Hard Numbers: Being dead in Hong Kong Ain’t Cheap

499: Burkina Faso has long been one of West Africa's more peaceful nations, but conflict has spiked in recent months, as anti-government groups and Islamic extremists have expanded. Some 449 civilian fatalities were registered there over the past five months, 70 times the count during the same period last year.

32 million: By the 2020 US presidential election, 32 million Hispanics are expected to be registered to vote, surpassing the number of registered African-American voters for the first time ever. Roughly two-thirds of Hispanic voters have supported Democratic candidates in recent elections.

25: Over the first two months of 2019, the murder rate in Brazil dropped by a sizable 25 percent compared to the same period last year. That could give a boost to President Jair Bolsonaro, who campaigned on a pledge to improve law and order.

90: It can now more expensive to buy a house for the dead in Hong Kong than for the living—with burial plots running from $382,000 to $637,000. Space is so expensive that 90 percent of those who die in Hong Kong opt to be cremated – and finding an affordable spot for ashes ain't cheap either.

America's internet giants are being pulled into political fights right and left these days. Speech – what can be said, and who can say it – is increasingly at the center of those controversies. Consider these two stories from opposite sides of the world:

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Italy's prime minister resigns – Giuseppe Conte, the caretaker prime minister appointed to mediate an uneasy governing alliance between Italy's anti-establishment 5Star Movement and the right-wing Lega party, resigned on Tuesday. Rather than wait for a no-confidence vote triggered by the rightwing Lega Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, Conte stepped down on his own terms. Salvini, who's popularity has been rising, had hoped that by triggering snap elections he could get himself appointed prime minister, will now have to wait for Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, to decide what comes next. While Lega and smaller right-wing allies want a new vote, center and left-wing parties are apparently working to see if they can form a majority coalition – perhaps including 5Star -- that would allow Mattarella to appoint a new government without fresh elections. We're watching to see how the dust settles in Europe's third-biggest economy.

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300: The US tested a new medium-range cruise missile on Sunday that flew more than 300 miles. This marks the first time the US has tested a weapon that would have violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a Cold War era pact that was officially abandoned three weeks ago, sparking fears of a new global arms race.

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