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

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August 2018[edit]

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8This issue affects Netherlands. Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders cancels plans for a Mohammad cartoon contest over safety concerns.
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15 This issue affects Ukraine. Alexander Zakharchenko, Prime Minister of the disputed Donetsk People's Republic, has been killed in an explosion at a cafe.
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19 This issue affects the United Kingdom. Self-styled "Paedophile Hunter" Stevie Trap has been found guilty of malicious communications after Facebook followers vandalised an accused groomer's house, then deleted the allegations to avoid association.
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6 This issue affects the United Kingdom. Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman is to be jailed for life over his plot to assassinate Theresa May.
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21 This issue affects the European Union. The European Commission proposes to abolish daylight savings time throughout the union, after a survey.
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11 This issue affects the United States. The FDA expands a recall of homeopathic producer King Bio's water-based products, as it turns out that the water used in their brand of snake oil is filled with all kinds of microbes, including one which causes bacterial meningitis.
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6 This issue affects New Zealand. This issue affects Australia. Immigration New Zealand has allowed Chelsea Manning entry into the country, as part of her book tour. Although Australia has refused her entry, based not passing "the character test".
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0 This issue affects New Zealand. One New Zealand town has announced that no more cats will be allowed to live there anymore.
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14 This issue affects the United States. A NPR investigative report revealed that an annual Department of Education study of school shootings was highly flawed, with 116 of 240 shootings reported during the 2015-2016 school year found to be unverifiable.
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8This issue affects Switzerland. The Swiss government has recommended a “no” vote in an initiative to make political financing more transparent, by requiring all donations over CHF 10 000 (US$10 300) to be made open. They say that it is unnecessary and “hardly compatible with the Swiss system”.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. Payday money-lender Wonga, has gone into administration after compensations over excessive usury caused irreparable damage.
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6This issue affects the United States. Legal action against an alleged New Mexico terror training camp has collapsed when the state initially failed to file credible charges, then failed to attend a preliminary hearing. The five individuals in the case are now under house arrest.
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-3This issue affects the United Kingdom. Labour MP Frank Field is to resign from the Labour Party in the continuing deterioration between the party and Jewish groups.
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3This issue affects the United States. White House ethics lawyer Stefan Passantino is to resign.
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7This issue affects the United States. Cuomo collected $25,000 from Weinstein's attorney's firm six days before suspension of probe
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7This issue affects Netherlands. This issue affects Pakistan. Anti-Islam politican Geert Wilders has effectly asked for a re-run of the Muhammed drawing competition. Following the announcement, a Pakistani cricketer has put a bounty of $24 000 on his head.
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9This issue affects Sweden. Reports from the Swedish Defence Research Agency, states that the number of active automated Twitter political accounts has more than doubled in the last few weeks from 500 to 1200. A large majority of them, aiming at immigration and crime and are affiliated to far-right parties, the Sweden Democrats and Alternative for Sweden.
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15This issue affects the United States. President Trump has accused Google; Facebook and Twitter of only showing news stories critical of him, with adviser Larry Kudlow suggesting the federal government should regulate social media to give a pro-Trump bias make news more fair.
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7This issue affects the United States. Don McGahn is to resign from his position as a White House lawyer, after it emerged he cooperated with the Mueller investigation.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Brazil. Goats 'drawn to happy human faces'
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18This issue affects the United States. California will become the first US state to abolish monetary bail.
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8This issue affects Germany. Violence has erupted in the German city of Chemnitz between leftist and far-right protesters.
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7This issue affects the United States. 81% of economists predict recession in 2020-2021.
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20This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Switzerland. Decay of the Higgs boson into two bottom quarks finally observed.
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5This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. New study into the replicability of social science experiments finds that the original result could be reproduced in only 13 out of 21 cases. Experiments which they failed to reproduce include one that showed that looking at a statue of Rodin's The Thinker reduced religious belief.
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20This issue affects Afghanistan. The leader of the Afghan branch of DAESH was killed in an airstrike.
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14This issue affects the United States. Mass shooting at video game tournament in Jacksonville leaves multiple dead.
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8This issue affects Iran. Iranian parliament votes to sack the finance minister.
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16This issue affects the United States. Despite the events of the past week, Trump's approval rating remains virtually unchanged, though 56% of voters say he has been dishonest about the Mueller probe.
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9This issue affects Vatican City. Carlo Maria Viganò the Vatican's ambassador to the US between 2011 and 2016, claims Popes Benedict and Francis knew about sexual abuse allegations against Cardinal McCarrick and calls on Francis to resign.
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14This issue affects Ireland. Under 130,000 people attend Papal Mass in Phoenix Park, Dublin. 500,000 tickets were available, only around a quarter have showed up.
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32This issue affects the United States. US Senator John McCain has died at 81, just 1 day after announcing he was stopping his cancer treatment.
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9This issue affects the United States. California Republican Duncan Hunter has been indicted for using $250,000 in campaign funds for personal use.
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15This issue affects the United States. A federal judge struck down most of Trump's executive orders limiting the power of federal employee unions.
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13This issue affects Myanmar. This issue affects Bangladesh. Over 15,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh protest against their genocide.
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22This issue affects the United States. Polling shows that 70% of Americans support single-payer healthcare, including a slim majority of Republicans.
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6This issue affects the United States. DOJ announces a whopping 19 arrests of non-citizen voters.
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4This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Palestine. The US is cutting over $200 million in aid to the Palestinians.
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8This issue affects the United States. Senator John McCain discontinuing cancer treatment.
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11This issue affects the United States. National Enquirer hid damaging Trump stories in a safe.
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0This issue affects the United States. As a side-effect of the recent sexual abuse scandal in Pennsylvania, an Indiana priest has been assaulted in a revenge attack in his own chapel.
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3This issue affects the United Kingdom. Former First Minister of Scotland Alex SalmondWikipedia's W.svg has denied allegations of sexual harassment
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14This issue affects the United States. Two have been sentenced for maliciously wounding a black man during the Charlottesville rally.
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7This issue affects Yemen. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on an IDP camp killed at least 26 people.
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4This issue affects the United States. Reality Winner has been found guilty of breaking the Espionage Act, for leaking an NSA report on a Russian military intelligence cyberattack on the 2016 US presidential election. She was sentenced to more than five years in prison.
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5This issue affects Netherlands. The liberal VVD parliamentary chairman Klaas Dijkhoff has slammed anti-vaxxers and has suggested making vaccinations against childhood diseases compulsory now that the Netherlands has fallen under the 95% level set for measles by the World Health Organisation.
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7This issue affects Australia. In the face of a Liberal Party leadership crisis, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has resigned to be replaced by Scott Morrison. This is likely far from the end.
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5This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. It wasn't just politics that Russian troll farms were engaged in; they also attempted to sow discord over vaccines.
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11This issue affects Indonesia. Indonesian Buddhist woman jailed on blasphemy charges for complaining about the volume of her nearby mosque's call for prayers. Indonesian civil society, including two Muslim advocacy groups are working to fight this.
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. The US and China announce tariffs on $16 billion of each others' imports.
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12This issue affects the United States. Betsy DeVos is reportedly considering a plan to let states use federal funds to purchase guns for schools.
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16This issue affects the United Kingdom. A Welsh man has been sentenced to six years in prison after burning down two buildings; vandalising a town with swastika graffiti and putting up recruitment posters for an offshoot of the terrorist organisation, National Action, dubbed "System Resistance Network".
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44This issue affects the United States. Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer and personal fixer, pleaded guilty to eight charges of bank fraud, tax fraud, and illegal campaign contributions, implicating the President in the process.
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38This issue affects the United States. Paul Manafort has been found guilty on eight counts of fraud, while a mistrial has been declared on the other ten counts.
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17This issue affects the United States. The EPA unveils its new climate proposal, a weaker replacement (not to mention a coal bailout) of Obama's previous Clean Power Plan, which is estimated to lead to upwards of 1400 additional premature deaths a year due to air pollution.
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7This issue affects Sweden. The next plastic straws? Sweden's third largest grocery store chain Axfood, has annouced they are going stop selling single-use disposable barbecues due to being a fire risk and difficult to recycle.
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14This issue affects Russia. This issue affects the United States. Microsoft says it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting US political groups.
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9This issue affects South Africa. South African white farmers' land to be seized in a controversial land redistribution claim.
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14This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects the United Kingdom. A no-deal Brexit could endanger the NHS.
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11This issue affects the European Union. European measles cases hit record high
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7This issue affects Venezuela. Venezuela devalues its currency by 95% and pegs it to a state-run cryptocurrency.
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12This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. Families divided by the Korean War reunite at a tourist resort in North Korea.
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12This issue affects Afghanistan. The Taliban celebrates the below ceasefire by kidnapping some 150 people.
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11This issue affects Afghanistan. The Afghan government declares a three-month ceasefire with the Taliban.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. A tax on plastic wastes receives broad popular support in the U.K.
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9This issue affects Austria. This issue affects the United States. Dark energy might pose a challenge to string theory.
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16This issue affects Austria. Austria rejects Afghan's asylum bid because he 'did not act or dress gay'
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17This issue affects the United States. President Trump talked to veterans about Apocalypse Now and it was super awkward
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16This issue affects the United States. Corey Stewart, a clown running for the United States Senate in Virginia against Senator Tim Kaine needs to stay away from Photoshop. Kaine's spokesman called Stewart “a chronic, serial liar who will say or do anything just to get attention. He thinks Virginians and all of us are stupid.”
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9This issue affects Colombia. Photos surface of 22 female Colombia National Police officers wearing their uniforms found aboard the Sea-Org ship Freewinds.
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15This issue affects the United States. Ohio state officials probe the advocate of Jilly Juice. To give credit where it's due, Candida: Weaponized Fungus Mainstreaming Mutancy may be the best book title since The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women.
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29This issue affects the United States. More than 300 US newspapers are running editorials promoting press freedom as a result of Trump's attacks on the media.
UPDATE: The Senate has unanimously passed a resolution rebuking Trump's statement that news media is "the enemy of the people".
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22This issue affects the United States. Illinois is suing the Chicago Trump Tower for breaking a number of environmental regulations in its use of river water for cooling. The Trump Organisation responded by declaring the suit to be politically-motivated.
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13This issue affects Australia. Condemnation to the Fraser Anning's "final solution" speech by all major party leaders in Australia, even his former leader Pauline Hanson "stopped clock" by comparing it to Goebbels!
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28This issue affects Puerto Rico. Power has been restored to Puerto Rico for the first time in almost 11 months.
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16This issue affects the United States. Hey, remember when people used to think measles would be gone for good? Measles outbreaks in 21 US states.
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11This issue affects the United States. A grand jury report says the Pennsylvanian Catholic Church protected over 300 "predator priests".
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9This issue affects the United States. Nebraska carried out its first execution in 21 years, as well as the first one in the US using fentanyl.
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament. Update: The suspect has been identified as Salih Khater, a British-Sudanese man from Birmingham. Raids have also taken place.
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17This issue affects Australia. An Australian senator, formerly from One Nation use his maiden speech to call for 'final solution to immigration problem'. Update: The next day on talk radio, he stated that he stands by his speech and has said that Muslims migration was like poisonous jellybeans.
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11This issue affects the United States. American-made specialist computer case manufacturer CaseLabs has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy and liquidation, due in part to the current American-Chinese trade war tariffs, says the company.
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8This issue affects Serbia. Flag of Kosovo.svg Concern in Europe after Trump propses to rejig the Serb-Kosovan border in a deal between Serbia and Kosovo.
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18This issue affects the United States. FBI special agent Peter Strzok has been fired.
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29This issue affects the United States. Alex Jones uploads over 50 new videos to Vimeo...and is banned within a few days.
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40This issue affects the United States. The Unite the Right 2 rally was a pathetic failure. Attendance was less than forty people, far less than the few hundred that organizer Jason Kessler predicted, and they were outnumbered by nearly a thousand counterprotesters.
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24This issue affects the United States. A Florida GOP candidate is revealed to have faked her college degree.
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24This issue affects the United Kingdom. If there was a second Brexit vote now, both a majority of voters and constituencies would vote to remain. On top of that, the most change has happened in the traditional Labour voting heartlands of the regions of North-East England and Wales.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. Following the Bayer-Monsanto glyphosate trial, both of Britain's major home improvement chains Homebase and B&Q are reviewing the sale of the weedkiller.
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14This issue affects the United States. Parker Solar Probe: NASA launches mission to 'touch the Sun'.
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20This issue affects the United States. Renewable energy saves fresh water and creates plenty of jobs, statistics show.
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6This issue affects the United States. Monsanto ordered to pay $289m damages in Roundup cancer trial.
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7This issue affects Italy. Italian deputy PM Salvini orders the wording on identity card application forms for children be changed to exclude same-sex couples.
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14This issue affects the United States. A New York woman phoned the police on a state senator because his primary campaign criticised President Trump.
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14This issue affects China. This issue affects the United Nations. The UN is claiming it has credible evidence that China is holding about 1 million Uyghurs in internment camps
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34This issue affects China. Organic solar power is closer to reality. Using plastic instead of silicon, organic solar cells are much lighter, cheaper to produce, require fewer resources, and can be used in a number of places traditional solar panels can not. Historically, the issue has been that they are less efficient, but now have efficiency comparable to silicon based solar panels for only a fraction of the price.
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18This issue affects Japan. Tokyo medical school 'changed test scores to keep women out'
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9This issue affects Yemen. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects United Arab Emirates. An airstrike by the Saudi-UAE coalition in Yemen on a school bus killed dozens, including at least 29 children.
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14This issue affects the United States. The leadership of the fifth largest megachurch in the United States resigns over a sexual misconduct scandal.
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7This issue affects Argentina. The Argentine Senate votes against legalizing abortion.
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28This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Canada. Saudi Arabia attempts to criticize Canada's human rights record (Not a Poe.) while at the same time continuing to use one the most barbaric methods of execution known to humankind, Crucifixion.
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11This issue affects the United States. Though there is no far-right rally scheduled there, Charlottesville has declared a state of emergency for the one-year anniversary just in case.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. Boris Johnson faces growing opposition within the Conservative Party after a joke in the Telegraph about women wearing Burqas look like criminals or walking letter-boxes was criticised by party leaders as purposely offensive; misogynistic and preventing serious discussion.
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9This issue affects the United States. A police search at a New Mexico ranch uncovers evidence of a terror training camp preparing children to take part in school shootings.
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5This issue affects the United States. In a bid to make trophy hunting unpopular, PETA has called on the NRA to remove Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump in exchange for $100,000.
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10This issue affects the United States. A side-effect of the US-China trade war is the prospect of a South Carolina television factory losing its workforce.
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12Musicians only got 12% of the $43 billion the music industry generated in 2017, and it mostly came from touring
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. Federal court rules that US Border Patrol agent is not immune from a lawsuit over killing a Mexican teenager
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9This issue affects the United States. GOP congressman Chris Collins has been indicted on charges of insider trading.
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11This issue affects Italy. Italian families are no longer obliged to have children vaccinated against measles and other infectious diseases after Italy’s upper chamber voted through legislation to remove the vaccination law.
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18This issue affects the United States. EPA is now re-allowing asbestos manufacturing.
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9This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to Mother Jones, ex-Trump campaign aides are lobbying for pro-Russian Bosnian-Sprska leaders in Washington. This included arranging meetings between the prime minister and the Tresuary-sanctioned president with Steve Bannon, Corey Lewandowski, and Dana Rohrabacher.
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14This issue affects the United States. Former Trump aide Rick Gates testifies that he and Manafort committed crimes together.
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24This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Canada. Saudi Arabia freezes all new trade and investment transactions with Canada along with ordering the Canadian ambassador to leave after Canada demands activists be freed. While Egypt and Russia voiced their support for Saudi Arabia, no nations have done the same for Canada, as they have nothing to gain from getting involved.
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. The first round of US nuclear sanctions on Iran go back into effect.
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28This issue affects the United States. Donald Trump admits his son Trump Jr. met with a Russian for information on an opponent. However, he insists it was completely legal and there was no collusion.
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30This issue affects the United States. Facebook bans four pages run by Alex Jones as Apple bans most of his podcasts, YouTube deletes his account, and Spotify takes down The Alex Jones Show.
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19This issue affects the United Kingdom. A "Make Britain Great Again" has taken place in London in protest in response to Facebook's suspension of Alex Jones' personal account, resulting in an attack on a Socialist book store alongside racist chanting.
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10This issue affects Venezuela. Venezuelan president Maduro survives an assassination attempt.
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12This issue affects Ukraine. The head of the local police department in Kyiv Andriy Kryshchenko, has suggested decriminalizing people who have small possessions of drugs. However this is opposed by the head of the national police force.
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16This issue affects the United States. Republican Michigan Supreme Court justices face political retaliation from their own party for voting in favor of allowing Michigan voters to have a say on amendments to the state constitution to end gerrymandering in Michigan.
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15This issue affects the United States. An accountant for Paul Manafort has testified in court under immunity she altered financial records to claim the transfer of Manafort's Ukrainian money to his accounts was a loan.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. Facing accusations the Labour party is institutionally racist, the Jewish Museum has chosen to turn down Jeremy Corbyn's visit. His speech has instead been published in the Guardian.
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10This issue affects the United States. A Russian woman hired by the Secret Service at the American embassy in Moscow may have sold state secrets to FSB over a decade.
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15This issue affects the United States. After reading 1800 documents sent to PACEI, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap declares that the Trump Administration had no credibility in its claims of mass vote rigging.
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12This issue affects the United States. A federal judge orders the full restart of DACA.
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19This issue affects the United States. The NRA is in deep financial trouble and is facing an existential crisis
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12This issue affects the United States. Dozens of goats wander throughout a neighborhood in Boise Idaho
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25This issue affects Australia. Modified mosquitoes eliminate dengue fever in Australian town for first time in recent history
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22This issue affects Vatican City. The Catholic Church now considers the death penalty wrong under any circumstances.
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18This issue affects the United States. The EPA moves to repeal Obama-era fuel efficiency standards and bar California from implementing stricter ones.
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10This issue affects the United States. An Illinois state representative has resigned following allegations he used photos of his ex-girlfriend to "catfish other men".
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11This issue affects Colombia. A retired Colombian national police general gives David Miscavage an award while dressed in his uniform. The police say he wasn't authorized to do that. $cientology says otherwise.
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26This issue affects the United States. Apparently, Trump has never been to a grocery store in his life. He claims you need a photo ID to go grocery shopping. Maybe his idea of a balanced diet involves booze and cigarettes?
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15This issue affects the United States. A Pennsylvanian Catholic diocese releases a list of over 70 of its clergy going back decades accused of child sex abuse.
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14This issue affects Denmark. Protest in Denmark as the ban on full face veils comes into effect.
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17This issue affects the United States. A US appeals court rules Trump's executive order barring sanctuary cities from federal funding is unconstitutional.
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17This issue affects the United States. An entire Massachusetts town's police department has retired in protest of severe cutbacks endemic to small-town America.
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-14This issue affects the United Kingdom. British far-right activist Tommy Robinson has had his conviction for contempt of court quashed and is out on bail pending a retrial. As yet his bail conditions (and likelihood of breaking them) are unclear.