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Hard Numbers: Haitians back foreign troops, Turkey/Syria quake, RIP Musharraf, Israelis keep protesting, Spanish omelet pangs

Broken flag of Haiti
Annie Gugliotta

69: That's the percentage of Haitians who support establishing an international force to help the police fight gangs amid a vacuum of power, according to a new survey. The UN proposed a "rapid action force" when things spiraled out of control last October, but few countries are willing to commit troops to defend a government that’s been without elected officials since early January.

1,300: More than 1,300 people were killed on Monday after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook central Turkey and northwest Syria. The tremor brings even more destruction to the mostly opposition-held area on the Syrian side of the border, where even basic infrastructure has been pummeled by 11 years of civil war and millions of internally displaced Syrians live in squalid camps.

24: Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf, a key American ally in the US-led war on terror, died Sunday at age 79 in exile in Dubai and will likely get a low-key home burial as a convicted traitor. PM Shehbaz Sharif expressed his condolences, letting bygones be bygones — almost 24 years ago, Musharraf ousted Sharif's older brother Nawaz in a military coup.

5: For the fifth consecutive weekend, tens of thousands of Israelis took to the streets to protest against the government's planned judicial reforms, which critics say will weaken the judiciary's independence. The constitutional crisis has deepened after the attorney general demanded PM Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu distance himself due to a conflict of interest.

59: One of Madrid's most popular restaurants has temporarily shut down after 59 people complained of food poisoning from its signature lightly cooked tortilla de patata or potato omelet, Spain's de-facto national dish. This time, the eternal debate over how it should be prepared has gotten political — if it’s to be served runny, the Madrid regional government recommends using pasteurized eggs.

How do you like your tortilla cooked? Let us know here and you'll get a personal response from Carlos Santamaria, GZERO Daily's resident Spanish omelet snob.


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