Hard Numbers: US sets mass killing record in 2019

38: The amount of pure alcohol that the average Russian adult consumes annually has fallen a whopping 38 percent to 11.1 liters since 2007, thanks mainly to better public health policies. Russia, which used to be #1 in the global boozing rank, is now ninth, behind countries including France, Ireland, Czech Republic, and Lithuania (which is now in the top spot.)


79: A truck bomb in the Somali capital of Mogadishu killed at least 79 people on Saturday. The powerful Islamist militants of al-Shabaab, who oppose the weak, UN-backed national government, are believed to have carried out the attack, Somalia's worst in two years.

41: This year, the United States suffered more mass killings, 41 in total, than in any other year on record. The attacks, most of which were carried out with firearms, killed 211 people. A "mass killing" is any incident in which four or more people (excluding the perpetrator) are killed.

10: The population fell in 10 of the European Union's 28 member states last year, all of them in Eastern and Southern Europe. Latvia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Lithuania each lost more than 0.5 percent of their people in a single year. Emigration and low birthrates are to blame, while political and social resistance to immigration continues.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the Eastern European countries named had lost 5 percent of their population in a single year. The correct figure is 0.5 percent.

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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