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

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May 2018[edit]

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7ItalyA populist coalition deal in Italy is set to end nearly three months of political stalemate.
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5SpainSupport of key Basque party paves way for Spain’s PM to be voted out of office
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15DenmarkDenmark is banning the wearing of face veils in public spaces.
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7United States Dinesh D'Souza gets pardoned by Trump for some reason
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17United StatesCanadaMexicoEuropean UnionThe US will be imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the EU.
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20ItalyScientists have found the ancestor to lizards, snakes and amphisbaenians.
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23United StatesIndependents now outnumber Republicans in California.
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22RussiaUkraine Allegedly murdered Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turns up alive in a Ukrainian conference to expose the assassination plot against him.
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20United StatesGod chose Trump, and Liberty University is making a film about how Fuckface von Clownstick is the new King Cyrus.
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9SpainRussiaSpanish police briefly arrested a critic of Putin due to a politically motivated Russian arrest warrant.
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16United StatesA Louisiana televangelist claims God told him he needs a $54 million private jet.
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16United StatesA GOP congresswoman claims porn is "a big part" of the reason for the spike in school shootings.
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13Puerto Rico The official death count by Hurricane Maria, 74, may be off by 70-fold, or about 4,600.
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15United StatesMissouri Governor Eric Greitens resigns amid scandals.
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26United StatesABC cancels popular situation comedy Roseanne after a series of racist, incendiary tweets by Roseanne Barr, the show's namesake.
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8IsraelPalestineGaza militants and the IDF exchange the heaviest fire in years.
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16United StatesTrump claims the Mueller probe will meddle in the midterms.
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9United StatesChina$50 billion in tariffs on China will be imposed next month, as well as investment curbs.
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7PolandUnited StatesRussiaPoland offers to pay up to $2 billion for permanent US military presence to deter Russia.
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14United StatesChinaA pilot and his assistant have been arrested for allegedly attempting to vigilante deport a student to China.
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11United StatesPublix halts donations to self-described ‘NRA sellout’ amid boycott, ‘die-in’ protests by David Hogg
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11FranceThousands across France protest against Macron's economic policies.
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13United States48% of Republicans believe millions voted illegally in the 2016 election.
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13United KingdomIrelandAfter the Irish referendum of the 36th amendment, there is growing consensus about extending the British law about abortion to Northern Ireland, which still bans abortion. Already one MP is planning to add an amendment to the upcoming domestic abuse bill.
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11United KingdomEuropean UnionBritish and EU politicians criticize Theresa May's plan to leave the European Arrest Warrant, which would make it far more difficult to extradite criminals.
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17BrazilThe Brazilian economy grinds to a halt due to massive truckers' strike.
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12ColombiaNATOColombia is becoming the first Latin American NATO partner.
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12North KoreaSouth KoreaLeaders of the two Koreas hold a surprise meeting.
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16United Kingdom English Defense League co-founder Tommy Robinson has been arrested for allegations of "breaching the peace".
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33IrelandTÁ! Nearly two-thirds of the Irish population (66.4%) and nearly all the constituencies bar one, have voted to repeal the abortion clause (Article 40.3.3) in the country’s constitution.
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24SwedenSweden has passed a law stating sex without consent does not require the use of threats or force to be classified as rape.
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9MalaysiaAustraliaMalaysia sentenced an Australian woman to death for drug smuggling charges.
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12UkraineRussiaAn investigation says the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was owned by a Russian brigade.
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29North KoreaUnited StatesNorth Korea blows up its nuclear test site as Trump cancels the summit.
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31United StatesTrump barring people from viewing his Twitter feed has been ruled unconstitutional.
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14United StatesThe NFL will now be fining players who kneel during the national anthem.
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6United KingdomNew ZealandThe Loch Ness Monster - a biological explanation might be found to explain some of the stories behind it.
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13Saudi ArabiaThree more Saudi women's rights activists have been detained.
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15United StatesMonsanto is being sued for "cancer". Article from the Grauniad. Look closely at the bottom of the article, where they disclose who wrote it. A "public interest researcher" for the US Right to Know, a vehemently anti-GMO group. Propaganda much, Graun?
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17United StatesThe House voted to loosen banking regulations.
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19United StatesA prominent Southern Baptist leader encouraged a woman not to report an alleged rape to the police and forgive the assailant.
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24FranceGermanyAn examination of Hitler's teeth confirms that he did indeed die in the bunker.
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11United StatesPruitt's actions as EPA chairman have created massive long-term uncertainty.
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8IndiaNine killed in clashes between police and an environmental protest that had turned violent.
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9AfghanistanTerrorist attacks in Ghanzi killed at least 14.
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12ChinaActress gets China talking about periods, despite it being a taboo.
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13Vatican CityAustraliaThe most senior Catholic official to be charged with concealing child sex abuse has been found guilty.
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15United StatesThe Supreme Court has ruled that clauses barring workers from class-action lawsuits are legitimate.
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16United StatesTwo US citizens were detained at a gas station for speaking Spanish.
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11United StatesTrump intends to demand the Department of Justice look into his allegations that the Obama administration's FBI spied on his campaign.
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10ChinaChina put a bomber in the South China Sea.
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15United StatesSaudi ArabiaUnited Arab EmiratesEvidence surfaces that Trump Jr. also met with Saudi and Emirati leaders during the 2016 election.
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16Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia has detained seven prominent women's rights activists.
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14United KingdomRussiaSergey Skripal, ex-Russian spy who was "poisoned by deadly nerve agent," has been discharged from hospital.
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13United StatesA major farm bill rewrite failed in the House due to a hardliner revolt in the Republican Party over immigration.
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17Vatican CityChileAll 34 of Chile's bishops have offered to resign over a sexual abuse scandal.
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20United StatesThe White House is moving to bar clinics that refer patients to abortions from federal funding.
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11United StatesAt least eight were killed in a school shooting in Texas.
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18United StatesUnited KingdomCambridge Analytica has filed for bankruptcy.
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8United KingdomNeil Hamilton has been ousted from the leadership of UKIP in Wales.
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9United StatesGina Haspel, controversial for her interrogation tactics that have been considered torture, has been confirmed as the new CIA director.
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14BurundiHuman rights groups report dozens of beatings and killings in Burundi as the country prepares for a referendum which could greatly increase their president's powers and extend his rule into 2034.
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9United StatesTrump claims the ‘animals’ comment referred to MS-13 gang members, not Latino immigrants.
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40United StatesSenate votes to save net neutrality.
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12United StatesSTIs reach an all-time high in California.
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8United StatesLebanonThe US and six Gulf states have sanctioned Hezbollah's leadership.
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26United StatesA survey by the Department of Education reveals 94% of US teachers spend their own money on school supplies.
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20JapanEvidence forms that the first stars date back to as early as 250 million years after the Big Bang.
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13MalaysiaJailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been released.
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20United StatesTeacher protests in North Carolina.
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15North KoreaSouth KoreaUnited StatesNorth Korea has suspended talks with South Korea, leading to fears it will cancel its summit with the US.
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19United StatesUnited KingdomTrump threatens to use US trade talks to force NHS to pay more for drugs
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15HungaryThe Soros-run pro-democracy Open Society Foundations is shutting down its office in Hungary due to "an increasingly repressive political and legal environment."
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30United StatesTrump administration shuts down NASA's carbon monitoring system all while average carbon dioxide levels surpass 410 parts per million.
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25IsraelPalestineUnited StatesDozens of Palestinians protesting the US Jerusalem embassy have been killed.
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16IndonesiaCoordinated suicide bombings on churches in Indonesia killed seven.
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19AustriaCroatiaThousands have gathered at a far-right rally in southern Austria to commemorate Croatian fascists.
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17FranceOne was killed and four injured in a Paris stabbing by an assailant shouting "Allah Akbar", which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for.
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36United StatesAfter decades of ‘gay panic defence’ in court, US states slowly begin to ban tactic
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19North KoreaNorth Korea will be dismantling its nuclear test site between 23 and 25 May.
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22United StatesRemember how Trump promised to do something about Big Pharma? Yeah, that's not happening.
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18AustraliaSeven were killed in Australia's worst mass shooting since 1996.
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16United StatesIraqFive senior DAESH officials have been captured.
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23IsraelPalestineThe Human Rights Watch director for Israel and Palestine has been ordered to leave by Israeli authorities.
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23North KoreaUnited StatesNorth Korea has released three American prisoners.
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25United StatesIranDonald Trump has decided to scrap the Iran deal
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40United StatesUnited KingdomMore pesky transitional fossil evidence. God is doing a pretty good job providing evidence that evolution is real.
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31United States Trump appointing Dr. Oz to his sport, fitness and nutrition council
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24United States Boy Scouts Will Drop the ‘Boy’ in Its Namesake Program, as It Welcomes Girls Next Year
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17Spain #Cuéntalo: Latin American women rally around sexual violence hashtag
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25Palestine Palestinian president Abbas draws international criticism for claiming in a speech that the Jews brought the Holocaust upon themselves
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18United StatesNot to be outdone by Mississippi, Iowa's legislature has passed a ban on abortion after fetal hearbeat. Whether the governor will sign it is unknown.
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14SpainBasque Group ETA Says It Has ‘Completely Dissolved’
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17Anarchists and far-rightists clash in several countries worldwide.
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14United StatesSeven states are suing the Trump administration to end DACA.
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28United StatesThe White House Correspondents' Dinner hires stand-up comic Michelle Wolf to deliver the opening monologue. Having apparently never seen any of Wolf's material, they were shocked, shocked, I tell you! when she promptly roasted the entire crowd (not unlike Stephen Colbert at the 2006 Correspondents' Dinner).
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20United KingdomHundreds of UK Labour members are quitting the party in protest of its policy allowing trans women to apply for female-only candidate lists.
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25Vatican CityAustraliaCardinal George Pell has been ordered to stand trial on sexual abuse charges.
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-6IsraelIranIsrael alleges that Iran hid a nuclear weapons program.