HARD NUMBERS

273 million: Following a search of properties linked to Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor, police have seized jewelry, handbags and cash worth $273 million. The haul included a $1.6 million necklace, 14 tiaras, and 272 Hermes bags.


223: The governments of some oil-producing countries manage their finances more effectively than others. Brent oil sold on Thursday for about $77 per barrel. To balance its federal budget, Russia needs an oil price of $40, Iran needs $68, Saudi Arabia needs $88, and Venezuela needs $223.

20: To all you Saudi women set to get behind the wheel, be careful. Signal reader Noor Shakfeh reports that a significant percentage of Saudi drivers are insane. The total number of traffic accidents across the kingdom as a percentage of the population is more than double the global average. About 20 people per day were killed on Saudi roads in 2017.

-1: In the United States, income for the top 0.1 percent of earners rose 321 percent from 1978 to 2015. The bottom 50 percent saw their income fall by 1 percent.


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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