issue affects the United States. The Oklahoma teacher walkout has begun.
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12This issue affects the United States. Trump says the DACA deal is off, as well as threatening to kill NAFTA if Mexico doesn't tighten border security.
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10This issue affects the United States. For the first time in its history, the LDS has apostles who aren't white men.
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12This issue affects Turkey. This issue affects Israel. Erdogan called Israeli PM Netanyahu a terrorist amidst the deaths on the Gaza border.
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23This issue affects the United States. New York has banned firearms from domestic abusers.
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23This issue affects the United States. Georgetown, Texas, becomes the largest American city to be completely powered by renewable energy. The previous record holder was Burlington, Vermont.
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9This issue affects the United States. The US plans to collect the social media history of visa applicants.
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11This issue affects India. Violence erupts in Indian Kashmir after a clash between police and militant separatists.