Hard Numbers: The World Is All About The Benjamins

530 billion: As the US-China trade war hit its stride last year, wealthy Chinese lost $530 billion, primarily through their exposure to the Chinese stock market.

12,000: Turkey has begun bringing home the children of foreign ISIS fighters, and has already reunited more than 200 children with their relatives. But more than 12,000 foreign women and children remain trapped in Syria and Iraq, and most of the countries they are from haven't been as willing as Turkey to welcome them back.

80: The IMF says there are now more $100 bills in circulation than $1 bills. Didn't notice, huh? That's because more than 80 percent of those C-notes are being held overseas, as are 60 percent of all US bills overall. While US politics might be topsy-turvy these days, the shot-callers of the world are still All About the Benjamins.

29: South Africa's unemployment rate rose to 29 percent in the second quarter of 2019, the highest figure in more than a decade. Rising joblessness underscores the challenges for President Cyril Ramaphosa, who led his African National Congress party to a slim victory in elections in May on the promise of economic reform and growth.

The Business and Market Fair that recently took place in Sanzule, Ghana featured local crops, livestock and manufactured goods, thanks in part to the Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP), one of Eni's initiatives to diversify the local economy. The LRP program provided training and support to start new businesses to approximately 1,400 people from 205 households, invigorating entrepreneurship in the community.

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Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky sat down yesterday with Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron for a meeting in the Elysée Palace in Paris for peace talks. This was the first-ever meeting between Putin, Russia's dominant political force since 2000, and Zelensky, who was a TV comedian at this time last year.

Not much was agreed beyond a broader exchange of prisoners and a renewed commitment to a ceasefire that has never held. Fears that Putin would use Zelensky's inexperience to back him into a deal on Russian terms weren't realized, but the relationship between the two has only just begun.

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The UK currently benefits from EU trade pacts covering more than 70 countries. But if the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal in place, London could lose its preferential access to those markets. In preparation for such a scenario, the UK has signed 20 "continuity" agreements, allowing countries to keep trading with the UK under current rules even after Brexit. Here's a look at which countries and blocs have signed these deals with the UK, and the total value of each trade relationship.

Macron not backing down over pensions – Despite six days of mass unrest that has paralyzed Paris' public transport system and dented both tourism and Christmas retail, the government will stand firm on a proposal to reform and unify the country's 42 different pension plans. France's pension system, one of the most generous of any major industrialized country, has major budget shortfalls that contribute to the country's ballooning deficit. Last year, Macron abandoned a proposed fuel price hike that ignited the Yellow Vest movement. But overhauling France's "welfare state" was central to his 2017 election platform, and acquiescing to protesters this time around would be political suicide. France's prime minister – tapped to lead the pension reform project – is expected to announce the plan's final details tomorrow. We're watching to see how this might escalate things further.

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