Hard Numbers: Babies stranded in Ukraine, Rwandan killer caught, Iran and US play chicken

100: At least 100 babies in Ukraine born to surrogate mothers are now stranded there as coronavirus-related restrictions prevent their parents from coming to pick them up. Ukraine is thought to have the largest surrogate birth industry in the world, and more than 1,000 more babies could be born there before travel rules ease.


26: After 26 years on the run, Rwandan tycoon Felicien Kabuga, who funded the massacre of as many as 800,000 people during his country's 1994 genocide, was arrested in Paris, where he had been living under a false name. The 84-year old Kabuga will now face justice for his crimes before an international tribunal at the Hague.

45.5: A US-Iran naval confrontation looms as a flotilla of Iranian tankers carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline to Venezuela is currently steaming across the Atlantic, in violation of Washington's sanctions. US warships have been deployed to the Caribbean, potentially to stop the delivery.

70: At least 70 refugees living at one of Germany's designated homes for asylum-seekers have tested positive for coronavirus. The outbreak underscores advocacy groups' concerns about weak precautions against the disease at the country's many "reception-centers," which house migrants while their asylum applications are processed.

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Facing the biggest economic crisis in the EU's history, the European Commission's president, Ursula von der Leyen, pulled out all the stops this week, unveiling an unprecedented plan to boost the union's post-coronavirus recovery.

The plan: The EU would go to international capital markets to raise 750 billion euros ($830 billion). 500 billion of that would be given to member states as grants to fund economic recovery over the next seven years; the remainder would be issued as loans to be paid back to Brussels. The EU would pay back its bondholders for the full 750 billion plus interest by 2058, in part by raising new EU-wide taxes on tech companies and emissions.

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"A lot of people are going to die until we solve the political situation," one Brazilian medical expert said recently when asked about the deteriorating public health situation in that country. For months, Brazil has been one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, steered by a President who has repeatedly dismissed the severity of the virus and rejected calls to implement a national social distancing policy. To date, two Brazilian health ministers have either resigned or been fired for pushing back against President Jair Bolsonaro's denialism. Meanwhile, Brazil has emerged as a global epicenter of COVID-19, with almost 27,000 deaths, though health experts believe the real toll is way higher. Here's a look at Brazil's surging daily death toll since it first recorded more than 10 deaths in one day back in March.

Watch GZERO World as host Ian Bremmer talks to acclaimed foreign policy expert Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "The World: A Brief Introduction." Haass explains that while the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life as we know it, the major issues confronting geopolitics in the 21st Century already existed.

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62: Southeast Asia is one of the world's largest sources of plastic waste, and Thailand is a big culprit. Before the pandemic, Thailand tried to address the problem by banning single use plastics, but that's fallen apart fast: in April, Thailand recorded a 62 percent increase in plastic use, due largely to increased food deliveries as coronavirus-related lockdowns keep people at home.
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