Hard Numbers: Height Requirements in China

25: Only 25 percent of eligible voters in Afghanistan turned out for Saturday's national elections. That was the lowest participation since the US and its allies swept the Taliban from power in 2001, and came amid a spate of bombings and mortar attacks on polling centers.


$27 million: Swiss authorities netted $27 million on Sunday from the auction of a white Lamborghini Veneno roadster, an armored Rolls Royce Silver Spur, a vintage Aston Martin Lagonda and a bevy of other exotic cars that once belonged to the son of Equatorial Guinea's longtime president. The cars were seized as part of a money-laundering probe.

5 foot 9: That's how tall you need to be (1.75m for our metrically inclined friends) in order to be one of the 15,0000 Chinese soldiers marching to commemorate China's 70th anniversary parade today. The maximum allowable height is 6 foot 1 (1.85m).

500: Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed to have killed or wounded 500 troops belonging to the opposing Saudi-led coalition fighting in the country, while capturing four times as many. If true, it would be one of the biggest Houthi victories in the brutal, nearly-five-year-old conflict. First drones, now this: Houthi capabilities are growing.

The Business and Market Fair that recently took place in Sanzule, Ghana featured local crops, livestock and manufactured goods, thanks in part to the Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP), one of Eni's initiatives to diversify the local economy. The LRP program provided training and support to start new businesses to approximately 1,400 people from 205 households, invigorating entrepreneurship in the community.

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It's been two months since President Trump abruptly ordered the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria, paving the way for a bloody Turkish offensive in that region. (See our earlier coverage here.) What's happened since? A guide for the puzzled:

No "end date" for US troops in Syria – US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said this week that the United States has completed its military pullback in northeastern Syria. Back in October, President Trump pledged to withdraw the roughly 1,000 American troops deployed there. Since then, some American troops have left Syria altogether, while others were redeployed to defend nearby oil fields from ISIS, as well as from Syrian government troops and Russia. Now, there are roughly 600 American troops dispersed around Syria, and the remainder have been deployed in Iraq to stave off a potential ISIS resurgence. It's not clear if any troops have returned to the US. When asked about the chaotic comings and goings of US troops in Syria in recent months, the commander of US Central Command said frankly: there's no "end date" for American troops stationed there.

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Turkey's government has captured many thousands of ISIS fighters as a result of its operations in northern Syria. Many of these prisoners have already been deported to some of the more than 100 countries they come from, and Ankara says it intends to send more. There are also more than 10,000 women and children – family members of ISIS fighters – still living in camps inside Syria.

These facts create a dilemma for the governments of countries where the ISIS detainees are still citizens: Should these terrorist fighters and their families be allowed to return, in many cases to face trial back home? Or should countries refuse to allow them back?

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What's the difference between Alphabet and Google?

Well, Google is the search engine, YouTube, all the stuff you probably think of as Google. Alphabet is the parent company that was created four or five years ago. And it contains a whole bunch of other entities like Jigsaw, Verily - the health care company that Google runs, Waymo - the self-driving car unit. Also, it's important to know Google makes tons of money. Alphabet, all that other stuff loses tons of money.

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The collapse of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria has given rise to a host of new challenges for governments around the world. Turkey has captured thousands of ISIS fighters as a result of its offensive in northern Syria, many of whom are foreign nationals who left their home countries to fight with the Islamic State. To date, non-Middle East countries have mostly opposed ISIS fighters returning home, leaving them, and their spouses and children, in legal limbo. Here's a look at where these foreign fighters come from.