Hard Numbers: US virus testing, fighting in Yemen, Colombian turtles, and Ethiopian tongues

35: Fighting in Yemen has intensified in recent days, resulting in at least 35 fighters from both sides being killed in the last two days alone. Recent territorial gains by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels prompted a harsh response from the Saudi-backed Yemeni forces.


2,000: Colombian police rescued more than 2,000 freshwater turtles during a bust on a smuggling ring this week. The matamata turtles, native to Colombia's Orinoquia region, were set to be shipped to the US and Japan where they sell for $500 a pop. See the video of the sea creatures being rescued for yourself.

5: As of March 8, the US had administered five coronavirus tests per million people, the lowest coronavirus testing rate in the world. Consider that the US and South Korea announced their first coronavirus cases on the same day: around 1,700 Americans had been tested as of March 8, compared to 189,000 tests administered in South Korea during that same period.

4: As political instability in Ethiopia mounts, its government has added four additional official languages alongside Amharic. The new policy is part of a series of reforms spearheaded by Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed to address political and ethnic tensions in the country.


How will our cities and lives change in the future? What about a structure with a roller skating rink above a swimming pool, made out of transparent solar panels that power the entire park? This was the innovation invented by Eni's young researchers based on Luminescent Solar Concentrators, developed through Eni's research.

Watch the latest episode of Funny Applications, Eni's video series that imagines new uses for technology.

For 30 years, citizens of Hong Kong have gathered in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4 to honor the peaceful protesters massacred in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on that date in 1989. It has been the only public Tiananmen commemoration permitted on Chinese soil.

This year, the park was surrounded by barricades to keep people out. The officially stated reason for the shut-down? Crowds spread coronavirus. (In this city of more than 7 million, COVID has so far killed four people.)

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In an interview with GZERO World host Ian Bremmer, Hong Kong lawmaker Dennis Kwok, an outspoken pro-democracy advocate, expresses his concerns that the current "draconian" laws China's leadership is forcing upon his city has expedited the end of the "one country, two systems" policy established in 1997.

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Big news, of course, that former Secretary of Defense Mattis comes out with a public statement basically calling Trump's rule, his actions, unconstitutional and unfit for office, more divisive than any president he's ever seen.

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French protests over racial injustice: The George Floyd protests in the United States have sparked solidarity demonstrations around the world, with people flocking to US embassies in Berlin, London and elsewhere to express their outrage. But they have also inspired other countries to reexamine racial justice within their own societies. In France, where street demonstrations are practically a national pastime, thousands of people have gathered in support of the family of Adama Traoré, a 24-year old black man who died in police custody back in 2016. At least 20,000 Parisians demonstrated Wednesday, despite coronavirus bans on public gatherings. Protesters adopted similar language to the Floyd protests, demanding accountability for the officers who violently pinned down Traoré during a dispute over an identity check, leading to his death. Renewed focus on this case, which has become a potent symbol of police brutality in France, comes as coronavirus lockdowns have recently stoked tensions between the police and the mostly-minority residents of Paris' banlieues (low-income suburbs).

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