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30,000: More than 30,000 Syrians have fled their homes in the northwestern province of Idlib since a government military offensive began there last week, according to the UN. A UN official said fighting in Idlib could provoke the worst humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century.


34: Traffic delays cost Los Angeles and New York around $19 billion and $34 billion, respectively, in 2017. The two US cities were among top 5 most congested in the world last year, joined by Moscow, Sao Paulo, and San Francisco, according to a new report from INRIX.

20: Around 20 percent of arrests in China in 2017 took place in the western province of Xinjiang – where the country’s large Muslim Uighur population is concentrated – despite the province only accounting for about 1.5 percent of China's population. That doesn’t include an estimated 700,000 to 1 million Uighurs who’ve been detained in government “re-education” camps.

5: Support for far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro has jumped by 5 points to 26 percent since he was stabbed during a campaign rally last week. Bolsonaro, who lost 40 percent of his blood as a result of the attack, is in stable condition after undergoing medical treatment.

0: In contrast to previous years, North Korea displayed no inter-continental ballistic missiles in the massive military parade to celebrate the anniversary of the country’s founding, which took place over the weekend. Instead of flexing its military might, the Kim regime touted progress in economic development and improving living standards.

Ferrera Erbognone, a small town in the northern Italian province of Pavia, is home to one of the most cutting-edge computing centers in the world: Eni's Green Data Center. All of the geophysical and seismic prospecting data Eni produces from all over the world ends up here. Now, the Green Data Center is welcoming a new supercomputing system: HPC5, an advanced version of the already powerful HPC4. Due to be completed by early 2020, HPC5 will triple the Green Data Center's computing power, from 18.6 to 52 petaflops, equivalent to 52 million billion mathematical operations per second.

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Why is Instagram going to hide likes?

Well, one explanation is that they want to encourage healthy behavior and a like can make us addicted. Second explanation is that they get rid of the likes, they can get more of the cut in the market for influencers, who get money from advertisers, sometimes based on likes.

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This week, the process of impeaching President Trump entered the critical phase as the House of Representatives held its first public hearings. The battle lines are now drawn.

The Democrats say that there is compelling evidence that Trump withheld badly needed military to aid to an ally at war to pressure that country's government to provide him with personal political benefit by helping him discredit a political rival.

The Republicans say that the evidence comes mainly from witnesses with little or no direct contact with the president, and that the military aid was delivered to Ukraine without the Ukrainian president taking the actions Trump is alleged to have demanded.

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The fight for the Nile: In recent days, the Trump administration has tried to mediate three-way talks between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia on their long-running dispute to access the waters of the Nile. In short, a 1929 treaty gave Egypt and Sudan rights to nearly all Nile waters and the right to veto any attempt by upstream countries to claim a greater share. But in 2011, Ethiopia began work on the so-called Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile tributary from where 85 percent of the Nile's waters flow. The project, due for completion next year, will be Africa's largest hydroelectric power plant. Egypt, which draws 85 percent of its water from the Nile, has made threats that raised fears of military action. We're watching as this conflict finally comes to a head early next year.

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