Hard Numbers: School's out for more than half a billion kids

34: Only 34 percent of Pew respondents in Germany said the US-Germany relationship is "good." Believe it or not, that's an improvement over two years ago, when only 24 percent of Germans said the same.


19,400: The Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, designed to house 3,000 migrants, now has around 19,400 people languishing in squalid conditions. A child died Monday when a fire broke out in the overcrowded camp.

3,240: Coronavirus deaths outside of China surpassed the Chinese toll for the first time Monday, as more than 3,240 people have now succumbed to the virus worldwide, compared to 3,208 in mainland China. An interactive map produced by John Hopkins university tracks the rise of global coronavirus cases – deaths and recoveries – in real time.

776.7 million: As of March 16, more than half a billion children worldwide were out of school because of coronavirus closures, the UN said. Eighty-five countries have closed schools nationwide, while dozens of local governments have imposed partial shutdowns. For parents looking for tips on what to do with your kids, this woman's lesson plan gave us a much-needed laugh.


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.

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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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.

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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French protests over racial injustice: The George Floyd protests in the United States have sparked solidarity demonstrations around the world, with people flocking to US embassies in Berlin, London and elsewhere to express their outrage. But they have also inspired other countries to reexamine racial justice within their own societies. In France, where street demonstrations are practically a national pastime, thousands of people have gathered in support of the family of Adama Traoré, a 24-year old black man who died in police custody back in 2016. At least 20,000 Parisians demonstrated Wednesday, despite coronavirus bans on public gatherings. Protesters adopted similar language to the Floyd protests, demanding accountability for the officers who violently pinned down Traoré during a dispute over an identity check, leading to his death. Renewed focus on this case, which has become a potent symbol of police brutality in France, comes as coronavirus lockdowns have recently stoked tensions between the police and the mostly-minority residents of Paris' banlieues (low-income suburbs).

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