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

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June 2018[edit]

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7AfghanistanDAESH have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing targeting religious minorities in Afghanistan, killing nineteen.
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17United StatesThe NSA deletes hundreds of millions of call records over privacy violations.
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15United StatesEstoniaThe US ambassador to Estonia says he will resign next month over frustration with the Trump administration.
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9United StatesCanadaEuropean Union The James Webb Space Telescope faces further delays due to technical problems. Due to its considerable scientific potential, however, funding is not cut.
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12United StatesEuropean Union The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) found statistically significant evidence for a fourth type of neutrinoWikipedia, which is a candidate for dark matter. In related news, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is undergoing yet another round of upgrades.
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19CanadaUnited States It makes economic sense to install specialized turbines in the U.S. state of Alaska and Canada's Northwest Territories to harness arctic winds.
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10ChinaTaiwanUnited States A diplomatic disagreement breaks out between the U.S. and China over how airlines refer to Taiwan. Several major non-American airlines have already acquiesced to Chinese pressure. Update: China is now coercing other multinational companies to stop listing Taiwan as a country, even though flights from mainland China to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are listed as "international".
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8United StatesComplex Organics Bubble up from Ocean-world Enceladus
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13United StatesA federal judge has blocked a Kentucky law that when put into effect would impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries.
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13European UnionEU leaders have reached an agreement on migration.
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20United StatesCalifornia has passed the toughest data privacy law in the US.
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12United KingdomUnited StatesBritish agencies continued to supply intelligence to allies despite knowing or suspecting abuse of detainees.
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16South KoreaThe South Korean Constitutional Court has ruled alternatives to mandatory military service for conscientious objectors must be provided.
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17United StatesMass shooting, this time at a newspaper.
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11United StatesIowa's Rep. Steve King retweets and defends tweet from Mark CollettWikipedia. A BNP member and a Nazi-sympathizer.
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19United StatesDomestic terrorist James Alex Fields Jr. has been charged with 29 counts of hate crime.
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21North KoreaDespite Kim Jong-un stating commitment to denuclearization, rapid upgrades to North Korea's sole known nuclear reactor have been discovered.
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4United States SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire.
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21United StatesOklahoma has voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.
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13United KingdomInvestigations by BBC Northern Ireland's Spotlight programme reveal dodgy and possibly illegal financing between the Democratic Unionist Party and the official campaigning body Vote Leave during the Brexit referendum.
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15IranIran has the largest protests since 2012 in response to a sharp currency drop and rising cost of living.
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21South Korea The owner and three other admins of a notorious Korean revenge porn site have been arrested by police after a twelve year long investigation, taking place alongside protests against the country's epidemic of spy cameras.
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14United Kingdom Khalid Ali has been found guilty after a months-long trial over a planned knife attack in London last year, with contributions from the Afghan security forces directly tying him to the Taliban.
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19United StatesScientists have discovered the last missing visible matter.
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17PhilippinesPhilippine ruler Duterte sparks outrage by calling the god of Christianity "stupid".
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14United StatesSeparated migrant families will be reunited on the condition they agree to deportation.
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10Mali Similar interethnic violence between hunters and herders in Mali results in the mass-murder of over thirty Fula villagers. Fulani Malians insist the government is supporting ethnic cleansing under the guise of counterterrorism.
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8Nigeria The annual cycle of inter-ethnic violence between the Berom and Fulani over farmland returns to Nigeria, leaving 86 dead over the weekend.
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9Mexico An entire Mexican town's police force has been detained after a mayoral candidate was murdered.
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26Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia lifts the world's only ban on female drivers.
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2United StatesTrump calls for deporting migrants without due process.
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5NicaraguaA town that was former SandinistaWikipedia stronghold declares itself "self governing and is fighting off repression by Daniel OrtegaWikipedia.
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8ItalyItaly warns SchengenWikipedia is at risk
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5United Kingdom Riot police keep Jolene Bunting's far-right "UK Freedom March" calling for the release of Tommy Robinson away from a larger United Against Racism counter-protest in Belfast, though gas bombs are successfully thrown.
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23United States The biggest side effect of working in the Trump Administration? Not getting dates or being refused service at D.C. restaurants (bonus points for breaking ethics rules while complaining about it).
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10Ukraine The far-right Ukrainian nationalist group 'C14' has been linked to a series of attacks on Roma camps this year, and may be responsible for a recent murder.
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15United Kingdom A 79-year old woman risks a jail sentence after praising Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust while standing for the 2017 General Election.
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7IsraelSyriaIsrael fires missile at drone near Syria frontier.
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13Vatican CityA Vatican ex-diplomat has been convicted for distributing child pornography.
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8ZimbabweAn assassination attempt on the Zimbabwean president.
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21United StatesThe Supreme Court has ruled that police need a warrant to get data on past location from cell phones.
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11United NationsVenezuelaThe UN says Venezuelan security forces have arbitrarily killed hundreds.
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8European UnionEU takes first step in passing controversial copyright law that could ‘censor the internet’
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8United StatesCharles Krauthammer dies at the age of 68 due to cancer.
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17IsraelThe wife of PM Netanyahu has been indicted for misuse of $100000 of state funds.
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11United StatesA request to hold a second Unite the Right rally, this time across the street from the White House, has been approved.
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9AustraliaA documentary made by unqualified celebrity Pete Evans on the Paleo diet is thoroughly fact-checked and debunked by medical experts (again) after being published on Netflix.
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7United States146 were arrested in the largest ICE raid in recent history.
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14United StatesMexicoAn executive order ends the separating of migrant families at the border.
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5HungaryHungarian Parliament has approved a bill criminalizing the act of assisting undocumented migrants.
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9United StatesTrump's new health insurance rules are expected to hurt Obamacare.
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28CanadaCanadian Parliament has voted to legalize recreational marijuana.
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26United StatesMexicoChild separations: Trump faces extreme backlash from public and his own party
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18United StatesThe United Methodist Church files a formal complaint against member Jeff Sessions for child abuse, racial discrimination, and for being an asshole in general.
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10United StatesA federal judge ruled that Kansas can't require documentary proof of US citizenship to register to vote.
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17United StatesUnited KingdomThe SPLC apologizes to liberal Muslim Maajid Nawaz for labeling him and his organization as anti-Muslim extremist.
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13PhilippinesThe Philippines will be giving community leaders free guns for the War on Drugs.
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12United StatesThe Supreme Court sidestepped a potentially historic ruling on gerrymandering.
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17IsraelA proposed bill in Israel seeks to ban photographing or filming soldiers with "harmful intent".
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9United StatesMexicoNearly 2000 children were separated from their families during a six-week period of April and May.
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28United StatesCanadaMore Americans back Trudeau on trade than Trump.
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9AfghanistanA car bombing in Afghanistan killed at least 26.
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14United StatesUnited NationsThe US is reportedly pulling out of the UN Human Rights Council.
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21PakistanThe leader of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed.
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11United StatesChina25% tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods have been announced.
UPDATE: Chinese retaliation.
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30United StatesJeff Sessions claims there is Biblical justification for breaking up migrant families.
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16ArgentinaThe lower house of Argentine Congress has approved a bill legalizing abortion up to fourteen weeks.
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21United StatesA growing number of children are missing out on recommended vaccinations in states that permit parents to skip inoculations due to their personal beliefs even when there's no medical reason kids can't be vaccinated, a U.S. study suggests.
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25AntarcticaAntarctic ice is melting three times as fast as five years ago.
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11Saudi ArabiaUnited Arab EmiratesYemenSaudi Arabia and the UAE have launched an attack on the major Yemeni port city of Hudaida, which the UN warns will affect 250,000 people and worsen the humanitarian crisis.
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18United States Fact checking Donald Trump on trade.
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2United StatesAn $85 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner has been approved.
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19North Macedonia Greece The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece have come to a provisional conclusion it the 27-year long Macedonian name dispute, the FYROM will now be known as the “Republic of North Macedonia” (Macedonian: "Република Северна Македонија", Greek: "Δημοκρατία της Βόρειας Μακεδονίας").
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44IrelandSweet Jesus! The Irish government is planning to hold a referendum in October in repealing the section of the Irish constitution (Article 40.6.1.i.) that bans blasphemy. Plus a referendum on removing the section that states that a women's place is in the home (Article 41.2).
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11United StatesNorth KoreaTrump's North Korean gamble ends with 'special bond' with Kim
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8United StatesSessions ruled that domestic or gang violence isn't enough reason for asylum.
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11United StatesThe US has officially repealed net neutrality.
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15Hong KongA Hong Kong pro-democracy activist has been sentenced to six years for rioting and assaulting police.
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5SwitzerlandSwiss voters overwhelmingly reject a proposal to prohibit banks from lending more money than they have in their deposits.
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4SomaliaAn Islamic terrorist attack in Somalia killed one and wounded four.
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10United StatesMexico1768 immigrant families were separated at the US-Mexico border between October 2016 and May 2018.
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10ChinaUnited StatesChinese hackers stole 614 gigabytes of sensitive data from the US Navy.
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11AustriaThe Austrian government will close seven mosques and review the visas of dozens of imams.
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14United StatesTrump administration have announced that they will not defend the Affordable Care Act in court cases brought by GOP states. (CNN story).
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12United States1600 immigration detainees are being sent to federal prisons.
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10United KingdomThe editor of the Daily Mail Paul Dacre is to leave his post in November, and his nemesis Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig is to replace him. Speculation is that Dacre's extreme conservatism was jarring the newspaper’s owner and there is possible plans to merge the three units of Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline into one unit.
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26United StatesNASA's Curiosity rover finds organic matter on Mars.
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9United StatesDespite attempts to deter crossings, border arrests have risen dramatically.
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13ChinaNewly discovered 546 million-year-old "footprints" are the oldest found to date.
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12AfghanistanAfghanistan and the Taliban have negotiated a ceasefire lasting until June 20.
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11United StatesA massive workplace raid by the ICE led to 114 arrests.
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18BermudaBermuda re-legalizes same-sex marriage due to a Supreme Court ruling.
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18United StatesBetsy DeVos says the school safety panel made in the aftermath of Parkland will not look into the role of guns in school shootings.
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12United StatesIn Michigan, Medicaid recipients are required to work at least 29 hours per week, unless you live in a largely white county, in which case, it's cool.
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15MexicoUnited StatesMexico imposes retalitory tariffs on $3 billion worth of US exports.
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14United StatesThe judge who gave Brock Turner a light sentence for sexual assault has been recalled by voters.
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14EthiopiaEritreaEthiopia lifts its state of emergency two months early along with accepting the terms of a peace deal made with Eritrea after the 1998-2000 war.
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15United StatesThe trust fund for Medicare will run out three years earlier than previously expected.
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16Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia issues the first women's driver's licenses as activists remain imprisoned.
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10United StatesProsecutors say Paul Manafort tampered with witnesses in his ongoing criminal case.
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9JordanThe Jordanian PM resigns over massive anti-austerity protests.
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11AfghanistanA suicide bombing committed after a group of Muslim clerics issued a fatwa on suicide bombings killed 14.
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14United StatesThe Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused service to a gay couple.
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9GermanyUnited StatesBayer will be buying Monsanto for $30 billion.
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21United StatesIllinois becomes the 37th state to pass the equal rights amendment. One more and it's in the constitution... maybe.
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7SpainThe new leader of the reinstated Catalan autonomous government vows to continue efforts for secession.
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19United StatesDebate erupts over the possibility of Trump pardoning himself.
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7NicaraguaSix killed in ongoing violence in Nicaragua.
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7SyriaNorth KoreaSyrian dictator Assad announces plans for a meeting with North Korea.
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8United StatesRussiaTalks are underway for a US-Russia summit.
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16IsraelPalestineThe Israeli army killed a Palestinian nurse attempting to help a wounded protester.
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10United StatesEx chemical industry lawyer to lead Superfund task force. DRAIN FILL THE SWAMP!
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11United StatesThe EPA spent $1560 in taxpayer money on a dozen fountain pens for Pruitt.
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8UkraineRussiaUkraine discovered a Kremlin hit-list of 47 people.
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9United StatesNorth KoreaThe US-North Korea summit is back on.
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14United StatesUS unemployment rates are at their lowest in eighteen years.
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14SpainPedro Sánchez becomes the new prime minister of Spain