Hard Numbers: Northern Ireland has a government – finally!

13,000: Some 13,000 people participated in Bangkok's 1.6-mile "Run Against Dictatorship" on Sunday, calling for the ouster of prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the ex-army chief who remains at the helm despite last year's disputed elections. It was the largest public rebuke of Prayuth since 2014 when he took over in a coup and began cracking down on opposition.

3.8: Africa's economy is slated to grow at a rate of 3.8 percent in 2020, outperforming the projected worldwide growth rate of 3.4 percent. South Sudan and Rwanda are expected to experience the biggest economic gains, according to the Brookings Institution.

3: After three years of political stalemate, Northern Ireland's two main parties have reached a power-sharing agreement. The nationalist Sinn Fein party, which supports reunification with the Republic of Ireland, and the Democratic Unionist Party, advocating closer ties to the rest of the United Kingdom, opted to form an 'imperfect' coalition government rather than drag the country through another election.

300,000: More than 300,000 civilians have been displaced by fighting between Libya's warring parties – the self-appointed Libyan National Army and militias loosely allied with the UN-backed government. The groups have now agreed to a ceasefire, raising hopes for the cessation of fighting that has drawn in Turkey and Russia, both vying for strategic and economic influence in the region.

Scientists, engineers and technologists are turning to nature in search of solutions to climate change. Biomimicry is now being applied in the energy sector, medicine, architecture, communications, transport and agriculture in a bid to make human life on this planet more sustainable and limit the impacts of global warming. New inventions have been inspired by humpback whales, kingfishers and mosquitoes.

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The drumbeat for regulating artificial intelligence (AI) is growing louder. Earlier this week, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google's parent company, Alphabet, became the latest high-profile Silicon Valley figure to call for governments to put guardrails around technologies that use huge amounts of (sometimes personal) data to teach computers how to identify faces, make decisions about mortgage applications, and myriad other tasks that previously relied on human brainpower.


January 27 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi extermination camp. But even as some 40 heads of state gathered in Jerusalem this week to commemorate the six million Jews who were killed, a recent Pew survey revealed that many American adults don't know basic facts about the ethnic cleansing of Europe's Jews during the Second World War. Fewer than half of those polled knew how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and close to a third didn't know when it actually happened. Here's a look at some of the numbers.

1: The Greek parliament has elected a woman president for the first time since the country's independence some 200 years ago. A political outsider, Katerina Sakellaropoulou is a high court judge with no known party affiliation. "Our country enters the third decade of the 21st century with more optimism," Greece's prime minister said.


A quarantine in China– Local authorities have locked down the city of Wuhan, the source of the outbreak of a new and potentially deadly respiratory virus that, as of Thursday morning, had infected more than 540 people in at least six countries. Other nearby cities were also hit by travel restrictions. Rail and air traffic out of Wuhan has been halted. Public transportation is shut, and local officials are urging everyone to stay put unless they have a special need to travel. Wuhan is a city of 11 million people, many of whom were about to travel for the Chinese New Year. We're watching to see whether these extraordinary measures help stem the outbreak, but also to see how the people affected respond to the clampdown.