Hard Numbers: A leak kills in India, Americans trust governors, criminals stash cash, and the UK nosedives

13: A gas leak at a chemical plant in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has left at least 13 dead and hundreds sick. The LG Polymers facility was attempting to reopen after idling for seven weeks under India's nationwide lockdown. Local police said the long period of inactivity had contributed to a chemical reaction that caused the leak.

71: All politics is local, the saying goes – especially, it seems, when it comes to pandemics. A whopping 71 percent of American voters told an FT/Peterson survey that they trust their own state governor over President Trump when it comes to deciding when to reopen the economy.

12.6 million: Lockdowns are evidently making it hard for criminals to move money around these days. Dutch money laundering investigators recently turned up 12.6 million euros in cash in a home in the city of Eindhoven, the largest find of its kind in the country's history. In case you wondered, the stash weighted more than five hundred pounds (255kg).

300: The Bank of England says the UK is set for its worst economic downturn in 300 years, as coronavirus-related lockdowns slash GDP by 30 percent in the first half of this year. For those with a macabre sense for history, 1720 was the year of Europe's last major outbreak of the Black Plague.

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As protests over the police killing of George Floyd raged across the country, there have been more than 125 instances of journalists being shot with rubber bullets by police, arrested, or in some cases assaulted by protesters while covering the unrest.

Foreign news crews from Germany and Australia have been caught up in the crackdown. Australia's Prime Minister has even called for an investigation. Some of these journalists have simply been caught in the crossfire during surges of unrest, but video and photographic evidence reveals cases where police have deliberately targeted reporters doing their jobs.

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As anti- racism protests rocked US cities in recent days, thousands of people gathered in cities around the world in solidarity. In some instances, demonstrators assembled outside US embassies — in Berlin, London, Paris, and elsewhere — to condemn the police killing of George Floyd. In others, crowds inspired by the Floyd demonstrations gathered to protest systemic racial injustice in their own societies. Here's a look at where demonstrators have taken to the streets in recent days.

This week, Ian Bremmer is joined by analyst Michael Hirson to take the Red Pen to an op-ed by New York Times Opinion columnist Bret Stephens.

Today, we're marking up a recent op-ed by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, entitled "China and the Rhineland Moment." And the subheading here is that "America and its allies must not simply accept Beijing's aggression." Basically, Bret is arguing that US-China relations are at a tipping point brought on by China's implementation of a new national security law for Hong Kong. And he compares this to Hitler's occupation of the Rhineland in 1936, describes it as the first domino to fall in Beijing's ambitions.

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DRC's new Ebola wave: On the verge of eradicating an Ebola outbreak in the country's east which began back in 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has now identified a fresh wave of cases in the northwestern city of Mbandaka. The disease, which has a fatality rate of 25 – 90 percent depending on the outbreak's character, has already killed five people in recent weeks, prompting the World Health Organization to issue a grim warning that a surge of new cases could occur there in the coming months. (Ebola has an incubation period of about 21 days.) This comes as the central African country of 89 million also grapples with COVID-19 and the world's largest measles outbreak, which has killed 6,779 people there since 2019. In recent weeks, officials from the World Health Organization predicted that the DRC's deadly Ebola crisis, which has killed 2,275 people since 2018, would soon be completely vanquished.

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