Hard Numbers: Australia's cyber defenses, India bans Chinese apps, EU extends Russia sanctions, South Sudan eases a stalemate

1.3 billion: After a string of China-linked cyber-attacks against the Australian government and businesses, Australia says it will invest $1.3 billion in cyber defenses, its biggest ever cash injection to ward off cybercrime. Tensions between the two countries have been rising since Australia's prime minister demanded an investigation into China's pandemic response, prompting Beijing to slap tariffs on Australian exports.


59: Amid high tensions over their high-altitude dispute, India has banned 59 popular apps owned by Chinese firms, including TikTok, which counts India as one of its largest markets. Who will be hurt more by the move: China's officials or India's teens?

6: The EU extended economic sanctions on Russia for another six months because Moscow has still failed to adhere to its end of a ceasefire deal negotiated with Ukraine in 2015 after Russia illegally annexed the Crimean Peninsula.

8: After a stalemate over gubernatorial appointments threatened to derail South Sudan's new transitional government, the president has finally named governors to lead eight of the country's 10 states. However, discord over who should lead the Jonglei and Upper Nile areas persists, and could still undermine the country's nascent peace accord.

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Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. To understand what that means for the country's politics and public health policy, GZERO sat down with Christopher Garman, top Brazil expert at our parent company, Eurasia Group. The exchange has been lightly edited for clarity and concision.

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The Trump administration sent shockwaves through universities this week when it announced that international students in the US could be forced to return to their home countries if courses are not held in classrooms this fall. Around 1 million foreign students are now in limbo as they wait for institutions to formalize plans for the upcoming semester. But it's not only foreign students themselves who stand to lose out: International students infuse cash into American universities and contributed around $41 billion to the US economy in the 2018-19 academic year. So, where do most of these foreign students come from? We take a look here.

For years, the Philippines has struggled with domestic terrorism. Last Friday, Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a sweeping new anti-terror bill that has the opposition on edge, as the tough-talking president gears up to make broader constitutional changes. Here's a look at what the law does, and what it means for the country less than two years away from the next presidential election.

The legislation grants authorities broad powers to prosecute domestic terrorism, including arrests without a warrant and up to 24 days detention without charges. It also carries harsh penalties for those convicted of terror-related offenses, with a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. Simply threatening to commit an act of terror on social media can now be punished with 12 years behind bars.

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16,000: Amid a deepening economic crisis in Lebanon that has wiped out people's savings and cratered the value of the currency, more than 16,000 people have joined a new Facebook group that enables people to secure staple goods and food through barter.

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