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57: On Monday, France's data regulator fined Google nearly $57 million in a privacy case. It's the first fine levied against a major tech firm under Europe's General Data Protection Regulation, which set tough new standards for the use of EU citizens' personal data when it took effect in 2018, and another sign of European nations' intentions to get tough with Big Tech.

33: In 2015, residents of the Canadian town of Moose Jaw were left bereft after a 33-foot tall chrome moose statue near a rest stop in Norway displaced their locally beloved Mac the Moose as the world's tallest. Last week, a pair of local comedians launched a fundraiser to correct the "egregious offence" by adding extra height to the 32-foot-tall Mac, who had held the world record for 30 years. As of this writing, they had raised a little under $7,000.

26: Russia's trade with Africa rose 26 percent in 2017 to $17.4 billion, reflecting President Vladimir Putin's effort to extend his country's influence on a continent where many countries aligned with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Between 2012 and 2017, Russia's weapon sales in Africa doubled, and it ships more arms there than China and the US combined.

5.3: China's population grew by just 5.3 million people last year, as the number of births declined. It's the lowest rate of population growth since the early 1960s, when China was still reeling from a massive famine sparked by Chairman Mao's Great Leap Forward.


How will our cities and lives change in the future? What about a structure with a roller skating rink above a swimming pool, made out of transparent solar panels that power the entire park? This was the innovation invented by Eni's young researchers based on Luminescent Solar Concentrators, developed through Eni's research.

Watch the latest episode of Funny Applications, Eni's video series that imagines new uses for technology.

For 30 years, citizens of Hong Kong have gathered in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4 to honor the peaceful protesters massacred in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on that date in 1989. It has been the only public Tiananmen commemoration permitted on Chinese soil.

This year, the park was surrounded by barricades to keep people out. The officially stated reason for the shut-down? Crowds spread coronavirus. (In this city of more than 7 million, COVID has so far killed four people.)

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

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French protests over racial injustice: The George Floyd protests in the United States have sparked solidarity demonstrations around the world, with people flocking to US embassies in Berlin, London and elsewhere to express their outrage. But they have also inspired other countries to reexamine racial justice within their own societies. In France, where street demonstrations are practically a national pastime, thousands of people have gathered in support of the family of Adama Traoré, a 24-year old black man who died in police custody back in 2016. At least 20,000 Parisians demonstrated Wednesday, despite coronavirus bans on public gatherings. Protesters adopted similar language to the Floyd protests, demanding accountability for the officers who violently pinned down Traoré during a dispute over an identity check, leading to his death. Renewed focus on this case, which has become a potent symbol of police brutality in France, comes as coronavirus lockdowns have recently stoked tensions between the police and the mostly-minority residents of Paris' banlieues (low-income suburbs).

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