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Hard Numbers: WTO hits US, French hostage released in Mali, Tajik reelection, G-20 debt relief

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4 billion: The World Trade Organization will allow the European Union to slap tariffs on $4 billion worth of American products in response to long-running US subsidies for US aerospace giant Boeing. Washington previously taxed EU planes, cheese and wine over the EU's own subsidies for Airbus, Boeing's main competitor.


1,381: A French aid worker kidnapped by jihadis in Mali was released after 1,381 days in captivity. The news was welcomed by France, which has troops deployed in its former colony since 2012 to help the Malian army fight Islamic extremists.

90: Tajik strongman President Emomali Rahmon will serve another seven years after being reelected with a (surprise!) 90 percent of the vote. Rahmon — who took over almost thirty years ago during Tajikistan's civil war — is the only leader of the former Soviet republics in Central Asia to remain in power since the early 1990s.

6: The G-20 group of the world's largest economies has extended a moratorium on debt repayments by another six months to help developing countries spend on health care and economic stimulus plans to address the coronavirus pandemic. Debtor countries now have until June 2021 to meet their outstanding financial obligations to G-20 members.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here. This is the last week before elections, have only lasted for two years, cost billions of dollars. We're sick of it. We're ready. We're ready to get past this. What do we think is going to happen?

Well, let's be clear. Biden is way ahead, and it's hard for incumbents to lose. They tended to win in the United States. They need to be unpopular and unlucky to lose, but Trump does seem to be checking both of those boxes. He's never been enormously popular. He has a pretty narrow base that is very strongly supportive of him, some 38 to 42% back and forth, but a narrow band, which has been pretty consistent for most of them the last four years, but he's also been massively unlucky. Unlucky, how?

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We live on an (increasingly) urban planet. Today, for the first time in human history, more than half of the world's population (55 percent) lives in cities. By 2050, that figure will rise to more than two-thirds, with close to 7 billion people living in urban areas. Cities have always been centers of opportunity, innovation, and human progress. But they are also often on the front lines of the major political and social challenges of the day. Here are three areas in which that's true right now.

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