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Hard Numbers: Google bets on India, US states sue Trump over students, Singapore opposition gains, New York City (finally) gets to zero

Hard Numbers: Google bets on India, US states sue Trump over students, Singapore opposition gains, New York City (finally) gets to zero

10 billion: Google will invest $10 billion in India. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet, explained that the money will go toward helping Indian businesses go digital and use technology "for social good," in line with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative to overhaul the country's digital infrastructure.

17: As of Monday afternoon, 17 US states and the District of Columbia have sued the Trump administration over a new immigration rule that would revoke the visas of tens of thousands of foreign students if their US universities hold only online classes next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The move has sparked an outcry by both students and colleges, many of which rely heavily on foreign students' tuition fees.

10: Singapore's opposition achieved its best-ever result in Friday's election, securing 10 out of the 93 seats up for grabs in parliament. The ruling People's Action Party (PAP) won — as it always has since independence in 1965 — but its share of the popular vote plunged to less than two-thirds, a record-low support amid popular mistrust of how the government has handled the COVID-19 crisis.

0: New York City on Sunday registered zero COVID-19 deaths for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. After emerging as an early global epicenter, the Big Apple has since dramatically flattened the curve of infections — while other major US cities, especially in Florida and Texas, are now seeing cases and deaths spike.

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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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