HARD NUMBERS

136,000: The protests that swept across France on Saturday included around 136,000 people, according to the country's interior ministry. That's far fewer than the 290,000 that turned out two weeks earlier for the first nationwide gilets jaunes rally.


18,700: Chinese movie distributors waited just a few days to cut the number of screens showing the hit US film Crazy Rich Asians nearly in half, to 18,700. Although the film's all-Asian cast and focus on Asian-American experience made it a landmark hit in the US, its opening weekend in China was a bust. It raked in less than a million dollars, well behind locally-produced films.

148: Despite sanctions, from January to mid-August, two dozen tankers made at least 148 deliveries of refined petroleum products to North Korean ports, according to a UN official. To evade detection, the captains make ship-to-ship transfers of the contraband on the high seas.

10: Last year, less than 35 percent of the world's electricity was generatedfrom non-carbon sources, according to BP. In order for the world to produce all its electricity via renewables by 2050, the use of solar and wind power would have to increase tenfold each year between now and then.

16 weeks of paid maternity leave pays for itself in the first year.

It's your Money in 60 Seconds with Sallie Krawcheck!


And go deeper on topics like cybersecurity and artificial intelligence at Microsoft on The Issues.

Last weekend, world leaders, security experts, and business executives flocked to the Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Munich for the 55th annual Munich Security Conference. What's the Munich Security Conference? Think of it a bit like Davos, but with policymakers in dark suits rather than billionaires in Gore-Tex.

More Show less

Speaking of trans-Atlantic rifts, we've written previously about the US pushback against Huawei, arguably the world's most geopolitically significant technology company. The Trump administration has been trying to convinceits European allies to ban the Chinese tech giant from their next-generation 5G information networks, citing national security risks. Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo even warned of consequences for countries that don't toe Washington's line on the issue.

More Show less

Over the past 20 years, hundreds of millions of people in China have been pulled out of poverty by their country's staggering economic growth. Beijing today is a rising power on the global stage. That's all pretty great, and yet the country still ranks beneath war-torn Libya and perpetually melancholy Russia in the United Nations World Happiness Report. This week's Economist hazards a guess about what really makes people smile or scowl, but here's how China stacks up for joy against other countries.