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6: At its current pace, Italy’s economy still needs six years to reach the level of GDP last seen before the financial crisis.

7: “If you’d bought a million dollars’ worth of [Venezuelan] bolivars fifteen years ago, [they] would now be worth just seven dollars,” according toGirish Gupta of Reuters. “Imagine what that means for the money in people’s pockets.”

80: After Brexit, 80% of NATO’s defence spending will come from non-EU members. Another opportunity for Trump to question Europe’s commitment to common defense?

800: To avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, heavy metal fan (and Indonesia’s President) Joko Widodo has reportedly paid 11m rupiah ($800) for a signed, limited-edition vinyl box set of Metallica’s Master of Puppets he was given by Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

22.5: Why must you always look both ways when crossing a street in the Netherlands? Because the country is home to 18 million people and 22.5 million bicycles.


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