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250,000: The Arabic language hashtag “we all have trust in Mohammed bin Salman” hasappeared over 250,000 times on Twitter since the Saudi crown prince became embroiled in the controversy over the suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “We have to stand by our leader” and “unfollow enemies of the nation” are among the other hashtags trending this week.


500: South Korea has rejected the asylum claims of more than 500 Yemenis fleeing the country’s civil war after they arrived on its southern island of Jeju, taking advantage of the resort destination’s no-visa policy. South Korea’s strict immigration and asylum policies reflect its emphasis on ethnic and cultural homogeneity – although the country does help resettle more than 1,000 North Korean refugees each year.

44: In a recent poll, just 44 percent of Italians said they would vote to stay in the EU if given the choice – the lowest of any country in the 28-member bloc. However, 65 percent of Italians said they approved of the euro, which was higher than the EU average.

20: A shooting at a technical school in Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014, on Wednesday has left 20 dead. The shooter, who killed himself afterwards, was evidently inspired by the perpetrators of the 1999 Columbine massacre in the United States. For Russians, this is the first mass school shooting of its kind.

10: Twitter released 10 million tweets sent by state-backed troll accounts since 2016. The data trove included detailed info on over 3,800 Russia-connected accounts and a smaller number of suspected troll accounts from Iran. It is intended to help researchers better understand how countries manipulate social media to advance their agendas.

President and CEO of the National Urban League, Marc Morial, comes to 'That Made All the Difference' podcast to discuss his time as mayor of New Orleans, today's challenges, and what it will take to build a more just, equitable and inclusive society.

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Though celebrations will surely be more subdued this year, many Germans will still gather (virtually) on October 3 to celebrate thirty years since reunification.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall — and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union — Germany reunited in a process whereby the much wealthier West absorbed the East, with the aim of expanding individual freedoms and economic equality to all Germans.

But thirty years later, this project has — to a large extent — been difficult to pull off. The economic and quality of life gap is shrinking, but lingering inequality continues to impact both German society and politics.

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GZERO Media, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Eurasia Group, today hosted its second virtual town hall on the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine and the challenges of its distribution.

The panel was moderated by New York Times science and health reporter Apoorva Mandavilli and featured Gates Foundation's Deputy Director of Vaccines & Human Immunobiology, Lynda Stuart; Eurasia Group's Rohitesh Dhawan, Managing Director of Energy, Climate & Resources; Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman; and Gayle E. Smith, the president & CEO of ONE Campaign and former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Watch the full video above.

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Donald Trump's presidency has irked a lot of people around the world. And in fairness, that's no surprise. He was elected in part to blow up long-standing assumptions about how international politics, trade, and diplomatic relations are supposed to work.

But while he has correctly identified some big challenges — adapting NATO to the 21st century, managing a more assertive China, or ending America's endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — his impulsive style, along with his restrictions on trade and immigration, have alienated many world leaders. Global polls show that favorable views of the US have plummeted to all-time lows in many countries, particularly among traditional American allies in Europe.

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This content is brought to you by our 2020 UN General Assembly partner, Microsoft.

Watch UN Innovation Room conversations weekly on Thursdays at 9 am EDT: https://www.gzeromedia.com/unga/livestream/

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