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Hard Numbers: Bolsonaro abandons indigenous communities, WTO's leadership race is on, US jobless benefits running out, Poles back to polls

850,000: Amid the country's surging coronavirus crisis, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro vetoed parts of a law that required the government to provide protections — including clean drinking water and access to hospital beds — for the country's indigenous population of around 850,000. Data shows that COVID-19 has been disproportionately ravaging these communities, in part because they have limited access to healthcare.


8: Who wants one of the toughest jobs in the world right now? Eightcandidates — from countries including Nigeria, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia — have thrown their names in the ring to become the next Director General of the World Trade Organization. Whoever gets the gig will have to steer the world out of the worst global economic crisis in decades.

1.3 million: At least 1.3 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, bringing the total number of people receiving unemployment benefits in the US to 18 million. Meanwhile, federal unemployment benefits are set to run out later this month and Congress hasn't agreed on a subsequent aid package.

2: Poles head back to the polls on Sunday to decide between the two remaining presidential candidates — ultra-conservative incumbent president Andrzej Duda who's aligned with the ruling Law and Justice party, or Rafal Trzaskowski, the liberal mayor of Warsaw. Poland's bellwether election is seen as a crucial test of populism in Europe amid the worst global economic downturn in decades.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this piece erroneously stated that the leadership race was on for the World Health Organization (WHO) rather than the World Trade Organization. We regret the error.

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