Hard Numbers: Venezuela’s Mr. Unpopular

1.7 billion: Around 1.7 billion adults around the world lack access to a basic bank or mobile money account, according to the World Bank. That's down from 2 billion people in 2014.

200: More than 200 non-combatants have been killed and more than 140,000 people forced to flee Syria's Idlib province since February in the country's worst violence in more than a year. The region is Syria's last opposition stronghold and home to around 2.7 million civilians.

10: Americans consumed an average of 10 kilograms (about 22 pounds) of tomatoes in 2017. That's nearly double the amount they ate in the 1980s, thanks largely to cheap imports from Mexico. Yesterday, the US moved to place tariffs on Mexican tomato exports after the two countries failed to finalize a trade deal. The price of tomatoes in the US could spike by as much as 40 percent.

13: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's popularity has hit a new low of 13 percent, according to local pollster Datanálisis. Around 57 percent of Venezuelans approve of opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

Is WhatsApp safe?

WhatsApp had a crazy hack! Hackers were able to get on your phone just by calling it. That's been patched but it's a reminder nothing is ever completely safe in 2019.

Why didn't Uber's IPO perform as promised?

Because they're losing tons of money. Because Lyft didn't do that well. Because their expansion into international markets, where they planned to go, has been harder than expected. Tough times at Uber.

Will cutting Huawei off from American technology hurt?

Trick question! Will it hurt Huawei? Yes, definitely. Will it hurt the American companiesthat supply Huawei? Yes definitely. Will it hurt consumers everywhere? Probably. Unless it changes the dynamics of the U.S. - China trade relationship in such a way that helps everybody, which is possible.

Should more cities ban facial recognition technology?

There's a tradeoff between privacy and safety. San Francisco just blocked facial recognition technology to help privacy but I think most cities are going to care more about their police departments being maximally effective and will choose safety.

In recent years, the accelerating cross-border flow of migrants fleeing violence and poverty has remade the politics of Europe and the United States. A startling new study from Stanford University warns that the conflicts we've seen to date may just be the opening act of a much larger and more dangerous drama.

Here's the study's argument in brief:

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President Donald Trump again dramatically escalated the stakes in the US-China rivalry on Wednesday with a move that made headlines in the US while landing like a grenade in Beijing.

The US Commerce Department announced yesterday that Huawei, China's leading tech company and already the source of major controversy, has been added to a list that prevents US tech suppliers from selling to Huawei without a license. That's even more important than the executive order, also published yesterday, that bans US telecom companies from using Huawei equipment.

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Voters in Australia head to the polls tomorrow to elect a new government. Though few outsiders closely follow politics in this country, this election tells interesting stories about three of the most important issues in today's world: Immigration, climate change, and managing changing relations with China. It's also a country with a steady economy—but lots of political turnover.

Consider:

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