Hard Numbers

27: On Tuesday, the world marked the 30-year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Thousands were killed and hundreds were arrested. The last known person held in prison, Miao Deshun, was reportedly released in October 2016 after 27 years behind bars. His crime? He threw a basket at a burning tank. His original sentence was death, later commuted for good behavior.

90: A new study published by the African Child Policy Forum, an Ethiopian think tank, finds that 60% of children across Africa don't eat often enough and that 90% don't meet the World Health Organization's standard for a minimally acceptable diet. According to the report, hunger has stunted the growth of one in three African children, a startling stat at a time of strong economic growth across much of the continent.

46: In Denmark, a nation that juts into the North and Baltic Seas, polls now show that 46 percent of voters rank climate change as their top concern, up from 27 percent just two years ago. The issue helped the center-left Social Democrats win the most seats in this week's national elections.

95 and 94: On Thursday, two D-Day veterans — Harry Read (aged 95) and John Hutton (aged 94) — parachuted back into Normandy with help from members of the Army's Parachute Regiment display team, the Red Devils.

Imagine losing your child in their first year of life and having no idea what caused it. This is the heartbreaking reality for thousands of families each year who lose a child to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). Despite decades-long efforts to prevent SUID, it remains the leading cause of death for children between one month and one year of age in developed nations. Working in collaboration with researchers at Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Auckland, Microsoft analyzed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) data on every child born in the U.S. over a decade, including over 41 million births and 37,000 SUID deaths.

By pairing Microsoft's capabilities and data scientists with Seattle Children's medical research expertise, progress is being made on identifying the cause of SUID. Earlier this year, a study was published that estimated approximately 22% of SUID deaths in the U.S. were attributable to maternal cigarette-smoking during pregnancy, giving us further evidence that, through our collaboration with experts in varying disciplines, we are getting to the root of this problem and making remarkable advances.

Read more at Microsoft On The Issues.

After a months-long investigation into whether President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine's president into investigating his political rivals in order to boost his reelection prospects in 2020, House Democrats brought two articles of impeachment against him, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Click here for our GZERO guide to what comes next.

In the meantime, imagine for a moment that you are now Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority leader and senior member of Donald Trump's Republican Party. You've got big choices to make.

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Trump gets his deal – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that Democrats will back the USMCA, the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Crucially, the bill will also have support from the nation's largest labor union. This is a major political victory for President Trump, who promised he would close this deal, but it's also good for Pelosi: it shows that the Democrats' House majority can still accomplish big things even as it impeaches the president. But with the speed of the Washington news cycle these days, we're watching to see if anyone is still talking about USMCA three days after it's signed.

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After a months-long investigation into whether President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine's president into investigating his political rivals in order to boost his reelection prospects in 2020, House Democrats on Tuesday brought two articles of impeachment against him. They charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

So, what are the next steps?

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