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June 2019[edit]

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38United StatesTrump says he might not leave office after two terms. So much for the Constitution, eh?
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50United StatesJames Fields, the man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotestors at the Unite the Right rally, has been sentenced to life in prison.
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23United StatesNASA Announces New Dragonfly Drone Mission to Explore Titan.
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43United StatesIn a big surprise, this April the United States generated more electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind at 22% of production, compared to 20% from coal. Another piece of news is that coal usage nationally hit a 41-year low this year.
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16United KingdomThe first black female bishop is appointed by the Church of England.
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5United StatesThe United States Supreme Court rules that it is beyond the federal court's reach to do anything about partisan gerrymandering. It's the responsibility of the states and legislators to oversee how redistricting efforts are carried out. No prizes for guessing how the decision split: 5-4.
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17United StatesThe United States Supreme Court blocks a citizenship question from the 2020 Census.
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14United StatesMother of teenager beaten unconscious by 13 year old racist sack of shit
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9United StatesYemenMillions of refugees have fled Yemen, the US has accepted just fifty.
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17United StatesPolygamist accused of scamming the US out of half a billion dollars
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31United StatesGood news for a change: NRATV is closed and it appears that Dana Loesch is out of a job.
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9United StatesSan Francisco has become the first city in the US to completely ban the sale of e-cigarettes. This is despite the city being the home of one of the biggest producers of such devices, Juul Labs.
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9United StatesStephanie Grisham to become the next White House Press Secretary, replacing Sarah Sanders.
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23United NationsUN expert says human rights, such as the right to life and the rule of law, may not survive the climate crisis
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4United Kingdom Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is in hospital after suffering a stroke.
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20United Kingdom Admiralty law nut loses court case in UK over refusal to register child's birth and make child "an asset to the country, which has boarded a vessel to sail on the high seas".
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22United StatesMilitia freaks besiege Oregon legislature, forcing it to shutdown. Where are the national guard?
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15ColombiaSkaters jump cops in Colombia after being ruthlessly run over by them
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33United StatesOregon Republicans continue to make a mockery of democracy by fleeing the state and denying the 20 senator majority needed to pass important laws, militia movement extremists vow to "protect" senators who refuse to do their fucking jobs from being hauled back to the Oregon legislature.
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45United StatesVenezuelaVerbatim headline: "Trump is Giving Up on Regime Change in Venezuela Because it's Complicated and he Got Bored, Report Says."
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32United StatesHouse votes to block Trump's ban on trans people serving in the military.
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3United StatesAn oil refinery in Philadelphia caught on fire and exploded.
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17United StatesAlabama law allows formation of church police
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27United StatesOregonian Republican state senators have used the old-but-rare tactic of not going to work for the second time in two months, with some reportedly having fled the state into Idaho, in order to prevent a quorum and avoid a vote on climate change legislation. Gov. Kate Brown has authorized the use of state police to track the senators down, and at least one -- Sen. Brian BoquistWikipedia (R-12) -- has threatened to shoot any police officers who come to get him, gaining a vow of protection from the sovereign citizen group the Oath KeepersWikipedia.
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21ItalyNew species of cat, called the "cat-fox," discovered in Sardinia
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14United StatesCop murders non verbal man near a Costco, man's parents are injured
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13United Kingdom A by-election has been called in Wales following a Recall petition to unseat Chris Davies, MP, who was accused of forging invoices.
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18United StatesSeveral council members of Kenai Penisular Borough Assembly in Alaska walked out of council prayers, because it was the turn of the local Satanic Temple to deliver the prayers.
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5United KingdomThe final choices for the Tories as to who will be the next prime minister are a racist liar, or a man with a nearly-rude surnameWikipedia.
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9United StatesAlabama man fed pet squirrel meth in order to create an "attack squirrel." Will we see battle bunnies next?
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29JerseyGuernseyIsle of ManThe UK's three crown dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man) have all agreed to open up their company registers to allow anyone to find who the owns the businesses registered in the dependencies by January 2023. Lack of transparency for business registers is one of the reasons these places are known for money laundering and tax evasion.
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41United StatesAll fifty extremist killings in 2018 were perpetrated by alt-righters, according to recent study.
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29FranceFrance's health agency is planning to advise the government to scrap all funding for homeopathic "medicines". However, already the country's largest homeopathic pill maker, Boiron, has launched a large PR campaign to stop this from happening.
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19United NationsSaudi ArabiaMBS liable to be charged with murder according to UN report
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11BrazilThe Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht that was involved the Operation Car Wash money laundering scandal, that brought down former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has filed for bankruptcy protection with debts of 51 billion reais ($13 billion).
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17Vatican CityBrazilVatican considers allowing older married men to be ordained as priests in remote regions like the Amazon to deal with priest shortage
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29SpainTwo potentially life-friendly planets found orbiting a nearby star.
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26United KingdomTwo teenage neo-Nazis are jailed for terrorism offences as a result of what they posted online, including calls for Prince Harry to be murdered for being a "race traitor".
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-39United StatesFacebook to launch cryptocurrency called Libra, promising to "innovate" on regulatory fronts.
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28United StatesHarvard rescinds acceptance to Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv over racist comments made in the past
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-9United StatesIranTrump sending 1000 additional troops to the Middle East in light of the recent oil tanker attacks
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5United StatesFamed American socialite and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt dies at the age of 95
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27United StatesTrial to begin for couple accused of shooting antifa activists during a Milo Yiannopoulos speech at the University of Wisconsin.
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14EgyptOusted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi dies in court.
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23United StatesInvestigation reveals the extent of which American plastic waste has utterly devastated the poorer nations of the globe
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15Papua New GuineaAustraliaPapua New Guinea snubs Australia as it cancels contract to house potential immigrants in a concentration camp on Manus Island
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-8IsraelSyriaUnited StatesBenjamin Netanyahu renames a settlement in the Golan Heights to "Trump Heights."
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4United StatesKansas poised to use private prisons from now on
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21IsraelIsraeli court convicts Sarah Netanyahu for misuse of state funds, but she only has to pay a fine. How's that for corruption prosecution?
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8United StatesThe Empire Strikes Back as Barr decides to "investigate" the origins of the Mueller report. Someone call Nobs.
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8United StatesGrayson Fritts, a Tennessee sheriff's office detective and Baptist preacher, gave a sermon in which he called for the execution of LGBTQ people. Gotta love those tolerant, peace loving Christian values.
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30United StatesInvestigation finds hundreds of active-duty and retired law enforcement officers from across the United States who are members of Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia groups on Facebook.
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13AlbaniaUnited StatesHead of Albania's conservative party faces criminal charges, and an ex-Trump aide is involved. The swamp grows bigger by the day.
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11United StatesUnited KingdomIranThe UK joins the US in accusing Iran of committing the oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman, apparently the crew are being held hostage. Somewhere, somehow, Jimmy Carter is smirking.
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18EcuadorEcuador's highest court legalizes same-sex marriage
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18United StatesProsecutor of Central Park Five resigns from college post
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31United StatesIn a victory for public welfare, New York repeals religious exemption for vaccinating children
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12RussiaHordes of flies plague rural Russian villages
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16United KingdomA ban on adverts featuring negative gender stereotypes comes into effect.
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14United StatesThe Make America Straight Again conference is being held near Orlando, Florida by the New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Movement on the weekend of June 14-16. It is spitefully being held on the anniversary of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, and the conference celebrates and calls for the murder of homosexual people.
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22United StatesSarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving the White House at the end of the month, Trump says
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14United StatesPentagon woefully unprepared to fight climate change according to new report
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3SwedenA Sweden Democrat-led city council has just prohibited its employees from taking “prayer breaks” during working hours. Although it affects all religions, it is widely interpreted to hit pious Muslims to stop them doing the “salahWikipedia” during work.
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12United StatesProlific romance novel writer Nicholas Sparks co-founded a school in North Carolina with an avowedly Judeo-Christian ethos and now he's getting upset about LGBT students wanting rights, staff devoting too much time to diversity instead of "Christian traditions", and allegations of homophobia and racism.
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12Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia tracking women that flee the country by use of their cellphones
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13United StatesCops fired 55 times at rapper Willie McCoy who was asleep in his car, an investigation called it "reasonable."
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10United StatesThe Florida Seminole "go to war" against Florida proper over gambling income. According to the state the tribe is withholding over $350 million dollars from the state according to a revenue sharing deal, and according to the Seminole the state reneged on its deal. We'll see how this clusterfuck plays out in court.
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8OmanUnited StatesTwo oil tankers struck in suspected attack on the Gulf of Oman
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13United StatesMexicoWhat you should know about the situation along the US-Mexican border.
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15United StatesTrump administration to hold migrant children at base that served as WWII Japanese internment camp
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12United StatesOil giant Exxon Mobil made tax exempt donations in the 90's to universities and charities to help overturn environmental regulations new documents show
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8United StatesNo Más Muertes trial ends in a hung jury
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37GermanyGerman Health Minister Jens Spahn has proposed a ban on conversion therapy
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34BotswanaBotswana's High Court decriminalizes homosexuality.
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20United StatesGOP Rep. Justin Amash, who backs impeachment, resigns from Freedom Caucus.
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12United StatesNorth KoreaKim Jong-namWikipedia, half brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, was an informant for the CIA according to a new report
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24United StatesNew York introduces country's first state bill decriminalizing sex work
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21United StatesSuccuss Meds, Live Better?: The Center for Inquiry has filed a lawsuit against Walmart for consumer fraud in D.C., alleging the sale of name-brand and Equate store-brand homeopathic "remedies" alongside traditional medicines implies effectiveness.
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47the WorldFacebook bans Natural News.
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14New ZealandChinaNew Zealand Chinese-language media told to support Communist Party initiatives amidst increasing concern about self-censorship of China-critical articles and use of overseas media as propaganda tools by the CCP.........but it doesn't affect the neutrality of news coverage... honest.
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28Hong KongChinaMore than 1 million protest in Hong Kong, organizers say, over Chinese extradition law. The protest was held to oppose a proposed bill that would allow the Chinese government to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong. Chinese media blame "foreign forces" for trying to "create havoc".
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28BhutanThe small Himalayan country of Bhutan has made movements to decriminalise homosexuality, after its lower house of parliament has passed a bill to repeal provisions that said “unnatural sex” is illegal.
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19the WorldThe 9 June 2019 New York Times Front Page, features the images of over a dozen right wing YouTube personalities, including Sargon of Akkad, Stefan Molyneux, Milo Yiannopoulos, Jordan Peterson, Steven Crowder and Paul Joseph Watson with the headline: "The Making of a YouTube Radical".
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13United StatesRussiaRussian and American warships almost collide in brazenly stupid show of naval brinkmanship in the East China Sea
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12United StatesAustraliaMohamed Noor, the cop who killed Justine Damond, sentenced to 12 years in prison
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12Vatican CityThe Vatican, approved by Pope Francis, has rewritten the Lord's Prayer to put God in a better light, at least in the Italian translation.
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22United StatesIn an example of utter irony, creationists mock flat earthers for not understanding science.
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22United StatesThe U.S. Catholic Church spent $10.6 million on lobbyists between 2011 and 2018 to prevent victims of clerical sex abuse from suing for damages.
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22PolandA court in the city of Kraków has given the five-year-old son of a British-based Polish lesbian couple Polish citizenship. Previously, it was denied by the Polish Civil Registry Office on the grounds that both parents could not be on a birth certificate and the child's certificate was invalid, thus he could not be Polish.
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28FranceUnited KingdomD Day veterans in their 90s parachute into Normandy once more
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32the WorldYouTube has demonetized Steven Crowder's account unless he (in addition to other issues with the channel) removes links to his store, where he sells "socialism is for fags" T-shirts, among other items. This comes amidst a new policy change promising a crackdown on extremist content.
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24EthiopiaOldest flaked stone tools point to the repeated invention of stone tools throughout human evolution
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22United StatesHomeless population reaches 36,000 in Los Angeles, the total being 50,000 in the county at large
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19the WorldHuman Civilization Will Crumble by 2050 If We Don't Stop Climate Change Now, New Paper Claims,
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13United KingdomAn investigation by a local newspaper journalist in the English city of Bristol over a prolific green pen writer has found that the person is, in fact, a Russian disinformation project aimed at local newspapers.
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15United KingdomEuropean UnionNigel Farage faces a ban from entering the European Parliament after he was set a 24-hour deadline to explain why he allegedly failed to declare almost half a million pounds in gifts from tycoon Arron Banks.
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15United Kingdom The Brexit Party finds itself in its second scandal in as many weeks, when MEP Anne Widdecombe reminds the public exactly who she is.
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15United KingdomUnited States The Trump-sponsored US-UK free trade deal is in jeopardy following his insistence the NHS be part of any version of the trade deal.
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10United KingdomSix MPs have quit Change UK (more than half the party) over whether or not to merge with the Liberal Democrats.
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27CanadaUnited StatesIn a sad moment for history, the last of the WWII Mohawk code talkers has died after finally being hailed as a war hero. The efforts of the code talkers during the war was secret for many decades, and some of these men died before they ended up being vindicated by history. Rest in peace.
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21United StatesSome good news for once as New Jersey couple sell piece of an old Native American reservation back to the Lenape
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19United Kingdom Great Britain went for two weeks without burning coal for electricity, a new record. This was mainly because it went without rain for two weeks - also a new record.
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15Philippines Canada The Philippines is sending imported trash back to Canada. Malaysia, another majort importer of trash, is also sending some of it back to the countries of origin.
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32United StatesShock of all shocks as Bill Cosby's defamation suit against sexual assault victims is dropped
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12United StatesYet another shooting took place at a government building in Virginia Beach.