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.

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.