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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.

Pop quiz: what percentage of plastic currently gets recycled worldwide? Watch this video in Eni's Energy Shot series to find out and learn what needs to be done to prevent plastic from ending up in our oceans. Plastic is a precious resource that should be valued, not wasted.

Ten years ago this week, a powerful earthquake off the coast of eastern Japan triggered a tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant, resulting in the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. A decade and dozens of decommissioned reactors later, nuclear energy still supplies about 10 percent of global electricity, but its future remains uncertain amid post-Fukushima safety concerns.

As more countries pledge to curb emissions to mitigate climate change, nuclear could serve as a clean(ish) and reliable source of energy. But investing more in nuclear comes with tradeoffs.

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This Monday, March 8, is International Women's Day, a holiday with roots in a protest led by the Russian feminist Alexandra Kollontai that helped topple the czar of Russia in 1917. More than a hundred years later, amid a global pandemic that has affected women with particular fury, there are dozens of women-led protests and social movements reshaping politics around the globe. Here we take a look at a few key ones to watch this year.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hey everybody. Ian Bremmer here. Welcome to your week, life looking better every day in the United States, coronavirus land. But I thought I'd talk about, this week, all of this cancel culture that everyone's talking about right now. If you're on the wrong political side, your opponents are trying to shut you down and you take massive umbrage. I see this everywhere, and it's starting to annoy.

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"Apocalyptic" protests in Senegal: At least five people have been killed in clashes with police as protests over poverty, unemployment, and the jailing of a popular politician rock the West African nation of Senegal. Ousmane Sonko, who heads the opposition Movement to Defend Democracy (M2D) and is considered the most viable challenger to current president Mackie Sall, was accused of rape in February and arrested last week. Sonko says the charges are a politically motivated attempt to remove him from politics before the 2024 presidential election. His supporters immediately hit the streets, voicing a range of grievances including joblessness and poverty. Though youth unemployment has fallen over the past decade, it still exceeds eight percent and close to two-thirds of the country's 16 million people are under the age of 25. As Sonko supporters pledge to continue protests this week, Senegal's head of conflict resolution says the country is "on the verge of apocalypse."

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