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Hard Numbers: UK-EU impasse over Northern Ireland, Boko Haram surrender, Japanese pessimists, Texas' pandemic of the unvaccinated

A lorry drives past a 'No Hard Border' poster near Londonderry, Northern Ireland October 15, 2019

28: The UK and the EU have again failed to agree on post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. In a 28-page document, the British government had suggested further changes to trade rules that were already negotiated as part of the Brexit settlement, but Brussels was not having any of it.

55: Fifty-five militants from Boko Haram, the jihadist group that controls large swathes of Northeastern Nigeria, have surrendered to authorities in neighboring Cameroon. So far, more than 180 Boko Haram fighters have defected in Cameroon since the leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau, killed himself in May.

99.5: Of the almost 9,000 Texans who have died since February after being infected with COVID-19, 99.5 percent were unvaccinated. Texas has recorded the second highest coronavirus death toll of any state in the US.

18: Just 18 percent of Japanese say the current economic situation in their country is "good," the lowest number recorded of any country in a recent Pew survey. That's in contrast to 49 percent of Canadians, 60 percent of Germans, and 74 percent of Australians.


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