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Hard Numbers: Hackers slide into DMs, actual Nazi convicted, US shells out vaccine cash, Chinese sex toys surge

Hard Numbers: Hackers slide into DMs, actual Nazi convicted, US shells out vaccine cash, Chinese sex toys surge

36: Hackers who targeted verified accounts on Twitter earlier this month gained access to at least 36 of those account-holders' Direct Message inboxes, including an"elected official in the Netherlands," believed to be anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders. The ability of hackers to slide into elected officials' DMs has raised fears of blackmail.


5,230: As a teenager in Nazi Germany, Bruno Dey worked as a guard at the Stutthof concentration camp. On Thursday, a German court convicted him of 5,230 counts of accessory to murder, one for each person killed on his watch. The ruling against Dey, who is 93 years old, is likely to be one of the last convictions of living participants in the Holocaust.

1.95 billion: The US government has committed to paying $1.95 billion for 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine currently in development by US pharma giant Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech. Earlier this year, the White House shelled out $1 billion to reserve 300 million doses of the rival vaccine being made by Oxford University and the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca. The White House says vaccines will be free for all Americans.

50: Sales of Chinese-made sex toys have increased by 50 percent so far this year due to higher demand from customers in Western countries under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. China's sex doll exports have doubled globally, and risen five-fold in Italy alone.

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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?

Trade

"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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