Hard Numbers: Women at risk, Dutch flowers dumped, Saudis expel Ethiopian migrants, coronavirus origin poll

Hard Numbers: Women at risk, Dutch flowers dumped, Saudis expel Ethiopian migrants, coronavirus origin poll

30: Around 30 percent of Americans surveyed by Pew in recent days say the novel coronavirus was manufactured in a lab, either on purpose or accidentally. Scientific studies of the virus say this is not true.

90: While social distancing and quarantines help to curb the coronavirus' spread, they have also endangered women, particularly in Latin America, who are cooped up at home with abusive partners or family members. In Colombia, calls to domestic violence hotlines are up 90 percent since the government first called for mandatory lockdowns. In Mexico, calls are up 60 percent.

400 million: As demand for plants and flowers dries up amid coronavirus closures, Dutch flower growers have had to dump around 400 million tulips in the past month alone. March through May is usually the most lucrative season for the Netherlands' booming flower industry, which now stands to lose around 7 billion euros.

3,000: Saudi Arabia has recently deported around 3,000 Ethiopian migrants to Addis Ababa after some tested positive for COVID-19. Saudi Arabia, which has long-been a popular destination for Ethiopian migrants, has been condemned by the UN for these large-scale deportations, which, the UN refugee agency says, will only spread the virus further.

Carbon has a bad rep, but did you know it's a building block of life? As atoms evolved, carbon trapped in CO2 was freed, giving way to the creation of complex molecules that use photosynthesis to convert carbon to food. Soon after, plants, herbivores, and carnivores began populating the earth and the cycle of life began.

Learn more about how carbon created life on Earth in the second episode of Eni's Story of CO2 series.

As we enter the homestretch of the US presidential election — which is set to be the most contentious, and possibly contested, in generations — Americans are also voting on 35 seats up for grabs in a battle for the control of the Senate. The 100-member body is currently held 53-47 by the Republican Party, but many individual races are wide open, and the Democrats are confident they can flip the upper chamber of Congress.

Either way, the result will have a profound impact not only on domestic policy, but also on US foreign relations and other issues with global reach. Here are a few areas where what US senators decide reverberates well beyond American shores.

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For many, Paul Rusesabagina became a household name after the release of the 2004 tear-jerker film Hotel Rwanda, which was set during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Rusesabagina, who used his influence as a hotel manager to save the lives of more than 1,000 Rwandans, has again made headlines in recent weeks after he was reportedly duped into boarding a flight to Kigali, Rwanda's capital, where he was promptly arrested on terrorism, arson, kidnapping and murder charges. Rusesabagina's supporters say he is innocent and that the move is retaliation against the former "hero" for his public criticism of President Paul Kagame, who has ruled the country with a strong hand since ending the civil war in the mid 1990s.

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From climate change to connecting more people to the Internet, big companies like Microsoft are seeing an increasing role within multilateral organizations like the UN and the World Health Organization. John Frank, Microsoft's VP of UN Affairs, explains the contributions tech companies and other multinational corporations are making globally during this time of crisis and challenge.

7: Among the 10 nations showing the highest COVID-19 death rates per 100,000 people, seven are in Latin America. Weak health systems, frail leadership, and the inability of millions of working poor to do their daily jobs remotely have contributed to the regional crisis. Peru tops the global list with nearly 100 fatalities per 100,000 people. Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia are also in the top 10.

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