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120,000: And now for some good news—one of the most prized possessions of the National Museum of Brazil, which was mostly destroyed by a fire last month, has been found amid the rubble. The 12,000-year-old fossil, known as Luzia, is one of the region’s oldest human remains.


3,000: The death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi has prompted broader scrutiny of the Kingdom’s sophisticated efforts to stifle online dissent, including by employing hundreds of young men to promote pro-regime message and attack critics on the web. The going rate for such a gig, according to a NY Times investigation, is a not too paltry $3,000 a month. But that can’t compare to the $1,400 Russia was reportedly shelling out to its trolls every week in the run up to the 2016 US presidential election.

640: The North Korean regime imported at least $640 million in luxury goods from China in 2017, despite international sanctions forbidding such trade. According to South Korean sources, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un purchased his cronies items including musical instruments, liquor, sedans, watches and furs. It’s not clear who the seaplane was for.

24: Today, a median of 23 percent of Europeans see immigration as a challenge for their national government, compared to around half who said so at the height of the migrant crisis in November 2015. Still, the impact of the migrant crisis continues to reverberate through across the continent.

20: China is set to inaugurate the world’s largest sea bridge today—connecting the cities of Macau, Hong Kong, and Zhuhai. At 20 times the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, the project is part of a broader effort to build a regional economic hub in southeastern China that will encompass $1.51 trillion in annual GDP and 70 million people.

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Back in 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump presented his vision for an "America First" foreign policy, which symbolized a radical departure from the US' longtime approach to international politics and diplomacy.

In electing Donald Trump, a political outsider, to the top job, American voters essentially gave him a mandate to follow through on these promises. So, has he?

Trade

"A continuing rape of our country."

On the 2016 campaign trail, candidate Trump said that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a 12 country trade deal pushed by the Obama administration — would "rape" America's economy by imperiling the manufacturing sector, closing factories, and taking more jobs overseas.

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In an op-ed titled "Iran Arms Embargo Reckoning," the Wall Street Journal editorial board argues that ending the UN arms embargo on Iran was a major flaw of the 2015 nuclear deal and questions whether Biden could do anything to contain Iran at this point. Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group's Henry Rome take out the Red Pen to explain why this discussion misrepresents the importance of the embargo and the consequences for its expiration.

So, the US presidential election is now just days away, and today's selection is focusing on a specific aspect of foreign policy that will certainly change depending on who wins in the presidential contest—namely America's approach to Iran.

You've heard me talk before about the many similarities between Trump and Biden on some international policies, like on China or on Afghanistan. But Iran is definitely not one of those. Trump hated the JCPOA, the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, put together under the Obama administration, and he walked away from it unilaterally. Joe Biden, if he were to become president, would try to bring it back.

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It almost didn't happen — but here we are again. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden face off tonight in the final presidential debate of the 2020 US election campaign.

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Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, US President George W. Bush demanded that Afghanistan's Taliban government surrender Osama bin Laden and end support for al-Qaeda. The Taliban refused.

On October 7, US bombs began falling on Taliban forces. NATO allies quickly pledged support for the US, and US boots hit the ground in Afghanistan two weeks later.

Thus began a war, now the longest in US history, that has killed more than 3,500 coalition soldiers and 110,000 Afghans. It has cost the American taxpayer nearly $3 trillion. US allies have also made human and material sacrifices.

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