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May 20, 2020 | Via CNN

Hungary Bans People from Legally Changing Gender

Hungary has banned people from legally changing gender, in a move rights groups said could lead to further intolerance and discrimination against the LGBTQ community in the country. The parliament voted Tuesday to stop transgender and intersex people from changing their gender on identity documents. Lawmakers voted to define gender on the basis of “sex at birth,” as registered on a birth certificate.

May 20, 2020 | Via Sky News

FBI Unlocks Terrorist’s iPhones ‘No Thanks to Apple’

The FBI has accessed two iPhones used by the perpetrator of a terrorist attack, claiming the devices reveal al Qaeda had directed the plot. Mohammed Alshamrani, a member of the Saudi air force who was training in the US, killed three people at the Pensacola navy air station in Florida on 6 December last year. FBI officials now say they have obtained evidence the gunman had been in regular contact with al Qaeda.

May 20, 2020 | Via Telegraph

Venezuela Demands Access to Gold Held by Bank of England

Venezuela’s central bank has taken legal action against the Bank of England in a bid to obtain access to gold worth more than £831m. In a legal claim filed in London, the bank said it needed the gold to be transferred to the United Nations as a “matter of urgency” to fund healthcare equipment, medicine and food during the pandemic.

May 20, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Brazil’s Deadliest Day as Trump Calls US Cases a ‘Badge of Honor’

Brazil has seen its most deadly day since the coronavirus outbreak began, prompting Donald Trump to consider a ban on travel to the US from Brazil as he declared the huge number of US cases of coronavirus was “a badge of honor”. “You know when you say that we lead in cases, that’s because we have more testing than anybody else,” he said.

May 20, 2020 | Via BBC

NASA’s Human Spaceflight Head Quits before Launch

The head of Nasa’s human spaceflight program has stepped down just days before a “historic” launch. Doug Loverro resigned on Monday, Nasa announced, less than a year after his appointment. No official reason for Mr Loverro’s departure has been announced, but a leaked copy of an email sent to Nasa employees mentioned a risk taken earlier in the year “because I judged it necessary to fulfill our mission”.

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