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Hard Numbers: Argentina's debt deal, Americans blame China, Kashmir's dark anniversary, Harry Potter vs Thai king

Hard Numbers: Argentina's debt deal, Americans blame China, Kashmir's dark anniversary, Harry Potter vs Thai king

65 billion: Argentina has reached a deal with its international creditors to restructure $65 billion of its sovereign debt. This is great news for the country, which defaulted on its debt for the ninth time last May and whose economy is expected to shrink by 12 percent this year, following two years of recession.


78: Some 78 percent of Americans blame China for the global spread of the coronavirus, according to a Pew study. Two thirds of those surveyed disapprove of China's handling of the initial outbreak in Wuhan, while Americans' negative views of China have increased by seven points since last March, when the World Health Organization declared the pandemic.

370: Wednesday is the first anniversary of India's controversial move to revoke article 370 of the constitution, stripping Indian-administered Kashmir of its semi-autonomy from New Delhi. Authorities have imposed a curfew and shut down the internet to prevent any protests in the Muslim-majority region, disputed by India and Pakistan since 1948.

200: Around 200 protesters dressed up in Harry Potter-themed costumes held a rally in Bangkok, calling for sweeping reforms to the Thai monarchy. The police did not arrest any of the activists — part of a growing anti-government youth movement — but said they will investigate them for alleged offenses against the royal family, punishable by up to 15 years in jail in Thailand.

President and CEO of the National Urban League, Marc Morial, comes to 'That Made All the Difference' podcast to discuss his time as mayor of New Orleans, today's challenges, and what it will take to build a more just, equitable and inclusive society.

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Though celebrations will surely be more subdued this year, many Germans will still gather (virtually) on October 3 to celebrate thirty years since reunification.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall — and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union — Germany reunited in a process whereby the much wealthier West absorbed the East, with the aim of expanding individual freedoms and economic equality to all Germans.

But thirty years later, this project has — to a large extent — been difficult to pull off. The economic and quality of life gap is shrinking, but lingering inequality continues to impact both German society and politics.

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GZERO Media, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Eurasia Group, today hosted its second virtual town hall on the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine and the challenges of its distribution.

The panel was moderated by New York Times science and health reporter Apoorva Mandavilli and featured Gates Foundation's Deputy Director of Vaccines & Human Immunobiology, Lynda Stuart; Eurasia Group's Rohitesh Dhawan, Managing Director of Energy, Climate & Resources; Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman; and Gayle E. Smith, the president & CEO of ONE Campaign and former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Watch the full video above.

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Donald Trump's presidency has irked a lot of people around the world. And in fairness, that's no surprise. He was elected in part to blow up long-standing assumptions about how international politics, trade, and diplomatic relations are supposed to work.

But while he has correctly identified some big challenges — adapting NATO to the 21st century, managing a more assertive China, or ending America's endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — his impulsive style, along with his restrictions on trade and immigration, have alienated many world leaders. Global polls show that favorable views of the US have plummeted to all-time lows in many countries, particularly among traditional American allies in Europe.

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Watch: Tolu Olubunmi in conversation with Dr. Samira Asma from the World Health Organization on how they are advancing health data innovation in the age of COVID-19.

This content is brought to you by our 2020 UN General Assembly partner, Microsoft.

Watch UN Innovation Room conversations weekly on Thursdays at 9 am EDT: https://www.gzeromedia.com/unga/livestream/

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