Hard Numbers: Tel Aviv’s socially distanced protests,Turkey’s covid-19 surge, crude drops below zero

Hard Numbers: Tel Aviv’s socially distanced protests,Turkey’s covid-19 surge, crude drops below zero

86,300: Turkey has now overtaken China and Iran as the country with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases outside of Europe and the United States, recording some 86,300 infections and more than 2,000 deaths. Due to an increase in testing, Turkey recorded 4,000 new infections in just 24-hours.

1.4 million: According to the World Health Organization, 1.4 million people were tested for COVID-19 globally between January 29 and April 15.

2,000: Some 2,000 protesters flocked to Tel Aviv's city center Sunday to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is still serving as prime minister despite facing corruption charges. To maintain appropriate social distancing, an X was drawn on the ground every two meters to indicate where demonstrators could stand.

Less than zero: Prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) a US crude oil benchmark went below zero on Monday for the first time in history. Coronavirus-lockdowns have destroyed so much demand for oil that sellers are left with more oil than they can store, forcing them to pay buyers to take the stuff off their hands. The international oil benchmark, Brent, has stayed in positive territory for the time being, in part because it is shipped primarily by tankers which can respond more flexibly to ups and downs in demand around the world.

Carbon has a bad rep, but did you know it's a building block of life? As atoms evolved, carbon trapped in CO2 was freed, giving way to the creation of complex molecules that use photosynthesis to convert carbon to food. Soon after, plants, herbivores, and carnivores began populating the earth and the cycle of life began.

Learn more about how carbon created life on Earth in the second episode of Eni's Story of CO2 series.

As we enter the homestretch of the US presidential election — which is set to be the most contentious, and possibly contested, in generations — Americans are also voting on 35 seats up for grabs in a battle for the control of the Senate. The 100-member body is currently held 53-47 by the Republican Party, but many individual races are wide open, and the Democrats are confident they can flip the upper chamber of Congress.

Either way, the result will have a profound impact not only on domestic policy, but also on US foreign relations and other issues with global reach. Here are a few areas where what US senators decide reverberates well beyond American shores.

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For many, Paul Rusesabagina became a household name after the release of the 2004 tear-jerker film Hotel Rwanda, which was set during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Rusesabagina, who used his influence as a hotel manager to save the lives of more than 1,000 Rwandans, has again made headlines in recent weeks after he was reportedly duped into boarding a flight to Kigali, Rwanda's capital, where he was promptly arrested on terrorism, arson, kidnapping and murder charges. Rusesabagina's supporters say he is innocent and that the move is retaliation against the former "hero" for his public criticism of President Paul Kagame, who has ruled the country with a strong hand since ending the civil war in the mid 1990s.

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From climate change to connecting more people to the Internet, big companies like Microsoft are seeing an increasing role within multilateral organizations like the UN and the World Health Organization. John Frank, Microsoft's VP of UN Affairs, explains the contributions tech companies and other multinational corporations are making globally during this time of crisis and challenge.

7: Among the 10 nations showing the highest COVID-19 death rates per 100,000 people, seven are in Latin America. Weak health systems, frail leadership, and the inability of millions of working poor to do their daily jobs remotely have contributed to the regional crisis. Peru tops the global list with nearly 100 fatalities per 100,000 people. Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia are also in the top 10.

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