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85: Left-winger Fernando Haddad won 29 percent of the vote in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election last weekend. To win the runoff against far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who got 46 percent, analysts say Haddad needs to woo some 85 percent of the voters who voted for neither of the first-round winners. That's not going to be easy.

72: Much of the recent US-China trade tensions focus on the technology and manufacturing industries, but a surprising target of recent US tariffs is Chinese garlic exporters, who account for some 72 percent of American garlic imports. Imports from China have crushed the American garlic industry in recent years, despite a 377 percent duty that’s been in place – but easily circumvented – since 1994. Vampires have yet to weigh in, but American garlic farmers are all for the White House’s tough line with China.

9: More than 9 out of ten teenagers in Kenya, Mexico, China, Nigeria, and India are positive about their futures, according to a new IPSOS poll. Their optimism contrasts with bleaker outlooks in Europe, where just 65 percent of teens in Sweden, 70 percent in France, and fewer than 80 percent in Germany and the UK see brighter days ahead.

7: Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan will formally ask the IMF for loans of up to $7 billion to stabilize his cash-strapped government. Earlier he’d pledged to cut Pakistan’s financial dependency on the West by seeking help from countries like China and Saudi Arabia. But getting IMF money may mean two tough conditions: first, disclosing info about billions in loans from China, and second, cutting spending for a population that voted him into office on promises to build an “Islamic welfare state.”


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