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Hard Numbers: Political Parties Everywhere Are Manipulating Social Media

7 billion: A new trade deal between the US and Japan will open Japanese markets to about $7 billion worth of American farm goods annually. Experts say the deal, which covers beef, pork and wheat, could provide some reprieve for US farmers who are losing market share in China as a result of the US-China trade war.

1,900: In the week since protests erupted against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government, at least 1,900 people have been arrested, according to the Arab Network for Human Rights Information. Demonstrators are protesting government corruption and a broad crackdown on dissent – an extremely risky move in Egypt's police state.

70: Political parties in 70 countries are now engaging in social media manipulation to undermine political opponents, according to a new study by Oxford University. That number has doubled in the past two years, with Facebook remaining the top social network for disinformation.

800,000: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo will target over 800,000 children in a nine-day emergency vaccination program after a measles outbreak that's killed 3,500 people in that country this year. WHO says this epidemic is the world's fastest moving and has killed more people this year than Ebola.


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