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Hard Numbers: Is this the least fair impeachment?

Hard Numbers: Is this the least fair impeachment?

50 billion: Iran has discovered a new oil field containing more than 50 billion barrels of crude oil, its president said, a development that could bolster its oil reserves by a third. However, the discovery is yet to be verified by an outside party, and it's unclear if Iran could sell any of this oil under the current US sanctions regime.


20: Turkey's interior ministry said it has started repatriating foreign Islamic State fighters back to their home countries, including 20 ISIS fighters from Germany, France, Ireland and Denmark. Ankara says it plans to deport 2,500 captured ISIS militants, mainly to Europe, but many of their home countries have been reluctant to accept them.

44: A new poll finds that just 44 percent of US adults believe the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump's withholding of aid to Ukraine is fair. Compare that with 49 percent and 55 percent for the Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon impeachments, respectively.

39: UK police have released the names of 39 Vietnamese nationals found dead in a truck outside London, a grisly case that's thrown a spotlight on the prevalence of human-smugglers who prey on people from Asia seeking a better life in Europe. Each year, about 18,000 Vietnamese people set out on this perilous journey.

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Not everyone celebrates the US holiday of Thanksgiving, but we've all got something to be grateful for in this awful year, right? So as Americans gather around the table — or the Zoom — to give thanks on Thursday, here's what a few world leaders are grateful for at the moment.

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Joe Biden has had one of the longest political careers in American history, but his most important act is yet to come. Can decades of experience in Washington prepare him to lead the most divided America since the end of the Civil War?

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With President Trump and most of the Republican Party still refusing to acknowledge that Joe Biden has won the election, it seems pretty likely that the partisan gridlock that has paralyzed Washington for at least the past four years is not going anywhere any time soon. How will President-elect Biden deal with Donald Trump once the latter is, eventually, out of the White House? And how will Biden deal with Mitch McConnell and a Republican party hellbent on opposing him? "If you get past the theater for a second," suggests Biden biographer and New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos, "you see that there is something deeply different in the relationship that Biden has with McConnell that Obama never had with McConnell." Osnos' conversation with Ian Bremmer is featured on GZERO World.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy activists plead guilty: The name Joshua Wong has become synonymous with Hong Kong's once-dynamic pro-democracy movement. But the democrats' momentum has all but fizzled since Beijing imposed a draconian national security law back in May, outlawing secessionist activity and criminalizing foreign influence in Hong Kong. Now Wong, who was instrumental in the 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement," is pleading guilty in a Hong Kong court to organizing and taking part in pro-democracy protests that gripped the semi-autonomous city for much of 2019. He and his two co defendants — all of them in their 20's — have been remanded until sentencing, scheduled for December 2, and are likely to face prison terms of various lengths. Wong, for his part, said he decided to switch his plea to "guilty" after consulting with his lawyer. (Knowing that the trial would mostly be a sham, the trio decided to plead guilty in order to speed up the process, according to reports.) This internationally watched court case comes as Beijing has increasingly cracked down on Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp in recent months, prompting the US to impose sanctions on Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam, and several Western governments to terminate special economic relationship with the city. To date, there have been more than 2,000 prosecutions linked to last year's protests.

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