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1.13 billion: Shop closures as a result of the ongoing "Yellow Vest" protests in France have cost more than $1.13 billion, according to the French Federation of Commerce and Distribution. Protests continue across the country despite concessions from the government.


51: According to a new poll, 38 percent of British respondents say that if "the government cancelled Brexit and Britain remained a member of the EU," they would feel "betrayed," "disappointed," or "angry." 51 percent said they would be "delighted," "relieved," "pleased," or that they "wouldn't mind."

30: The Mexican government says it will spend $30 billion over the next five years on Central American development in hopes of slowing migration from that troubled region through Mexico toward the United States. In contrast, the US has drastically reduced aid to the region over the last year.

10: Just ten days before an historic election in the Democratic Republic of Congo that is supposed to bring the country's first-ever democratic transition of power, a suspicious fire at an election commission warehouse destroyed about 7,000 of the 10,000 voting machines due to be used in Kinshasa, the country's capital. Preparations for the December 23 vote continue.

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, but that means it creates a lot of waste in the form of cups and used coffee grinds. Every year, we drink out of 600 billion single-use plastic and paper cups, most of which end up in a landfill or our environment. Could coffee also contribute to a more sustainable future? A German company is now recovering leftover coffee grounds from bars, restaurants and hotels, and it's recycling them into reusable coffee cups. In other words, they're creating cups of coffee made from coffee.

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What technology was used to assist Eliud Kipchoge's historic sub two-hour marathon time?

A lot. If you watched the video of him, you saw that he was within a pace group, a whole bunch of runners in front of him cutting the wind. Some runners behind him, actually improving his wind resistance by having people behind him. There was a green laser showing him exactly what time he had to run. He had really high-tech gels that he took, these Maurten gels. I actually like those a lot, too. But the main thing were the shoes. These are the early prototypes of the shoes or the first version. He's now in the third version. But what's most important is there is a carbon fiber plate. You cannot bend this thing. So, Nike introduced these shoes, I don't know, two years ago. Now, there's a new generation. It's very controversial.

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Will the Catalonia question be a big issue in the Spanish election coming up in November?

You bet it will. Passions have been further inflamed now, and the question that has been difficult from the very beginning, by the very heavy prison sentences that was given to those that are accused of sedition, that is organizing the independence referendum. So, passions are heating up. It will be a difficult issue for the entire Spanish political system to handle for years to come.

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You'd think, being the relatively hopeful person that you are, that the nauseating anguish of Brexit would be more or less over now that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally reached a deal with Brussels on how to extricate the UK from the European Union.

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