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.

Paper was originally made from rags until the introduction of cellulose in 1800. Since then, it has transformed into a "circular" industry, with 55% of paper produced in Italy recovered. It no longer just comes from trees, either. Some companies produce paper with scraps from the processing of other products like wool and walnuts.

Learn more about this rags to riches story in Eni's new Energy Superfacts series.

Donald Trump can still win re-election in November, but foreign governments read the same polls we do. They know that Joe Biden heads into the homestretch with a sizeable polling lead — both nationally and in the states most likely to decide the outcome. Naturally, they're thinking ahead to what a Biden foreign policy might look like.

They're probably glad that Biden gives them a half-century track record to study. (He was first elected to local office in 1970 and to the US Senate in 1972.) The six years he spent as ranking member, then chairman, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, his term as co-chairman of the Senate's NATO Observer Group, and his eight years as Barack Obama's vice president tell them that he's essentially a "liberal internationalist," a person who believes that America must lead a global advance of democracy and freedom — and that close cooperation with allies is essential for success.

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On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer explores the escalating tension between the world's two biggest geopolitical and economic players—the US and China. With guest Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, Bremmer discusses the modern history of China after the fall of the Soviet Union and why another Cold War might be inevitable.

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On the GZERO World Podcast, Ian Bremmer explores the escalating tension between the world's two biggest geopolitical and economic players—the US and China. With guest Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, Bremmer discusses the modern history of China after the fall of the Soviet Union and why another Cold War might be inevitable.

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