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April 2024

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6IsraelIran Israel and the United States prepare for a possibly imminent direct military retaliation from Iran, weeks after Israel bombed the Iranian embassy in Damascus.
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15the World Global monthly heat record broken for a tenth consecutive month, "with the past 12 months being 1.58 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels."
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18Switzerland Members of the Swiss far-right SVP have put together a referendum proposal which would effectively end Swiss sanctions on Russia and China, stating that such actions would break the country's strict neutrality.
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27the World Global poverty and inequality have declined dramatically between 1980 and 2019, with both declines accelerating over time. By using a poverty line of $6.85 a day, poverty rates have declined from 60-70% to 50% of the global population.
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37United States O. J. Simpson dies at age 76.
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29United Kingdom Sky News has revealed that millionaire hedge fund manager Sir Paul Marshall, who is the biggest owner of GB News, is quitting as a member of the channel’s executive board.
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35United StatesRussiaUkraine Russian troll factories are supplying Republicans such as Marjorie Taylor Greene with talking points against Ukraine.
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31United StatesArizona. The Supreme Court of Arizona has banned abortion in all cases. Gov. Katie Hobbs has denounced the decision. Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes has has said she won't enforce the law. In fact, this is so bad even Kari Lake denounced the decision.
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6New Zealand It's a newsroom bloodbath in Aotearoa with Newshub, which does the news for TV channel Three and various commercial radio stations, saying it is closing down in July. On the same day, public broadcaster TVNZ said a number of news programmes including Midday, Sunday and Fair Go, are to be cut due to budget issues.
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14RussiaFlag of the Chechen Republic.svg Chechnya bans all music that's not between 80-116 BPM
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13Canada Canada has said it's in talks about joining AUKUS, and it's planning to buy nuclear submarines.
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23EcuadorMexico Ecuadorian police break into the Mexican embassy to arrest former vice president Jorge Glas, who's seeking asylum in Mexico. This is considered a violation of international law. Mexico has ended diplomatic relations with Ecuador over this.
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21New Zealand In New Zealand a "sovereign citizen" is fined for resisting police, having just come from a 21 day jail sentence for contempt of court for disruptive behavior including the usual stuff about not recognizing the authority of the court and similar.
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12Spain The Spanish government has said it is following the lead of other countries and introducing plain packaging for cigarettes by the end of the year.
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23United StatesVermont. Bernie Sanders's office in Vermont targeted by arson. Fortunately, no one was injured.
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7GermanyFlag of Hesse.svg The courts in the state of Hesse have ordered a chain of human-free digital supermarkets to close on Sundays and public holidays, as they violate Sunday trading laws.
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35United StatesIndiana. ‘Severely decreased their sexual intimacy with their husbands’: Indiana appeals court uses Mike Pence’s religious liberty law to block abortion ban
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22Germany Björn Höcke has been charged with using a Nazi slogan, again.
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28United StatesOklahoma. The city of Enid, Oklahoma, has voted out city council commissioner Judd Blevins after it was revealed he was a neo-Nazi who ran a Groyper Twitter account and attended Charlottesville.
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30IsraelPalestine The Israeli army has marked tens of thousands of Gazans as suspects for assassination, using an AI targeting system with little human oversight and a permissive policy for casualties, +972 and Local Call reveal.
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21United StatesMassachusetts. Russia A former Massachusetts city councilor who was charged with possession of child pornography in 2020, has skipped his trial and has been found working for the Russian Army in the War in Ukraine.
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15Italy Italian island offers goats up for adoption.
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18United Kingdom The Guardian reports that the Conservatives planned to create a “True Blue” app to track party members and allow companies to "geo-market" products to users based on their location.
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33United StatesDominica The Guardian reports that Truth Social was nearly bankrupt in 2022, but was saved by loans by a Russian-American who was under criminal investigation and a Dominican bank that is used to evade sanctions.
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28United StatesIndia Amazon is scrapping its “Just Walk Out” feature in its Amazon Go grocery stores, as they revealed that in reality it is just a load of Indian workers watching cameras.
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16Taiwan An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 hits the city of Hualien, leaving some buildings to look like the Tower of Pisa. 9 people died and 821 injured and counting.
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14IsraelPalestine The World Central Kitchen has halted its humanitarian work in the Gaza Strip after the IDF struck three of their vehicles, killing seven WCK workers. Bellingcat believes these strikes to have been from low-yield munitions.
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14Ukraine Ukraine lowers military conscription age from 27 to 25.
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21United StatesFlorida. Abortion rights and recreational marijuana legalization will be separately put to the test on Florida ballot initiatives this November. The same day, Florida's supreme court has allowed enforcement of the exact 15-week abortion ban which one of said ballot initiatives could overturn.
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26IsraelQatar Netanyahu has threatened Al Jazeera and other foreign news providers with expulsion by a new security law which will restrict foreign broadcasters.
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22IsraelSyriaIran 6 killed as Israel strikes Iran embassy annex in Damascus
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-28United StatesRussia Unraveling Havana Syndrome: New evidence links the GRU's assassination Unit 29155 to mysterious attacks on U.S. officials and their families. A yearlong investigation by The Insider, in collaboration with 60 Minutes and Der Spiegel, has uncovered evidence suggesting that unexplained anomalous health incidents, also known as Havana Syndrome, may have their origin in the use of directed energy weapons wielded by members of Russian GRU Unit 29155.
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37Germany Cannabis leaf.svg Hochdeutsch (hochdeutsch = high German, 'standard' German) has gained another meaning as Germany has formally legalised cannabis. Germans can now possess up to 25g of pot, or have up to three plants at home.

March 2024

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9United StatesColorado. Andrew Wommack, after taking over Colorado's Woodland Park School District, is now trying to take over the city council.
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4United StatesMassachusetts. Harvard Universty removes the human skin binding from a book in its library.
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15European Union The European Parliament is 'looking into' claims that MEPs were paid to spread Russian propaganda.
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25United States You're not a real paytriot if you don't buy Trump's new MAGA bible..
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20United Kingdom Jeffrey Donaldson has resigned as leader and has been suspended from the DUP, over allegations of historical sexual abuse. The PSNI have earlier said a 61 year old man from County Down, is due at Newry Magistrates Court at the end of April.
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39ThailandGay Pride Flag.svg Thailand's lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approves a bill to legalize gay marriage. The bill awaits Senate approval and royal assent.
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22Israel Israeli Supreme Court orders government to stop funding religious schools that defy military enlistment.
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21Croatia Abortion activists in Croatia reflect the growing backsliding of abortion rights in the country.
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19United StatesMinnesota. More woes for Mike Lindell, as the landlord for one of its warehouses has evicted his company MyPillow for non-payment of the rent totalling $217,000.
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36United States Sam Bankman-Fried is sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for defrauding customers and investors in his failed crypto exchange FTX
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25PalestineIsrael The UN Special Rapporteur has released a report concluding that “reasonable grounds to believe the threshold indicating Israel’s commission of genocide is met”
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24BelgiumChina It has been revealed in an investigation that far-right Belgian politician Filip Dewinter has been literally kowtowing to China.
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16United States Joe Lieberman, former senator for Connecticut and Vice Presidential candidate for Al Gore, has died at the age of 82. Family says it was due to complications after a fall.
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7Norway Bad news for over Easter as Norway is suffering a shortage of eggs, with many supermarkets in major cities like Oslo and Bergen egg-less.
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28United StatesIsrael In retaliation for the US's abstention on a UN Security Council ceasefire measure, Israel has cancelled a planned diplomatic meeting concerning its plans for an offensive in Rafah. The US has urged Israel to cancel these plans since over a million refugees are sheltering in the region.
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25AustriaRussia The local Der Standard newspaper has revealed that police have been receiving a number of large gifts from the Russian embassy in Vienna.
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23United StatesMaryland. The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland was hit by a container ship and collapsed into the Patapsco River. A search and rescue operation is currently underway to locate any survivors.
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30United StatesCalifornia. A California judge tosses Musk's SLAPP suit against Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a hate speech watchdog
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32United Nations The UN votes on a ceasefire in Gaza with the United States abstaining from the vote and thus allowing it to pass
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15Malaysia Commonwealth Games Federation symbol (2019- Till Date).svg More likelihood that the international jamboree of the Commonwealth Games is dead, after a possible saviour in Malaysia, has said no.
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36PalestineIsrael Drone footage shows unarmed Palestinians being deliberately killed by IDF drone in Khan Younis.
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39Russia A large terrorist attack occurred inside of a Moscow music venue. The roof of the venue is ablaze and is currently collapsing from the explosives set off in the building. Update: 135 people died, over 150 were injured, and ISIS-K took responsibility for the attack.
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13United Kingdom In a shock to no one really, Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, also has cancer.
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16United KingdomScotlandGay Pride Flag.svg Scottish Parliament staff have been banned from wearing rainbow lanyards or any other queer memorabilia in order to ensure "impartiality" and "minimise the risk of perceived bias".
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26United States Marjorie Taylor Greene has officially filed a motion to vacate Mike Johnson from the Speaker of the House's chair.
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16United Nations Russia and China block American proposal to call for a ceasefire in Gaza at the UN security council.
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9BelgiumEuropean Union A constitutional court has ruled that 16- & 17-year-old residents in Belgium must turn up to the polling booths in the upcoming European parliamentary elections, after the government expanded the suffrage to them.
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21United States The U.S. government is suing Apple for their monopoly on phones. The D.O.J. wants to restore competition and lower the prices that phones are sold at.
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14European UnionBosnia and Herzegovina EU begins membership negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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12GermanyAustria Far-right Martin Sellner banned from Germany.
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22United StatesIllinois. A federal district court in Illinois has ruled that all residents, including undocumented migrants, have the “right to bear arms”.And some those on the right are going ape-shit.
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30United StatesMississippi. Two Rankin County, Mississippi sheriff's deputies received stiff sentences for the racially-motivated torture of two Black men. Four other deputies await sentencing
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26United StatesMississippi. Jackson, Mississippi police officer pleads guilty to forcing man to lick piss off his holding cell floor.
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11Ireland Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s first gay taoiseach (prime minister), has resigned both as taoiseach and leader of centre right Fine Gael party.
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16United StatesNew York. New York City mayor Eric AdamsWikipedia has been accused of sexual assault in a recent lawsuit.
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50United States The EPA finally bans chrysotile asbestos, the only form of asbestos that was still allowed.
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24Denmark Denmark plans to expand military conscription to also include women. Conscript service time will also be nearly tripled.
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37SwitzerlandAustria Austrian Neo-Nazi Martin Sellner was arrested by Swiss police while he was attempting to give a speech in Switzerland.
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36United KingdomTrans flag.svg A backbench MP's Private Member's Bill to tighten regulation on private medical personnel medically transitioning young people failed to be heard in Parliament
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21United States Speaker of the House Mike Johnson claims that aid packages to both Ukraine and Israel will separately be brought to a vote in the coming weeks. He indicates that House Republicans have given up their ultimatum for a border security bill to pass first before any aid to Ukraine. Marjorie Taylor Greene previously indicated she would trigger a motion to vacate Johnson's speakership if he brought Ukraine aid to a floor vote, so this could get interesting quickly.
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27United StatesTexas. PornHub has blocked access to its site in Texas as a response to an age verification law.
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26IndiaCanada India has blocked access to a CBC documentary about the death of Canadian citizen and Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, whom Canada believes to have been assassinated by the Indian government in 2023.
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27AustraliaPalestineUnited Nations Australia has resumed its funding for UNRWA and has pledged to send more aid to the Gaza Strip.
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36Poland The Polish culture ministry is removing any subsidies for publications of a religious character, say that Poland is a secular state. Last year, such subsidies cost 3.7 million PLN (€860 000) and were mainly aimed at PiS-linked Catholic publications.
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35EstoniaGay Pride Flag.svg Blood donation by men who have sex with men is now equal in Estonia.
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25United StatesChina The House has passed a bill (that received overwhelming support from both Democrats and Republicans) that'd either force TikTok's owner, ByteDance, to sell the app, or have the app banned in the U.S.
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-7United StatesOklahoma. Nex Benedict's death has been ruled a suicide.
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13United States A former Boeing whistleblower, John Barnett, has been found dead in a car park from an apparent suicide.
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43LiechtensteinGay Pride Flag.svg Parliament of Liechtenstein votes to legalise same-sex marriage.
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25Haiti Haiti's Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, is resigning due to the violence erupting in the country by gangs.
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27Netherlands Geert Wilders has said he is unlikely to be the next prime minister of the Netherlands due to a lack of support from possible coalition partners.
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8Poland Andrzej Duda said he would use his presidential veto to stop a bill that would allow over-the-counter sales of the morning after pill, saying it would be dangerous for children. He also says he would not support a public referendum on abortion, stating that "Abortion is deprivation of human life and if someone demands abortion they demand the right to kill".
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61the World UN report reveals that more children are surviving today than ever before, with the global under-5 mortality rate dropping by 51 per cent since 2000. Several low and lower-middle-income countries have outpaced this decline.
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17United KingdomTrans flag.svg Children will no longer be prescribed puberty blockers at gender identity clinics, NHS England has confirmed.
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33Vatican CityPoland The Vatican announces resignation of Polish bishop Andrzej Dziuba, due to “negligence in handling sexual abuse against minors”. The case against him by the public prosecutor is still ongoing.
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42RomaniaUnited Kingdom Romania has received an international arrest warrant from the UK for Andrew and Tristan Tate for allegations of sexual aggression. Lawyers revealed the reason they were arrested again came from Adin Ross revealing Andrew had told him they planned on fleeing Romania.
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50United StatesFlorida. Gay Pride Flag.svg A legal settlement on Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law has been reached. The settlement allows that sexual orientation and gender identity may be discussed in classrooms as long as it isn't part of the class's formal instruction. This allows, for instance, for Gay-Straight Alliances to exist in schools, for teachers to openly identify themselves as gay or transgender, and for books with LGBT+ themes to be stocked in school libraries.
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19United StatesWashington. At Seattle’s Boeing Field, real-time video offers a rare glimpse of America’s troubled deportation flights.
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12United Kingdom Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg Three top press agencies; PA, AFP & Reuters, have withdrawn a press photo released by Kate, the Princess of Wales’ office for Mothering Sunday, as it appears to be badly photoshopped. This has led to huge speculation about the welfare of Prince William’s family.
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-18HungaryChina Police from China will jointly patrol the streets of Hungary, alongside Hungarian police, according to a new agreement between the two countries.
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35SwitzerlandRussiaUkraine Switzerland's parliament votes to transfer seized Russian assets to Ukraine as reparations.
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17United StatesPalestine US military ship is heading to Gaza to build a port to let more aid in. (Biden mentioned the plan to do so in his SOTU speech.)
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13United StatesMissouri. Trans flag.svg Bill proposed in Missouri would charge teachers with a felony and force them to register as sex offenders if they were supportive of a transgender student who was socially transitioning. It defines social transition as "name, pronouns, and gender expression, such as clothing or haircuts".
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23United States Alaska. Alaska's RCV voting system is under threat as Republicans have collected enough signatures to stick it on the November ballot for abolishment. The system which was introduced four years ago, and has led to the voting of moderates including PeltolaWikipedia and Murkowski over MAGA Republicans TshibakaWikipedia and Palin.
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35Icon science.svg Self-reproducing RNA created in a laboratory for the first time (RNA world)[1]
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43ArmeniaEuropean Union Armenia is eyeing EU membership Yerevan's Foreign Minister says that Armenians "do have European aspirations" and the idea of submitting a membership application to join the bloc is being internally discussed.
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50United StatesGreylien.png Pentagon report finds no evidence of alien visits, hidden spacecraft: Claims about secret government programs reverse-engineering extraterrestrial technology are based on “circular reporting” and hearsay, investigators found.
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39United StatesArizona. Arizona will use $30 million in federal COVID relief funds to wipe out up to $2 billion in medical debt for the state's residents. This follows similar initiatives in other states, and should impact up to one million Arizonans.
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61SwedenNATO The Nato military alliance formally welcomes its 32nd member; Sweden, ending over 200 years of formal Swedish neutrality.
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17United Kingdom Scotland The UK's largest customer-owned financial institution the Nationwide Building Society has bid to take over the country's sixth largest bank Virgin Money. One interesting side note, once the take over is completed, it would be the first time a building society became an official banknote issuer, as the bank prints Clydesdale Scottish banknotes.
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34United States Strong wage growth gave Americans a $1,000 spending boost in 2023. When adjusted for inflation, wages have risen 0.8% over in 2023, according to the Treasury Department's recent research "The Purchasing Power of American Households." The growth is 0.2% percentage points higher than the average annual real wage growth in the 10 years before the pandemic.
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52Norway A Norwegian court has banned state funding for Jehovah's Witnesses.
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22United StatesJordanPalestineIsrael The US and Jordan have launched a continuing effort to airdrop humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip amid Israeli interference with land routes. Aid groups say airdrops can't keep up with the scale of the crisis, and the US and Jordan say they're exploring opening additional aid routes by sea.
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29United States Liberty University fined $14 million by the Department of Education for failing to inform its students about criminal incidents and dangerous situations such as gas leaks on campus. The university was also discouraging students from reporting crimes on campus.
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20United Kingdom TalkTV has said it's closing down its television channel and going online-only.
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16PalestineIsrael Euro-Med Monitor has confirmed Israel's "full involvement" in the Flour Massacre.
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39United NationsIsraelPalestine UN team says Hamas likely carried out sexual violence on 7 October attack.
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26Venezuela Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court ruled that an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed by Venezuelan security forces under dictator Nicolás Maduro's rule during a crackdown on anti-government protests in 2017 may proceed.
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35France France has voted overwhelmingly to make abortion a constitutional right.
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33Haiti Haiti declares state of emergency after prison break and gangs threaten takeover.
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41United Statesthe District of Columbia. Nikki Haley has won her first Republican primary, beating Trump in the DC.
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31Canada Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has died at age 84.
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30United States The biggest study of ‘greedflation’ yet looked at 1,300 corporations to find many of them were lying to you about inflation
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50India High growth and unprecedent decline in inequality have combined to eliminate extreme poverty in India, which represented 50% of the population 30 years ago. The country should now graduate to a higher poverty line, which would provide an opportunity to redefine existing social protection programs in order to give greater support to the genuine poor.
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37France France's Senate approves a bill to make abortion a constitutional right.
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5United States Elon Musk sues OpenAI. Musk essentially alleges that OpenAI breached contract as it reneged on a commitment to benefit humanity; he says they have turned into a "closed-source", de facto subsidiary of Microsoft and now pursue profit.
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33China How Xi's 'thought eradication' led to China's Uyghur genocide
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18RussiaNATO Putin warns risk of nuclear war if West sends troops to Ukraine, after Emmanuel Macron's proposals to send NATO troops to Ukraine.