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

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March 2018[edit]

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2This issue affects the United Kingdom. 22 year old man in South Scotland arrested over 'offensive napkin comments'.
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23This issue affects India. A Dalit (lowest Hindu caste) man was murdered for owning a horse.
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8This issue affects Syria. Government forces have retaken most of eastern Ghouta.
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Trump told his aides not to publicly discuss his policy on Russia.
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8This issue affects Russia. Russia has tested a nuclear missile that even the most advanced defense systems are unable to stop.
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20This issue affects the United States. A teenage girl was beaten with broomsticks and had hot cooking oil poured on her for refusing a forced marriage. At the other end of the spectrum of fortune, a mathematically talented high school drop out is graduating from college for the exceptionally gifted at age 17 and has received substantial scholarship offers from some of the top schools in the country for her PhD in chemical engineering.
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21This issue affects the United States. Kentucky teachers have started a walkout over pension concerns, as Oklahoma teachers plan to start a walkout on Monday.
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7This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Somalia. 30 Somali men allege inhumane treatment under ICE detention.
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11Facebook has been collecting your Android call history and SMS data for years.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. This issue affects India. Five American citizens flying to New York from Moscow had their flight cancelled, and were forced by the airline onto a flight to India under threat of being deported there due to their skin tone, despite the US embassy telling the airline they couldn't do that.
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Syria. Trump froze over $200 million in funds for Syrian recovery efforts as what appears to be part of plans to leave Syria.
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9This issue affects the United States. The EPA's public affairs office sends staffers a memo (confirmed by the EPA) containing talking points that downplay the role of humanity in climate change. (Union of Concerned Scientists' take on it.)
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15This issue affects the United States. Using chosen names reduces odds of depression and suicide in transgender youths.
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11This issue affects the United States. A megachurch pastor and religious adviser under Bush Jr. has been accused of defrauding investors of $3.5 million.
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12This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. At least a dozen Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured in the Israeli military response to a massive protest on the Gaza border.
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8This issue affects Russia. Russia kicked out 59 diplomats from 23 countries.
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21This issue affects the United States. A poll conducted by a nonpartisan think tank shows that most Americans support major healthcare reforms.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. 2017 was a record year for renewable power generation in Scotland. In related news, the State of New York is committing $1.4 billion to renewable energy projects, more than most other states.
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5This issues affects Christianity.This issue affects Vatican City. Pope Francis says hell doesn't exist, though the Vatican denies this.
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9This issue affects Mauritania. Anti-slavery groups say face growing threat in Mauritania
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21This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. A summit between the two Koreas is set to happen on April 27, and will mark the first time a North Korean ruler has set foot south of the DMZ.
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20This issue affects Estonia. The water supply of a fifth of Estonians is radioactive.
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12This issue affects the United States. Trump ousted the VA secretary yesterday and nominated the presidential physician as his replacement.
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19This issue affects the United States. A Texan teacher has been suspended for pushing a "homosexual agenda".
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4This issue affects the United States. Eating out increases levels of phthalates in the body, study finds
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14This issue affects the United States. Trump tweets misleading photos suggesting the border wall is underway.
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12This issue affects Pakistan. Malala Yousafzai is visiting Pakistan for the first time since the attempt on her life.
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17This issue affects Ecuador. This issue affects the United Kingdom. The embassy housing Assange has had his phone and internet cut, as well as visitors being banned from seeing him.
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24This issue affects Ireland. It’s official! Ireland will be voting on Friday 25th May on the 36th amendment. This is the proposed amendment of the Irish constitutionWikipedia's W.svg to allow abortion in Ireland.
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19This issue affects the United States. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens backs repealing the Second Amendment.
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16This issue affects the United States. Scientists have discovered a previously unknown organ.
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12This issue affects Russia. Protests arose demanding the resignation of authorities after a shopping mall fire has killed 64 people, mostly children, in Kemerovo, Russia (warning: auto-play video!).
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14This issue affects the United States. California is suing the Trump administration over plans to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.
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25This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. The leader of a cult in New York has been arrested in Mexico for sexual slavery of its female members.
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24This issue affects Austria. Austrian ban of full-face veils proves ineffective - intended to prevent Muslims hiding behind burqas, those stopped by police include several people in winter sports gear, tourists in smog masks, a youth outreach worker in a giant rabbit costume, and only one woman actually wearing a full-face veil.
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17This issue affects the United States. US Congressman Steve King mocks Parkland survivor Emma González because of her Cuban heritage.
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-3This issue affects the United States. Stocks rebound as trade war fears ease.
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16This issue affects Pakistan. In a first for the country, Pakistan has a trans news anchor.
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27This issue affects the United States. American healthcare is becoming unaffordable even for much of the middle class.
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17This issue affects the United States. One of the largest US gunmakers filed Chapter 11.
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2This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Afghanistan. This issue affects Russia. US Army General John Nicholson is accusing Russia of aiding the Taliban.
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5This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. The US is to expel 60 Russian diplomats as a result of the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter.
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17This issue affects the United States. A fake photo of Parkland survivor and gun control activist Emma González ripping up the US Constitution went viral.
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14This issue affects Belarus. Riot police in Belarus attack protesters calling for end to dictatorship.
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16This issue affects Spain. This issue affects Germany. Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has been detained in Germany, and if extradited could be facing up to three decades in prison for separatism. Protests erupt in Catalonia as a result.
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16This issue affects France. A Jewish Holocaust survivor found burned and stabbed to death in her apartment is suspected to be the victim of a hate crime.
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27This issue affects the United States. In a tremendous case of irony, Donald Trump signed a Republican federal spending bill that not only rejects his proposals but also fulfills, even exceeds, those of Barack Obama when he was President.
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14This issue affects Nigeria. The Nigerian government is negotiating a possible ceasefire with Boko Haram.
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17This issue affects Netherlands. White nationalism is rapidly growing in one of the most progressive European nations.
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25This issue affects the United Kingdom. Jehovah's Witnesses come forward to describe sexual abuse in the church.
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20This issue affects the United States. Details emerge about ties between Bannon and Cambridge Analytica.
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23The value of Facebook dropped by $58 billion last week.
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18This issue affects Norway. Norwegian minister of justice forced to leave after she claimed on Facebook that the opposition favors terrorists over national security. When the far-right sent her flowers to show that people want her to stay as minister, people who wanted her to leave raised $2 million for Doctors Without Borders to show the opposite, while also supporting a good cause.
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12This issue affects Romania. Romanian courts refuse to overturn a man's death certificate because he appealed too late.
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7This issue affects Peru. The New Peruvian president promises to tackle government corruption after his predecessor resigned in disgrace.
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9This issue affects Syria. Over two dozen civilians killed in airstrike.
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20This issue affects the United States. Protesters, many of them students, rally in Washington, D.C., and across the United States demanding stricter gun control legislation. They are joined by like-minded people in multiple cities worldwide.
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18This issue affects the United States. Rights groups vow to fight Trump's 'transphobia masquerading as policy'
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9This issue affects Egypt. Two killed by bombing in Alexandria ahead of the Egyptian presidential "election".
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19This issue affects the United States. Trump has signed the budget bill as his own party criticized him for the veto threats.
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21This issue affects the United States. Chevron's lawyer, representing oil companies rejects climate change denial, but thinks they can't be sued over it and blames global warming on "economic use" a.k.a. their customers.
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16This issue affects Sweden. Sweden to offer $26,000 compensation to trans people who were legally forced into sterilisation
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. Owen Smith was sacked for calling for a second Brexit referendum.
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11This issue affects the United States. Fears of a government shutdown rise as Trump threatens to veto the spending bill.
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6This issue affects France. Three killed in an Islamic terrorist attack (along with the shooter).
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28Facebook could face up to $2 trillion in fines.
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16This issue affects the United States. A former Playboy Playmate says Trump offered to pay her after sex.
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15This issue affects China. This issue affects the United States. China announces counter-tariffs on the US.
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13This issue affects the United States. Trump announces via Twitter that John Bolton is the new national security adviser.
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13This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. A Palestinian teen has been sentenced to eight months and a $1725 fine for assaulting an Israeli soldier.
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20This issue affects Chile. The Atacama corpse, often touted as an extraterrestrial due to its bizarre appearance, tragically but unsurprisingly turns out to be human.
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16This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. Trump moves to implement $60 billion in tariffs on imported Chinese products.
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17This issue affects the United States. Déjà vu all over again: Congress scrambles to prevent yet another government shutdown.
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15This issue affects China. This issue affects Pakistan. China admits they sold missile technology to Pakistan.
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20The last northern white male rhino has died. Researchers, however, save genetic material from him so they can attempt to artificially inseminate the remaining two females.
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16This issue affects South Korea. Prosecutors seek arrest of former South Korean president Lee Myung-bakWikipedia's W.svg for allegedly accepting over $10 million in bribes.
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15This issue affects the United States. The coastal areas are being ravaged by serious storms.
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25This issue affects the United States. Homeschooled, homophobic and anti-abortion: details emerge about the Austin bomber.
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16This issue affects the United States. The party of lower taxes presents: about a one in three chance of at least four Fed hikes this year.
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16Former Facebook insiders are turning on the social media giant.
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12This issue affects South Africa. Five South African peacekeepers are taking paternity tests under allegations of sexual exploitation.
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12This issue affects Canada. The gun debate has made its way to Canada.
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12This issue affects the United States. Congress is almost done with a spending deal that will give the border wall some funding (though only a fraction of the amount needed to complete it), while destroying efforts to give federal funding to a project to improve passenger rail to and from Manhattan.
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19This issue affects the United States. A suspect in the Austin serial bombings kills himself. Austin Police Department recommends people remain vigilant in case there are more bombs.
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17This issue affects India. This issue affects Iraq. The remains of 39 Indian migrant workers in Iraq kidnapped by DAESH have been found in a mass grave.
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6This issue affects the United States. A Californian town of about 12,000 is moving to opt out of the sanctuary state law.
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11This issue affects Myanmar. Child refugees of the Rohingya genocide are being forced into sex trafficking.
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12This issue affects the United States. A package bound for Austin blew up in a FedEx building, and has been connected to the bombings.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. The man who created the viral video of a dog doing the Nazi salute has been convicted of a hate crime.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. Thanks to a new treatment derived from stem cell research, two people had their vision partially restored.
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18This issue affects the United States. Senator Bernie Sanders held a town hall on income inequality at the U.S. Capitol auditorium; the event attracted about 1.7 million live viewers.
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16This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Even Mitch McConnell thinks Mueller should get to finish the Russia investigation.
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13This issue affects France. This issue affects Libya. Former French president Sarkozy is under questioning due to claims he took campaign funds from Gaddafi's Libya in the 2007 election.
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11This issue affects the United States. Two wounded when a student opened fire at a Maryland high school. The shooter was killed. UPDATE: As of 23/3/18, 16 year old Jaelynn Willey (one of the wounded) has passed away.
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13This issue affects China. This issue affects Taiwan. President Xi warns that any attempts at separatism are "doomed to fail." In this he includes the "separatists" in Taiwan.
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6This issue affects the United States. Controversy has formed about DNC vice chairman Keith Ellison's relationship with black nationalist Louis Farrakhan.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. A provisional Brexit agreement has been reached.
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18This issue affects the United States. American oil exports have been and will continue to surge.
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9This issues affects Christianity.This issue affects Turkey. Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew are planning a synode in İznik.
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8This issue affects the United States. Mississippi has banned abortion (with exceptions) past fifteen weeks.
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9This issue affects the United States. For what may be the second time in history, someone has been killed by a self-driving car. (A driver was killed in 2016)
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22This issue affects the United States. Two wounded by a bomb detonation in Austin, less than a week after another bombing in the city caused a fatality, and in the same month that yet another bombing killed two.
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18This issue affects China. China is spending trillions on what some are calling the next Silk Road.
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22This issue affects the United States. Students in Arkansas who went to the gun violence walk-out without the school's permission get either suspension or a paddling.
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11This issue affects Turkey. This issue affects Syria. Turkish forces have seized Afrin.
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2350 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach
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20This issue affects the United States. A school board will debate a proposed settlement for a lawsuit about three students being indoctrinated into a cult by four educators.
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12This issue affects the United States. For the first time in Californian history, an undocumented immigrant has been appointed to a state post.
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23This issue affects the United States. Grocery store Fred Meyer,Wikipedia's W.svg part of the giant KrogerWikipedia's W.svg chain announces it is to stop selling firearms.
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29This issue affects the United States. Black man beaten in Charlottesville found not guilty of assaulting white supremacist.
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8This issue affects Syria. This issue affects the United States. Dozens of Westerners are travelling to Syria to help the Kurdish forces fight against the Islamic State.
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18This issue affects South Africa. This issue affects France. Jacob Zuma, ex-President of South Africa, will go on trial for corruption charges related to a multi-billion dollar arms deal with a French company (which will also face charges).
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19This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects the United States. The European Union publishes a massive list of American products that could be subject to retaliatory tariffs.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects France. This issue affects Germany. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. The UK, France and Germany propose new Iran sanctions to appease Trump.
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18This issue affects Antarctica. A giant hole in the ice has opened up in Antarctica.
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35A Twitter fight over Bernie Sanders reveals a network of fake accounts and even a new form of censorship.
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12This issue affects Spain. Madrid migrants clash with Police after death of street vendor
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20This issue affects Israel. Israel is divided over whether to abolish the draft exemption for ultra-Orthodox Jews.
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22This issue affects the United States. Students walk out all around the US as a result of the Parkland shooting.
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12This issue affects Germany. The new German interior minister says "Islam doesn't belong to Germany."
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19This issue affects the United States. A new study shows most bottled water is contaminated with plastic. (warning: autoplay video)
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III subpoenaed the Trump Organization, demanding documents about Russia.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. The US has announced sanctions on Russia.
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19This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia announces a plan to start making nuclear power.
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20To try and combat disinformation and conspiracy theories on YouTube. The website is going to start linking and cross referencing items with information on Wikipedia. However, Wikipedia's owners Wikimedia complained that they haven't been informed about it.
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14This issue affects Slovakia. The Slovak PM offers to resign amidst the largest protests since the Velvet Revolution, on the condition that his party gets to choose his successor.
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21This issue affects the European Union. The Mediterranean hot season will be two months longer by 2100.
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25This issue affects the United States. Fox News is under suit by murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich's parents.
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67This issue affects the United Kingdom. Stephen Hawking finally succumbed to his ALS at 76. RIP.
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22This issue affects the United States. McCain slams Trump's decision to nominate Gina Haspel for CIA director, saying she was involved in "one of the darkest chapters in American history."
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20This issue affects New Zealand. This issue affects the United States. New Zealand diplomat in trouble for telling US Democrats to "get your shit together or we all die"
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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Russia. British authorities say that Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent, was likely used in the attempted murder of Sergei SkripalWikipedia's W.svg and his daughter.
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20This issue affects the United States. Trump announces Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's sacking via Twitter
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20This issue affects the United Nations. This issue affects Singapore. This issue affects North Korea. A leaked UN draft report alleges Singapore has been selling luxury items to North Korea.
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18This issue affects the United States. The US made a $215 billion budget deficit in February.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. Telford authorities have failed to prosecute sex rings.
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34This issue affects the United States. The Governator plans to sue oil companies for "knowingly killing people all over the world."
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13This issue affects China. This issue affects the United States. Chinese students in the US are reportedly being pressured by the CSSAWikipedia's W.svg to espouse Chinese and pro-Xi nationalism.
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13This issue affects the United States. Tim Berners-LeeWikipedia's W.svg himself wants the tech industry regulated.
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18This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. This issue affects the United States. KJU announces desire to sign a peace treaty with the US.
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12This issue affects the United States. Elizabeth Warren supports Trump on tariffs.
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15This issue affects Cuba. The Castro family is finally relinquishing control of Cuba.
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21This issue affects the United States. Try as he might, Donald Trump will not be able to derail the nation-wide push for renewable energy.
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19This issue affects the United States. Mishandling of the opioid crisis has had patients taken off of much-needed painkillers.
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23This issue affects the United States. After the longest teachers' strike in state history, West Virginia decided to just dismantle the Department of Education and the Arts. As this is happening, Oklahoman state employees have threatened to join a planned teachers' strike if their demands aren't met. UPDATE: In West Virginia, it's the Department of Education and Arts that's getting cut, not the whole Department of Education. Different other thing.
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7This issue affects Australia. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Japan. The Australian trade minister denies that they struck a security deal with the US to be exempt of steel and aluminum tariffs. Meanwhile, the EU and Japan have been pushing for their own exemptions.
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16This issue affects the United States. The CDC is baffled by a rare disease that's killing dentists.
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11This issue affects China. Chinese congress most likely to approve the abolition of term limits tomorrow.
UPDATE: China has officially abolished term limits.
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14This issue affects the United States. A Texan police officer has been charged with human smuggling.
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13This issue affects Mexico. Cartel violence soars in Mexican tourist stops.
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21This issue affects the United States. Florida's House of Representatives passes a bill 97-10 requiring all schools in the state to display 'In God We Trust' after the bill's sponsor, Kimberly Daniels, reported seeing a "vision" from God telling her "not to politicize" the recent school shootings.
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Lithuania. A Senate report has proven that Lithuania hosted a CIA jail.
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15This issue affects Ireland. There are tensions between the Irish government and the anti-immigrant population of a village they're making accept migrants.
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14This issue affects the United States. An African antelope was found at Fort Bliss with no explanation as to why.
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13Fraudsters have been repeatedly impersonating Elon Musk in replies to his tweets on Twitter, offering large amounts of Ethereum in return for smaller amounts.
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14This issue affects the United States. Floridian governor Rick Scott has passed the gun control bill.
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29This issue affects the United States. Martin Shkreli,Wikipedia's W.svg infamous for increasing the price of a lifesaving drug by a factor of 56, has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for securities fraud.
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. Concerns are raised about the censoring of high school textbooks and examination papers by a state-funded Orthodox Jewish school in London. The censoring involves references to homosexuals and women socialising with men.
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13This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. This issue affects the United States. Trump and KJU are planning to hold talks.
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8This issue affects France. This issue affects Israel. Macron announces that France will one day recognize West Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
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21This issue affects the United States. Abstinence-only sex "education" is making a comeback under the Trump administration.
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1211 nations have signed the TPP without the US.
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14This issue affects the United States. The rise of private label foods should terrify name brands.
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11This issue affects the United States. A Florida gun control bill resulting from the Parkland shooting just needs the governor's signature to pass.
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25This issue affects the United States. To stop trans kids from committing suicide, a new study says accept them.
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20This issue affects Australia. Australia may become the first country to eradicate cervical cancer.
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11This issue affects the United States. Military and VA healthcare has been ravaged by a detrimental new software.
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13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. Trade war over aluminum and steel tariffs is nothing compared to the impending dispute with China over intellectual property theft.
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11This issue affects China. Xi Jinping has been deemed a living Buddhist deity.
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14This issue affects the United States. A new study suggests humans stop making neurons around adolescence.
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11This issue affects the United States. Republicans are turning against Trump on tariffs.
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-2This issue affects Germany. Merkel says Germany has no-go zones, the gov't won't say where.
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18This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. The Israeli interior minister may now revoke the residency rights of any Palestinian in Jerusalem.
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14This issue affects Turkey. This issue affects Russia. This issue affects NATO. Turkey is vital to Russia's strategy on NATO.
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22This issue affects the United States. Trump blames presidents as far back as H. W. Bush for economic troubles.
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21This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects the United States. The EU plans to impose tariffs on American juice and peanut butter imports.
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13This issue affects the United States. Health-based approach proposed to prevent school shootings.
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3This issue affects Canada. Canada has declared that bestiality is legal so long as there is no penetration involved.
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12This issue affects Switzerland. Switzerland overwhelmingly rejects (72%-28% and all cantons) in a referendum abolishing public television licensing.Wikipedia's W.svg In response to the referendum, Swiss Broadcasting CorporationWikipedia's W.svg agrees to slim down the company and cut the price of the licence.
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20This issue affects the United States. Trump quietly lifts the ban on elephant trophy imports.
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10This issue affects Sri Lanka. 10-day state of emergency declared in Sri Lanka following interfaith violence.
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17This issue affects South Africa. New South African finance minister has no idea how inflation works.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. Man murdered after a WhatsAppWikipedia's W.svg argument over who was the "least gay."
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16This issue affects Kenya. Wrong patient given brain surgery.
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15This issue affects Zimbabwe. This issue affects China. Chinese company considers making condoms in multiple sizes after the Zimbabwean health minister complained they were too small.[not The Onion]
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22This issue affects the United States. West Virginian teachers' strike finally ends with a 5% pay raise for all state employees.
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9This issue affects Denmark. LEGO admits to overproducing last year.
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21This issue affects Russia. This issue affects Italy. Russia helped shape Italy's migrant obsession.
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12This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. This issue affects the United States. North Korea open to denuclearization if its safety is guaranteed.
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13This issue affects the United States. Rural California wants its own state.
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22This issue affects the United States. Racially motivated serial killer allegedly threatened to shoot up his high school and "kill all white people."
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17The Health Ranger's YouTube channel has been taken down. (verify) Commentary from Debunking Denialism.
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12This issue affects the United States. Fourteen states are still recovering from the housing bubble collapse.
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16This issue affects the United States. Steel and aluminum tariffs will allow domestic producers to hike prices, and may hurt the industries they're supposed to help.
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17This issue affects the United States. California adds 'non-binary' gender option on state licenses (warning: anti-adblocker crap)
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23This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. Trump praised China's abolition of term limits, even saying maybe the US will "give that a shot some day."
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15This issue affects Sweden. Worsening gang violence in Sweden is being exacerbated by grenades left over from the Yugoslav Wars.Wikipedia's W.svg
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8This issue affects Venezuela. Venezuelan mass exodus resulting from its economic collapse is starting to overwhelm neighboring countries.
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13This issue affects the United States. Fears of an impending trade war form as Trump slaps tariffs on steel and aluminum.
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16This issue affects France. This issue affects Burkina Faso. French embassy targeted by gunmen.
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33This issue affects the United States. In a series of recently unearthed radio talk shows, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt dismissed the theory of evolution, lamented that "minority religions" are pushing Christianity aside, advocated for Constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and abortion, praised the Second Amendment as divinely granted and condemned federal judges as the "judicial monarchy".
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11This issue affects the United States. Lawsuit claims YouTube refused to hire white and Asian men for some positions.
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20This issue affects Denmark. Denmark is doubling the penalty for crime in ghettos.
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23This issue affects the United States. Trump suggests we execute drug traffickers.
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14The next five years will shape sea level rise for the upcoming 300. These studies assume all ambitious goals of the Paris Climate Agreement are reached.
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13Europe suffered from a spike in measles cases last year, thanks to the anti-vaccination movement.
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10Several Asian countries are moving away from brutal anti-drug laws.
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32This issue affects the United States. Much to no one's shock, Alex Jones is being sued for racism, antisemitism, and sexual harassment.
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25This issue affects the United States. Conservatives are losing the culture war over guns.
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11This issue affects the United States. Trump may be backing the Democrats on gun control.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Yemen. Senators to force a vote on pulling out of the Yemeni Civil War.