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Keep up to date with all the interesting world news and current events that relate to RationalWiki's mission here. The most popular entries are found at Best of the world and the older entries found in the archives.

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Please restrict entries to news stories from news sites (if you read about it on a blog then find an original report). Please try to post quality, interesting, "RW-ish" news stories rather than loads of everyday news stories, which clutter up the list and make the really interesting stuff harder to find. Commentaries and editorials go in WIGO:Blogs, as do blogs, YouTube videos, social media posts, and articles about any of these. Crazy commentaries, editorials, blogs, videos and social media items go in WIGO:Clogs.

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June 2019

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4This issue affects the United States. Investigation finds hundreds of active-duty and retired law enforcement officers from across the United States who are members of Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia groups on Facebook.
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3This issue affects Albania. This issue affects the United States. Head of Albania's conservative party faces criminal charges, and an ex-Trump aide is involved. The swamp grows bigger by the day.
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3This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Iran. The UK joins the US in accusing Iran of committing the oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman, apparently the crew are being held hostage. Somewhere, somehow, Jimmy Carter is smirking.
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6This issue affects Ecuador. Ecuador's highest court legalizes same-sex marriage
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13This issue affects the United States. Prosecutor of Central Park Five resigns from college post
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18This issue affects the United States. In a victory for public welfare, New York repeals religious exemption for vaccinating children
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9This issue affects Russia. Hordes of flies plague rural Russian villages
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. A ban on adverts featuring negative gender stereotypes comes into effect.
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13This issue affects the United States. The Make America Straight Again conference is being held near Orlando, Florida by the New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Movement on the weekend of June 14-16. It is spitefully being held on the anniversary of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, and the conference celebrates and calls for the murder of homosexual people.
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20This issue affects the United States. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving the White House at the end of the month, Trump says
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11This issue affects the United States. Pentagon woefully unprepared to fight climate change according to new report
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8This issue affects Sweden. A Sweden Democrat-led city council has just prohibited its employees from taking “prayer breaks” during working hours. Although it affects all religions, it is widely interpreted to hit pious Muslims to stop them doing the “salahWikipedia's W.svg” during work.
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10This issue affects the United States. Prolific romance novel writer Nicholas Sparks co-founded a school in North Carolina with an avowedly Judeo-Christian ethos and now he's getting upset about LGBT students wanting rights, staff devoting too much time to diversity instead of "Christian traditions", and allegations of homophobia and racism.
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11This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia tracking women that flee the country by use of their cellphones
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14This issue affects the United States. Cops fired 55 times at rapper Willie McCoy who was asleep in his car, an investigation called it "reasonable."
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10This issue affects the United States. The Florida Seminole "go to war" against Florida proper over gambling income. According to the state the tribe is withholding over $350 million dollars from the state according to a revenue sharing deal, and according to the Seminole the state reneged on its deal. We'll see how this clusterfuck plays out in court.
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9This issue affects Oman. This issue affects the United States. Two oil tankers struck in suspected attack on the Gulf of Oman
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13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Mexico. What you should know about the situation along the US-Mexican border.
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12This issue affects the United States. Trump administration to hold migrant children at base that served as WWII Japanese internment camp
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11This issue affects the United States. Oil giant Exxon Mobil made tax exempt donations in the 90's to universities and charities to help overturn environmental regulations new documents show
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8This issue affects the United States. No Más Muertes trial ends in a hung jury
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33This issue affects Germany. German Health Minister Jens Spahn has proposed a ban on conversion therapy
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30This issue affects Botswana. Botswana's High Court decriminalizes homosexuality.
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19This issue affects the United States. GOP Rep. Justin Amash, who backs impeachment, resigns from Freedom Caucus.
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Korea. Kim Jong-namWikipedia's W.svg, half brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, was an informant for the CIA according to a new report
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24This issue affects the United States. New York introduces country's first state bill decriminalizing sex work
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19This issue affects the United States. Succuss Meds, Live Better?: The Center for Inquiry has filed a lawsuit against Walmart for consumer fraud in D.C., alleging the sale of name-brand and Equate store-brand homeopathic "remedies" alongside traditional medicines implies effectiveness.
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41This issue affects the World. Facebook bans Natural News.
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13This issue affects New Zealand. This issue affects China. New Zealand Chinese-language media told to support Communist Party initiatives amidst increasing concern about self-censorship of China-critical articles and use of overseas media as propaganda tools by the CCP.........but it doesn't affect the neutrality of news coverage... honest.
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25This issue affects Hong Kong. This issue affects China. More than 1 million protest in Hong Kong, organizers say, over Chinese extradition law. The protest was held to oppose a proposed bill that would allow the Chinese government to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong. Chinese media blame "foreign forces" for trying to "create havoc".
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27This issue affects Bhutan. The small Himalayan country of Bhutan has made movements to decriminalise homosexuality, after its lower house of parliament has passed a bill to repeal provisions that said “unnatural sex” is illegal.
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19This issue affects the World. The 9 June 2019 New York Times Front Page, features the images of over a dozen right wing YouTube personalities, including Sargon of Akkad, Stefan Molyneux, Milo Yiannopoulos, Jordan Peterson, Steven Crowder and Paul Joseph Watson with the headline: "The Making of a YouTube Radical".
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13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. Russian and American warships almost collide in brazenly stupid show of naval brinkmanship in the East China Sea
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Australia. Mohamed Noor, the cop who killed Justine Damond, sentenced to 12 years in prison
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11This issue affects Vatican City. The Vatican, approved by Pope Francis, has rewritten the Lord's Prayer to put God in a better light, at least in the Italian translation.
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22This issue affects the United States. In an example of utter irony, creationists mock flat earthers for not understanding science.
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20This issue affects the United States. The U.S. Catholic Church spent $10.6 million on lobbyists between 2011 and 2018 to prevent victims of clerical sex abuse from suing for damages.
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21This issue affects Poland. A court in the city of Kraków has given the five-year-old son of a British-based Polish lesbian couple Polish citizenship. Previously, it was denied by the Polish Civil Registry Office on the grounds that both parents could not be on a birth certificate and the child's certificate was invalid, thus he could not be Polish.
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26This issue affects France. This issue affects the United Kingdom. D Day veterans in their 90s parachute into Normandy once more
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29This issue affects the World. YouTube says homophobic abuse does not violate harassment rule. Update: apparently, it does. YouTube has demonetized Steven Crowder's account unless he (in addition to other issues with the channel) removes links to his store, where he sells "socialism is for fags" T-shirts among other items, after being alerted to multiple documented instances of harassment by Vox journalist Carlos Maza. This comes amidst a new policy change promising a crackdown on extremist content.
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24This issue affects Ethiopia. Oldest flaked stone tools point to the repeated invention of stone tools throughout human evolution
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20This issue affects the United States. Homeless population reaches 36,000 in Los Angeles, the total being 50,000 in the county at large
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16This issue affects the World. Human Civilization Will Crumble by 2050 If We Don't Stop Climate Change Now, New Paper Claims,
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. An investigation by a local newspaper journalist in the English city of Bristol over a prolific green pen writer has found that the person is, in fact, a Russian disinformation project aimed at local newspapers.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. Nigel Farage faces a ban from entering the European Parliament after he was set a 24-hour deadline to explain why he allegedly failed to declare almost half a million pounds in gifts from tycoon Arron Banks.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Brexit Party finds itself in its second scandal in as many weeks, when MEP Anne Widdecombe reminds the public exactly who she is.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. The Trump-sponsored US-UK free trade deal is in jeopardy following his insistence the NHS be part of any version of the trade deal.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. Six MPs have quit Change UK (more than half the party) over whether or not to merge with the Liberal Democrats.
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25This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the United States. In a sad moment for history, the last of the WWII Mohawk code talkers has died after finally being hailed as a war hero. The efforts of the code talkers during the war was secret for many decades, and some of these men died before they ended up being vindicated by history. Rest in peace.
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21This issue affects the United States. Some good news for once as New Jersey couple sell piece of an old Native American reservation back to the Lenape
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19This issue affects the United Kingdom. Great Britain went for two weeks without burning coal for electricity, a new record. This was mainly because it went without rain for two weeks - also a new record.
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15This issue affects Philippines. This issue affects Canada. The Philippines is sending imported trash back to Canada. Malaysia, another majort importer of trash, is also sending some of it back to the countries of origin.
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31This issue affects the United States. Shock of all shocks as Bill Cosby's defamation suit against sexual assault victims is dropped
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13This issue affects the United States. Yet another shooting took place at a government building in Virginia Beach.

May 2019

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28This issue affects the United States. Colorado governor signs gay conversion therapy ban
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31This issue affects the United States. New Hampshire has become the twenty-first state to abolish capital punishment.
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17This issue affects Canada. British Columbia has passed the law requiring the sale of all vehicles in the province be emissions-free. This is one of the toughest emissions law in North America.
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22This issue affects the United States. Due to poverty, guns, and isolation, middle aged white males dominate the suicide demographics.
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26This issue affects the United States. The Satanic Temple advises its members they can claim religious exemption to Indiana's fetal burial laws
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38This issue affects the United States. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz form an unexpected alliance to propose a lifetime ban on former Congress members becoming lobbyists.
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14This issue affects the United States. A court in Missouri to decide the fate of that state's only abortion clinic.
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34This issue affects the United States. In the "Trump is a pathetic manbaby" category: USS John McCain ordered to hide its name from the president's view with tarps to avoid reminding him of his late rival. (Update: It isn't even named after the Senator).
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16This issue affects Russia. A new bill is being put forward in the Duma which will restrict the releasing and dissemination of information that is held on the national land registry. Critics of the new bill say that it is designed to frustrate anti-corruption activists and stop them trying to prevent oligarchical land grabs.
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15This issue affects Bosnia and Herzegovina. Yugoslav Wars 2: Electric Boogaloo as ethnic tensions rise in Bosnia
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16This issue affects the United States. Private prison staff have been spying on inmates inside restrooms and showers
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13This issue affects the United States. Smithsonian appoints its first black secretary
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14This issue affects China. China blocks Wikipedia nationwide without warning in a likely attempt to suppress information on the Tiananmen Square Massacre on the eve of its 30th anniversary.
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30This issue affects Canada. B.C. Green Party introduces legislation to ban conversion therapy
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21This issue affects the World. Humans causing shrinking of nature as larger animals die off
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26This issue affects the United States. Colorado governor signs bill capping insulin co-pays to $100/mo to shield its citizens from skyrocketing prices.
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3This issue affects the United States. Hawaiian surfer dies in shark attack, first such case since 2015
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27This issue affects China. This issue affects Hong Kong. Protesters in Hong Kong demand Chinese government be held accountable for the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre.
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20This issue affects the United States. Teva Pharmaceutical pays $85 million to the state of Oklahoma to avoid litigation over claims that the company intentionally exacerbated the nation's ongoing opioid crisis.
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23This issue affects Ireland. Ireland has voted by one of the largest margins on record 82.1% to 17.9%, to liberalise the country's divorce laws. Divorce was only legalized (and narrowly at that 50.28% to 49.72%) in Ireland in 1995!
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6This issue affects the United States. One of the next products that could receive a hike in tariffs by President Trump in the current US-China trade war, are video game consoles such the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and the PlayStation 4. Currently they are at a 10% tariff, but they could go to full 25% tariff.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. The government is facing the possibly of a legal challenge in the courts, after reports of hundreds of cases of non-British Europeans living in the UK having ‘systemic denial’ of suffrage in the current European parliamentary elections.
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20This issue affects the United States. Isn't it IronArk? The Ark Encounter, Ken Ham's flagship Noah's ark experience in Kentucky, has recently sued their insurance provider... over rain damage.
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26This issue affects Ukraine. In his presidential inaugural speech, Volodymyr Zelenisky is trying to curb any cult of personality of himself by stopping the display of portraits of the president in official buildings. Instead he has asked for displays of the person’s children, as a thinking point.
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-16This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects United Arab Emirates. Trump declares emergency to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE
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9This issue affects the European Union. The right-wing populist plan to destroy Europe
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16This issue affects Spain. Having established itself as a mainstream political party, Spain's "VoxWikipedia's W.svg" movement is to change its focus away from opposing Catalan independence to opposing gay marriage, transgender issues and bestiality, which it insists are all supported and encouraged in schools.
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30This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May announces her resignation, set for 7 June.
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33This issue affects the United States. Leaked private chat logs from the alt-right extremist group 'Proud Boys' shows members plotting violence at rallies. Looks like they're not "just a drinking club" after all.
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41This issue affects the United States. Never let the mask slip. The person behind "Blacks for Trump", "Catholics for Trump" and a dozen similar Facebook pages that push Islamaphobia and anti-Soros conspiracy theories is not Catholic or black.
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5This issue affects the United States. A 23-year-old trans woman was shot dead in Texas—just a month after she was beaten in public
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13This issue affects Austria. Austria's Chancellor Kurz calls for early elections after vice chancellor resigns over alleged corruption video
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18This issue affects Poland. Mass grave in Poland embodies the violent beginning of the Bronze Age
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7This issue affects the United States. AI is now able to convincingly imitate the voices of real people as well, as it did to Joe Rogan
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35This issue affects the United States. House passes Equality Act to increase protections for sexual orientation and gender identity
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-17This issue affects Germany. This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. German parliament votes to condemn BDS as antisemitic.
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53This issue affects Taiwan. Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage in first for Asia
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10This issue affects the United States. Chelsea Manning sent back to jail after refusing to testify before a grand jury again
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19This issue affects the United States. Officials: Camp Fire, deadliest in California history, was caused by PG&E electrical transmission lines
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13This issue affects the United States. Alabama's governor signs an abortion law that restricts abortions even in the cases of rape or incest. Doctors in Alabama who perform abortions could possibly face 10 to 99 years in prison.
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19This issue affects the Democratic Republic of the Congo. New Ebola epidemic "out of control" in northeastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, made worse by civil war. Already 1000 dead, communities are failing to support public health actions to prevent its spread, clinics are being attacked, and it threatens to be as serious as the outbreak in west Africa in 2013-16.
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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. Theresa May will put her Brexit deal to a vote—for the fourth time
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16This issue affects the European Union. Archaeological survey of submerged Doggerland underway
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27This issue affects the World. Carbon dioxide levels hit new landmark at 415 ppm, highest in human history
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23This issue affects the World. UN report: 1 million species at risk of extinction
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21This issue affects Sweden. Prosecutors are to reopen an investigation into an allegation of rape against Julian Assange.
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16This issue affects the United States. San Franciso Police raid home of journalist in reporting death of public defender
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18This issue affects the United States. Under new climate change rules, Trump Organization could face up to $2.5 million dollars in fines
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30This issue affects the United States. 44 states have accused 20 pharmaceutical companies of conspiring to fix prices.
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16This issue affects Netherlands. Investigations by the TV channel RTL, found that hundreds of products are incorrectly sold as organic. Plus, it also found that as many as 1 in 10 Dutch organic producers have broken the country's rules about organic standards.
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26This issue affects the United States. Chelsea Manning released from jail on contempt charge.
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-11This issue affects Ireland. Only 10 mins by foot from the famous Temple Bar in Dublin, The Virgin Mary, the city's first alcohol-free pub opens on Capel Street.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. Radio host Danny BakerWikipedia's W.svg is fired by the BBC after tweeting a photo of a chimp with a caption saying it was royal baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the first person of African American heritage to be born into the British royal family.
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13This issue affects the United States. Progressive Christian Rachel Evans dies at the young age of 37, she will be missed.
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25This issue affects the United States. Denver becomes the first city to decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms.
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13This issue affects the United States. Doctors suggesting vaccination to their patients are "Sorcerers" according to Texas Lawmaker.
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12This issue affects the United States. Ohio legislature considering anti-abortion bill that, among other things, demands the entirely fictional medical procedure of "re-implanting ectopic pregnancies."
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26This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Georgia. Two Saudi sisters who fled to Georgia, to escape their male guardians who threaten to kill them for disobeying them, have received Georgian travel documents to enable them to leave the country and seek asylum elsewhere.
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-8This issue affects South Africa. Allegations afoot that specialists connected to Putin-linked businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, are trying to interfere in the current South African general election. The aim is to support the current ANC government, and diminish the opposition centre-right Democratic Alliance and the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters.
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12This issue affects the United States. Newly signed Georgia law prohibits abortion after 6 weeks, often before many women even know they're pregnant
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17This issue affects Poland. A Polish woman faces up to 2 years in prison for photoshopping an LGBT pride rainbow onto a portrait copy of the "Black Madonna".
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26This issue affects the United States. Key portions of Trump's tax returns leaked, showing Trump was in deep financial trouble back in the 1980s
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12This issue affects the United States. Yet another mass shooting, this time in Colorado
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16This issue affects Myanmar. Two Reuters reporters freed in Myanmar after more than 500 days in jail.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. Gerard Batten announces he will step down as leader of UKIP on 2 June, in order to trigger a leadership election. He has not stated if he will seek reelection to run UKIP. Note: He had stated his intention to do this when elected leader of UKIP back in April 2018, having been the then interim leader.
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13This issue affects the United States. Police solve 47 year old murder case
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29This issue affects the World. "Human society under urgent threat from loss of world's biodiversity"
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20This issue affects Turkey. Turkey is to hold fresh elections in Istanbul, following government claims of corruption.
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14This issue affects United Arab Emirates. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Somalia. The improbable comeback of Erik Prince
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18This issue affects Afghanistan. An assembly of 3,200 Afghans called for a ceasefire between Taliban and Afghan forces and an "orderly" withdrawal of foreign troops. The assembly, which includes 900 women, also wants the freedoms and rights put in place since the end of the Taliban's rule in 2001 to be maintained. The Trump administration is eager to reduce U.S. forces, currently numbering at about 14,000, in Afghanistan.
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32This issue affects the United States. The State of Illinois is considering a bill that would allow the possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana and five plants by individuals aged 21 or older. Lawmakers want to use the tax revenue from this industry to rejuvenate communities "devastated" by the War on Drugs.
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16This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration rolls back Obama-era offshore drilling safety measures which were implemented to prevent a repeat of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
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23This issue affects the United States. Minnesota governor repeals law protecting marital rapists from prosecution.
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24This issue affects the United States. Astronomers may have detected black hole swallowing neutron star for the first time.
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-2This issue affects the United States. New Conscience rule protects health care workers who refuse care for religious reasons. Whether it's refusing to perform abortions or operations on LGBT individuals
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5This issue affects Australia. Three-eyed snake found on Australian highway.
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33This issue affects the United States. Facebook bans extremists Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Nehlen, Paul Joseph Watson, and Laura Loomer for being "dangerous." Trump reacts by by supporting the banned account holders and whining about his political opponents.
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15This issue affects Canada. Health Canada announces that plain tobacco packaging will be introduced on November 9th, in an aim to cut the number of smokers to 5% in 2035.
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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. The 2,862 new words added to the latest edition of the Official Scrabble Words book include "agender", "cisgender", "genderqueer", "transperson", the gender-neutral pronoun "ze","antifa", "antivaxxer", "incel" and "mansplaining".
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36This issue affects Saint Lucia. Scientology's cruise ship quarantined off the coast of St. Lucia after measles outbreak. Oh dear, how sad, never mind.
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23This issue affects the World. New Denisovan jawbone found in Tibetan cave
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10This issue affects the United States. Bill Barr defiant amidst calls to resign due to deliberate misleading of American people over the Muller report
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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. Defence secretary Gavin Williamson has become the fallout guy in the scandal in leaking a report over using Huawei equipment in the UK’s 5G networks. Penny Mordaunt has replaced him, becoming the country’s first female defence secretary.
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13This issue affects the World. In surprising news that shocked everybody the world over, people are rioting on May Day, and also having some pastoral looking celebrations