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January 2020

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20This issue affects Germany. The national automotive club, the ADACWikipedia's W.svg has reported that it is "no longer fundamentally" against having a speed limit on Germany's motorways, a traditional third rail of the country's politics. To put this in context, this akin to the NRA saying its supports some background checks or gun restrictions.
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24This issue affects India. Muslims protesting against Modi's Hindu-nationalist government allege that India's police are targeting them with violence for their religion.
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20This issue affects the United States. The EPA to rollback protections for U.S. waterways affecting wetlands and smaller waterways.
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15This issue affects Kenya. This issue affects Ethiopia. This issue affects Somalia. Massive locust swarm threatens food security in the Horn of Africa.
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19This issue affects the United States. This issue affects California. The Trump administration threatens to cut California's funding if California doesn't stop requiring insurers to provide coverage for abortion.
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26This issue affects Australia. Belle Gibson, who ran a fake fundraising campaign claiming to have cured cancer using woo, has her house raided as the Victorian State Government attempts to force her to pay her $500,000 fine from 2017
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15This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Utah. Utah, you were doing so well: Judge refuses to throw out lewdness charges against woman who was topless in her own home in front of her stepchildren.
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25This issue affects the United States. This issue affects California. San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin ends the city's cash bail system
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55This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Utah. Conversion therapy banned in ultra-conservative Utah.
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23This issue affects Thailand. Thai political party acquitted of being part of an Illuminati conspiracy to overthrow the government after a trial many suspect was politically motivated.
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26This issue affects Japan. Gainax president Tomohiro Maki arrested for allegedly sexually abusing an underaged voice actress. Because he was associated with the company, Hideaki Anno speaks out about Gainax's poor business practices.
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34This issue affects the United States. Trump defence team continues the "Abuse of power is not impeachable" line - thereby admitting the abuse of power, and raising eyebrows.
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24This issue affects Netherlands. A coalition of vets and animal welfare organisations in the Netherlands have teamed up to create a quality mark called FairDog to encourage people to purchase dogs from reputable breeders. The aim is to stop people getting pets from illicit puppy farms, which often sell dogs that have major health problems in later life.
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39This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Utah. Catholics in Utah are very angry about a bill that would require priests to disclose reports of sexual abuse. Because forcing Catholic priests to violate the secrecy of the confessional would force them to commit a mortal sin and face excommunication.
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33This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Virginia. Virginia Governor declares state of emergency due threats of armed right-wing militia groups planning to storm state Capitol
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20This issue affects the United States. How a preventable disaster killed six Marines
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19This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Virginia. The Virginia House of Delegates has ratified the ERA, reaching the 38-state threshold needed to amend the Constitution decades after Phyllis Schlafly killed it the first time around. Sadly, opposition against it is coming back, and the Office of Legal Counsel says that the deadline to ratify the ERA has long expired.
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0This issue affects the United Kingdom. Criticism has been made against Momentum by its members and others against the national coordinating group, after they told members simply to vote yes or no to each of the executive's decision to endorse Rebecca Long BaileyWikipedia's W.svg as leader and Angela RaynerWikipedia's W.svg as deputy, rather than having an open vote.
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22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects New York. The "failing" New York Times has revealed in a recent meeting to its shareholders, that in 2019 that it has got some of the highest digital revenue at $800 million and online subscription figures at 5 million, it has ever received. Also the newsroom at the Times has grown to over 1700 employees, its highest ever.
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24This issue affects India. This issue affects the United States. One of India's most famous emigrants, Hyderabad-born Microsoft CEO Satya NadellaWikipedia's W.svg, has commented on the recent new Indian citizenship lawWikipedia's W.svg. He stated that he wants a situation where anyone can move to India, including people from majority Muslim countries like Bangladesh, and be successful. This is seen by many as a sharp but underhand criticism of the proposed new law.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he didn't see evidence of an imminent attack planned by Soleimani, but "believes" there would have been one.
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36This issue affects France. After facing mass protests, Emmanuel Macron has scrapped his proposal to raise retirement age from 62 to 64.
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29This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Poland. An Iranian truck driver whose truck broke down in Poland and wasn’t able to get back home, is now back in Khoy, Iran after local Poles acted as Samaritans by crowdfunding the zł 242 000 (~€57 000) to help him fix his vehicle.
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12This issue affects the United Kingdom. Brexiteer John Mappin of Turning Point UK is using his sizeable castle at Tintagel to promote the QAnon conspiracy.
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26This issue affects the United Kingdom. Counter-terrorism police placed the non-violent group Extinction Rebellion on a list of extremist ideologies that should be reported to the authorities, featured alongside threats to national security such as neo-Nazi terrorism and a pro-terrorist Islamist group. Police now claim the document was recalled.
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12This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Ukraine. Iran's Press TV and CNN are reporting that that human error resulted in the shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752Wikipedia's W.svg by Iran. This is also being confirmed by Javad Zarif, foreign minister of Iran, in a tweet.
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8This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration has plans to roll back provisions on the National Environmental Policy Act including deregulation via narrowing its scope and removing climate change as one of cumulative effects businesses need to consider.
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22This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Ukraine. An investigation shows that Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 may have been shot down by Iran on accident.
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58This issue affects the United States. Ruth Bader Ginsburg announces that she's cancer free!
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34This issue affects China. China bans all foreign textbooks and novels from public schools, stating that "all primary and secondary school teaching materials must reflect the will of the party and the country".
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14This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Ukraine. A Ukrainian Boeing plane crashes in Iran after takeoff, killing 176 on board
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-20This issue affects the United Kingdom. The UK government has voted to strip child refugees of the right to be reunited with their families after Brexit.
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32This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Iraq. Two US airbases in Iraq have been hit by ballistic missiles. Iranian state TV have claimed that this was in response to the death of Qasem Soleimani.
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13This issue affects Netherlands. The warm and dry weather over the Christmas and the New Year period has meant that local hazel and alder trees have sprouted pollen-producing catkins, leading to meteorologists giving hay fever warnings in January.
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7This issue affects Poland. The deputy prime minister Jarosław Gowin has demanded that the Brazilian comedy film A Primeira Tentação de CristoWikipedia's W.svg, known locally as Pierwsze kuszenie Chrystusa, be removed from Netflix in Poland, due to it blasphemously depicting a gay Jesus.
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33This issue affects Australia. This issue affects South Australia Ecologists are worried that some of the unique wildlife on Kangaroo Island in South Australia could be permanently destroyed after the current wildfires have already destroyed a third of the land's vegetation.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Hungary. Outrage has been placed after ConservativeHome founder and close Johnson confidant Tim Montgomerie spoke in Budapest at a meeting of the close Fidesz think tank The Danube Institute. He mentioned forging a close “special relationship” between the UK and Hungary, commenting on the limits of liberalism.
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15This issue affects Australia. This issue affects the United Kingdom. Dreams of CANZUK have been dashed, after the Australian government ruled out allowing free movement of labour from the UK.
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13This issue affects the United States. A bi-partisan group of campaign finance lawyers petition the President and Senate to restore a quorum to the Federal Election Commission board Non-paywall link to SFGate.
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32This issue affects the United States. Trump claims his tweets are sufficient notification to Congress for attacking Iran, in direct violation of the War Powers Act of 1973.
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29This issue affects the United States. US manufacturing in the deepest slump in more than a decade as the U.S.-China trade war kept a lid on factory output, orders, and employment
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19This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. Trump tells evangelicals "We have god on our side". Mourners for Soleimani claim the same. We all know that this ends well!
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19This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the World. United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant Christian denomination in the US, set to vote on whether to split the Church over the issue of LGBTQ rights.
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32This issue affects Iraq. This issue affects Iran. This issue affects the United States. Iraq's parliament votes to expel US troops from Iraqi soil in emergency session responding to US assassination of Soleimani.
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35This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Illinois. Illinois legalizes recreational weed.
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5This issue affects the United Kingdom. Derek Acorah, perhaps Britain's most famous spirit medium, has passed to the other side.
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16This issue affects the United Kingdom. Former BBC Newsnight journalist John Sweeney has filed a complaint to the broadcasting regulator Ofcom, over BBC News failure, in his words, "to broadcast investigations between Brexit, Russia and the far-right".
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42This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. A Deutsche Bank whistleblower has revealed to the FBI, that much of Trump's Deutsche Bank loans were secretly underwritten by the Russian state-owned bank VTB.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. A employment tribunal has ruled that ethical veganism is a 'philosophical belief' under the Equality Act 2010Wikipedia's W.svg, after a man was sacked from organisation the League Against Cruel SportsWikipedia's W.svg. It now rules that such belief means that ethical vegans are entitled to protection from discrimination.
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37This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. Newly revealed documents show how David RockefellerWikipedia's W.svg helped get Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (The Shah)Wikipedia's W.svg into the United states, resulting in the Iran hostage crisisWikipedia's W.svg, and then worked to undercut the Carter administration's efforts to free the hostages, sinking his reelection, and causing the election of Reagan.
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49This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Iraq. This issue affects the United States. Qasem Soleimani, Iranian general, leader of the Quds Force, and one of the most influential people in the country has been killed by an American airstrike in Iraq. Expect the war in Iran to truly begin.
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18This issue affects Israel. Israeli PM Netanyahu asks the country's parliament for immunity from prosecution on corruption charges, despite previously claiming he would not need to do so.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. Polling among party members has put the former director of public prosecutions and current shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, in pole position to be the next Labour leader.