Hard Numbers: Trump’s campaign is loving impeachment

11,000 – In recent years, at least 11,000 Uighurs fleeing persecution in China have taken refuge in Turkey. The Uighurs are a Turkic ethnic group, whose plight Turkish President Erdogan has spoken out about. But as Ankara draws closer to China, Turkey has begun deporting some of them back to their homeland.


5,400 – A recent measles epidemic ravaging the Pacific island nation of Samoa has infected at least 5,400 people in the past several months. That's close to 3 percent of the population, an infection rate that equal 9 million people in the US or more than 30 million in China or India. Unfounded mistrust of vaccines and a weak public health system have contributed to the crisis. So far, 77 people have died.

2 – In the Afghan capital of Kabul, only two public swimming pools permit women to swim. They are strictly segregated by gender, and while women pay more than men for access, their facilities are crummier. Still, as the New York Times reports, the waters are a welcome escape from the chaos, uncertainty, and misogyny of daily life.

99.2 – It's too early to say how the impeachment of Donald Trump will affect the US 2020 election, but the president's own campaign is leaning into the issue: of the more than 4,500 television ads they've run this year, 99.2 percent of them focused on impeachment, according to a new Wesleyan Media Project study.

As Europe inches past the peak of COVID-19 deaths and the US slowly approaches it, many poorer countries are now staring into an abyss. As bad as the coronavirus crisis is likely to be in the world's wealthiest nations, the public health and economic blow to less affluent ones, often referred to as "developing countries," could be drastically worse. Here's why:

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25: A divorce lawyer in Shanghai told Bloomberg News that his business has surged 25% since the city began easing its lockdown in mid-March, as being cooped up on lockdown evidently exposed irreconcilable differences in people's marriages.

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Japan mulls state of emergency: Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe is poised to declare a "state of emergency" because of the coronavirus pandemic, giving local governments the authority to order people to stay in their homes and shutter businesses and schools. Japan has so far managed the crisis without the kinds of sweeping lockdowns seen elsewhere, but a surge of new cases in recent days – particularly in Tokyo – has put pressure on the government to do more. Japan has one of the world's oldest populations – a third of its people are older than 65, the demographic most vulnerable to COVID-19. The emergency decision comes at a tough time. Japan's economy has been hurting for several months now, as China's massive lockdowns in January and February cratered demand for Japanese exports. In order to deal with the fallout that comes with putting his economy on life-support, PM Abe said the government would push through a $1 trillion stimulus package.

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As reports swirl from sources in the U.S. Intelligence Community that China vastly underreported the number of COVID-19 cases and related deaths, China's top diplomat in the U.S., Ambassador Cui Tiankai, joined Ian Bremmer for an exclusive conversation in which he responds to the claim.

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