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

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May 2018[edit]

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7This issue affects Italy. A populist coalition deal in Italy is set to end nearly three months of political stalemate.
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5This issue affects Spain. Support of key Basque party paves way for Spain’s PM to be voted out of office
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15This issue affects Denmark. Denmark is banning the wearing of face veils in public spaces.
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7This issue affects the United States. Dinesh D'Souza gets pardoned by Trump for some reason
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Canada. This issue affects Mexico. This issue affects the European Union. The US will be imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the EU.
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20This issue affects Italy. Scientists have found the ancestor to lizards, snakes and amphisbaenians.
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23This issue affects the United States. Independents now outnumber Republicans in California.
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21This issue affects Russia. This issue affects Ukraine. Allegedly murdered Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turns up alive in a Ukrainian conference to expose the assassination plot against him.
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20This issue affects the United States. God chose Trump, and Liberty University is making a film about how Fuckface von Clownstick is the new King Cyrus.
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9This issue affects Spain. This issue affects Russia. Spanish police briefly arrested a critic of Putin due to a politically motivated Russian arrest warrant.
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16This issue affects the United States. A Louisiana televangelist claims God told him he needs a $54 million private jet.
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16This issue affects the United States. A GOP congresswoman claims porn is "a big part" of the reason for the spike in school shootings.
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13This issue affects Puerto Rico. The official death count by Hurricane Maria, 74, may be off by 70-fold, or about 4,600.
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15This issue affects the United States. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens resigns amid scandals.
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26This issue affects the United States. ABC cancels popular situation comedy Roseanne after a series of racist, incendiary tweets by Roseanne Barr, the show's namesake.
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8This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. Gaza militants and the IDF exchange the heaviest fire in years.
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16This issue affects the United States. Trump claims the Mueller probe will meddle in the midterms.
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9This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. $50 billion in tariffs on China will be imposed next month, as well as investment curbs.
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7This issue affects Poland. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Poland offers to pay up to $2 billion for permanent US military presence to deter Russia.
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. A pilot and his assistant have been arrested for allegedly attempting to vigilante deport a student to China.
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11This issue affects the United States. Publix halts donations to self-described ‘NRA sellout’ amid boycott, ‘die-in’ protests by David Hogg
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11This issue affects France. Thousands across France protest against Macron's economic policies.
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12This issue affects the United States. 48% of Republicans believe millions voted illegally in the 2016 election.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Ireland. After 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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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. British 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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17This issue affects Brazil. The Brazilian economy grinds to a halt due to massive truckers' strike.
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12This issue affects Colombia. This issue affects NATO. Colombia is becoming the first Latin American NATO partner.
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12This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. Leaders of the two Koreas hold a surprise meeting.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. English Defense League co-founder Tommy Robinson has been arrested for allegations of "breaching the peace".
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33This issue affects Ireland. TÁ! 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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23This issue affects Sweden. Sweden 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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9This issue affects Malaysia. This issue affects Australia. Malaysia sentenced an Australian woman to death for drug smuggling charges.
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12This issue affects Ukraine. This issue affects Russia. An investigation says the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was owned by a Russian brigade.
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28This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects the United States. North Korea blows up its nuclear test site as Trump cancels the summit.
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30This issue affects the United States. Trump barring people from viewing his Twitter feed has been ruled unconstitutional.
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14This issue affects the United States. The NFL will now be fining players who kneel during the national anthem.
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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects New Zealand. The Loch Ness Monster - a biological explanation might be found to explain some of the stories behind it.
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13This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Three more Saudi women's rights activists have been detained.
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14This issue affects the United States. Monsanto 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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17This issue affects the United States. The House voted to loosen banking regulations.
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19This issue affects the United States. A prominent Southern Baptist leader encouraged a woman not to report an alleged rape to the police and forgive the assailant.
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24This issue affects France. This issue affects Germany. An examination of Hitler's teeth confirms that he did indeed die in the bunker.
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11This issue affects the United States. Pruitt's actions as EPA chairman have created massive long-term uncertainty.
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8This issue affects India. Nine killed in clashes between police and an environmental protest that had turned violent.
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9This issue affects Afghanistan. Terrorist attacks in Ghanzi killed at least 14.
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11This issue affects China. Actress gets China talking about periods, despite it being a taboo.
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13This issue affects Vatican City. This issue affects Australia. The most senior Catholic official to be charged with concealing child sex abuse has been found guilty.
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15This issue affects the United States. The Supreme Court has ruled that clauses barring workers from class-action lawsuits are legitimate.
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16This issue affects the United States. Two US citizens were detained at a gas station for speaking Spanish.
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11This issue affects the United States. Trump 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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10This issue affects China. China put a bomber in the South China Sea.
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects United Arab Emirates. Evidence surfaces that Trump Jr. also met with Saudi and Emirati leaders during the 2016 election.
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16This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has detained seven prominent women's rights activists.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Russia. Sergey Skripal, ex-Russian spy who was "poisoned by deadly nerve agent," has been discharged from hospital.
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13This issue affects the United States. A major farm bill rewrite failed in the House due to a hardliner revolt in the Republican Party over immigration.
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17This issue affects Vatican City. This issue affects Chile. All 34 of Chile's bishops have offered to resign over a sexual abuse scandal.
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20This issue affects the United States. The White House is moving to bar clinics that refer patients to abortions from federal funding.
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11This issue affects the United States. At least eight were killed in a school shooting in Texas.
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18This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. Cambridge Analytica has filed for bankruptcy.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. Neil Hamilton has been ousted from the leadership of UKIP in Wales.
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9This issue affects the United States. Gina Haspel, controversial for her interrogation tactics that have been considered torture, has been confirmed as the new CIA director.
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14This issue affects Burundi. Human 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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9This issue affects the United States. Trump claims the ‘animals’ comment referred to MS-13 gang members, not Latino immigrants.
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39This issue affects the United States. Senate votes to save net neutrality.
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12This issue affects the United States. STIs reach an all-time high in California.
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8This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Lebanon. The US and six Gulf states have sanctioned Hezbollah's leadership.
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26This issue affects the United States. A survey by the Department of Education reveals 94% of US teachers spend their own money on school supplies.
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20This issue affects Japan. Evidence forms that the first stars date back to as early as 250 million years after the Big Bang.
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13This issue affects Malaysia. Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been released.
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20This issue affects the United States. Teacher protests in North Carolina.
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15This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. This issue affects the United States. North Korea has suspended talks with South Korea, leading to fears it will cancel its summit with the US.
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19This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. Trump threatens to use US trade talks to force NHS to pay more for drugs
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15This issue affects Hungary. The 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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29This issue affects the United States. Trump administration shuts down NASA's carbon monitoring system all while average carbon dioxide levels surpass 410 parts per million.
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25This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. This issue affects the United States. Dozens of Palestinians protesting the US Jerusalem embassy have been killed.
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16This issue affects Indonesia. Coordinated suicide bombings on churches in Indonesia killed seven.
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19This issue affects Austria. This issue affects Croatia. Thousands have gathered at a far-right rally in southern Austria to commemorate Croatian fascists.
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17This issue affects France. One 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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35This issue affects the United States. After decades of ‘gay panic defence’ in court, US states slowly begin to ban tactic
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19This issue affects North Korea. North Korea will be dismantling its nuclear test site between 23 and 25 May.
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22This issue affects the United States. Remember how Trump promised to do something about Big Pharma? Yeah, that's not happening.
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18This issue affects Australia. Seven were killed in Australia's worst mass shooting since 1996.
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16This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iraq. Five senior DAESH officials have been captured.
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23This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. The Human Rights Watch director for Israel and Palestine has been ordered to leave by Israeli authorities.
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23This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects the United States. North Korea has released three American prisoners.
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25This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. Donald Trump has decided to scrap the Iran deal
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39This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. More pesky transitional fossil evidence. God is doing a pretty good job providing evidence that evolution is real.
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31This issue affects the United States. Trump appointing Dr. Oz to his sport, fitness and nutrition council
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24This issue affects the United States. Boy Scouts Will Drop the ‘Boy’ in Its Namesake Program, as It Welcomes Girls Next Year
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17This issue affects Spain. #Cuéntalo: Latin American women rally around sexual violence hashtag
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25This issue affects Palestine. Palestinian president Abbas draws international criticism for claiming in a speech that the Jews brought the Holocaust upon themselves
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18This issue affects the United States. Not 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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14This issue affects Spain. Basque Group ETA Says It Has ‘Completely Dissolved’
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17Anarchists and far-rightists clash in several countries worldwide.
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14This issue affects the United States. Seven states are suing the Trump administration to end DACA.
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28This issue affects the United States. The 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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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. Hundreds 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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25This issue affects Vatican City. This issue affects Australia. Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to stand trial on sexual abuse charges.
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-6This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Iran. Israel alleges that Iran hid a nuclear weapons program.