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Hard Numbers: New Zealand hits zero, non-white voters in the US, EU's vaccine alliance, COVID's remotest locations

Hard Numbers: New Zealand hits zero, non-white voters in the US, EU's vaccine alliance, COVID's remotest locations

0: New Zealand is readying to lift all remaining coronavirus restrictions after recording zero new infections for 17 days. Though social distancing is no longer required, the country's borders will remain closed to foreigners for some time, the Prime Minister said.


40: At least forty percent of registered Democratic voters are either black, Hispanic, Asian or part of other non-white racial communities, according to a new Pew poll. By contrast, 17 percent of registered Republicans are non-white.

4: Four EU countries – Italy, France, the Netherlands and Germany – have formed a vaccine alliance aimed at ensuring that a COVID-19 vaccine is made affordable and accessible for all Europeans. Part of the initiative involves prioritizing the production of a future vaccine in European facilities rather than abroad, the group said.

188: The coronavirus has now reached at least 188 countries since it first emerged in China last December, infiltrating remote locations like the New Caledonia archipelago in the South Pacific as well as the Falkland Islands off the coast of Argentina. Still, 30 percent of all confirmed cases globally are in the United States.

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Back in 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump presented his vision for an "America First" foreign policy, which symbolized a radical departure from the US' longtime approach to international politics and diplomacy.

In electing Donald Trump, a political outsider, to the top job, American voters essentially gave him a mandate to follow through on these promises. So, has he?

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"A continuing rape of our country."

On the 2016 campaign trail, candidate Trump said that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a 12 country trade deal pushed by the Obama administration — would "rape" America's economy by imperiling the manufacturing sector, closing factories, and taking more jobs overseas.

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In an op-ed titled "Iran Arms Embargo Reckoning," the Wall Street Journal editorial board argues that ending the UN arms embargo on Iran was a major flaw of the 2015 nuclear deal and questions whether Biden could do anything to contain Iran at this point. Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group's Henry Rome take out the Red Pen to explain why this discussion misrepresents the importance of the embargo and the consequences for its expiration.

So, the US presidential election is now just days away, and today's selection is focusing on a specific aspect of foreign policy that will certainly change depending on who wins in the presidential contest—namely America's approach to Iran.

You've heard me talk before about the many similarities between Trump and Biden on some international policies, like on China or on Afghanistan. But Iran is definitely not one of those. Trump hated the JCPOA, the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, put together under the Obama administration, and he walked away from it unilaterally. Joe Biden, if he were to become president, would try to bring it back.

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It almost didn't happen — but here we are again. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden face off tonight in the final presidential debate of the 2020 US election campaign.

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Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, US President George W. Bush demanded that Afghanistan's Taliban government surrender Osama bin Laden and end support for al-Qaeda. The Taliban refused.

On October 7, US bombs began falling on Taliban forces. NATO allies quickly pledged support for the US, and US boots hit the ground in Afghanistan two weeks later.

Thus began a war, now the longest in US history, that has killed more than 3,500 coalition soldiers and 110,000 Afghans. It has cost the American taxpayer nearly $3 trillion. US allies have also made human and material sacrifices.

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