Hard Numbers: Iranian Hackers Dive Deep Into US Campaigns

13: At least 13 women drowned in the Mediterranean on Monday after a boat carrying migrants from Tunisia capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa. Arrivals of migrants and refugees are still far from their 2015 peaks, but they have been rising again this year. The UN says more than 1,000 people have died since January while trying to make the dangerous trip to Europe.


36.6: Bucking a broader trend of center-left weakness in Europe, Portugal's incumbent Socialist Party won comfortably in Sunday's general election with 36.6 percent of the vote, beating out the center-right Social Democratic Party's 27.9 percent, and boosting their seat count from 85 to at least 106. But without an outright majority, the party still has some coalition-building to do, likely with parties from the far left.

2,700: In a 30-day period, groups linked to the Iranian government made more than 2,700 attempts to hack email addresses belonging to US presidential campaigns, government officials and journalists, according to new data revealed by Microsoft. Of these, 241 were successful. With little over a year until the 2020 election, how safe will the campaigns be?

25: Angola, Africa's second largest oil producer, has seen its crude output tumble by more than 25 percent over the past ten years, as lower oil prices make companies less willing to invest in the country's hard-to-develop offshore fields. This has made life tough for a still-poor country where oil sales account for two thirds of government revenue and virtually all exports.

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.

Learn more at Eniday: Energy Is A Good Story

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky sat down yesterday with Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron for a meeting in the Elysée Palace in Paris for peace talks. This was the first-ever meeting between Putin, Russia's dominant political force since 2000, and Zelensky, who was a TV comedian at this time last year.

Fears that Putin would use Zelensky's inexperience to back him into a deal on Russian terms weren't realized, but the relationship between the two has only just begun.

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Macron not backing down over pensions – Despite five days of mass unrest that has paralyzed Paris' public transport system and dented both tourism and Christmas retail, the government will stand firm on a proposal to reform and unify the country's 42 different pension plans. France's pension system, one of the most generous of any major industrialized country, has major budget shortfalls that contribute to the country's ballooning deficit. Last year, Macron abandoned a proposed fuel price hike that ignited the Yellow Vest movement. But overhauling France's "welfare state" was central to his 2017 election platform, and acquiescing to protesters this time around would be political suicide. France's prime minister – tapped to lead the pension reform project – is expected to announce the plan's final details tomorrow. We're watching to see how this might escalate things further.

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4: The World Anti-Doping Agency handed Russia a four-year ban from all major sporting events, precluding its participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, and soccer's 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Russia has three weeks to appeal the ban, which its prime minister says is the result of "chronic anti-Russian hysteria."

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Are we seeing the creation of a parallel universe for US and Chinese tech industries?

I think the answer is yes. In the past, US has dominated the world in technologies from P.C. operating systems, semiconductors, to servers, and even Internet. But ever since the rise of mobile technologies, China has really leveraged the large market with a huge amount of data and now is beginning to innovate and build great mobile apps on which there's a large amount of data being collected.

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