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.


How will our cities and lives change in the future? What about a structure with a roller skating rink above a swimming pool, made out of transparent solar panels that power the entire park? This was the innovation invented by Eni's young researchers based on Luminescent Solar Concentrators, developed through Eni's research.

Watch the latest episode of Funny Applications, Eni's video series that imagines new uses for technology.

In an interview with GZERO World host Ian Bremmer, Hong Kong lawmaker Dennis Kwok, an outspoken pro-democracy advocate, expresses his concerns that the current "draconian" laws China's leadership is forcing upon his city has expedited the end of the "one country, two systems" policy established in 1997.

For 30 years, citizens of Hong Kong have gathered in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4 to honor the peaceful protesters massacred in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on that date in 1989. It has been the only public Tiananmen commemoration permitted on Chinese soil.

This year, the park was surrounded by barricades to keep people out. The officially stated reason for the shut-down? Crowds spread coronavirus. (In this city of more than 7 million, COVID has so far killed four people.)

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Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, helps us make sense of today's stories in technology:

What kind of technology is law enforcement using in their standoff with protesters?

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Big news, of course, that former Secretary of Defense Mattis comes out with a public statement basically calling Trump's rule, his actions, unconstitutional and unfit for office, more divisive than any president he's ever seen.

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