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June 2021

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12United Kingdom GBNews, the pro-Brexit, anti-woke, poor cousin to Fox News launches, and is a prefect mix of amateur hour mistakes and long monologues about how they're a station that won't do long monologues. Highlight so far, besides badly spelled chyrons, is a guest who felt the need to explain the difference between a pedophile and ephebophile, when defending Jeffery Epstein.
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15United States US to add federal holiday marking end of slavery.
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20South Africa Turns out that story about the 10 babies (see below) appears to be a mix of some weird hoax, and very shoddy journalism.
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15United States United Kingdom Allegations have been uncovered that Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficing ring also included the United Kingdom, and questions have been raised about why it was not investigated by the Metropolitan Police.
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-4Ireland Legislation has been put forward to allow gardaí [police] to demand passwords for devices when carrying out search warrants.
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25Isle of Man Gay Pride Flag.svg The Isle of Man holds its first ever Pride event.
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38United Kingdom England Scotland Wales Gay men in sexually active monogamous relationships are finally allowed to donate blood in England, Scotland and Wales.
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49Israel He's out! Benjamin Netanyahu has been ousted as prime minister of Israel, however far-right politician Naftali Bennett has been sworn in as prime minister.
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24United Kingdom Rupert Murdoch has written down the value of The Sun newspapers to zero as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic helped to fuel a £200m loss at his flagship tabloid titles.
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77United States Canada The Keystone XL Pipeline project has been terminated.
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25South Africa EDIT: South African woman allegedly gave birth to 10 babies, only for it to turn out to be a hoax. This is one month after another woman (also from Africa) broke the record with 9 babies.
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-12 El Salvador El Salvador's president has said he is proposing a bill which would make the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, the country's second official currency together with the American dollar. Update: Bill has been approved by the Salvadoran congress, and it is now official.
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32India Tamil Nadu set to become the first state to ban conversion therapy after Madras High Court ruling in favor of lesbian couple
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37Canada Flag of Ontario.svg A Toronto statue of Egerton Ryerson, the founder of the Indian Residential Schools system, whose system was the site of a massacre of 215 Indigenous children in Kamloops, has been pulled down. Also a petition by the resident faculty of the namesake university, has demanded that the university change its name.
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29RussiaGermany David Dushman, last surviving liberator of Auschwitz, dies aged 98
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34United States Italy Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows put forward the bizarre and laughable claim that Italian military satellites interfered with voting machines to change the votes from Trump to Biden.
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34United Kingdom England 70 metre replica of Noah's Ark is impounded as unseaworthy in England. Just as well the real Noah didn't have such busybodies.
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43United StatesCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapanUnited KingdomEuropean Union Finance ministers of the G-7 have provisionally agreed to create a minimum corporation tax of 15%, and to curb the tax avoidance of the big tech.
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24United KingdomScotland Scottish "gender critical feminist" Marion Millar has been arrested for alleged homophobic and transphobic tweets. Millar works for For Women Scotland, an organisation which has taken a prominent role in suing organisations that accept trans women are women and has campaigned against self-declaration of identity.
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27United Kingdom England The statue of slave trader Edward Colston, thrown into the sea in Bristol during a Black Lives Matter protest last year, goes on temporary display in a nearby museum, complete with the damage it sustained last year and alongside placards from the protest.
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24United StatesTexas. A heavily armed apocalyptic cult run by the son of the Moonies founder with ties to Trumpists bought a Texas compound to prepare for war with the deep state
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24United StatesArizona. Arizona plans to use Zyklon B in its gas chamber. You know, the stuff those guys used.
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20the World The NFT market bubble has popped and here's the charts to prove it
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22United StatesAustraliaCanadaRussiaBrazil The world's largest meat processor, JBS, is hit with a ransomware attack believed to originate in Russia, threatening to disrupt the meat supply.
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39United States Alaska. Joe Biden suspends leases granting permission to drill for oil and gas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that were sold by Donald Trump.

May 2021

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-14United States Pennsylvania. Riley Williams, the woman who stole Speaker Pelosi's laptop during the January 6th insurrection and tried to flog it to the Russians, has been given timed-release from house arrest.
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25China China abandons two-child policy, now allowing couples to have at most three children in order to reverse their tumbling birth rates.
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46United States California. The trial of rape accused Danny Masterson is already revealing that members the Church of Scientology, of which Masterson is a member, approached and threatened his victims.
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38China Iran Iran bans bitcoin mining, while China is likely to do soon
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32Canada Remains of 215 First Nation children found in mass grave at Catholic-run residential school, originally set up to assimilate indigenous people.
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32Germany Namibia Germany admits to committing genocide during its colonization of Namibia in the early 20th century and will pay €1.1 billion to the African nation to try to make amends.
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12United Kingdom Celebrity doctor Dr Christian Jesson has been found guilty of defamation against First Minister Arlene Foster and forced to compensate £125 000, over a tweet claiming she had an affair with one of her bodyguards.
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34Australia Students who headed class-action lawsuit against Environment Minister Sussan Ley claim victory after Federal Court stated Ms Ley has a "duty to protect young people from foreseeable future climate change harms". Go students!
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28Ireland In a survey for an Irish news website, 39% of people believe cannabis should be legalised for recreational use and nine out of ten support the medical use of cannabis in Ireland.
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26United States The majority of Americans support allowing openly transgender people to serve in the military but oppose permitting them to play on sports teams that align with their gender identity, according to new Gallup data.
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-3United States Senate preparing a $10 billion bailout fund for Jeff Bezos' space firm
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26Australia Celebrity chef, woo-proponent and oxygen thief Pete Evans has been prosecuted and fined $80,000 by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration for breaching advertising standards while peddling his snake oil "health" products, including a light-emitting device that he claimed could help manage Coronavirus symptoms.
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20United Kingdom England Drug dealer arrested, after police analysed his fingerprints in a picture he'd posted to a supposedly encrypted messaging service.
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31Belarus European Union A Ryanair flight from Greece to Lithuania is forced to land in Belarus under false pretenses so that Roman Protasevich, a Belarussian opposition journalist on board, can be arrested. The EU condemns this as state-sponsored hijacking.
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22Spain Dinosaur kills man.
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15United StatesChinaTaiwan A 1966 document, leaked by Daniel Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers, reveals that the risk of nuclear war in 1958 was greater than publicly known (paywalled) non paywalled version
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43Germany German Catholic priests will start blessing gay unions in defiance of the Vatican
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12Iran Hardline rightwinger Ebrahim Raisi takes the field in the upcoming Iranian presidential elections amid accusations of moderate candidates being purged from the race.
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22Canada A Canadian study gave $7,500 to homeless people. Here’s how they spent it.
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24the World Project for the design and construction of a sailing containership with wind-assisted propulsion is approved
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15IsraelPalestine How lies and misinformation on Social Media are inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (paywalled) There are numerous non-paywall versions - eg the Deccan Herald or on their .onion hidden service if you use Tor.
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16Brazil Bruno Covas, mayor of São Paulo, largest city in the Western Hemisphere, dies of cancer at 41.
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29IsraelPalestine Israeli airstrikes destroy an office/housing block that belonged to Al Jazeera and the Associated PressWikipedia.
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5United StatesTexas. Texas passes "heartbeat" bill that would create anti-abortion vigilantes. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Abbott.
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24Switzerland 17 years after allowing women to perform the same roles as men in the military, the Swiss army will issue female volunteers with feminine underwear.
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17United Kingdom Scotland Two Indian men in Glasgow were taken by immigration authorities to a van. Hundreds of protestors stopped the van from moving. Police told immigration authorities to let the two men go.
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11IsraelAfter days of rocket attacks from Hamas, Israel has launched a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
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31United States Wall Street stocks slide after strong US inflation data. Consumer prices are rising at fastest pace since 2008 and the core CPI inflation saw its biggest climb for a month since 1982.
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21United Kingdom The UK government's Action Plan for Animal Welfare will enshrine into law that animals can feel hunger and pain and are aware of their surroundings. It will make it illegal to export live animals for slaughter, import hunting trophies or keep primates as pets. And it will make microchipping cats compulsory.
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35United StatesNew York. A judge has dismissed the NRA’s bankruptcy case, leaving the powerful gun-rights group to face a New York state lawsuit that accuses it of financial abuses and aims to put it out of business.
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29United Kingdom Scotland Blogger and conspiracy theorist Craig Murray has been sentenced to 8 months jail for unlawfully identifying alleged victims in a trial for rape and sexual assault.
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18United Kingdom England Wales Scotland A proposal has been leaked that people would be required to show photo ID in English, Scottish and Welsh elections. The plan aims to prevent electoral fraud, despite it being virtually non-existent in Great Britain.
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20IsraelPalestinians riot in Jerusalem holy sites and Hamas fires rockets into southern Israel on the anniversary of Israel's 1967 capture of the city.
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25VenezuelaVenezuela's GDP has shrunk 75% since 2013. Government starts timid pro-market reforms, but IMF still predicts a 10% drop this year and a 5% drop in 2022.
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41United StatesWyoming. Unwilling to deal with reality, Wyoming plans to sue any state that refuses to buy coal. It's unclear how successful they'd actually be in court, considering that individual states are allowed to ban/tax products so long as it's not obviously targeted at another state.
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22ColombiaViolent protests in Colombia with at least 24 dead as demonstrators and police clash across the country.
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18United States A Capitol rioter has blamed Fox News for radicalizing him according to a statement from his lawyer in his terrorism trial.
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18Brazil Brazilian police ignore a court ruling and conduct a raid in a shanty town at Rio de Janeiro killing 25, including a police officer. It's the deadliest operation ever conducted by the police in the history of the city. UPDATE: Three more bodies were found, making the death toll rise to 28. Brazilian far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, as well as his vice-president Hamilton Mourão, praised the police for the slaughter.
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19United KingdomFranceJersey After the British Crown dependency of Jersey imposed restrictions on French fishing rights, in another post-Brexit trade snafu, France responded by threatening to cut the electricity supply to the island, and French fishermen threatened to blockade the main harbour. Now, both the UK and France have deployed naval vessels to the area, as tensions escalate.
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11United StatesTennessee lawmaker defends three-fifths compromise. Republican legislators applaud.
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24United StatesColorado. Cult leader is found mummified in Colorado
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41United Kingdom Transgender Pride flag.svg The fee for a UK gender recognition certificate, which makes it official that someone has transitioned from female to male or male to female, has dropped from £140 to £5.

April 2021

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25European Union United States The European Commission has ruled that Apple has broken competition laws, by saying that its App store rules gives a disadvantage to rivals over its own Apple Music service.
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35United States Josh DuggarWikipedia arrested for possession of child porn.
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17United KingdomNorway As yet another Brexit setback, trade talks have collapsed between the two kingdoms over the issue of fishing rights. UK trawlers will now have less access to the arctic circle than they had in the EU, and the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations is concerned supermarkets will simply ditch them in favour of importing fish from Norway.
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21United KingdomEngland Benjamin Hannam, a former member of two banned neo-Nazi groups and the first serving British police officer to be convicted of a terrorist offence, is sentenced to 4 years and 4 months in prison.
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12United Kingdom Boris Johnson's personal phone number has been freely available on the internet for the past 15 years.
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23United StatesWisconsin. Taiwan Once touted by a former president as "the eighth wonder of the world," the 2017 Foxconn manufacturing plant project in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin has been officially drastically scaled back. Despite the town spending hundreds of millions and displacing hundreds of residents, Foxconn's $10 billion in investment and goal of introducing 13,000 new jobs has been reduced down approximately an entire order of magnitude (to $672M and 1,454 jobs, respectively).
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23United States "State of crisis": Human Rights Campaign warns of unprecedented wave of anti-LGBTQ bills
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20United States GOP worries that fiscal conservatism is losing its rallying cry
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41United States the World The "forgotten astronaut", Apollo 11's Michael Collins has passed away aged 90.
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40United States Feds raid Rudy Giuliani's apartment, as part of a criminal investigation into his dealings in Ukraine.
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27the World New research shows that farming without disturbing the soil could reduce the climate impact of agriculture by 30%
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17United Kingdom Arlene Foster’s term as First Minister of Northern Ireland is coming an end, as 75% of DUP MLAs and MPs have signed a letter saying that they have no confidence in her as leader. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the vote to ban LGBT+ conversion therapy, and the lack of votes to stop it. Update: Foster will resign as First Minister in June. Update: Forster will also quit both as a MLA & as a member of the DUP.
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24United States The Biden administration will ask Congress to increase capital gains taxes for those that make more than $1 million a year to pay for childcare, paid leave, community colleges and other measures
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57United KingdomChina British House of Commons declares Uighurs are being subjected to genocide in China and approves a motion calling on the government to fulfil its obligations under international human rights law.
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27Ireland The latest citizens' assembly in Ireland in reviewing family rights, has supported removal of the "women in the home" clause and changes to the role of carers in the Irish constitution. The proposal is now heading to the Oireachtas (Irish parliament) for deliberation and arranging constitutional referenda.
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87United StatesTurkey Biden becomes first US president to recognise Armenian genocide. Unsurprisingly, Turkey isn't happy about it.
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23United Kingdom The Court of Appeal overturns the convictions of more postal staff, who were originally accused of - and some jailed for - theft, after the Post Office installed new software, which reported incorrect shortfalls in takings.
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22United States Bones of Black children killed in police bombing used in Ivy League anthropology course
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30United Kingdom The Brexit hits keep coming - the "Pick for Britain" scheme scrapped after Brits fill as few as 5% of roles. Now there's concerns about who will bring the harvest in.
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19New Zealand Australia United Kingdom United States Canada New Zealand's foreign minister Nanaia Mahuta, says that she and the government are not keen to expand beyond military intelligence the remit and scope of the “Five Eyes” (Australia, the UK, the USA, Canada and New Zealand).
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11United Kingdom Downing Street has shelved its press briefing room, despite having for just two press briefings and spending £2.6 million on it. Speculation suggests, it was due uncomfortable questioning the prime minister by the press themselves.
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89United StatesMinnesota. Derek Chauvin found guilty on all 3 charges.
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23United Kingdom Dawkins loses 1996 'humanist of the year' title over his trans comments.
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28United States the District of Columbia. The Biden administration has put its support for the DC Statehood Act which would turn the District of Columbia into the state of the Douglass Commonwealth, and admit Washington as the fifty-first state of the Union.
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-13United Kingdom LGB Alliance given charity status
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14Chad Idriss Déby, the President of Chad since 1990, has been killed in clashes with rebels. Chad will now be governed by a military council for the next 18 months.
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28Cuba For the first time since 1959, the person in charge of Cuba is not one of the Castro brothers.
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21RussiaUnited States The "Russian bounty on US soldiers" conspiracy theory falls apart as US intelligence agencies find the story, at best, unproven and possibly untrue. So, possible stopped clock for Trump calling it a hoax.
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28United StatesFlag of Mars.svg NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter succeeds in historic first flight.
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23United States How Amazon scared workers into voting "no" by telling them they "might" lose health care
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33United Kingdom Breaking the record 63,000 complaints it received when it aired Jerry Springer: The Opera in 2005, the BBC receives 110,994 complaints about its coverage of the death of Prince Philip. Most people complained there was much too much coverage of the death across BBC TV and radio. Some complained that not all TV presenters were wearing black. And 116 people complained that it was too easy to complain.
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25United StatesMissouri. Newly-elected Missouri state legislator Rick Roeber is to resign Friday following months of allegations of molesting his children.
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21China Chinese researchers brag that their AI text censor is 91 percent accurate
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12United Kingdom Almost 500 engineers have lost their jobs with British Gas after refusing to sign a contract agreeing to forego overtime pay.
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37United States Bernie Madoff, author of one of the biggest financial frauds in history, dies in a US federal prison at 82.
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16United States Hank Azaria, the white actor who voiced the Indian character Apu in The Simpsons for 30 years, has unreservedly apologized for doing that. Azaria says that the series was part of "structural racism" and that, although Apu was created with good intentions in mind, "it doesn't mean that there weren't real negative consequences for the thing that I was accountable for."
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19United StatesAfghanistan US troops will leave Afghanistan by 11 September, Biden is set to announce.
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5United Kingdom Shirley Williams, a politician whose career spanned 50 years, former Labour MP and Secretary of State for Education and Science, founder member of the Social Democratic Party and leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, has died at the age of 90.
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8United StatesIsrael Pentagon chief declares 'ironclad' US commitment to Israel.
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32Vanuatu God is dead. Well, a god is dead at least. Or maybe just a spirit, nobody seems quite sure. Anyway, it's definitely a sad time for the few villagers in Vanuatu who revered Prince Philip.
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6United StatesArkansas. Arkansas House passes bill allowing creationism to be taught as science in schools.
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15United Kingdom A local branch of the Loyalist paramilitary force the Ulster Volunteer ForceWikipedia orders the removal of three Catholic families from a housing estate in the predominately Protestant town of Carrickfergus, which has been described an act of '21st century form of ethnic cleansing'.
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25United StatesNew Mexico. New Mexico abolishes qualified immunity, becoming the second state after Colorado to do so
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23United StatesKansas. Kansas Senate Maj. Leader Gene Suellentrop was removed from his post after police reports surfaced showing that he drove under the influence 90mph the wrong way down a highway, then led cops on a high-speed car chase, and then threatened to fight one of the cops while calling him "donut boy". The senator also faces formal charges and is out on bail.
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24United StatesTurns out, putting anti-union propaganda in bathroom stalls actually works
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42United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip has died, aged 99.
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25Flag of Europe.svg Czechia The Council of Europe’s European Court of Human RightsWikipedia has ruled that obligatory vaccinations can been seen as necessary in a democratic society,in a case brought by a Czech anti-vax group.
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27United Kingdom Belfast and south County Antrim faces the "worst riot in Northern Ireland in decades", police says.
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32CanadaUnited States Jordan Peterson "shocked" that Captain America comic is allegedly parodying his views as philosophy of the super-villain Red Skull
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22MyanmarMurderous crackdowns committed by the military junta continue in Burma as the military tries to suppress anti-coup protests with live rounds, machineguns, and grenades. The total death toll since the takeover has reached about 600.
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40Italy Italy has scrapped film censorship, so no more banned movies. Instead cinemas are replacing it with a self-regulatory film classification system.
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15United StatesArkansas. Arkansas' state legislature has overridden Gov. Hutchinson's veto on their bill to ban gender-affirming healthcare for trans minors. Hutchinson said he was disappointed and criticized the bill for failing to take into account trans minors who are already undergoing treatment.
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31United States the World Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has proposed a global minimum corporation tax rate to stop race-to-the-bottom in corporate taxation.
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18United States A study shows that extremely popular or well-known members of the US Congress are not the most effective at law-making
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10BrazilGlenn Greenwald and husband David Miranda bound and robbed at gunpoint in a burglary by small gang. It should be noted that Miranda, while less famous stateside, is a member of Brazil's equivalent of House of Representatives; even Brazil's leaders are not insulated from the crime there.
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48United StatesVirginia. Virginia has banned the "gay/trans panic" legal defense. The bill was authored by Delegate Danica Roem.
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-27United States Montana. Montana bans sanctuary cities
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23the World The data of some 533 million Facebook users, including phone numbers and dates of birth, have been hacked, and leaked online.
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35Argentina Poverty in Argentina climbs to 42% after historic recession.
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16United Kingdom Following on from the largely ridiculed report on racism in the UK, Johnson's ethnic minority adviser, Samuel Kasumu quits.

March 2021

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33United StatesNew York. Cannabis is now legal in New York. Hey there's a real win with 40% of tax income from weed sales are going to assist marginalized communities. Honestly this probably finally happened because Andrew CuomoWikipedia wanted to sweep the whole "sexual assault allegations" and "sending COVID patients to nursing homes" thing under the rug.
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13Germany The Other Nuremberg trials, Seventy-Five Years On: Or the deep links between big business and the Nazis
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14United Kingdom London schoolkids remind us that the future belongs to them.
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26United Kingdom An official report concludes that the UK is no longer an institutionally racist country. Many people in Britain think those findings are a load of crap.
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44United States Church membership in the U.S. has fallen below the majority for the first time in nearly a century. Non-paywalled alternative.
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20United StatesArkansas. Arkansas passes law banning gender-affirming care for trans youth.
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36ChinaHong Kong Beijing overhauls Hong Kong's electoral system to ensure the city is governed by “patriots”.
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22United States Capitol riot suspect arrested at home wearing an “I Was There, Washington D.C., January 6, 2021" T-shirt.
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17Mozambique Massacre as Daesh fights government forces in northern Mozambique
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11United Kingdom Nigel Farage's new job is planting trees to offset CO2 - for a company owned by QAnon promoter and Brexit donor John Mappin, who was also a funder of astroturf culture wars student organisation Turning Point UK.
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23EgyptEver Given finally unstuck from Suez Canal one week after grounding, allowing traffic through the canal to resume.
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6United StatesMinnesota. In a 6-0 ruling, Minnesota's Supreme Court rules it's not rape, if a woman gets voluntarily drunk.
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8ChinaGermanyGood job with your brand awarenessWikipedia, Chinese branch of Hugo Boss.
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23United StatesNorth Carolina. An unnamed 6 year old boy was arrested and brought to trial alone for picking flowers at a North Carolina bus stop, highlighting the low age threshold for court in the state. (The judge dismissed his case.)
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28 United KingdomEngland A teacher showing his students a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad from the French magazine Charlie Hebdo during a Religious Studies lesson about blasphemy in Batley, West Yorkshire, an area with a large Muslim population, leads to days of protests outside the school and accusations that those protests have been taken over by extremists on both sides.
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33United KingdomScotland In 2020, renewable energy met 97% of Scotland's electricity demand
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39United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Georgia's government enacts their comprehensive voter suppression law, which limits absentee ballot drop boxes, allows unlimited challenges to a voter's qualifications, cuts the runoff election period from 9 to 4 weeks, significantly shortens the amount of time voters have to request an absentee ballot, empowers the state legislature to appoint a majority of members on the state election board, allows the state election board to strip local election boards of their power, and makes it illegal to distribute food or water to voters waiting in long lines. Goddamn.
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26United States Arkansas. Arkansas is now the second state to ban transgender women and girls from competing in school sports teams consistent with their gender identity.
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30Egypt Massive container ship plots an (probably unintentional) enormous dick pic and then gets jammed in the Suez Canal.
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18Vatican City Cardinals get a pay cut as Vatican income takes a dive due covid related closure of museums and lack of tourists.
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28United StatesVirginia. Virginia becomes the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty.
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26Bangladesh Garment Workers Win $22 Billion in Historic Victory Against Wage Theft
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15United StatesColorado. 10 shot dead in a Boulder, Colorado grocery store,
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37PolandPolish journalist Jakub Zulczyk could face up to three years in prison for the "crime" of calling President Duda a moron. In Poland, it is illegal to insult state leaders or religion.
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24United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Atlanta police wrongfully detain Latino man for four hours after spa shooting. He was the husband of one of the deceased.
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18United StatesFlorida. Donald Trump is going to create a new social media site in order to maintain influence
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38Spain Spain legalizes euthanasia.
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6Turkey Turkey quits the anti-domestic violence Istanbul Convention on the grounds that it is incompatible with the nation's family values and seeks to normalize homosexuality.
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18AfghanistanAfghanistan is facing a wave of assassinations by religious conservatives aimed at journalists, human rights activists, judicial workers, doctors and clerics. These murders claimed 700 lives in 2020 and still seem to be escalating.
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16United KingdomEngland Violent protests in Bristol against bill that would allow police officers to impose time and noise limits on street protests. The bill, although has existed long before the events, was put up for debate in wake of protests and vigil that follow Sarah Everard's kidnapping and murder by Wayne Couzens, a police officer.
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16Egypt Nawal El Sa'adawi, an Egyptian feminist and human rights activist, dead at 89.
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14United StatesHow inequities get built into America's vaccination program.
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14United StatesMinnesota. Treaty rights asserted by Native American protesters during creation of White Earth protest camp
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20DenmarkDenmark plans to limit non-Western residents in disadvantaged areas
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18the WorldUnited StatesUnited Kingdom Studies done by Yale University and the University of Leeds have suggested that life on Earth may have been a result of lightning strikes dating back billions of years.
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32Spain Spain to test a 4-day/32 hours workweek program over a period of three years
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25United Kingdom Stephen Yaxley-Lennon AKA Tommy Robinson has declared himself bankrupt. Now many of his followers are questioning much of the funding they have given to him and whether he has defrauded them.
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35United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Man shoots 8 dead in Atlanta, in a spree seemingly aimed at Asians. Local sheriff claims the shooter was having a "bad day," but then it turns out he posted anti-Asian Covid pictures on Facebook.
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26Tanzania Tanzanian President John Magufuli has died in a Dar es Salaam hospital. He had not been seen in public and recent reports had suggested he was being treated for covid overseas. Widely seen as a "do something" sort of guy, but his lasting legacy may end up being his covid denial.
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20United States Across the internet, a game Of Whac-A-Mole is underway to root out extremism.
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26Israel Israeli experts announce discovery of more Dead Sea Scrolls
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18AustraliaMyanmar Speaking from prepared notes, Australian PM, Scott Morrison says that women attending the March 4 Justice events in an effort to end gendered violence, should be thankful they can protest, and aren't "being met with bullets," like people in Myanmar.
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17Vatican CityThe Vatican's orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has declared that the Church will not bless gay unions since God "cannot bless sin". The ruling was approved by Pope Francis.
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28United KingdomEngland Met Police criticised for "deeply disturbing" handling of a vigil for a woman murdered by a cop
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26MyanmarBloody week of military crackdowns brings the number of murdered anti-coup protesters in Myanmar to about 70.
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25United StatesMississippi. Mississippi governor signs bill banning trans athletes from participating in school sports. The bill argues that boys and girls have "inherently different athletic capabilities".
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19Australia United Kingdom United StatesIdaho. Since the announcement that the American PowerballWikipedia lottery will introduce Australia and the UK to the game later this year, Idaho has said it will pull out of the multi-state game over concerns that non-Americans or non-Canadians would win the jackpot.
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14United Kingdom The British postal operator Royal Mail has announced its plans to trial delivering parcels on the sabbath, the first time in over 500 years.
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35MyanmarIndiaA group of Myanmarese policemen have fled to India after defying orders to shoot anti-coup protesters, saying the military junta is becoming more desperate and brutal. Since the coup, the military and police have killed an estimated 50 people.
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35United States President Biden's relief package is projected to reduce poverty by one third, making it the most ambitious anti-poverty program since the War on Poverty.
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41United States Study suggests that the modern antivaxxer movement is shaped by Christian nationalism
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41United Kingdom Bye, bye: Piers Morgan leaves Good Morning Britain after a wave of complaints due to his racist remarks against Meghan Markle
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30United KingdomVatican City Remember Milo? He now claims to be ex-gay.
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45FranceRemember when French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by an Islamic terrorist for allegedly showing religiously offensive cartoons? The girl who accused him just admitted in court that she made up the story to hide from her father that she got suspended for chronic truancy.
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33United StatesKenyaUS Capital insurrection rioter who fled to (of all places) Kenya to escape justice is deported and arrested at JFK airport in New York City.
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42United KingdomEnglandWales Members of Parliament from various parties call for "conversion therapy" for LGBT+ people to be made illegal in England and Wales as quickly as possible.
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8Switzerland Demonstrating a lack of tolerance for different cultures in spite of being an inherently multi-ethnic country, a committee with ties to the Swiss People's Party, the Swiss vote to ban burkas in public.
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19Equatorial GuineaAt least 615 injured and 98 dead in explosions in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. Every building in the city appears to have suffered some amount of damage, and the number of injuries/deaths are likely to climb. Much like the recent Beirut explosion, it appears to be the result of improperly stored dynamite.
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28United StatesMissouri. General Baptist pastor Stewart Allen Clark of Missouri uses a sermon to tell women it's their duty to look beautiful to keep their husbands faithful. He said, "I'm not saying every woman can be the epic trophy wife of all time like Melania Trump. Most women can't be trophy wives, but you know... maybe you're a participation trophy." He is currently on leave and in professional counselling.
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9United Kingdom Nigel Farage says to the Sunday Telegraph he is quitting politics this time, and his Reform UK fiefdom is going to be headed by his millionaire mate and founder of Leave.EU, Richard Tice.
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31United StatesCalifornia. Stockton's Basic Income experiment pays off
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13United StatesAlabama. It's now a felony in Alabama to provide HRT or affirmative surgery to trans kids under the age of 20. The bill is yet to be approved by the governor.
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23Russia Germany Ex-staffer at RT’s news agency Ruptly’s office in Berlin reveals that the company purposefully put out provocative videos to support extremist politics, and tries to undercut prices and other anti-competitive practices against traditional news agencies such as Reuters and AP.
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22IsraelIranIsrael is currently dealing with the largest environmental disaster in its history, with a massive oil spill along its shores. But what's weird is that it's unclear where the oil came from. Israel is claiming that an Iranian-linked oil tanker turned off its transmitter and intentionally dumped oil 40 miles off the coast of Israel. Iran of course disputes this. The ship's ownership is overly complicated, making determining responsibility unclear. Israel was nearly vaccinated enough to reopen the beaches to tourism, whereas Iran is in the middle of dealing with trying to get the best possible nuclear deal with the US, so this comes at a bad time for both countries. Interesting times and all...
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26CyprusWiki Eurovision Heart.svg Its singer says it's about an abusive relationship. But the Cyprus Orthodox Church says that "El Diablo", the Cypriot entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, promotes submitting to the will of Satan.
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36United States Study found that police killings declined by as much as 20% in municipalities where Black Lives Matter protests were held
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32 United States Richard Barnett, the self-described white nationalist who, on January 6, carried a weapon into the United States Capitol, posed for pictures sitting at Nancy Pelosi's desk, and left a note for Pelosi stating "Nancy, Bigo was here, you bitch," threw a temper tantrum in court complaining that he's being incarcerated pending trial.
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15United Kingdom Wales Support for Welsh independence reaches an all-time high, with 39% of Welsh people polled say that they would vote Ie/Yes if there was a Welsh independence referendum tomorrow.
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47Poland Three Polish women who protested against "LGBT" and "gender" being labelled sins by putting up posters of a Madonna and Child with rainbow halos are found not guilty of offending religious feelings.
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-32United Kingdom The esteemed publication the New Scientist has been sold to the Daily Mail's parent company DMGT for £70 million.
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34United StatesTexas. Texas is enjoying the taste of that sweet, sweet deregulation as their largest power cooperative is filing for bankruptcy protection, following the recent snowstorm.
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29Israel The High Court of Justice rules that people who convert to Judaism in Israel through Reform and Masorti movements must be recognized as Jews and thus entitled to Israeli citizenship, puncturing the longstanding Orthodox monopoly on conversions
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36United States It has now been revealed that one of the accounts that were in the Gab hack, belonged to former president Trump.
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-3United States Nope, not The Onion. Six of Dr Seuss's books have been pulled from publication for being too racist. Additionally, a number of schools in San Francisco are being renamed to remove racist Presidents such as Abraham Lincoln.
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7United Kingdom An investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has determined the family resort Pontins racially discriminated against Irish people by training its employees to refuse service to people with Irish names and accents.
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43United States Gab, the original Twitter for Nazis, has been hacked, with over 70Gb of personal information and private chats made available.
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48France Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to 3 years in jail (2 of which are suspended) after being convicted of corruption.

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36Malaysia Malaysian man wins landmark challenge against gay sex ban
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5United KingdomScotland Anas Sarwar wins Scottish Labour leadership race
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25the World According to a study, the Atlantic Ocean circulation is at its weakest in at least 1,600 years
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-8United StatesTexas. Federal judge rules eviction moratorium to be unconstitutional
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17United Kingdom Adrian Hanstock has been appointed to the position of temporary Chief Constable of the British Transport PoliceWikipedia, making him the first openly LGBT chief of police of a police force in the United Kingdom.
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15United KingdomGermany A German man has been jailed for sending hoax bomb and murder threats to hospitals, protesters and politicians in the UK to extort Bitcoin money.
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14United States One of the most famous toy lines goes gender neutral as Hasbro drops the "Mr." from its Mr. Potato Head brand.
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47United States A coalition of Christian evangelical leaders releases an open letter condemning the role of "radical Christian nationalism," particularly white nationalism, in feeding the political extremism that led to the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot
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47United StatesGermany US deports former Nazi concentration camp guard Friedrich Karl Berger to face charges for his participation in the Holocaust.
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33Myanmar Burma still caught in an increasingly violent nationwide police crackdown against anti-coup protests, with two killed on 20 February. Former elected leader Suu Kyi remains detained.
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35Vatican City Pope Francis seems to have ousted one of the Church's most outspoken conservatives, Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, by declining to allow him to continue serving after age 75. The pope and the cardinal differed on major issues like homosexuality and relations with Muslims.
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26United StatesNew York. New evidence in Malcolm X assassination points to possible conspiracy by NYPD and FBI
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21Turkey The LGBT+ Studies Club at the Boğaziçi University has been banned while President Erdogan calls gay rights protestors terrorists
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29United StatesBuzzfeed has revealed that Zuckerberg override his advisers advising him to ban Infowars and Alex Jones back in April 2019. This was several overrides that Zuckerberg did over various far-right groups in Facebook.
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16SpainCatalonia Violent protests in Spain after the arrest of rapper Pablo Hásel for glorifying terrorism
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29FranceIn a somewhat alarming turn of events the French government, led by President Macron, plan to investigate social science fields (especially on studies of race, gender, post-colonial studies) they claim are "imported from American universities and contribute to undermining French society." Academics fear crackdowns and possible government censorship.
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39United StatesTexas. Antarctica Wind turbines did not cause the Texas blackouts, instead it was corporate greed (more specifically Telecom's greed). In fact there are wind turbines in Antarctica (last link to Twitter)
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43United Kingdom The Supreme Court has ruled that Uber drivers are employees, and not self-employed contractors. This means that Uber must follow all the rules and laws regarding employment, including the minimum wage, holiday leave and maximum working times.
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33United StatesUS immigration news: Biden attempts to rein in ICE by issuing guidelines meant to focus the agency on actual national security threats, and Congressional Democrats unveil a pathway to citizenship bill for undocumented immigrants.
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19France Minister of Higher Education and Research Frédérique Vidal calls for an inquiry into "islamo-leftism"
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12United StatesKansas. Bob Dole diagnosed with stage four lung cancer
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56 Flag of Mars.svg Perseverance lands on Mars.
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34the World The massive carbon footprint of the rich
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42United StatesTexas. While Texas is battered by historic winter storms, leaving millions shivering without power, gas or water, Ted Cruz allegedly flies to Cancun, on holiday. Oh, and Rick Perry, the guy who used to be Secretary of Energy, says Texans would rather freeze than have their power grid regulated.
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31Australia "Time to reactivate MySpace": Facebook, who claim to be incapable of preventing fake news and far right content from being published their platform, manages to block sharing Australian news as well as the contents of news publishers pages on their platform. Even then it managed to stuff that up, blocking government pages such as Queensland Health (during a pandemic), the Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services (during bushfire alerts in that state), the Bureau of Meteorology and their own page.
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-4United Kingdom Unelected British peer Lord Frost is to be made a British cabinet minister to improve relations with the EU, which he condemned as run by unelected bureaucrats.
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88United States Good riddance.: Rush Limbaugh dead at 70
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20Sovereign-States-Within-Europe-Flag-Loop.gif The European Space Agency is recruiting up to six new astronauts. It wants to see more female applicants than in the past and is keen for one of the new recruits to be someone with a disability.
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23GuineaAfter five years, the Ebola virus has resurfaced in Guinea, killing three.
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-37United StatesUS Senate votes to acquit Donald Trump in his historic second impeachment on a vote of 57-43. Seven GOP Senators voted against the former president.
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11Italy After weeks of political turmoil, Mario Draghi replaces Giuseppe Conte as Italy's Prime Minister, the country's 7th Prime Pinister since 2010.
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10United StatesTexas. Texas’ Lieutenant-General Dan Patrick has proposed a law to prohibit the state from doing business with any investment firms that boycott oil and gas companies. The proposed law is based on the previous law that attacks BDS, which was challenged in the courts and upheld.
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25European UnionMyanmar EU provided crowd control training to Myanmar police units involved in crackdown on pro-democracy protests, but claims it did due to concerns about possible human rights abuses
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35United States Hustler founder, First Amendment advocate and pain-in-the-ass for the religious right, Larry Flynt, dead at 78.
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25Denmark Denmark's Social Democratic PM backs a "zero asylum seekers" goal in a speech to parliament
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31United KingdomAustraliaNew Zealand There has now been further revelations that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles have used a little known legal power of “Queen’s consent” to vet and lobby laws in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Needless to say it's not really news.
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14United States Former Secretary of State, and Theranos investor, George Schultz, dead, at 100.
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30United Kingdom It has been reported by The Observer, that Queen Elizabeth has personally lobbied in the 1970s for exclusion of financial transparency legislation, so no-one would know her financial affairs.
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13United States Former White House staffer Hogan Gidley begs "woke" companies to hire Trump loyalists for "depth of knowledge" on governing
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18Brazil Brazil's watershed anti-corruption "Car Wash" probe ends with a whimper
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25Germany A 95 year old German woman charged with complicity in more than 10,000 murders in the Stutthof concentration camp during WWII
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24United States According to BuzzFeed News, Parler tried to get exclusive rights to the social media account of Trump in return for a 40% stake in the company, potentially breaking anti-bribery laws.
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25United StatesNevada. Welcome to the world of Cyberpunk. Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments
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35United States Joe Biden thinks that his "erratic" predecessor shouldn't have access to intelligence briefings, as former presidents usually do, because he can't be trusted not to "slip and say something."
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29United States According to data, the GameStop mania may not have been the retail trader rebellion it was percieved to be, as institutional investors also participated in the short squeeze
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29United States The Fox Business Network has canceled Lou Dobbs Tonight, and is planning to completely distance themselves from the presenter.
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48Indonesia Indonesia makes it illegal for public schools to make students wear religious clothing. That is to say, they can't force girls to wear headscarves.
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18United States Parler's former CEO John Matze claims that he was fired (effectively by Rebekah Mercer) from his position, because he was planning to step up monitoring on the platform and to ban neo-Nazi groups.
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25United States Star of Home Alone 2, Zoolander and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Donald J. Trump. quits the Screen Actors Guild before he can be forced out of it.
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41United StatesSaudi ArabiaYemen The US will formally cease its support for Saudi Arabia in its "intervention" in Yemen.
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32United States Parler's CEO has been fired.
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19Poland Poland's justice ministry proposes that women who are forced to give birth by the country's abortion ban are given “a room to cry in”.
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42Canada Canada becomes the first nation in the world to officially designate the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity.
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45ChinaMass rape in Uighyr concentration camps. Allegedly. Due to media blackouts in China, it's impossible to verify every detail of everyone's stories, yet there are a lot of stories. There also appears to be a forced prostitution aspect as well, considering that many of the rapists appear to be from outside the camps and are paying/bribing for the prettier women, making this uncomfortably close to the "comfort women" of WWII. It also appears that it's not unusual for a raped woman to never be seen again, implying the possibility of the women being sold into indefinite sexual slavery.
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26United Kingdom RIP Maureen Colquhoun. The UK's first openly lesbian Member of Parliament and a campaigner for gender balance, access to abortion and protection for sex workers has died at the age of 92.
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20United States Pete Buttigieg has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Secretary of Transportation, making him officially the first openly LGBT U.S. department secretary [government minister].
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18Russia Opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for two years and eight months
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17 Russia Switzerland Two researchers have used computer modeling and data from cadaver crash tests to conclude that an unusually small, delayed avalanche is the most likely explanation for the incident at Dyatlov Pass.
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34Brazil Brazil has currently the highest number of people in extreme poverty in a decade
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6United StatesFlorida. Two FBI agents are dead following a shooting while executing a search warrant.
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6United StatesScreech from Saved by the Bell dead at 44
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31Myanmar Military coup in Burma - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi 'detained by military' .... because coups always end so well and improve things so much. Guess who was providing "security services" in Myanmar?