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Hard Numbers: Malaysian ex-PM is broke, Czech health minister ousted, Turkey jails coup plotters, US migrant minors

A man holds up a poster as pro-democracy group Bersih stages a 1MDB protest, calling for Malaysian PM Najib Razak to resign in 2016.

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409 million: Najib Razak, Malaysia's former prime minister, is on the hook for $409 million in unpaid taxes. If he doesn't cough up the cash soon, Razak will lose his parliamentary immunity and serve 12 years in prison for his role in the 1MDB corruption scandal that got him voted out of office in 2018.


5,600: The US Department of Homeland Security is reviewing some 5,600 cases of migrant children to determine whether they were separated from their parents after crossing the border under the Trump administration. President Biden, who has reversed many of Trump's harsh immigration policies, is grappling with a recent increase in migrant arrivals at the southern border.

497: A Turkish court on Wednesday handed down lengthy prison terms to 497 former members of the military convicted of trying to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a July 2016 coup attempt. Among the sentenced were 22 high-ranking officers who got life.

3: Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has fired his third health minister since the pandemic began. Babiš — now trailing in the polls ahead of an election this fall — often clashed with the ousted Jan Blatný, who has been unwilling to purchase Sputnik V vaccines from Russia even as the Czechs suffer the world's highest COVID death toll per million people.
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