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.

It was inevitable that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would make India's elections a referendum on Narendra Modi, and now that the vast majority of 600 million votes cast have been counted, it's clear he made the right call.

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Among the 23 men and women now seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to take on Donald Trump in next year's election, the frontrunner, at least for now, has spent half a century in politics. Former Vice President Joe Biden, first elected to the US Senate in 1972, is the very epitome of the American political establishment.

Yet, the dominant political trend in many democracies today is public rejection of traditional candidates and parties of the center-right and center-left in favor of new movements, voices, and messages. Consider the evidence from some recent elections:

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It's Friday, and Signal readers deserve at least one entirely upbeat news story.

José Obdulio Gaviria, a Colombian senator for the rightwing Democratic Center party, is an outspoken opponent of government attempts to make peace with the FARC rebel group after 50 years of conflict.

On his way into a meeting earlier this week, Gaviria collapsed. It was later reported that he had fainted as a result of low blood pressure probably caused by complications following recent open heart surgery.

A political rival, Senator Julian Gallo, quickly came to his rescue and revived him using resuscitation skills he learned as—irony alert—a FARC guerrilla. CPR applied by Gallo helped Gaviria regain consciousness, before another senator, who is also professional doctor, took over. Gaviria was taken to hospital and appears to have recovered.

Because some things will always be more important than politics.