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6: At least six people have been killed and more than 200 injured during rallies in Jakarta disputing the re-election of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

-12.8: Compared to the last four presidents who were reelected, Donald Trump's popularity is historically weak. His net approval rating today (-12.8%) is about 14 points worse than Ronald Reagan's (1983) and 20 points worse than Barack Obama's (2011) at the same point in their presidencies. He's 25 points behind Bill Clinton (1995) and 45 points behind George W. Bush (2003). Given how little Trump's numbers have changed over the past three years, the path forward looks especially steep.

40: About 40 percent of US companies operating in China say they're considering relocating outside the country, according to a new study. In part, that's because some 47 percent of the members of the American Chamber of Commerce in China and a similar group based in Shanghai say they face retaliation for US tariffs in the form of slower customs clearance, more inspections, and delayed approvals for licenses.

70: How bad is street crime in Mexico City? Armed robberies have become common enough that for 300 to 500 pesos ($15 to $25) you can buy a fake cellphone to hand over instead of parting company with the real thing. The phones feature a realistic-looking startup screen and enough metal inside to mimic the weight of an actual mobile phone. There were an average of 70 muggings per day in Mexico City in the first four months of this year.

Bank of America's $25 million jobs initiative provides Black and Hispanic-Latino individuals access to skills and training needed for jobs of the future. Learn more about the initiative, which involves partnerships with 21 community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Two weeks ago, Russia secured a deal to build a naval base in Sudan, its first new military facility in Africa since the end of the Cold War. The accord is a major milestone in Moscow's wider push to regain influence, and income, on a continent where the Kremlin was once a major player.

But with the ideological and military contests of the Cold War long over, what is Moscow doing in Africa today?

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Iran's nuclear tug-of-war: Hardliners in Iran's parliament passed a bill Tuesday suspending UN inspections of its nuclear sites and giving the go-ahead to massively increase uranium enrichment unless the US lifts its sanctions by February. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani opposes the measure, saying it would be "harmful" to diplomatic efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with the incoming Biden administration in the US. But Iran's parliament doesn't actually need Rouhani's approval to pass the law, and regardless, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will have the final say on policy – as always! If the law is passed, it will immediately raise the stakes for Biden, who takes office on January 20. Both he and Rouhani say they are keen to resume dialogue in hopes of reviving the nuclear deal, which President Trump walked out of in 2018. But just days after the architect of Iran's nuclear program was assassinated (likely by Israel with the US' blessing) the hurdles to even beginning those talks are rising fast.

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"China is angry. If you make China the enemy, China will be the enemy." This was the message recently conveyed by a Chinese government official on the intensifying row with its Asia-Pacific neighbor, Australia.

China-Australia relations, steadily deteriorating in recent months over a range of political disputes, reached a new low this week when Beijing posted a doctored image on Twitter of an Australian soldier holding a knife to an Afghan child's throat. Beijing's decision to post the fake image at a hypersensitive time for Australia's military establishment was a deliberate political provocation: beat Canberra while it's down.

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19.4: The Lebanese economy, waylaid by financial and political crises on top of the pandemic, is set to contract by a crippling 19.4 percent this year, according to the World Bank. Next year things hardly get better, with a contraction of 13.2 percent coming in 2021.

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