RationalWiki:What is going on in the world?/June 2017

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June 2017[edit]

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29Less than 24 hours after it was put up, Arkansas's 10 Commandments monument is destroyed by a man with a car.
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25Australia's most popular religious affiliation is now "no religion."
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11In Pakistan, a fuel tanker has overturned and, while nearby people tried to gather the fuel, it exploded, resulting in 153 deaths.
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19A new call for British patriotism in the media by a minister in Her Majesty's Government. No comment on if it involves demonizing Washington, Franklin and Gandhi.
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43Trump admits he lied about White House tapes.
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44The White House concedes that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. However, they deny that it changed the result.
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39A pathetic attempt to go green: Trump proposes adding solar panels to his wall to cut costs, inadvertently admitting that solar power is cost-effective.
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31Pennsylvania Supreme Court finds that the state's Environmental Rights Amendment must be interpreted broadly, in a victory for environmental groups.
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18Two separate terror incidents in Europe this week. On the Monday an Islamist on the terror watchlist killed himself by ramming a car filled with weapons and gas bottles into a police van. On Tuesday, a DAESH sympathiser detonated a small explosive in Brussels before being shot. No civilians reported dead in either attack.
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38The European Court of Human Rights shreds Russia's "gay propaganda" law, stating it shows "predisposed bias, unambiguously highlighted by its domestic interpretation and enforcement" and that "by adopting such laws the authorities reinforce stigma and prejudice and encourage homophobia, which is incompatible with the notions of equality, pluralism and tolerance inherent in a democratic society."
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40An apartment block in an affluent district of London burns down, killing at least 58 people. Allegations the council did not meet up with fire safety standards also lead to demonstrations highlighting class and wealth disparity.
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24Another terror incident in London as a far right extremist hits Muslim worshipers outside a mosque in Finsbury Park with a van.
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12Bill Cosby's trial for rape ends in a mistrial.
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19The US government is finally dropping its Y2K preparedness bureaucracy.
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47In a rare moment of honesty, Fox News is dropping its ‘fair & balanced’ slogan
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29South Carolina law reduces crime by being both soft and tough: most non-violent criminals aren't sent to prison, but violent offenders get harsher sentences.
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37Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice.
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22A shooting takes place at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Five people are wounded, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and two Capitol Police officers. The only fatality was the shooter, who was stopped by police.
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16The Trump Administration eliminates a rule protecting endangered whales and turtles from being caught in fishing nets.
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-23The Guardian to become tabloid.
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35In what is totally not a Nixonian move, Trump may be considering firing the head of the Russia investigation Robert Mueller.
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31Sandy Hook families denounce NBC and Megyn Kelly for an Alex Jones interview.
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27Montana Republican Greg Gianforte sentenced to community service for assaulting Guardian reporter.
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32Michael "lemme remove global warming from the school curriculum" "the people are tired of experts" Gove has been appointed the UK's new Environment Secretary. BoJo remains Foreign Secretary.
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18A New York attorney has been dismissed by President Trump after refusing an offer of close friendship as unprofessional.
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14Struggling to form a sizable administration, Theresa May risks the Good Friday Agreement with a pact with the extreme-right DUP. Orangemen rejoice over the pact, starting an unscheduled celebration march spate of civil disobedience in Liverpool, and have hopes of un-banning sectarian events. Meanwhile, Sinn Fein ominously declares that the DUP has betrayed the people of Northern Ireland.
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22A Florida judge rules that a neo-Nazi armed with guns, ammunition, explosives and who had in his possession white supremacist propaganda as well as a framed photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is not a threat and could be released on bond.
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26Donald Trump's state visit to Britain put on hold until the British public supports him coming.
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15Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher said that a recent ISIS attack in Iran could be a “good thing” and even suggested that the U.S. government support ISIS for attacking other terrorist groups.
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22Bernie Sanders and other left leaning Democrats draw strength from the UK Labour Party and argue for compassionate policies that appeal to the many, not the few
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29James Comey testifies before the Senate. Warning: Autoplay video.
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43Sandy Hook truther gets prison time for threatening victim's father.
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44Paleoanthropologists unearthed the oldest known fossils of Homo sapiens, dating back 300,000 years. Previously, the oldest human fossils are almost 200,000 years old.
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31Ironically, the push towards renewable energy is the most aggressive in "red states".
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31Trump allegedly told James Comey,"I need loyalty. I expect loyalty."
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50As Trump’s problems mount, Breitbart’s numbers are cratering.
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31Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested he could resign amid rising tension with President Trump (Warning: Autoplay video)
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28Leaked NSA report says Russians tried to hack state election officials Alleged source of leak arrested by FBI after Intercept provided copy to NSA.
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37A Walgreens pharmacist refused to fill a prescription related to a girl's birth control due to his religious beliefs. The ACLU and the Southwest Women's Law Center have filed two complaints to the New Mexico human rights bureau for the girl and her mother.
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18A terrorist attack has taken place in London with both a car crash and stabbing spree. Three suspects wearing fake suicide vests were found and shot within minutes, and controlled explosions took place on London Bridge. Police confirm an additional six civilian deaths.
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34After 334 years on being on the books, Denmark abolishes blasphemy
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11HBO under pressure to fire Bill Maher after he calls himself a "house n****r" on TV show.
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24Once again, Ireland shows us how it's done, as Leo Varadkar, an openly gay man, becomes the leader of Ireland's ruling party Fine Gael. He is a conservative, for austerity, for banning public workers from striking, and is anti-abortion.
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30Trump campaign plans ‘Pittsburgh, not Paris’ rally to cheer climate deal exit. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto releases the following statement where he condemns Trump's decision, labeling it as "disastrous for our planet, for cities such as Pittsburgh, to the commitments the United States made to the rest of the world, and to our responsibility to save the globe for future generations."
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26The governors of New York, California and Washington, in opposition to Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, agree to form a U.S. Climate Alliance and urge other states to join. (Warning: autoplay video).
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9Trump asks the Supreme Court to reinstate the Muslim travel ban.
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21Air has officially become a highly priced commodity in places where air pollution is particularly bad.
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21Alea iacta est: Trump is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.