Hard Numbers: Iran's Women Attend First Football Match in Four Decades

320: In Zimbabwe, the price of electricity has risen recently by 320 percent, a spike that authorities say is needed to pay for equipment maintenance and fuel for generators. It's the latest sign that hopes for an economic revival after years of economic mismanagement under President Robert Mugabe remain unrealized.


30: After a United Nations report claimed that at least 30 Afghan civilians were killed by US airstrikes this spring, the US-led mission in Afghanistan countered that many of those killed were insurgents linked to Taliban-run drug labs. This dispute highlights the perils of reliance on overhead surveillance and local forces to identify combatants on a complex battleground.

3,500: Forty years since Iran banned female fans from attending sports stadiums where men are playing, Iranian women were granted access to a World Cup soccer qualifier in Tehran: 3,500 women bought tickets to the game. Amnesty International, which calls this move a "cynical publicity stunt," reports that only a "token number" out of 78,000 tickets were available to women.

3/4: Universal basic income (UBI) – a government-instituted program that would provide every adult with a specific sum of money to offset job losses from AI – is supported by three-quarters of residents in both the UK and Canada, according to a Gallup poll. Compare that to just 44 percent of Americans who support it.

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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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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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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