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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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April 2019

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3This issue affects the United Kingdom. A police counterterror operation went awry in Derry when a suspected New IRA member opened fire, killing a journalist.
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23This issue affects the World. Astronomers have found helium hydride -aka the "universe's first molecule".
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-22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Saudi Arabia. This issue affects Yemen. Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen
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24This issue affects the United States. Bernie Sanders received strong support for his Medicare-for-all proposal at a town hall with Fox News. He recently updated his health reform proposal.
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38This issue affects France. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris suffers a devastating fire.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. Three UKIP MEPs have quit the party and joined the Brexit Party in protest over the conduct of Gerard Batten as leader, reducing UKIP's size in the European Parliament from 24 at the last election to just four. Batten and the national executive insist they were not chosen to stand for election anyway, however.
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3This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May has been briefed that DAESH member Shimima Begum was a member of the organisation's "Hisba" police force.
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21This issue affects the United Kingdom. Small group of Brexiteer protestors block off depot of Aldi supermarket because it's a German business
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24This issue affects the United States. Antivaxxers sinking to new lows - appropriating nazi-era Star of David symbology to represent how oppressed they are!!
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17This issue affects the United States. US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos indicated she was aware of potential threats to transgender students, but rolled protections back anyway
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3This issue affects the World. All major browsers (except Firefox and Brave) will permanently enable click tracking.
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10This issue affects the United States. Trump reportedly promised to pardon CBP head if he violated immigration law
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15This issue affects the World. One third of cancer patients use dangerous and useless alternative and complementary medicine without informing their doctor.
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0This issue affects the United States. A protestor(?) attempted self immolation on the White House lawn
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3This issue affects Papua New Guinea. Doctors in Papua New Guinea are reporting seeing an increasing numbers of patients seeking medical assistance, due to botched penis enlargements. The rise is due to a number of men putting injections of silicon, or various oils such as coconut oil and cooking oil, into their "member".
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12This issue affects Germany. Literature review by the German government finds glyphosate poses zero increased risk of cancer, contradicting a scientifically questionable finding in a 2018 American lawsuit against Bayer.
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18This issue affects the United Kingdom. The tabloid newspaper the Daily StarWikipedia's W.svg is getting rid of page 3 girls, bringing an end to the era when pictures of topless women appeared in British daily newspapers.
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18This issue affects Australia. Star rugby player Israel Folau is to be fired by Rugby Australia after writing on social media that hell awaits those who die without repenting the sin of homosexuality.
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24This issue affects the United States. A major observational study of more than 30 000 people finds that vitamins and minerals are good for human health, but only if you get those from actual food, not supplements.
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31This issue affects South Korea. South Korea's constitutional court has ordered that the country's 60 year-old abortion law, which prohibits it, be repealed.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Ecuador. The Ecuadorian embassy in London has withdrawn the asylum application of Julian Assange and allowed the Metropolitan Police to arrest him for breaching bail.
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-19This issue affects the United States. Texas' congress is currently debating a new law (Bill #896) that would classify destroying any fetus, including by means of abortion, as a homicide and punishable by death. (warning: adblock bitching)
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11This issue affects Sudan. The Sudanese Army have overthrown President Omar al-Bashir, ending 30 years of rule and ordered the release of all political prisoners.
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14International economics organsation the OECDWikipedia's W.svg, has conveyed that millennials (those born between 1983 and 2002) are dropping out of the middle-class in all developed economies. This is primarily due to rising property values over wages.
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19This issue affects Philippines. New human species discovered in the Philippines
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. The UK and EU have agreed another Brexit delay until 31 October. Cue dozens of crap Halloween jokes.
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30This issue affects the United States. House votes to restore net neutrality rules (warning: autoplay video)
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37Black hole picture revealed for the first time.
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30This issue affects Ireland. Ireland has passed legislation banning zero-hours contracts and stating workers are always entitled to a minimum payment, even if their employer fails to provide them with work.
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22This issue affects China. The Chinese government is seriously considering a ban on cryptocurrency mining, principally Bitcoin mining, primarily due to environmental reasons.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. Police have foiled a suspected terrorist attack in County Down, after a member of the public reported a mortar being rigged on a country road to fire at passing cars.
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29 First ever photo of a black hole taken to be released on Wednesday
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17This issue affects Iran. This issue affects the United States. Iran Labels U.S. Central Command a Terrorist Organization
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10This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. Trump Designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a Foreign Terrorist Group
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31This issue affects Canada. Facebook has announced that it is deplatforming several noted Canadian alt and far right extremists including Rebel Media's Faith GoldyWikipedia's W.svg, white nationalist crusader Kevin Goudreau, and groups including Soldiers of Odin, Wolves of Odin, and the Aryan Strikeforce across its platforms.
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13This issue affects the United States. Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns as Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary
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16This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term in office
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13This issue affects Hungary. This issue affects Slovenia. The Hungarian government has sent a complaint to the Slovenian embassy, after a noted Slovenian news magazine Mladina put a provocative cartoon of Viktor Orbán on the cover. The magazine has been critical of Hungary's increasing authoritarianism and its growing influence in Slovenia.
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20This issue affects the United States. State attorney generals sue the Trump administration for weakening nutritional standards for school meals.
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28This issue affects the United States. Mormon LDS Church rolls back controversial anti-LGBT policies.
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15This issue affects the United States. Ted Cruz sues the Federal Election Commission in attempt to overturn limits on post-election campaign donations.
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31This issue affects Peru. Another one of those pesky transitional fossils identified - 4-legged whale found in Peru.
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27This issue affects the United States. Year-old footage of Steve Bannon suggests Breitbart is undergoing severe financing issues due to the successes of the "Sleeping Giants" network in convincing companies not to advertise there.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. The trial of suspected National Action terror cell leader Jack Renshaw has concluded with no verdict on the charge of being a member of a proscribed organisation, but Mr. Renshaw has been found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and four sex offences.
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21This issue affects the United States. President Donald Trump reverses his earlier decision to repeal the Affordable Care Act, saying he wants to wait till after the 2020 election.
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24This issue affects the United States. The meltdown of WND. (Apparently original is behind a Paywall for some people - here's an alternative site for the article: stuff.co.nz)
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24This issue affects Algeria. Algeria's autocratic president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has submitted his resignation as the country's head of state, after weeks of popular protest in the country.
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4This issue affects the United Kingdom. 40 MPs have passed a parliamentary motion called for “organ tourism”, the practice of going abroad to “buy” replacement organs, to be banned.

March 2019

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12This issue affects the United States. Trump administration awards $1.7 million family planning grant to anti-abortion group called the Obria Group, which considers itself an anti-abortion version of Planned Parenthood.
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8This issue affects Malta. A report by the Council of Europe paints an alarming worry about processes in the criminal justice system in Malta, especially with corruption and senior officials.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. Protests against gay relationship lessons at primary school in Birmingham.
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13This issue affects Singapore. Singapore introduced legislation to combat fake news. "If we do not protect ourselves, hostile parties will find it a simple matter to turn different groups against one another and cause disorder in our society," said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
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24This issue affects the United States. President Donald Trump overrides his Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and restores funding for the Special Olympics.
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14This issue affects Hong Kong. While public transits in cities worldwide are making losses, Hong Kong's MTR system is making a surplus.
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-25This issue affects Ireland. In a debate about conversion therapy in the Seanad, conservative independent Senator Rónán MullenWikipedia's W.svg suggested that individuals should have the option, unless proved to be harmful.
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8This issue affects Brunei Darussalam. Brunei introduces death by stoning as punishment for gay sex and adultery.
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24This issue affects the United Kingdom. More Brexit confusion as Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement is rejected…. again
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Bangladesh. Churchill's policies contributed to 1943 Bengal famine
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20This issue affects Poland. One of Poland's biggest domestic banks, mBank, has announced it's blacklisting mining or energy companies that are involved in coal. It's doing it in the effort to improve the bank's environmental record and supporting green energy.
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44This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the World. Solar and wind costs have fallen enough in the United States that roughly ¾ of of coal capacity is at risk from renewable competition, and by 2025 this is expected to rise to 6/7. Furthermore, while the US acquired nearly half of its electricity from coal just a decade ago, in just another year it's expected to be just a quarter. Wind is also expected to produce more energy than hydro in the US in just a short time as well.
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16This issue affects the United States. Trump doubles down on opposition to emergency relief aid for Puerto Rico, drawing criticism
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20This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May to resign before next phase of Brexit
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19This issue affects the United States. New York county declares state of emergency over measles outbreak, bars unvaccinated children from public spaces.
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32This issue affects the United States. Facebook announces new ban on white separatist and white nationalist content to go along current white supremacist ban, and starts directing searches for certain keywords to resources for leaving hate groups.
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14This issue affects India. India shoots down satellite, becoming the fourth country to have done so behind the United States, Russia, and China. Riding on their success, India declares itself a space power.
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13This issue affects Lithuania. Lithuania jails Soviet defense minister for 1991 crackdown
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5This issue affects the United States. Betsy DeVos defends Special Olympics budget cuts: 'We had to make some difficult decisions.'
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18This issue affects Australia. An investigation by a journalist from al-Jazeera, found two One Nation activists trying to solicit political donations from the NRA, in return for supporting loosening Australia’s strict gun control laws.
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13This issue affects the United States. Pentagon reallocates one billion dollars to Trump's border wall
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2This issue affects the European Union. European Parliament passes a sweeping law reforming copyright that's opposed by both corporations and human rights activists
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-8This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Syria. Trump recognizes the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, angering Syria.
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22This issue affects the United States. US budget deficit hit $234 billion in February, a new monthly record
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15This issue affects the United States. Mueller report finds no collusion, not enough evidence of obstruction
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13This issue affects Ireland. Eyebrows were raised across Ireland, after remarks made during a visit by Northern Irish DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson to the Fine Gael's annual conference after he had suggested that [the Republic of] Ireland should join the Commonwealth.
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21This issue affects Ireland. Health Minister Simon Harris has called for anti-vaxxers be called out, and stop the hypocrisy of the HPV vaccine.
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34This issue affects the United Kingdom. According to the organisers, around over a million people have marched from Park Lane to Westminster in Central London demanding a revocation of Article 50 and having a “People’s Vote”. This is one of the biggest protests that have even happened in the UK, just behind the Iraq War protest in 2003.
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25This issue affects Syria. Islamic State in Syria defeated, 'caliphate' eliminated
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25This issue affects the United States. Special Counsel for the Trump-Russia investigation Robert S. Mueller III submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. UKIP is reportedly considering standing Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin) as a candidate despite his history of racism and misogyny.
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7This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the European Union. A U.S. jury unanimously ruled that glyphosate, a commonly used weedkiller, is a cancer factor. While the World Health Organization concluded in 2015 that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the European Food Safety Authority disagree. E.U. members voted in 2017 to renew the license for this chemical.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. Researchers at the University of Bath are growing artificial meat in the lab. However, getting people to purchase artificial meat once it becomes commercially available could be difficult due to the naturalistic fallacy.
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40This issue affects New Zealand. New Zealand bans semi-automatic assault riflesAnd it only took 6 days.
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19This issue affects the United States. Devin Nunes, perhaps best known for pushing a conspiracy theory about Trump being persecuted by the FBI in a memo, is suing a fictional cow over a parody Twitter account, with inevitable Streisand effect consequences. (Alternative link to a Guardian report which mentions a goat who is not being sued.)
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17This issue affects the United States. Bitcoin is not going so well for US neo-Nazis.(self promotion warning)
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23This issue affects the United States. US judge temporarily halts oil drilling nationwide in landmark climate change ruling
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18This issue affects the United Nations. This issue affects Bosnia and Herzegovina. Former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadžić has lost his appeal in the charge of war crimes at the International Tribunal in the Hague. The judge has also increased his sentence from 40 years to life.
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17This issue affects the United States. There is anger at Alaska Governor Dunleavy's planned tour of statewide town hall meetings promoting his budget plan which includes cuts to Medicare and education after it was revealed that Americans for Prosperity were sponsoring and managing the events.
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21This issue affects Russia. Russia has passed two laws that block websites and hand out punishment for "fake news" and material deemed insulting to the president, state or the public.
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32This issue affects the United Kingdom. Citing 17th century procedure on resubmitting failed bills, Parliament cannot vote on the Brexit deal again unless the terms are changed.
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. A 50-year old man in Surrey is being held for suspected terrorism offences after a rampage of car-smashing and racist chanting concluded with the stabbing of a teenager of Southern European heritage.
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20This issue affects Netherlands. Three people have died and five have been injured in a shooting on a tram that has happened in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Police are saying they are treating the incident as act of terrorism and that officers are wishing to speak to 37-year-old Turkish-born Dutchman Gökman T., who is the possible suspect of the incident. Update: Police have arrested the man in question. Update: According to Dutch television, the man has psychological problems and has domestic issues which could be the cause.
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30This issue affects the United States. Native Americans on the Pine Ridge ReservationWikipedia's W.svg are expressing doubts and worries about Christian-backed charities on the reservation, fearing that these Christians will attempt to proselytize in an attempt to stamp out the tribal religion of the reservation.
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33This issue affects the United Kingdom. A bill to legalise mixed-sex civil partnerships has passed the lower chamber of the House of Commons. Currently only same-sex civil partnerships are legal in the UK.
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36This issue affects the World. Students in more than 100 countries skip school to protest against inaction on climate change.
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19This issue affects the United States. The "Tragedy of the Commons" was written by a white supremacist based on false history and eugenics.
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41This issue affects the United States. US House votes to make Mueller Report public 420-0.
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44This issue affects New Zealand. This issue affects Australia. An Australian senator is facing international backlash over comments shifting blame to the New Zealand government for the Christchurch attack for allowing Muslim immigration.
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45This issue affects Denmark. The far-left Red–Green Alliance has changed its long-held demand for a Danish referendum on European Union, in favour of reforming it for its 2019 Euro-election manifesto. Party spokesperson Pernille Skipper saying “It was a mistake. Brexit has been an eye-opener for us as a party."
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46This issue affects New Zealand. A mass shooting takes place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Death toll has reached 40, with perhaps 27 injured. Update: 23:37 NZT - 49 Dead, 48 in hospitals as of 9pm. Death toll now 50 as additional body found inside mosque.
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31This issue affects the United States. Senate passes resolution to overturn Trump's national emergency declaration
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. British Parliament has voted 412 to 202 to seek a delay on leaving the EU.
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21This issue affects Poland. Polish newspaper runs front page list on "how to spot a Jew".
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19This issue affects the United States. Southern Poverty Law Center is filing a lawsuit against a decision by Betsy DeVos to divert federal finance from the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant which is used to make schools healthy and safe, to purchase firearms for teachers.
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30This issue affects the United States. Jacob Wohl Faked Death Threats Against Himself
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28This issue affects the United States. California governor signs executive order stopping state's death penalty for now
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34This issue affects the United States. Democrats reintroduce Equality Act to ban LGBTQ discrimination
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27This issue affects the European Union. After the crash of one of them in Ethiopia several days ago, the European Union grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 jets as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it sees "no basis" to do so joining several other countries that have done the same. Update: Boeing decided to ground all of its 737 Max 8 jets after the FAA found new evidence at the crash site "out of an abundance of caution." U.S. pilots have complained that the aircraft is difficult to control after takeoff.
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40This issue affects the United Kingdom. For a second time, the UK Parliament has voted against Theresa May's Brexit plan by 391 votes to 242.
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35This issue affects Netherlands. A bill banning discrimination on the grounds of gender identity such as intersex and transgender, has passed both chambers of the Dutch parliament. All the parties voted for it, apart from the fundamentalist Reformed Political Party and the anti-immigrant Party for Freedom. Now it just needs signing by King Willem-Alexander.
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14This issue affects Algeria. Algerian president Bouteflika announces he will not seek a fifth term amid massive protests against his reelection bid.
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19This issue affects the United States. Dozens have been charged in a multimillion-dollar college admission bribery scandal.
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41This issue affects Italy. Italy bans sending unvaccinated children to school.
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39This issue affects Israel. Netanyahu draws criticism for saying that Israel is "the national state, not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people."
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25This issue affects the European Union. Member states approve EU-wide protections for whistleblowers who expose crimes
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12This issue affects China. Chinese lawmakers urge scrapping family planning laws as birth rates plunge
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33This issue affects the United States. A massage parlor has been selling political access to Donald Trump at Mar a Lago to Chinese business executives.
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23This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects Malaysia. This issue affects Indonesia. Indonesian woman accused of murdering Kim Jong-nam, the estranged brother of North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un, has been acquitted of any wrong doing.
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40This issue affects Canada. This issue affects Honduras. The Canadian government will stop funding homeopaths to go to Honduras.
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0This issue affects Germany. On International Women's Day, a group of German academics are proposing that the German language scrap the grammatical gender and make all nouns neuter.
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13This issue affects Ethiopia. 157 people have died after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed.
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48This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Uganda. A Ugandan-born woman becomes the first person in the UK to be found guilty of the crime of female genital mutilation for harm she did to her 3-year-old-daughter and is sentenced to 11 years in jail.
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10This issue affects Malaysia. Malaysian jailed for more than 10 years for insulting Islam.
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10This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration is considering asking U.S. allies hosting U.S. military bases to pay more for them, though Trump has not decided on any burden-sharing option. South Korea recently agreed to pay more. Trump and previous presidents have been pushing for NATO allies to pay more for their own defense while critics say overseas bases are costly.
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7This issue affects Venezuela. Massive power outage affects most of Venezuela.
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36This issue affects the United States. Trump inauguration took money from foreign shell companies new report reveals
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33This issue affects the United States. Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 47 months for fraud, while federal guidelines recommend 19 to 24 years.
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0This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Finland. The U.S. State Department has rescinded an award for female journalism to Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro, due to the journalist's personal criticism of Trump.
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43This issue affects France. French cardinal convicted of child sex abuse cover-up.
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50This issue affects Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia criticized by 36 countries over human rights.
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32This issue affects the United States. US officials made a list of 59 mostly American reporters, lawyers and activists to question at the border.
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34This issue affects Russia. Russia passes law to jail people for 15 days for "disrespecting" government.
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25This issue affects the United States. Cynthia Newman, a dean of Rider University in New Jersey, resigns because a campus ban on homophobic restaurant chain Chick-fil-A was "an affront to my Christian values", insisting "Chick-fil-A’s corporate purpose statement is to glorify God, to be faithful stewards of all that’s entrusted to them and have a positive influence on everyone who comes into contact with them."
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19This issue affects the United Kingdom. Briton Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon (Tommy Robinson) livestreams himself doorstepping journalist Mike Stuchbery's home, not once, but twice in one night. He also threatened to dox other reporters during the livestream.
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33This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Conservative Party has suspended 14 members in response to a growing problem of members posting racist material and comments on social media.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. Counterterrorism police are investigating letter bombs sent to two airports and a major railway station in London.
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-2This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Cuba. Pompeo announces tightening of Cuba embargo.
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4This issue affects Germany. The current leader of the German CDU party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer came under fire after joking in a televised carnival show, about Berliner cafés having “third-sexed bathrooms". Saying, "It's for the men who can't decide if they want to sit or stand when they pee.", which were seen as being anti-LGBT+.
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. A £1.6 billion government fund has been launched to boost less well-off towns in England after Brexit, which some see as a bribe to get MPs to vote for May's Brexit deal.
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18This issue affects the United States. US coal plants are contaminating groundwater with toxins, new analysis finds
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14This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Palestine. This issue affects Israel. The US has closed its consulate to Palestine, merging it into the embassy to Israel.
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0This issue affects the United States. Officers who shot man eight times will not be charged
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13This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. The US ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, has come under fire in an interview by suggesting that the UK open up its market to American farmers post-Brexit.
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25This issue affects the United Kingdom. An influential group of MPs are proposing that the smoking age should be raised from the current age of 18 to 21.
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32This issue affects the United States. The University of California system has canceled its $10 million annual subscription to Elsevier's scientific journals. This comes amidst a growing movement of scientists fed up with the business model of academic publishing, and calling for the expansion of open access publication.
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9This issue affects Syria. The OPCW'sWikipedia's W.svg final report on chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria finds reasonable grounds for the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon, likely molecular chlorine. The OPCW's mandate did not include identifying who is responsible. The joint investigative mechanism between the UN and OPCW was responsible for apportioning blame but was disbanded after Russia vetoed an extension of its mandate.