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Hard Numbers: Americans need stimulus, Yemen prisoner exchange, South Africa's economic recovery, EU sanctions Russia

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8 million: As financial aid from the US Congress dries out, some 8 million more Americans have been plunged into poverty since May, according to new research by Columbia University. While the relief package passed in the spring helped millions of Americans weather the pandemic-induced recession, Congress remains in a bitter dispute over a follow-up stimulus deal.


1,000: The warring parties in Yemen's protracted conflict — Saudi-led coalition forces and Houthi rebels backed by Iran — began the exchange of more than 1,000 prisoners Thursday. The deal, brokered in Switzerland last month, aims to engender trust between the two sides and pave the way to renewed peace talks.

800,000: As South Africa's economy is in freefall because of the pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa presented an ambitious economic recovery plan Thursday that includes the creation of 800,000 new jobs in the immediate term. As many as 2.2 million jobs in the country were lost in the second quarter of this year alone, data show.

6: The EU has imposed sanctions on six senior Russian officials — and a chemical research center — over the poisoning of anti-Putin politician Alexei Navalny. While the Kremlin has denied involvement in the nerve-agent attack against Navalny, an anti-corruption activist, the EU said in a statement that "the poisoning was only possible with the involvement of the [Russian] Federal Security Service."

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here. This is the last week before elections, have only lasted for two years, cost billions of dollars. We're sick of it. We're ready. We're ready to get past this. What do we think is going to happen?

Well, let's be clear. Biden is way ahead, and it's hard for incumbents to lose. They tended to win in the United States. They need to be unpopular and unlucky to lose, but Trump does seem to be checking both of those boxes. He's never been enormously popular. He has a pretty narrow base that is very strongly supportive of him, some 38 to 42% back and forth, but a narrow band, which has been pretty consistent for most of them the last four years, but he's also been massively unlucky. Unlucky, how?

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We live on an (increasingly) urban planet. Today, for the first time in human history, more than half of the world's population (55 percent) lives in cities. By 2050, that figure will rise to more than two-thirds, with close to 7 billion people living in urban areas. Cities have always been centers of opportunity, innovation, and human progress. But they are also often on the front lines of the major political and social challenges of the day. Here are three areas in which that's true right now.

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