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15This issue affects Senegal. Man plants 152 million mangrove trees in ten years
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9This issue affects the United States. Amazon, a company owned by the world's richest man, is soliciting donations to pay sick leave for its workers
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9This issue affects the United States. Everything you need to know about the April 1st rent strike
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16This issue affects the United States. The Secretary of the Interior announces that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's reservation is to disestablished and that the land be taken out of trust. This couldn't possibly be because of Trump holding a grudge, right?
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0This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Venezuela. Due to US pressure, the IMF rejects Nicolas Maduro's bid for a $5 billion emergency loan
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13This issue affects the United States. Civil rights leader Joseph E. LoweryWikipedia's W.svg, who cofounded the SCLCWikipedia's W.svg with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others, has passed away at age 98. He will be missed.
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25This issue affects the United States. Increased calls for a general strike as Trump pushes for people to return to work amidst global pandemic
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31This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Colorado. Colorado abolishes the death penalty
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3This issue affects the United States. The EPA suspends its enforcement of environmental laws, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak.
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20This issue affects the United States. Republican-controlled Senate passes $2 trillion stimulus bill. The bill is expected to be approved by the House of Representives when it votes on the bill on Friday.UPDATE: Vague language in the bill means that the bill could become a $4.5 trillion bailout for corporations, with purely cosmetic oversight and the promised basic income only applies to people that filed their 2019 tax returns, which could leave up to 30 million working class Americans out of the program
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21This issue affects New Zealand. Some good news for a change. White supremacist who carried out Christchurch terrorist attacks suddenly pleads guilty to all charges: 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism.
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16This issue affects the United States. The Department of Justice asks Congress to suspend various constitutional rights which would include suspending habeas corpus which would allow the government to detain people indefinitely without trial, suspending the statute of limitations on criminal investigations and deny the right of asylum to immigrants who test positive for Covid-19. This policy is being pursued in spite of the fact that Donald Trump already possesses extreme emergency powers
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29This issue affects the United States. Conservatives are jumping on the bizarre "sacrifice the elderly to the Dow" bandwagon. First Fox News' Brit Hume (76) said - on air - that it's an “entirely reasonable viewpoint” to expect that grandparents would be willing to die to protect the economy, then Glenn Beck boldly claimed "I would rather die than kill the country." We assume they'll lead by example.
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13This issue affects the World. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Russia. Falling demand due to COVID-19, a supply war between Saudi Arabia and Russia and now capacity problems as storage space gets full means that experts are pointing to oil markets falling as low as $10 per barrel.
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23This issue affects Poland. This issue affects Ukraine. Three Polish men have been convicted of arson in a Kraków court on a Hungarian community centre in western Ukraine. The men who had links to Russian-backed far-right groups, were trying to create a false flag operation to cause ethnic strife between noted Hungarian minority and the Ukrainian majority.
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20This issue affects Netherlands. The Dutch government is investigating closing all the Netherlands’ coal-fired power stations earlier than the planned date of 2030. This was after being told that it was the most effective way for the country to meet its climate goals.
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11This issue affects Spain. This issue affects the European Union. Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, calls on the European Union for a Marshall Plan to revitalize the continent's economy
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17This issue affects the United States. Democrat Senators block the Republican stimulus bill and Nancy Pelosi introduces her own stimulus bill that would cost $2.5 trillion which would include a $1,500 basic income for all Americans, billions in zero-interest loans to small business, and hundreds of billions to health centers, hospitals, schools, unemployment insurance, food stamps and early voting for primary elections.
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27This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the District of Columbia. Purported fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls on display at the Museum of the Bible are all clever forgeries.
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12This issue affects North Macedonia. This issue affects NATO With the last country Spain voting yes to the the deciding vote in a special parliamentary session, North Macedonia has unofficially become the 30th member of NATO.
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12This issue affects Croatia. If things cannot get any worst for Croatia with nationwide lockdown over COVID-19, this morning the capital Zargeb received an 5.3 Richter scale earthquake. Update: a 15-year-old has died.
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19This issue affects the World. World’s intact tropical forests reached ‘peak carbon uptake’ in 1990s
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33This issue affects the United States. In today's episode of "We're all going die, aren't we?"

Peter Alexander: “What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?”

Trump: "I say that you are a terrible reporter, that’s what I say. It’s a very nasty question."
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23This issue affects the United States. Republican Senators Richard Burr (Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman), James Inhofe and Kelly Loeffler, as well the Democrats' Dianne Feinstein sold off millions of dollars' worth of stocks, after receiving confidential briefings on the coronavirus epidemic, and whilst telling constituents to have faith in the Trump administration’s efforts to prepare the nation.
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15This issue affects the United States. Republican Senators unveil a massive stimulus bill to aid the economy and workers slammed by the crisis. The bill provides a minimum of $1,200 basic income per individual, as well hundreds of billions in loans to small business and large scale industries.
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25This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Wisconsin. Republican Senator Ron Johnson says it's not worth shutting down the economy over the risk of 11 million Americans dying.
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17This issue affects the World. Flag of Mars.svg Organic compounds discovered on Mars by the Curiosity rover consistent with the presence of early life on Mars.
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14This issue affects the World. Life may very well be common in the universe - just not in our neighborhood, new study says.
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24This issue affects France. This issue affects Italy. This issue affects the United States. In the United States, Amazon is hiring a 100,000 new employees and raising pay by a groundbreaking amount of two dollars to keep up with demand. In Italy, workers go on strike against Amazon for the company failing to implement proper hygiene and social distancing measures. In France, workers go on strike to protest the company endangering workers by refusing to close its warehouses
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15This issue affects France. As the economy slides towards a recession, the French government rejects its own austerity measures and promises billions of euros in economic aid and even nationalization to save its largest companies from the market turmoil
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52This issue affects the United States. Trump 28 Feb 2020: "The coronavirus is the Democrats' new hoax."

Trump 17 Mar 2020: "I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic."

UPDATE Trump 18 Mar 2020: "The coronavirus snuck up on us."
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27This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Arizona. Arizona pastor claims his flock are willing to "lick the floor" to prove coronavirus a hoax.
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31This issue affects the United States. This issue affects California. Megachurch cancels faith healing service... because of the coronavirus.
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13This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Spain. In order to stop the coronavirus outbreak, the European Union will close its borders to all non-essential travel. Spain has also closed its frontiers.
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11This issue affects the United States. To ease market fears, the Fed cuts interest rates to zero and launches a $700 billion quantitative easing program but the stock market continues to plunge. In response, the Fed decided to offer a $500 billion repurchase of financial assets
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28This issue affects Australia. Fraser Anning, an Australian MP who blamed the Christchurch fascist terror attack on the murdered victims, declares bankrupcy
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15This issue affects Israel. Didn't they get the memo? While everybody preaches social distancing. thousands of Jewish believers will gather at the Western Wall to pray the coronavirus away.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. Epidemiologist on the UK's "herd immunity" plan to battle Covid-19: "I thought it was satire."
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13This issue affects Ghana. This issue affects Kenya. This issue affects the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This issue affects South Africa. This issue affects Senegal. Even though they have the fewest reported cases worldwide, African nations such as Kenya, Senegal, the DRC, South Africa and Ghana have enacted drastic measures to fight the spread of Covid-19, including school closures; increased quarantine measures for new arrivals; travel bans to and from Europe, China, Iran and the US; deportations;closure of borders and restrictions on non-essential travel and gatherings.
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14This issue affects the United States. Amazon is banning the sale of most editions of Mein Kampf and some other Nazi and antisemitic texts, although some scholarly editions are still on sale.
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19This issue affects the United States. Not one to let a crisis go to waste, the US Congress is trying to pass a bill to end encrypted messages online
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7This issue affects the United States. The House of Representatives passes a bipartisan relief bill which includes a limited paid leave, but this bill exempts big business leaving out millions of workers
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33This issue affects the United Kingdom. Second patient cured of HIV, having remained free of the virus for more than thirty months after stopping treatment
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25This issue affects the World. This issue affects Brazil. This issue affects Spain. This issue affects Portugal. Coronavirus Update: Death toll surpasses 5,000. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus(though Jair claims it's fake news). Meanwhile the Portuguese and Spanish governments declare a state of alert.
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27This issue affects the United States. Federal judge orders Chelsea Manning's release from jail
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the District of Columbia. Due to the coronavirus the U.S capitol building is closing.
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12This issue affects the United States. The Federal Reserve injects US$1.5 trillion of cash into markets to quell growing uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic. UPDATE:A second market crash called Black Thursday (2020)Wikipedia's W.svg causes the US to officially enter a bear market (warning: adblock complaint from Forbes)
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18This issue affects the World. Amidst coronavirus outbreak, the super-rich jet off to disaster bunkers
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28This issue affects the United States. This issue affects South Carolina. Good news: Judge strikes down South Carolina law prohibiting discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in sex ed. Better news: the state's Republican superintendent of education didn't even try to defend it, but agreed it should go.
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27This issue affects the United States. The GOP Senate blocks emergency paid sick leave, because fuck you, your employer needs you to work during a pandemic.
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26This issue affects the World. This issue affects the United States. Trump shuts down all Europe-US travel..... except to UK, 'cos it's not part of Europe any more and its coronavirus isn't dangerous....???
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23This issue affects the World. The World Health Organization (WHO)Wikipedia's W.svg has officially declared the new coronavirus strain a pandemic.
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19This issue affects Italy. NOBODY PANIC! Italy has effectively shut down due to coronavirus fears.
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38This issue affects the United States. Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years after sexual assault conviction.
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18This issue affects the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, a court of appeal rules that it's still legal to require all those applying for a British passport to choose either M or F as their gender and deny them the third option of choosing X. The judges did, however, say that refusing to issue gender neutral passports might be considered a breach of human rights one day.
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10This issue affects the United States. In response to Black Monday (2020)Wikipedia's W.svg President Trump proposes cuts to the payroll tax that funds Social Security and a bailout to the heavily indebted fracking industry
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. UK Health Minister Nadine Dorries has been diagnosed with Coronavirus. At present, 382 in the UK have tested positive for the illness.
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17This issue affects the United States. The NAIJ, the union representing US immigration judges, has revealed that CDC-issued posters in English and Spanish regarding limiting the spread of COVID-19 were ordered to be removed on sight from immigration courts. After backlash, the DoJ has backpedaled, stating, "the signs shouldn’t have been removed. It’s now being rectified."
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8This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Russia. This issue affects the World. After failing to negotiate production cuts to increase oil prices in the face of Covid-19, Russia and Saudi Arabia engage in a price war that flooded the market with oil and led to the largest drop in prices since the 1991 Gulf War. As of March 9, WTI Crude was trading close to $30 compared to $60 at the start of the year.
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38This issue affects China. Quarantined Wuhan kids hacked their way out of an app assigning them homework by spamming it with 1-star reviews until it got removed from the app store
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20This issue affects Italy. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Missouri. In an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Italy, the worst hit European country, the government essentially puts the entire country on lockdown. Meanwhile, in the US, people break quarantine to attend a school dance.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects South Carolina. Tom Turnipseed, perhaps South Carolina's most prominent progressive activist, passed away at the age of 83, after fifty years fighting the good fight.
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25This issue affects China. A 36-year old coronavirus patient died of respiratory failure five days after being discharged from hospital, as China continues to report repeat cases of COVID-19 from people thought to have recovered.
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38This issue affects the United Kingdom. After the publication of yet another transphobic article published by The Guardian, written by TERF writer Suzanne Moore, over two hundred British feminists have signed a letter calling out institutional transphobia within the publication, specifically rejecting the transphobic narrative that trans rights infringe on women's rights. Signatories include Guardian staff, as well as politicians, including Green Party co-leader Sian Berry.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Washington. This issue affects California. This issue affects the World. Coronavirus: Sixth US death recognized in Washington state while the global casualities surpass 3,000. UPDATE: California declares a state of emergency
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40This issue affects South Korea. The religious cult known as ShincheonjiWikipedia's W.svg, at the heart of the South Korean 2019-20 COVID-19 outbreak required that members come to Sunday services even if they were sick, or to make up time the following week if they were too sick to come in. Church rituals include sitting on the "floor during hours-long services 'packed together like sardines.'" Reportedly, the initial South Korean government official in charge of dealing with the virus was a Shincheonji member who tried to quell the view that the church was responsible; church members have been doxxed en masse and have faced job firings and threats.
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. In conditions reminiscent of ICE detention centers in America, a Jamaican man with a broken ankle was left in "excruciating agony" in a deportation cell for four days, forced to wet himself as he could not move. He will not be able to walk properly for over a year.
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24This issue affects Israel. Israeli Supreme Court rules in favor of prisioners' rights to unlimited time phone calls.
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37This issue affects Luxembourg. All standard-class public transport (trains, buses and the tram) throughout the 2 586km² Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is now completely free. So you can literately hop-on and hop-off to your heart's content.

February 2020

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24This issue affects the World. This issue affects Israel. Israeli scientists are on the cusp of developing the first vaccine against the coronavirus. If there are no complications, the vaccine should be ready to be released into the market in 90 days.
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21This issue affects the United States. First medical drugs shortage hits the United States. The FDA refuses to tell which drugs are in shortage and where they are made
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Washington. First COVID-19 death in the United States has been reported in Washington state.
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10This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects the United Kingdom. It has been revealed after the thirty-year rule on cabinet papers that an article written by Johnson in the Telegraph in 1990 that was put into in the briefing pack, influenced Thatcher’s eurosceptic viewpoint on the EC president Jacques Delors which led to her downfall later that year.
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6This issue affects France. Due to COVID-19, France has temporary banned all public gatherings with more than 5000 people for public health reasons, including scrapping this year’s Paris half-marathon which was planned for this Sunday.
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11This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Kentucky. Kentucky court forces man wrongly imprisioned to re-pay a privately owned prison for the costs of incarceration
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11This issue affects the World. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Germany. The Coronavirus has claimed nearly three thousand lives, and two new cases appeared in California and Oregon. UPDATE: After Pence's nomination to leading the response, the US stock market has a bad weekly percentage drop, the worst since the recession while fears of a recession in Germany are growing
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15This issue affects Poland. A third of Poland, estimating approximately a 100 municipalities and local governments, have declared themselves to be LGBT-free zones
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Afghanistan. The United States is to sign a deal with the Taliban over a NATO withdrawal in fourteen months time, provided the Taliban ends its fighting in that period.
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29This issue affects the United States. Lynching is now finally considered a federal crime. The bill will go to the Republican-controlled Senate.
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26This issue affects the United States. US Marine general orders the removal of all Confederate paraphernalia from all Marine bases worldwide. Because, apparently, that's a thing now in the US military.
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30This issue affects the United States. An appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit by PragerU against Youtube over restricting its content, stating that the video-sharing platform is a private forum. As so, it not subject to free-speech requirements under the First Amendment.
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25This issue affects the United Kingdom. A historic victory for climate activists, plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport been ruled illegal by the court of appeal, saying decision to give the go-ahead was not consistent with the Paris agreement. While Heathrow has said it would seek to have the verdict overturned in the supreme court, without government support, regardless of legal success, wider prospects for its expansion plans will be limited.
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16This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Wisconsin. Multiple fatalities reported in a mass shooting at the Molson Coors plant, in Milwaukee.
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13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Florida. Video shows cop arresting six year old and tying her with ziptie, she was "charged with battery" but the charges were dropped.
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15This issue affects Germany. Germany’s highest court at has struck down a 2015 law (§217) which completely bans euthanasia.
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39This issue affects the United States. Only the best people, right? Ken CuccinelliWikipedia's W.svg, Trump's acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security and a member of the White House task force on the coronavirus outbreak, turns to Twitter to help him find the coronavirus outbreak map. You're all going to die.
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6This issue affects Australia. This issue affects Japan. Australian school cleaners offered jobs cleaning Diamond Princess in Japan. Their union doesn't think it's a great offer but some have taken it up.
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17This issue affects Egypt. Former Egyptian strongman, Hosni Mubarak, deposed in the Arab Spring of 2011, has died, aged 91.
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14This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Spain. This issue affects Austria. This issue affects Croatia. This issue affects Italy. As the continent is swept in a coronavirus outbreak, the European Union pledges €230 million to combat the plague
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8This issue affects Hong Kong. Basic protective gear against the Coronavirus is unaffordable to 70% of Hong Kong's working class families, according to a survey
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16This issue affects Indonesia. The head of the Child Protection Commission has received complaints after discouraging mixed public swimming as men will ejaculate at the sight of women, and women will be impregnated from it if they are sexually active.
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16This issue affects the United Kingdom. Neo-Nazi groups System Resistance Network, Sonnenkrieg Division and PKK groups Teyre Azadiye Kurdistan and Hezen Parastina Gel are to be formally proscribed as terrorist organisations.
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21This issue affects South Sudan. Tentative peace forged in South Sudan after decades of war
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30This issue affects the United States. This issue affects New York. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of both third-degree rape and a criminal sexual act in the first degree at his trial in New York. This case has been seen as a landmark case in the #MeToo movement.
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10This issue affects Australia. This issue affects Western Australia The RSL veterans association in the state of Western Australia has prohibited the usage of Indigenous symbols and languages such as the Aboriginal flag in Remembrance ceremonies after a noted song was performed in an Indigenous language. The prohibition has been criticised by Indigenous groups and the state government.
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23This issue affects Denmark. This issue affects Norway. This issue affects Sweden. SAS, the national airline of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, launch an ad that says, "What is truly Scandinavian? Absolutely nothing." They drop it after less than a day due to a load of online outrage. The far-right have had plenty to say about it and the agency that made the ad received a bomb threat.
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16This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Virginia. Heerak Christian Kim, a Korean-American fundamentalist Christian preacher is running for Congress in Virginia as a Republican. He's rather open about his antisemitism.
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. Falling sales and payouts of the phone-hacking scandal have meant that this year, News Corp’s Sun newspaper has posted a £68 million loss.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. According to a source in the Home Office speaking to the Sunday Times, the security service MI5 doesn't trust the Home Secretary Priti Patel with some of its intelligence and as so withdrawing some its information to her. Update: MI5 reject the claims
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35This issue affects the United States. This issue affects California. "Mad Mike" Hughes' rocket stunt to "prove" that the Earth is flat went exactly as you expected: in a blaze of glorious insanity that claimed his life. At the time of the fatal accident, he was being filmed for a Science Channel series called Homemade Astronauts.
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's officials are undermining a rooftop solar movement in favor of natural gas
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5This issue affects Israel. Ride-sharing app Gett has been sued after an undercover investigation found there is a hidden service on the app which allows Jewish-Israelis to receive only other observant Jews to serve them and avoids Arab-Israeli drivers.
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4This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Afghanistan. US and Taliban sign peace deal to "reduce violence."
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9This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mississippi. Mississippi "fetal heartbeat" abortion ban struck down by federal judge.
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Massachusetts. Researchers at MIT have used machine learning to search drug company "libraries" for new antibiotics, finding a powerful drug that can kill TB and other bacteria, which they named "halicin" after a science fiction computer. Maybe antibiotic armageddon is not yet upon us.
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8This issue affects the United States. This issue affects South Korea. During a rally, Donald Trump pisses and moans about a South Korean movie, Parasite, winning Best Picture at the Oscars. The film's US distributor, Neon, responds: "Understandable, he can't read."
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29This issue affects the United States. Roger Stone has been sentenced to 40 months in prison.
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20This issue affects Portugal. The Portuguese Parliament decides whether to decriminalize euthanasia amid protests in the capital's streets. Right-wing parties want a popular referendum while the Communists criticise this by claiming the government should expand healthcare instead. UPDATE: The Parliament legalizes euthanasia
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22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects South Dakota. An academic accreditation agency suspended by the Obama administration in 2016 for accrediting scams but reinstated by Trump's Department of Education in 2018, is under fire for accrediting an organization called "Reagan National University" that has no faculty, no students, no classrooms, and has never awarded a legitimate degree to anyone. The same accrediting agency was responsible for bestowing accreditation on the scam school ITT Tech and several others.
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9This issue affects Germany. Shooter in Hanau, Germany kills ten people including his mother, before killing himself. He was believed to be motivated by racist far-right beliefs and some of his victims were Turkish.
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27This issue affects Netherlands. Dutch liberal party D66 has put out a bill in parliament which will allow daycare centres the right to refuse admittance to unvaccinated children. The bill has had backing from many parties in the Tweede Kamer, but the government has said it not supporting this proposal.
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Greece. This issue affects Cyprus. This issue affects Italy. In the Brexit negotiations, Greece, Cyprus and Italy have put a motion asking that the UK should put in measures to prevent fraudulent movement of “cultural objects” like arts and antiquities. Critics say the cause is designed to push the UK to return the infamous Parthenon MarblesWikipedia's W.svg (aka Elgin Marbles) back into Greek hands.
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Utah. Utah’s senate has unanimously voted a bill that would decriminalise polygamy.
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36This issue affects Germany. A study by University College London and the German Institute for Labour Market Research has found that in the five years since the minimum wage of €8·50 per hour was introduced in Germany, productivity has risen AND unemployment didn’t rise as naysayers predicted.
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35This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Delaware. Youth organization Boy Scouts of America has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, because of the number of pedophiliac abuse cases against the organization.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. Following a recent spate of terrorist incidents in Northern Ireland, the New IRA has turned its sights on Sinn Féin, who they see as traitors to republicanism over their support for the police services. That PSNI is now aware of these plans also indicates the organisation has been successfully infiltrated.
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12This issue affects Portugal. This issue affects France. This issue affects the World. Scandal in the soccer world as Porto's Moussa Marega quits match over racist abuse
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27This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Germany. This issue affects Switzerland. It has been revealed that the Swiss specialist communications equipment company Crypto AG who makes secure telephony equipment, which was used by many governments throughout the world including Ireland, Iran, India and Pakistan, was a joint American-German front company.
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6This issue affects Ireland. Despite spending €38 million over the last five years on the nationwide postcode system called Eircode, only 6 in 10 people never or rarely use the codes.
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28This issue affects the United Kingdom. Andrew Sabisky, an advisor to Boris Johnson, calls for enforced contraception for the poor, believes black people are stupider than whites, and compared women's sports to the Paralympics. He's also promoted the use of the drug modafinil which allegedly lets you exist on a couple of hours' sleep. EDIT: he quit.
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16This issue affects the United States. The Washington Post finds a 1990 booklet containing the wit and wisdom of Michael Bloomberg and republishes it online. Non-paywalled coverage is available from The Guardian.
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. The new Chancellor to replace Sajid Javid has ordered public services to accept a 5% cut to their funding, so their funding could be "re-prioritised on other priorities", seemingly in direct opposition to his predecessor's declarations of the end of austerity in the UK. (although whether he was telling the truth depends on your political perspective) This bodes very badly for public services already on life support after austerity from the Cameron government, which are also about to lose the funding from the European Union keeping parts of the UK like Cornwall afloat.
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27This issue affects the United States. US Justice Department, apparently acting on the will of President Trump, overrules its own prosecutors' recommendation of a 7 to 9 year prison sentence for convicted felon and Trump confidant Roger Stone.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. In a move that has surprised everyone, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has resigned. There have been reports of tension between Javid and Boris Johnson for sometime. Javid was reportedly pushed over the edge after being ordered by Number 10 to fire all his advisors.
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24This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Arizona. The Trump Wall project continues, with Native American graveyards being blown up, wildlife displaced, and underground aquifers polluted.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. After three prime ministers, outcry from environmental groups and Tory MPs, and a budget that has been more than tripled to a colossal £106 billion, Phase 1 of the HS2 railway network has finally been confirmed. Ironically, what will be Johnson's most expensive project, both monetarily (besides Brexit) and environmentally, will benefit the northern constituencies who gave him his supermajority very little - rather, since Johnson is not expected to raise taxes, it will likely deprive them of even more resources.
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30This issue affects the United Kingdom. The law allowing same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has been enacted, with the first wedding being between Robyn Peoples and Sharni Edwards in County Antrim. This means now same-sex marriage is now legal in all parts of the United Kingdom.
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29This issue affects China. An extremely gutsy Chinese academic has publicly blamed Xi Jinping for the Coronavirus 'catastrophe' that has now hit over 1000 deaths. This is an overwhelmingly rare occurrence, due to people's fear of the man who looks like iconic children's character Winnie the Pooh, and it's not an understatement to say Xu Zhangrun's life is now in danger.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. In another development in the (unfortunately) ongoing Windrush scandal, after being told to stop flights sending 50 people to Jamaica after knowingly depriving them of legal advice, the Home Office deliberately ignored the court ruling and attempted to force them onto the flights anyway - some were fortunately stopped in time, but some others - around 20 - were successfully put on a flight.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. We're gonna build a bridge, and we're gonna make Mexico pay for it
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6This issue affects Germany. In the fall-out overusing the support of the far-right AfD in creating Thuringia’s government, Germany’s defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has resigned as leader of the federal centre-right CDU. She has also announced she would not be the party’s candidate for chancellor in the 2021 general elections, leaving a headache for Mutti Merkel.
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35This issue affects Switzerland. 62% of Swiss voters and 23 cantons voted yes in a referendum on whether to include sexual orientation in the country’s hate-crime legislation, clearing the way for its passage..
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15This issue affects Thailand. Thai soldier goes on shooting rampage, kills 21. UPDATE: The suspect was shot dead by the police and the military.
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5This issue affects Afghanistan. The lingering legacy of Daesh in Afghanistan
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36This issue affects Canada. This issue affects Russia. Jordan Peterson won't be active in public life for the foreseeable future, as he's having a terrible time recovering from benzodiazepine addiction, which he went all the way to Russia to get treated the way he wanted (story, statement from his daughter) - going cold turkey on benzos by means of a medically induced coma, a detox method near-guaranteed to cause the serious neurological damage she says he is now showing.
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39This issue affects China. “Good people don’t live long, but evil lives for a thousand years” - Rage and anti-government dissent in China, after 34-year old doctor Li Wenliang, silenced and arrested by police for raising the alarm over coronavirus, becomes a martyr by dying of it.
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21This issue affects Ireland. This issue affects the United Kingdom. Dissident republicans are strongly suspected to have placed bombs discovered by Northern Irish police on a ferry that was due to cross the Irish sea on Brexit day, another event adding to an increasing risk of a 21st century reawakening of the Troubles.
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17This issue affects Yemen. The UN is scaling back food aid to Yemen due to war risk and obstructionism. Yemen is currently the world's largest humanitarian crisis.
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21This issue affects the United States. A 32-year-old United States citizen is the latest person to die in Border Patrol Custody.
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16This issue affects Malawi. Malawi's top court, after widespread and deadly protests, has annulled the results of the May 2019 presidential election, citing an unauthorised use of Tippex/Wite-Out to alter figures.[No, not The Onion]
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21This issue affects the United States. Trump has been acquitted on both charges by the Senate (to no one's surprise), thus ending a historic impeachment trial. Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict.
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34This issue affects the United Kingdom. After one of Boris Johnson's aides stops journalists from The Mirror, The Independent, The i, PoliticsHome, and the Huffington Post from attending a briefing at No. 10 Downing Street, all of the political journalists present, including ones from such diverse organizations as the BBC, The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, The Sun, and the Daily Mail, decide to walk out in solidarity.
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24This issue affects the United Kingdom. Boris Johnson's government is seeking to bypass human rights conventions to force through terror laws, because it's the "right thing to do". Where have we heard this before...
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25This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Ireland. Graham Linehan is compiling a database of 'gender-critical' Irish therapists willing to abuse young trans people. Stonewall, a UK-based LGBT+ charity, has called for a long overdue ban of the washed-up comedy writer from Twitter for his support of conversion therapy, and obsessive harassment of transgender people, through the hashtag #BanGlinner.
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17This issue affects China. This issue affects Hong Kong. The total number of coronavirus deaths have overtaken those of the 2003 Sars epidemic and cases have been spotted in Hong Kong.
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26This issue affects the United States. Rush Limbaugh diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and receiving treatment.
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27This issue affects the United Kingdom. Political journalists in the UK are boycotting Downing Street briefings, after an attempt from government officials to ban journalists from publications critical of the government.
UPDATE: The government has falsely claimed that the reporters "barged in and demanded to be included", contradictory both to testimonials from government-approved journalists, and to the fact that the journalists barred were normal political correspondents.
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15This issue affects the United States. One Million Moms got really pissed at a Super Bowl ad featuring drag queens. Here is GLAAD's response.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. Suspected terrorist attack in South London as armed police shoot dead a man after he stabbed several people.
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34This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Spain. This issue affects Gibraltar. The EU will back Spain in claims for the territory of Gibraltar, meaning the UK will have to strike a deal with Spain directly in order to keep control. Loss of the territory would be a significant loss for British prime minister Boris Johnson, and would indicate the tone for his premiereship post-Brexit.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Church of England says that any sex outside of a heterosexual marriage "falls short of God's purpose for human beings." The archbishops of Canterbury and York apologize for any hurt that statement has caused, although the Church has not withdrawn it.