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50 million: Popular websites that fail to take down inaccurate content will face fines of up to 50 million rubles ($800,000) under a proposed “fake news” law unveiled in Russia’s Duma. #OneMan'sFakeNews


16.7: In fiscal year 2017, 16.7 percent of Pakistan’s government spending went to the military, according to SIPRI. That’s the seventh highest share for any nation in the world.

14: Since the 1965 enactment of the Hart-Cellar immigration reform bill, the share of first-generation immigrants in the U.S. population has tripled from less than five percent to about 14 percent. In related news, non-Hispanic whites are projected to be a minority by 2050.

1.2: Between 1995 and 2015, Mexico’s real GDP per person increased by an annual average of just 1.2 percent. In Latin America, only Venezuela performed worse over that period.

-3.5: In 2017, sanctions and drought drove North Korea’s economy into its sharpest contraction in two decades, according to South Korea’s central bank, with GDP falling by 3.5 percent. That’s the steepest fall since famine forced a 6.5 percent spiral in 1997. Is this what brought Kim to the table with Trump?

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, but that means it creates a lot of waste in the form of cups and used coffee grinds. Every year, we drink out of 600 billion single-use plastic and paper cups, most of which end up in a landfill or our environment. Could coffee also contribute to a more sustainable future? A German company is now recovering leftover coffee grounds from bars, restaurants and hotels, and it's recycling them into reusable coffee cups. In other words, they're creating cups of coffee made from coffee.

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What technology was used to assist Eliud Kipchoge's historic sub two-hour marathon time?

A lot. If you watched the video of him, you saw that he was within a pace group, a whole bunch of runners in front of him cutting the wind. Some runners behind him, actually improving his wind resistance by having people behind him. There was a green laser showing him exactly what time he had to run. He had really high-tech gels that he took, these Maurten gels. I actually like those a lot, too. But the main thing were the shoes. These are the early prototypes of the shoes or the first version. He's now in the third version. But what's most important is there is a carbon fiber plate. You cannot bend this thing. So, Nike introduced these shoes, I don't know, two years ago. Now, there's a new generation. It's very controversial.

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Will the Catalonia question be a big issue in the Spanish election coming up in November?

You bet it will. Passions have been further inflamed now, and the question that has been difficult from the very beginning, by the very heavy prison sentences that was given to those that are accused of sedition, that is organizing the independence referendum. So, passions are heating up. It will be a difficult issue for the entire Spanish political system to handle for years to come.

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You'd think, being the relatively hopeful person that you are, that the nauseating anguish of Brexit would be more or less over now that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally reached a deal with Brussels on how to extricate the UK from the European Union.

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