Hard Numbers: Did the Entire Country of Ecuador Just Get Hacked?

4,000: South Korea is on high alert after reporting its first case of African Swine Flu, a deadly virus infecting pigs that has already hit Asia hard, sending pork prices through the roof. Seoul will slaughter some 4,000 pigs to prevent the highly-contagious disease from spreading throughout the country.


55 million: As the Ebola virus continues to spread in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) says it's running out of money to prevent the deadly disease from ravaging West Africa. WHO has received $55 million from governments around the world, just 20 percent of what's needed to implement a strategic response.

20 million: Up to 20 million people had personal data leaked online when hackers breached Ecuadorian government registries and state-owned banks. Ecuador is home to 16.5 million people, suggesting that the entire population could have been affected.

48: Taliban suicide bombers killed 48 people in two attacks in Afghanistan on Tuesday, less than two weeks before that country holds presidential elections. Last week, US-led negotiations to end more than 40 years of violence in Afghanistan broke down, and the Taliban has vowed to continue waging attacks.

Paper was originally made from rags until the introduction of cellulose in 1800. Since then, it has transformed into a "circular" industry, with 55% of paper produced in Italy recovered. It no longer just comes from trees, either. Some companies produce paper with scraps from the processing of other products like wool and walnuts.

Learn more about this rags to riches story in Eni's new Energy Superfacts series.

Donald Trump can still win re-election in November, but foreign governments read the same polls we do. They know that Joe Biden heads into the homestretch with a sizeable polling lead — both nationally and in the states most likely to decide the outcome. Naturally, they're thinking ahead to what a Biden foreign policy might look like.

They're probably glad that Biden gives them a half-century track record to study. (He was first elected to local office in 1970 and to the US Senate in 1972.) The six years he spent as ranking member, then chairman, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, his term as co-chairman of the Senate's NATO Observer Group, and his eight years as Barack Obama's vice president tell them that he's essentially a "liberal internationalist," a person who believes that America must lead a global advance of democracy and freedom — and that close cooperation with allies is essential for success.

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On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer explores the escalating tension between the world's two biggest geopolitical and economic players—the US and China. With guest Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, Bremmer discusses the modern history of China after the fall of the Soviet Union and why another Cold War might be inevitable.

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On the GZERO World Podcast, Ian Bremmer explores the escalating tension between the world's two biggest geopolitical and economic players—the US and China. With guest Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, Bremmer discusses the modern history of China after the fall of the Soviet Union and why another Cold War might be inevitable.

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