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Hard Numbers: Cattle ship capsizes, Americans wary of Russia, US targets ICC, Chilean truckers end strike

Hard Numbers: Cattle ship capsizes, Americans wary of Russia, US targets ICC, Chilean truckers end strike

40: More than 40 crew members and thousands of cattle went missing in the South China Sea on Thursday after a ship carrying live exports from New Zealand to China capsized because of stormy weather. While animal rights activists are outraged by this accident and live cattle shipments more broadly, members of the business community say the livestock trade is a crucial part of the economy, with New Zealand's export revenue for bovine and sheep meat reaching $54 million for the year ending June 2019.

66: Americans overwhelmingly view Russia as a hostile nation. Some 66 percent of those surveyed say they deem Russia as either "unfriendly" or an "enemy," with Democrats slightly more likely to feel this way than their Republican counterparts.

2: The US State Department issued sanctions against two high-ranking officials of the International Criminal Court, including chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, while also restricting visas for authorities involved in the court's investigations. Washington, which is not a member of the court and has long rejected its mandate to investigate US troops, said it was forced to act because The Hague was pursuing an investigation into alleged US crimes in Afghanistan. The ICC, meanwhile, says it's merely an attempt by the US to undercut the court's independence and the rule of law.

7: Truckers in Chile have ended a 7-day strike after making a deal with the government on greater protections for them and their vehicles, which have recently been subject to a string of arson attacks in the southern Araucania region. Indigenous communities in Araucania have long been locked in a feud with the state, which they say has prioritized industrial development at the expense of their historical rights.

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India, grappling with the second highest confirmed COVID caseload in the world, recently embarked on what it called "the world's largest" coronavirus vaccination campaign, seeking to inoculate a sizable swath of its 1.4 billion people.

That alone would be a herculean challenge, but India is also making hundreds of millions of jabs as part of the global COVAX initiative to inoculate low-income countries. And as if those two things weren't enough, Delhi also wants to win hearts and minds by doling out millions more shots directly to other countries in its neighborhood.

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