Hard Numbers: The Tide Turns Against Venezuelan Refugees

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.

America's internet giants are being pulled into political fights right and left these days. Speech – what can be said, and who can say it – is increasingly at the center of those controversies. Consider these two stories from opposite sides of the world:

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Italy's prime minister resigns – Giuseppe Conte, the caretaker prime minister appointed to mediate an uneasy governing alliance between Italy's anti-establishment 5Star Movement and the right-wing Lega party, resigned on Tuesday. Rather than wait for a no-confidence vote triggered by the rightwing Lega Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, Conte stepped down on his own terms. Salvini, who's popularity has been rising, had hoped that by triggering snap elections he could get himself appointed prime minister, will now have to wait for Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, to decide what comes next. While Lega and smaller right-wing allies want a new vote, center and left-wing parties are apparently working to see if they can form a majority coalition – perhaps including 5Star -- that would allow Mattarella to appoint a new government without fresh elections. We're watching to see how the dust settles in Europe's third-biggest economy.

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300: The US tested a new medium-range cruise missile on Sunday that flew more than 300 miles. This marks the first time the US has tested a weapon that would have violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a Cold War era pact that was officially abandoned three weeks ago, sparking fears of a new global arms race.

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