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242,000: The solar power industry employed 242,000 Americans in 2018, according to a new study. That was down slightly from a year earlier, as Trump administration tariffs on Chinese solar panels and changes to state policies for solar power hit demand for new projects. The Solar Foundation industry group expects the number of jobs to rise again next year as overall panel prices fall.

3,000: Turkish courts have convicted over 3,000 soldiers and civilians accused of participating in an attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016. Erdogan has cracked down on political opponents in the wake of the botched putsch, including supporters of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he blames for organizing the plot.

74: A new poll shows that 74 percent of Americans, including 65 percent of Republicans, support a tax on the wealth of the country's richest individuals. Several Democrats who're bidding for the 2020 presidential nomination have promised to implement such a policy if elected.

61: A recent poll commissioned by the Campaign to Stop Killer robots found that 61 percent of respondents across 26 countries favored a ban on "lethal autonomous weapons systems" that can attack and kill without human intervention. So far just 28 countries have signed on to an effort at the United Nations to prohibit the technology.

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It's been four days since Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, died in a hail of bullets on a highway near Tehran. Iran has plausibly blamed Israel for the killing, but more than that, not much is known credibly or in detail.

This is hardly the first time that an Iranian nuclear scientist has been assassinated in an operation that has a whiff of Mossad about it. But Fakhrizadeh's prominence — he is widely regarded as the father of the Iranian nuclear program — as well as the timing of the killing, just six weeks from the inauguration of a new American president, make it a particularly big deal. Not least because an operation this sensitive would almost certainly have required a US sign-off.

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Ethiopia on the brink: After ethnic tensions between Ethiopia's federal government and separatist forces in the northern Tigray region erupted into a full-blown armed conflict in recent weeks, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced his forces had taken control of Tigray's capital on Saturday and declared victory. But the fugitive Tigray leader Debretsion Gebremichael quickly called Abiy's bluff, saying the fighting is raging on, and demanded Abiy withdraw his forces. Gebremichael accused Abiy of launching "a genocidal campaign" that has displaced 1 million people, with thousands fleeing to neighboring Sudan, creating a humanitarian catastrophe. The Tigray, who make up about five percent of Ethiopia's population, are fighting for self-determination, but Abiy's government has repeatedly rejected invitations to discuss the issue, accusing the coalition led by Gebremichael's Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) of "instigating clashes along ethnic and religious lines." As the two sides dig in their heels, Ethiopia faces the risk of a civil war that could threaten the stability of the entire Horn of Africa.

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110: At least 110 people were killed in Nigeria's conflict-ridden Borno state on Saturday, when armed men attacked agricultural workers as they tended their fields. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the brutal attack, but analysts say the assault was likely the work of Boko Haram or Islamic State-linked groups that have gained a foothold in the Sahel region in recent years.

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