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Hard Numbers: Bolivian frontrunner, COVID vaccine distribution, Chinese hackers target US, pandemic spurs child poverty

Coronavirus vaccine testing in France. Reuters

172: The World Health Organization announced that 172 countries have signed up to its program to ensure a COVID-19 vaccine is distributed fairly around the world. The COVAX scheme aims to procure and deliver around 2 billion doses of a successful vaccine to all participating countries — both rich and poor — by the end of next year.

40.3: Luis Arce, candidate for the party of former Bolivian President Evo Morales, is the clear frontrunner to win next month's presidential election amid a deeply fractured opposition. A new poll projects he will capture 40.3 percent of the vote — almost four times the support of the embattled incumbent, Jeanine Áñez, and just enough to avoid a runoff.

150 million: The coronavirus pandemic has pushed 150 million more children into poverty worldwide since the beginning of 2020, according to a new report by UNICEF and Save the Children. The calculation is based on "multidimensional poverty" indicators such as access to education, health care, housing, nutrition, sanitation, and water.

5: The US Department of Justice has indicted five Chinese nationals linked to China's intelligence services for allegedly infiltrating over a hundred US companies and organizations, as well as pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong. The accused also worked with two Malaysian citizens to commit theft and money laundering related to the US video games industry.

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Back in 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump presented his vision for an "America First" foreign policy, which symbolized a radical departure from the US' longtime approach to international politics and diplomacy.

In electing Donald Trump, a political outsider, to the top job, American voters essentially gave him a mandate to follow through on these promises. So, has he?


"A continuing rape of our country."

On the 2016 campaign trail, candidate Trump said that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a 12 country trade deal pushed by the Obama administration — would "rape" America's economy by imperiling the manufacturing sector, closing factories, and taking more jobs overseas.

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In an op-ed titled "Iran Arms Embargo Reckoning," the Wall Street Journal editorial board argues that ending the UN arms embargo on Iran was a major flaw of the 2015 nuclear deal and questions whether Biden could do anything to contain Iran at this point. Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group's Henry Rome take out the Red Pen to explain why this discussion misrepresents the importance of the embargo and the consequences for its expiration.

So, the US presidential election is now just days away, and today's selection is focusing on a specific aspect of foreign policy that will certainly change depending on who wins in the presidential contest—namely America's approach to Iran.

You've heard me talk before about the many similarities between Trump and Biden on some international policies, like on China or on Afghanistan. But Iran is definitely not one of those. Trump hated the JCPOA, the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, put together under the Obama administration, and he walked away from it unilaterally. Joe Biden, if he were to become president, would try to bring it back.

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It almost didn't happen — but here we are again. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden face off tonight in the final presidential debate of the 2020 US election campaign.

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Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, US President George W. Bush demanded that Afghanistan's Taliban government surrender Osama bin Laden and end support for al-Qaeda. The Taliban refused.

On October 7, US bombs began falling on Taliban forces. NATO allies quickly pledged support for the US, and US boots hit the ground in Afghanistan two weeks later.

Thus began a war, now the longest in US history, that has killed more than 3,500 coalition soldiers and 110,000 Afghans. It has cost the American taxpayer nearly $3 trillion. US allies have also made human and material sacrifices.

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