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Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will resign his position immediately following a landmark decision by his country's Supreme Court. Sharif has been under fire since last year, when leaked documents appeared to show his family had hidden wealth in shell companies overseas. Earlier this month, investigators revealed that crucial financial documents provided by the Sharifs used Microsoft's Calibri font but were dated from before that font was publicly released.

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Negotiations over the wording of the final communique from the G20 meeting of the world's wealthiest nations carried on late into Saturday morning. The sticking point? Disagreements over the US's preferred phrasing for the group's position on climate change and renewable energy. Bafflingly, the US wanted to state that it will help other nations with access to fossil fuels.

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Claiming that evolution is "debatable, controversial, and too complicated for students," Turkey's board of education has decided to stop teaching Darwinian natural selection in its schools. The move has infuriated the country's secular opposition, but it could embolden other countries to do the same.

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A dad in Colorado bought his tweens smartphones and now he regrets it. This is not an uncommon sentiment from parents. My mum regretted buying my brother a Nokia in 2001, buying my sister an old car in 1997, and on more than on occasion she's regretted bringing me into the world. But most parents bottle up their regret and save it for holiday meals. Tim Farnum of Colorado has elected to be more productive with his regret, channelling it into the creation of the group Parents Against Underage Smartphones (PAUS) and launching a ballot in initiative in his home state that would ban smartphone sales to persons under the age of 13.

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If you had any doubt that Russian hackers attempted to meddle with the United States electoral system, a new report from Bloomberg is here to scare the crap out of you. Not only did Russia go after a voting software supplier in one state (as previously reported by The Intercept), Putin's cyber army reportedly targeted systems in 39 states. That's four out of five, for those of you keeping count.

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This won't come as a surprise. Last week, the day after the president fired James Comey, the tangerine nightmare that is now the leader of the free world met with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. Then he reportedly revealed some highly classified information, putting not only our continued access to an important source in jeopardy, but also America's efforts to fight ISIS at risk.

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Fears of a hacking campaign targeting centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron came to fruition in a last minute information dump Friday evening. The leaked memos and emails appeared online just hours before a legally-required midnight media blackout on election coverage. Voters will head to the polls on Sunday amidst confusion over what information the hacked documents actually contain.

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When considering US vice president Mike Pence, one might be inclined to recall that time he voted against recognising Pi Day, or his alleged tendency to refer to his wife as "mother". In his latest ascension within the Trump administration, Pence — who is ostensibly a creationist — will be given the responsibility of leading a science and technology-oriented committee.

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In the midst of today's highly-anticipated House Science Committee hearing on climate science and the scientific method, right around the time that US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher thundered that certain witnesses (the one mainstream climate scientist in the room, specifically) should be ashamed of themselves for daring to criticise the committee's chairman, the livestream gave out. Part of me prayed it would stay down for good, and somehow take the whole committee with it.

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Today, President Trump is expected to begin the process of dismantling Obama's environmental legacy, including his signature climate action policy, the Clean Power Plan. According to Reuters, Trump will sign an executive order compelling the Environmental Protection Agency to review and rewrite the plan, which calls on states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, with an overall goal of shaving 32 per cent off the power sector's greenhouse gas footprint by 2030. As Trump and EPA head Scott Pruitt see it, regulations like this need to be dismantled to end the EPA's "job killing war on coal". Other experts say a roll back of the CPP is in the fossil fuel industry's best interest, but can't revitalise Big Coal.

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After a series of closed-door meetings, rejected promises, and thinly veiled threats from President Donald Trump, Republicans finally pulled the American Health Care Act before taking a vote on Friday. This was met with laughter by many, and a few tears by others. But the best reaction came from #GOPDnD, which ended up having the Dungeons & Dragons game of their lives.