Hard Numbers: Syria and Russia are bombing hospitals

60: Since April, Syrian and Russian planes have struck at least 60 health facilities in northwestern Syria, according to a painstaking investigation by the New York Times. At least 29 of those facilities are on an "off limits" list assembled by the United Nations.


8: At least eight people have died this week in Australia's rapidly expanding bushfires, which have destroyed more than 200 homes and forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

9 million: The digital currency Bitcoin gained 9 million percent in value since July 2010, according to Bloomberg. Any bets on how it'll do in the new decade?

30: The strike by French transit unions angry about a proposed pension reform is now in its 30th day, making it the longest work stoppage in France since the landmark protests of 1968.

As Europe inches past the peak of COVID-19 deaths and the US slowly approaches it, many poorer countries are now staring into an abyss. As bad as the coronavirus crisis is likely to be in the world's wealthiest nations, the public health and economic blow to less affluent ones, often referred to as "developing countries," could be drastically worse. Here's why:

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25: A divorce lawyer in Shanghai told Bloomberg News that his business has surged 25% since the city began easing its lockdown in mid-March, as being cooped up on lockdown evidently exposed irreconcilable differences in people's marriages.

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Japan mulls state of emergency: Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe is poised to declare a "state of emergency" because of the coronavirus pandemic, giving local governments the authority to order people to stay in their homes and shutter businesses and schools. Japan has so far managed the crisis without the kinds of sweeping lockdowns seen elsewhere, but a surge of new cases in recent days – particularly in Tokyo – has put pressure on the government to do more. Japan has one of the world's oldest populations – a third of its people are older than 65, the demographic most vulnerable to COVID-19. The emergency decision comes at a tough time. Japan's economy has been hurting for several months now, as China's massive lockdowns in January and February cratered demand for Japanese exports. In order to deal with the fallout that comes with putting his economy on life-support, PM Abe said the government would push through a $1 trillion stimulus package.

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As reports swirl from sources in the U.S. Intelligence Community that China vastly underreported the number of COVID-19 cases and related deaths, China's top diplomat in the U.S., Ambassador Cui Tiankai, joined Ian Bremmer for an exclusive conversation in which he responds to the claim.

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