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70,000: China agreed to crack down on exports of the illicit drug fentanyl and its chemical precursors as part of a deal to diffuse trade tensions agreed with the US last weekend, at least according to the Trump administration. A record 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year – many of them from opioids laced with fentanyl. Some critics questioned whether China will follow through on a promise it's made to previous administrations.


125: The world's largest Orthodox cathedral, which opened in the Romanian capital of Bucharest last week, is turning heads. Along with its height of 400 feet, the $125 million price tag, about three quarters of which was funded by taxpayers, has ruffled feathers in one of Europe's poorest countries.

78: With campaign season in full swing, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is set to face off against a record 78 opponents in an election seen as a referendum on his handling of a lackluster economy and the violent insurgency of Boko Haram. All things considered, he could maybe use a few more body doubles.

8: It's been eight months since the US has had an aircraft carrier stationed in the Persian Gulf – the longest such lull in nearly two decades. That will change in a few days when the USS John C. Stennis steams into the region for a two-month deployment amid rising US pressure on Iran.

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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.

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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.