Hard Numbers: Trump as dealmaker? Americans aren't so sure


40: Turnout in Algeria's presidential election last week – the first since a popular uprising ousted the country's strongman president after 20 years in power – hit a record low, hovering at just 40 percent. Anti-government protesters boycotted the vote, saying those running for the top job were allied with the old guard.


22: Militants killed at least 22 civilians on Sunday in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the latest attack since the Congolese army launched an offensive to contain Islamist violence in the conflict-wracked region. The death toll brings to 179 the number of civilians killed in terror attacks since October 30.

47: Nearly half of adults surveyed, 47 percent to be precise, think President Trump's trade negotiations haven't helped the US, according to a recent Fox News poll. Forty percent said his deal-making skills had delivered trade benefits, while the remaining 13 percent said they didn't know.

800: Chilean police used excessive force in more than 800 incidents in response to recent widespread protests over economic inequality, according to a report by the National Institute for Human Rights. Of these, at least half included cases of torture and cruel treatment, and 194 involve sexual violence.

Scientists, engineers and technologists are turning to nature in search of solutions to climate change. Biomimicry is now being applied in the energy sector, medicine, architecture, communications, transport and agriculture in a bid to make human life on this planet more sustainable and limit the impacts of global warming. New inventions have been inspired by humpback whales, kingfishers and mosquitoes.

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The drumbeat for regulating artificial intelligence (AI) is growing louder. Earlier this week, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google's parent company, Alphabet, became the latest high-profile Silicon Valley figure to call for governments to put guardrails around technologies that use huge amounts of (sometimes personal) data to teach computers how to identify faces, make decisions about mortgage applications, and myriad other tasks that previously relied on human brainpower.

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January 27 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi extermination camp. But even as some 40 heads of state gathered in Jerusalem this week to commemorate the six million Jews who were killed, a recent Pew survey revealed that many American adults don't know basic facts about the ethnic cleansing of Europe's Jews during the Second World War. Fewer than half of those polled knew how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and close to a third didn't know when it actually happened. Here's a look at some of the numbers.

1: The Greek parliament has elected a woman president for the first time since the country's independence some 200 years ago. A political outsider, Katerina Sakellaropoulou is a high court judge with no known party affiliation. "Our country enters the third decade of the 21st century with more optimism," Greece's prime minister said.

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A quarantine in China– Local authorities have locked down the city of Wuhan, the source of the outbreak of a new and potentially deadly respiratory virus that, as of Thursday morning, had infected more than 540 people in at least six countries. Other nearby cities were also hit by travel restrictions. Rail and air traffic out of Wuhan has been halted. Public transportation is shut, and local officials are urging everyone to stay put unless they have a special need to travel. Wuhan is a city of 11 million people, many of whom were about to travel for the Chinese New Year. We're watching to see whether these extraordinary measures help stem the outbreak, but also to see how the people affected respond to the clampdown.

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