Hard Numbers: Don Jr. banned, sick migrants rescued, food-insecure Southern Africans, a big find in Siberia

12: Donald Trump Jr. was banned from Twitter for 12 hours after violating the social media platform's misinformation rules by sharing a video touting the (unproven) benefits of hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus. Supporters of his father, US President Donald Trump — a compulsive tweeter and fan of hydroxychloroquine himself — often claim that social media giants are censoring conservative voices. Will Twitter dare ban the tweeter-in-chief?


65: 65 out of 94 migrants rescued on Monday off the coast of Malta have tested positive for COVID-19. Their nationalities are unknown, but local authorities believe their boat sailed from Libya, from where each year tens of thousands of Africans try to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.

45 million: Almost 45 million people across Southern Africa now lack sufficient access to nutritious food due to droughts, flooding and pandemic-related lockdowns, according to a new report by the Southern African Development Community. The number of food-insecure people in the region has jumped by nearly 10% year-on-year.

10,000: Russian scientists have discovered the well-preserved remains of a woolly mammoth believed to be at least 10,000 years old in a north Siberian lake. Such major finds are becoming more frequent as climate change is thawing huge areas of the Russian permafrost near the Arctic Circle.

How much material do we use to send a package? Too much. Does recycling help? Yes – but not really. Packaging material often accumulates as waste, contributing to its own "polluting weight." To solve our packaging dilemma, Finland came up with RePack: a "circular" solution for the reuse of material.

Learn more about RePack in Eni's new Energy Superfacts series.

A steady increase of violence in the Sahel region of Africa over the past eight years has imposed fear and hardship on millions of the people who live there. It has also pushed the governments of Sahel countries to work together to fight terrorists.

The region's troubles have also captured the attention of European leaders, who worry that if instability there continues, it could generate a movement of migrants that might well dwarf the EU refugee crisis of 2015-2016.

But is Europe helping to make things better?

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Ian Bremmer's QuickTake:

It's Monday, coronavirus still going on. Plenty to talk about.

I mean, I guess the biggest news in the United States is the fact that we still don't have any stimulus going forward. I mean, now, keep in mind, this is on the back of an exceptionally strong initial US economic response, over 10% of GDP, ensuring relief for small businesses, for big corporations, and most importantly, for everyday American citizens, many of whom, large double digit numbers, lost their jobs, a lot of whom lost them permanently but didn't have to worry, at least in the near term, because they were getting cash from the government. Is that going to continue?

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Lebanon's government resigns: Lebanon's government resigned on Monday over last week's twin explosions at Beirut's port, which killed at least 160 people and shattered much of the city's downtown areas. After promising a thorough investigation into why dangerous explosives were stored at the port so close to civilian areas, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said he would step down in solidarity with the people." The people in question are furious. Thousands of Lebanese have taken to the streets in recent days demanding "revolution" and the resignation of a political class whose corruption and mismanagement had plunged the country into economic ruin even before last week's blasts. The international community, meanwhile, held a conference on Sunday and pledged $300 million in humanitarian aid to rebuild battered Beirut, with aid distribution to be coordinated by the UN. But the attendees, which included US President Donald Trump, the European Union, and the Gulf Arab states, said that the funds would not be released until the Lebanese government reforms its bloated, inefficient, and corrupt public sector. So far, Beirut's power brokers have resisted change. As rage on the streets intensifies — with angry protesters swarming the city center and setting public property and government buildings ablaze even after cabinet members resigned — it remains unclear who will run Lebanon going forward and guide the country's rebuilding process.

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"There have been more than 500 deaths of healthcare workers that we know of in this country and more than 80,000 infections of healthcare workers … These are mind-boggling numbers." Former CDC director Dr. Frieden on how the United States is failing the heroes who are fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines. The fact that many still don't have access to basic personal protective equipment this far into the public health crisis is not just unacceptable. It's a symptom of how deeply flawed our healthcare system is as a whole.