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8.6: Indian politician and parties are expected to spend almost $8.6 billion in this year's election which began in early April and lasts for more than six weeks, according to the New Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies. That's more than the $6.5 billion spend in the 2016 US presidential and congressional elections, making it the most expensive election in the world.

90: Over the past 20 years, migration from Mexico to the United States has dropped 90 percent. Arrivals from Guatemala and Honduras are on pace to surpass those from Mexico this year for the first time ever.

236: There are currently 236 political prisoners behind bars in Russia, up from just 46 in 2015, according to a new report. A reminder that there are things that even Vladimir Putin, the Teflon Don of Russia, is worried about.

67: Sixty-seven percent of Peruvians view immigration from nearby Venezuela in a negative light, compared to 43 percent who held this view in February of 2018. This week, Peru conducted the first known mass deportation of Venezuelan migrants from any country in the region.

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It's been four days since Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, died in a hail of bullets on a highway near Tehran. Iran has plausibly blamed Israel for the killing, but more than that, not much is known credibly or in detail.

This is hardly the first time that an Iranian nuclear scientist has been assassinated in an operation that has a whiff of Mossad about it. But Fakhrizadeh's prominence — he is widely regarded as the father of the Iranian nuclear program — as well as the timing of the killing, just six weeks from the inauguration of a new American president, make it a particularly big deal. Not least because an operation this sensitive would almost certainly have required a US sign-off.

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Ethiopia on the brink: After ethnic tensions between Ethiopia's federal government and separatist forces in the northern Tigray region erupted into a full-blown armed conflict in recent weeks, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced his forces had taken control of Tigray's capital on Saturday and declared victory. But the fugitive Tigray leader Debretsion Gebremichael quickly called Abiy's bluff, saying the fighting is raging on, and demanded Abiy withdraw his forces. Gebremichael accused Abiy of launching "a genocidal campaign" that has displaced 1 million people, with thousands fleeing to neighboring Sudan, creating a humanitarian catastrophe. The Tigray, who make up about five percent of Ethiopia's population, are fighting for self-determination, but Abiy's government has repeatedly rejected invitations to discuss the issue, accusing the coalition led by Gebremichael's Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) of "instigating clashes along ethnic and religious lines." As the two sides dig in their heels, Ethiopia faces the risk of a civil war that could threaten the stability of the entire Horn of Africa.

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110: At least 110 people were killed in Nigeria's conflict-ridden Borno state on Saturday, when armed men attacked agricultural workers as they tended their fields. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the brutal attack, but analysts say the assault was likely the work of Boko Haram or Islamic State-linked groups that have gained a foothold in the Sahel region in recent years.

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