Hard Numbers: Republicans' falling optimism, ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, Somali PM ousted, Poland to drop women treaty

50: Amid recent public health and economic crises, as well as widespread protests over racial injustice, half of registered Republicans, 50 percent, now say that the country is headed in the wrong direction. While that's lower than the 68 percent of Americans who believe the country isn't doing well, there are clear signs that Republicans' confidence is slipping.

6: After six years of conflict, a ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine came into effect Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy both appeared to back the deal, which comes after at least a dozen past attempts to broker a truce in eastern Ukraine have fallen through.

170: Somalia's Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khair has been removed from his post after a vote of no confidence was backed by 170 out of 178 MPs. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who appointed Khair in 2017, also backed the ouster on the grounds that the PM had failed to pave the way for free and fair elections in 2021, the first democratic polls in over 50 years.

34: Poland says it will take steps to withdraw from a European treaty on violence against women and domestic violence which it ratified in 2015. Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party, and its conservative allies aligned with the Catholic Church, said the convention, which has been ratified by 34 countries, was "harmful" because of its "ideological nature."

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A steady increase of violence in the Sahel region of Africa over the past eight years has imposed fear and hardship on millions of the people who live there. It has also pushed the governments of Sahel countries to work together to fight terrorists.

The region's troubles have also captured the attention of European leaders, who worry that if instability there continues, it could generate a movement of migrants that might well dwarf the EU refugee crisis of 2015-2016.

But is Europe helping to make things better?

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Ian Bremmer's QuickTake:

It's Monday, coronavirus still going on. Plenty to talk about.

I mean, I guess the biggest news in the United States is the fact that we still don't have any stimulus going forward. I mean, now, keep in mind, this is on the back of an exceptionally strong initial US economic response, over 10% of GDP, ensuring relief for small businesses, for big corporations, and most importantly, for everyday American citizens, many of whom, large double digit numbers, lost their jobs, a lot of whom lost them permanently but didn't have to worry, at least in the near term, because they were getting cash from the government. Is that going to continue?

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Lebanon's government resigns: Lebanon's government resigned on Monday over last week's twin explosions at Beirut's port, which killed at least 160 people and shattered much of the city's downtown areas. After promising a thorough investigation into why dangerous explosives were stored at the port so close to civilian areas, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said he would step down in solidarity with the people." The people in question are furious. Thousands of Lebanese have taken to the streets in recent days demanding "revolution" and the resignation of a political class whose corruption and mismanagement had plunged the country into economic ruin even before last week's blasts. The international community, meanwhile, held a conference on Sunday and pledged $300 million in humanitarian aid to rebuild battered Beirut, with aid distribution to be coordinated by the UN. But the attendees, which included US President Donald Trump, the European Union, and the Gulf Arab states, said that the funds would not be released until the Lebanese government reforms its bloated, inefficient, and corrupt public sector. So far, Beirut's power brokers have resisted change. As rage on the streets intensifies — with angry protesters swarming the city center and setting public property and government buildings ablaze even after cabinet members resigned — it remains unclear who will run Lebanon going forward and guide the country's rebuilding process.

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"There have been more than 500 deaths of healthcare workers that we know of in this country and more than 80,000 infections of healthcare workers … These are mind-boggling numbers." Former CDC director Dr. Frieden on how the United States is failing the heroes who are fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines. The fact that many still don't have access to basic personal protective equipment this far into the public health crisis is not just unacceptable. It's a symptom of how deeply flawed our healthcare system is as a whole.