Hard Numbers: Hong Kong protests resume, support for Italy's Lega party slides, governments hoard PPE

Hard Numbers: Hong Kong protests resume, support for Italy's Lega party slides, governments hoard PPE

80: At least 80 countries and territories have enforced export restrictions on medical equipment such as face masks and ventilators in recent months. This protectionist trend is threatening global supply chains and ramping up prices for much-needed gear, the World Trade Organization warns.


300: After a curb on public gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 halted the activities of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement earlier this year, around 300 people flouted social distancing rules Sunday, calling for "revolution" and demanding the release of 15 pro-democracy protesters recently arrested.

17: Seventeen people, including 12 park rangers, were killed Saturday in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo in an attack that DRC officials blamed on a Rwandan rebel group. Logging, poaching, and spillover violence from Congo's civil wars have made the park, Africa's oldest nature reserve, a hotspot of conflict between rival militias.

25.4: National approval ratings for Italy's far-right Lega party have recently slipped nearly 6 points to 25.4 percent, on account of Lega-run regional governments' poor handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the party's traditional strongholds in northern Italy.

Carbon has a bad rep, but did you know it's a building block of life? As atoms evolved, carbon trapped in CO2 was freed, giving way to the creation of complex molecules that use photosynthesis to convert carbon to food. Soon after, plants, herbivores, and carnivores began populating the earth and the cycle of life began.

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As we enter the homestretch of the US presidential election — which is set to be the most contentious, and possibly contested, in generations — Americans are also voting on 35 seats up for grabs in a battle for the control of the Senate. The 100-member body is currently held 53-47 by the Republican Party, but many individual races are wide open, and the Democrats are confident they can flip the upper chamber of Congress.

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For many, Paul Rusesabagina became a household name after the release of the 2004 tear-jerker film Hotel Rwanda, which was set during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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From climate change to connecting more people to the Internet, big companies like Microsoft are seeing an increasing role within multilateral organizations like the UN and the World Health Organization. John Frank, Microsoft's VP of UN Affairs, explains the contributions tech companies and other multinational corporations are making globally during this time of crisis and challenge.

7: Among the 10 nations showing the highest COVID-19 death rates per 100,000 people, seven are in Latin America. Weak health systems, frail leadership, and the inability of millions of working poor to do their daily jobs remotely have contributed to the regional crisis. Peru tops the global list with nearly 100 fatalities per 100,000 people. Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia are also in the top 10.

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