Hard Numbers: Trump's Gallup approval rating hits all time high

151: Malawi's constitutional court has ruled that widespread irregularities compromised the outcome of last year's presidential election, annulling the results and ruling that a new vote must take place within 151 days.

3,000: After months of political upheaval in Algeria over what many decried as a sham election, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday pardoned more than 3,000 prisoners as a good will gesture intended to win him support. It's unclear, however, whether those pardoned include protestors detained for participating in recent anti-government activities.

49: President Trump's approval rating has risen to 49 percent, the highest recorded by Gallup since he took office three years ago. Growing support from independent voters, which has increased five points since early January, contributed to Trump's boost, Gallup found.

428 billion: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi released his annual budget for 2020-21, offering $428 billion for a series of modest initiatives that includes investment in new infrastructure. But many argue that it does nothing to help lift the country from its worst economic slowdown in more than a decade.

Eni's luminescent solar concentrators can help smart windows and next-generation buildings generate electricity. But even Eni hadn't imagined using this technology to create eyeglasses capable of charging mobile phones and headsets.

Introducing Funny Applications, Eni's video series that imagines new, unexpected uses for technology. Watch the premiere episode.

We've written recently about how the COVID-19 pandemic will hit poorer countries particularly hard. But the burden of the virus' spread also falls more heavily on working class people even in wealthy countries, particularly in Europe and the United States. This is exacerbating the divide between rich and poor that had already upended the political establishment in countries around the world even before anyone had heard of a "novel coronavirus."


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Meet Mark Wetton, a Kentucky-based businessman who owns a dust-collection factory in Wuhan. He has been there since the beginning of the outbreak, and describes the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak there, life in lockdown, and what things are like today as the city finally begins to reopen its borders and come back to life. He also shares some lessons learned that he hopes Americans will heed.

The coronavirus is likely to hit poorer countries particularly hard, but it is also laying a bigger burden on working class people even in wealthy ones. As less affluent people suffer disproportionately not only from the disease, but also from the economic costs of containing it, we can expect a worsening of income inequalities that have already upended global politics over the past few years. Here is a look at inequality in some of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 so far.

500 million: The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could plunge 500 million people into poverty, according to a new report released by Oxfam. As incomes and economies continue to contract, global poverty will increase for the first time in 30 years, the report predicts, undermining many of the gains of globalization that have pulled millions out of poverty in recent years.

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