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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.

Now that Joe Biden is officially US president, leaders from around the world would like a word with him — but where will he make his first international trip?

After a tumultuous four years, many countries are now clamoring for a face-to-face with President Biden. That includes allies who felt abandoned by Trump's "America First" presidency, as well as adversaries with thorny issues on the agenda. We check in on who's pitching him hardest on a near-term state visit.

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Jon Lieber, Managing Director of the United States for the Eurasia Group, shares his insights on what to expect from President Biden's first 100 days:

It's Inauguration Day. And you can see behind me the Capitol Building with some of the security corridor set up that's preventing people like me from getting too close to the building, as Joe Biden gets sworn in as our 46th president. Historic day when you consider that you've got Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president, the first woman of color to be vice president.

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On Wednesday, Joe Biden will become president because eighty-one million Americans, the highest tally in US history, voted to change course after four years of Donald Trump's leadership. Like all presidents, Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, take office with grand ambitions and high expectations, but rarely has a new administration taken power amid so much domestic upheaval and global uncertainty. And while Biden has pledged repeatedly to restore American "unity" across party lines — at a time of immense suffering, real achievements will matter a lot more than winged words.

Biden has a lot on his agenda, but within his first 100 days as president there are three key issues that we'll be watching closely for clues to how effectively he's able to advance their plans.

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Kamala Harris was sworn in today as the first woman Vice President of the United States. That means she's only a heartbeat away from occupying the Oval Office — and could well be the Democratic candidate to replace Joe Biden if the 78-year-old president decides to not run for reelection in 2024. Should Harris — or another woman — become US president soon in the future, that'll (finally) put America on par with most of the world's top 20 economies, which have already had a female head of state or government at some point in their democratic history. Here we take a look at which ones those are.

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