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  • WIGO World

July 2020

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26United States In a pair of 7-2 opinions, SCOTUS rejects Trump's batshit claims of absolute immunity, but punts the fight over his tax returns back down to the lower courts.
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20United States Georgia (U.S. State). Group of armed black protestors march on Confederate monument
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21the World Genomic study suggests that Polynesian sailors made contact with the indigenous peoples of South America long before the arrival of the European explorers
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11United Kingdom New Zealand London's The Daily Telegraph has reported that Arron Banks’s outfit Leave.EU is trying to use its disinformation assistance by advising populist Winston Peters and his party New Zealand First in the upcoming general election later this year.
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18United States Ohio. Utter shitshow in small Ohio village as hundreds of armed extremists lay siege to a small BLM demonstration
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36the World United Nations The Human Rights Council released a damning report (which you can read here) that shows that, contrary to mainstream wisdom, global poverty has continued to rise over the last decade thanks to tax cuts for billionaires, destruction of social safety nets and that over half of the world's population does not enjoy minimal protections against sickness, disability, unemployment or old age
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19Puerto Rico Severe drought prompts water rationing in Puerto Rico
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32United States Conservatives are flocking to a new "free speech" social media app that bans liberal users
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16Canada A member of the Canadian Army Reserves' Canadian RangersWikipedia's W.svg drove his personal vehicle through the gates at Rideau HallWikipedia's W.svg, the residence of Governor General Julie Payette and PM Justin Trudeau, armed with 'several weapons'. He is currently in custody on 22 charges.
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16China Hong Kong Hong Kong police arrest more than 300 protestors under China's new security law
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19United Kingdom Historian and TV presenter David StarkeyWikipedia's W.svg says, "Slavery was not genocide otherwise there wouldn't be so many damn blacks in Africa or Britain, would there?" His college at Cambridge University has accepted his resignation.
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18United Kingdom Tories' austerity measures have killed a quarter of a million people over a decade
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22the World Hundreds of brands are boycotting Facebook for a month, though the network's greatest advertisers are quietly not participating
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18New Zealand United Kingdom United States India Iran It has been revealed that around twenty years ago New Zealand’s intelligence services broke into the embassies of India and Iran in Wellington on behalf of MI6 and the CIA to photograph code books, plant bugs and steal communications.
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16United States Despite the U.S. being in the worst recession since the Great Depression, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’ personal wealth is now over $171 billion due to rising sales and corporate share price.
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20United States Minnesota. Pharmaceutical industry group sues to stop Minnesota's new insulin affordability program
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8United Kingdom European Union "Iconic" crime figures were among 746 arrests after messages on EncroChat were intercepted and decoded. More than two tonnes of drugs, several dozen guns and £54m in suspect cash have been seized, says the UK's National Crime Agency.
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9United States Washington. At least 23 people have been arrested when the police storm the "Autonomous Zone" after Mayor Jenny Durkan gives an executive order to clear the protest zone
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13Italy Italian customs police have seized a massive haul of amphetamines produced by DAESH. The haul has been estimated at €1bn.
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17United States So much for separation of Church and State...
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16United States Mexico Canada The USMCA trade agreement come into force from today July 1st 2020, superseding and replacing the 26 year old NAFTA free-trade treaty.
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17Finland The Finnish Air Force is quietly retiring its swastika logo after 100 years of use. Usage outside of Finland, especially with peacekeeping work has given the force second thoughts.
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11United Kingdom France Spain European Union Aviation giant Airbus will cut over 15,000 jobs across Europe