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Hard Numbers: Berlin's anti-lockdown protests, global COVID cases top 25 million, divided Americans, Oslo bunker tragedy

Hard Numbers: Berlin's anti-lockdown protests, global COVID cases top 25 million, divided Americans, Oslo bunker tragedy

38,000: At least 38,000 people — many from far-right groups — took to Berlin's streets this past weekend to demand an end to coronavirus restrictions. Some 300 people were arrested after German police said that "right-wing agitators" had thrown glass bottles at them.


25 million: Global coronavirus cases have now surpassed 25 million. India has emerged as the new epicenter, recording more than 78,000 new cases on August 29 alone, the highest single-day increase in the country to date.

77: A median of 77 percent of Americans say the country is more divided now than it was before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, according to a Pew study. That's compared to 46 percent who felt the same way in Australia, and 28 percent in Denmark.

200: An illegal party attended by at least 200 people in an Oslo bunker 70 meters underground ended in disaster this weekend after at least 25 people were taken to hospital suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Party organizers were trying to skirt coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings following a rise in cases in recent weeks. A single two-square-meter opening provided the bunker's only entrance and exit.

Bank of America's $25 million jobs initiative provides Black and Hispanic-Latino individuals access to skills and training needed for jobs of the future. Learn more about the initiative, which involves partnerships with 21 community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Two weeks ago, Russia secured a deal to build a naval base in Sudan, its first new military facility in Africa since the end of the Cold War. The accord is a major milestone in Moscow's wider push to regain influence, and income, on a continent where the Kremlin was once a major player.

But with the ideological and military contests of the Cold War long over, what is Moscow doing in Africa today?

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Iran's nuclear tug-of-war: Hardliners in Iran's parliament passed a bill Tuesday suspending UN inspections of its nuclear sites and giving the go-ahead to massively increase uranium enrichment unless the US lifts its sanctions by February. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani opposes the measure, saying it would be "harmful" to diplomatic efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with the incoming Biden administration in the US. But Iran's parliament doesn't actually need Rouhani's approval to pass the law, and regardless, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will have the final say on policy – as always! If the law is passed, it will immediately raise the stakes for Biden, who takes office on January 20. Both he and Rouhani say they are keen to resume dialogue in hopes of reviving the nuclear deal, which President Trump walked out of in 2018. But just days after the architect of Iran's nuclear program was assassinated (likely by Israel with the US' blessing) the hurdles to even beginning those talks are rising fast.

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"China is angry. If you make China the enemy, China will be the enemy." This was the message recently conveyed by a Chinese government official on the intensifying row with its Asia-Pacific neighbor, Australia.

China-Australia relations, steadily deteriorating in recent months over a range of political disputes, reached a new low this week when Beijing posted a doctored image on Twitter of an Australian soldier holding a knife to an Afghan child's throat. Beijing's decision to post the fake image at a hypersensitive time for Australia's military establishment was a deliberate political provocation: beat Canberra while it's down.

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19.4: The Lebanese economy, waylaid by financial and political crises on top of the pandemic, is set to contract by a crippling 19.4 percent this year, according to the World Bank. Next year things hardly get better, with a contraction of 13.2 percent coming in 2021.

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