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Hard Numbers: Trump's low COVID trust, Facebook blocks Thai critics, Africa beats polio, tourism loses big

Hard Numbers: Trump's low COVID trust, Facebook blocks Thai critics, Africa beats polio, tourism loses big

31: Only 31 percent of Americans say they trust President Trump on the coronavirus pandemic, compared to 46 percent for his opponent Joe Biden, according to a new poll. Trump has been under fire for playing down the importance of COVID-19, touting the benefits of untested drugs to combat the disease, and claiming that the US is doing a good job on the pandemic despite leading global cases and deaths.

500,000: More than half a million new users have joined a new Facebook group created by a Thai activist who openly criticizes the monarchy, until recently a taboo subject in Thailand. The group was set up by another dissident just hours after the social media giant complied with a government order to block access to a similar Facebook group with over a million members.

0: African health authorities have declared the continent free from the wild poliovirus. However, Africa has not yet completely eradicated the so-called vaccine-derived polio virus, a rare mutated form of the disease that is in fact caused by the vaccine against the wild poliovirus.

320 billion: The global tourism industry lost about $320 billion in the first five months of 2020, as tourist arrivals have more than halved around the world and more than 120 million tourism-related jobs are still in jeopardy. "Tourism has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic," UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday.

Pop quiz: what percentage of plastic currently gets recycled worldwide? Watch this video in Eni's Energy Shot series to find out and learn what needs to be done to prevent plastic from ending up in our oceans. Plastic is a precious resource that should be valued, not wasted.

Ten years ago this week, a powerful earthquake off the coast of eastern Japan triggered a tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant, resulting in the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. A decade and dozens of decommissioned reactors later, nuclear energy still supplies about 10 percent of global electricity, but its future remains uncertain amid post-Fukushima safety concerns.

As more countries pledge to curb emissions to mitigate climate change, nuclear could serve as a clean(ish) and reliable source of energy. But investing more in nuclear comes with tradeoffs.

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This Monday, March 8, is International Women's Day, a holiday with roots in a protest led by the Russian feminist Alexandra Kollontai that helped topple the czar of Russia in 1917. More than a hundred years later, amid a global pandemic that has affected women with particular fury, there are dozens of women-led protests and social movements reshaping politics around the globe. Here we take a look at a few key ones to watch this year.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hey everybody. Ian Bremmer here. Welcome to your week, life looking better every day in the United States, coronavirus land. But I thought I'd talk about, this week, all of this cancel culture that everyone's talking about right now. If you're on the wrong political side, your opponents are trying to shut you down and you take massive umbrage. I see this everywhere, and it's starting to annoy.

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"Apocalyptic" protests in Senegal: At least five people have been killed in clashes with police as protests over poverty, unemployment, and the jailing of a popular politician rock the West African nation of Senegal. Ousmane Sonko, who heads the opposition Movement to Defend Democracy (M2D) and is considered the most viable challenger to current president Mackie Sall, was accused of rape in February and arrested last week. Sonko says the charges are a politically motivated attempt to remove him from politics before the 2024 presidential election. His supporters immediately hit the streets, voicing a range of grievances including joblessness and poverty. Though youth unemployment has fallen over the past decade, it still exceeds eight percent and close to two-thirds of the country's 16 million people are under the age of 25. As Sonko supporters pledge to continue protests this week, Senegal's head of conflict resolution says the country is "on the verge of apocalypse."

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