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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.

Meet Carlo Fortini, a young geophysical engineer whose passion for speed and challenge resonates in everything he does. When he is not racing on his motorbike, you can find Carlo operating one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world at Eni's Green Data Center in Po Valley, Italy. Here, he brings his technical and creative expertise to develop new software for underground exploration.

Watch the latest Faces of Eni episode to learn more about what drives Carlo.

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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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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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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