Hard Numbers

1.4 billion: President Trump continues to threaten to close the US border with Mexico to resolve what he says is a national emergency created by illegal immigration into the US. More than $500 billion in goods — some $1.4 billion a day — crossed that border in 2018, according to the US Commerce Department.

77,000: Since a failed coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has detained 77,000 people and suspended or fired more than 150,000 civil servants and members of the military. But this week's local election results, in which Erdogan's party lost control of Istanbul, Ankara, and other major cities, shows that even the harshest of crackdowns can't ensure lasting political dominance.

40: In North Korea, 11 million people, about 40 percent of the population, are undernourished. Chronic malnutrition has stunted the growth of an estimated 20 percent of the country's children. The UN has called on the US to help with food aid despite the lack of progress toward denuclearization of North Korea.

45: Last December, Japan's parliament passed a bill that creates a mandatory 10-day holiday from April 27 to May 6 to mark the imperial transition from Emperor Akihito to his eldest son, Naruhito. A recent poll revealed that 45 percent of respondents in Japan "felt unhappy" about the long vacation, with just 35 percent saying they "felt happy," presumably because costs for travel during this period have spiked, and closed schools leave children at home with parents.

We're used to seeing electric, gas and wood-burning ovens, but can you imagine baking pizza in a solar-powered oven? That technology was invented in the latest episode of Funny Applications, where Eni's budding researchers imagine new uses for technology.

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It looks like China's leadership has finally had enough of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.

In a speech on Thursday to the national people's congress, a symbolic confab of the country's ruling elite, Premier Li Keqiang announced a new national security law that would outlaw secessionist activity and criminalize foreign influence in Hong Kong. The measure, an explicit response to recent pro-democracy protests there, would also permit mainland China's security agencies to operate openly in the city.

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Indonesia becomes an epicenter: Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, is now considered an epicenter of the pandemic, after it suffered its biggest daily surge in cases Thursday with over 900 new infections. The country of 260 million has the largest outbreak in Southeast Asia, recording about 20,000 cases and 1,300 deaths, though a recent study suggested that as few as 2 percent of the country's coronavirus infections may have been reported. When pressed on why Indonesia is experiencing a surge in cases while the curve appears to be flattening in neighboring countries, Indonesian health authorities blamed the public's flouting of social distancing guidelines. But critics say the government has sent wishy-washy messages on how to stop the disease's spread, as demonstrated by the fact that only four of Indonesia's 34 provinces have applied widespread social-distancing restrictions. Meanwhile, as the country's 225 million Muslims prepare to celebrate the end of Ramadan this weekend, popular markets have been overwhelmed by shoppers buying food and clothing, with little guidance or enforcement of large-scale social distancing measures. Indonesia's public health system is grossly underfunded, and experts warn that given the shortage of hospital beds, medical equipment and staff, the situation could deteriorate fast in the coming weeks.

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This is not the 2020 that Vladimir Putin had in mind.

As the year started, Russia's president was crafting plans for changes to the constitution that would permit him to stay in power for (at least) another 16 years. A rubber stamp public referendum was to be held in April. Then, in May, he was to welcome foreign leaders to Moscow for a grand celebration (parades, concerts, fireworks, and a reviewing stand atop Lenin's Mausoleum) marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union's triumph over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War.

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Have you ever read a major op-ed and thought to yourself, "no! no! no! That's just not right!" Us too. This week, Ian Bremmer is joined by analysts Kelsey Broderick and Jeffrey Wright to take the Red Pen to former World Bank president Robert B. Zoellick's Wall Street Journal op-ed.

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