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15: Facebook turned 15 years old on Monday. Around 1.5 billion people used the social network every day in December, more than reside in any single country on Earth.

13: Last year was the 13th successive year that freedom declined around the world, according to Freedom House. Political rights and civil liberties were curbed in 68 countries in 2018, with the worst repression coming in Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Venezuela.

4: Just 4 percent of likely 2020 US voters have a favorable view of former Starbucks boss Howard Schultz, who is considering an independent run for the presidency. That means that as of right now, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and even Jar Jar Binks would handedly beat Schultz out in a head-to-head matchup.

2.3: Russia's economy grew 2.3 percent last year, according to an estimate issued by Russian statistics agency Rosstat. The official figure, which comes as President Vladimir Putin's popularity has been falling, was .6 percentage points higher than the projection of the International Monetary Fund.

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