Hard Numbers

7: A no-deal Brexit would push the UK into recession and hit its economy seven times harder than the rest of the EU, the IMF forecast on Tuesday.

529 billion: Remittances (money sent home by immigrants) to low- and middle-income countries set a record in 2018, according to the World Bank. The total reached $529 billion, a sum greater than foreign investment in the developing world during the same period.

11: More evidence the US economy remains strong: According to official data released in March, the US economy had 7.6 million unfilled jobs at the end of January, but just 6.5 million people looking for work. That was the 11th straight month the number of US job openings topped the number of job seekers.

85: By 2050, up to 85 percent of the world's French speakers will live in Africa, according to estimates from an organization that monitors language statistics. That's up from about 44 percent of all French speakers today. The expected increase will come mainly from rising birth rates in French-speaking African countries but also higher rates of French language study in both English and Portuguese-speaking African countries.

How much material do we use to send a package? Too much. Does recycling help? Yes – but not really. Packaging material often accumulates as waste, contributing to its own "polluting weight." To solve our packaging dilemma, Finland came up with RePack: a "circular" solution for the reuse of material.

Learn more about RePack in Eni's new Energy Superfacts series.

A steady increase of violence in the Sahel region of Africa over the past eight years has imposed fear and hardship on millions of the people who live there. It has also pushed the governments of Sahel countries to work together to fight terrorists.

The region's troubles have also captured the attention of European leaders, who worry that if instability there continues, it could generate a movement of migrants that might well dwarf the EU refugee crisis of 2015-2016.

But is Europe helping to make things better?

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In a new interview with Ian Bremmer for GZERO World, former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says that the single most important step to reopening schools in the fall is to control infection in the community. But as of now, too many communities across the United States have lost control of the Covid-19 virus. Opening schools will only become a possibility once a majority of people start practicing the "Three 'W's" ("Wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance") and local and federal governments enforce stricter protective policies. The full episode of GZERO World begins airing on US public television on Friday, August 7, 2020. Check local listings.

2,500: Google has deleted around 2,500 YouTube accounts linked to a coordinated misinformation campaign about Hong Kong, Chinese regime critics and China's coronavirus response. It's been a busy week for social media platforms cracking down on fake news, after Facebook and Twitter censored a post from US President Donald Trump for containing misinformation about COVID-19, and Brazil's Supreme Court ordered Facebook to block accounts tied to allies of President Jair Bolsonaro for spreading lies about judges.

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Jim Geraghty argues in a National Review op-ed that we shouldn't blame Trump for the fact that the US has one of the highest coronavirus death rates in the world. But though he's right that not everything is Trump's fault, Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group analyst Scott Rosenstein take out The Red Pen to show that the evidence he cites to let Trump off the hook doesn't hold water.

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