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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.

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, but that means it creates a lot of waste in the form of cups and used coffee grinds. Every year, we drink out of 600 billion single-use plastic and paper cups, most of which end up in a landfill or our environment. Could coffee also contribute to a more sustainable future? A German company is now recovering leftover coffee grounds from bars, restaurants and hotels, and it's recycling them into reusable coffee cups. In other words, they're creating cups of coffee made from coffee.

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What technology was used to assist Eliud Kipchoge's historic sub two-hour marathon time?

A lot. If you watched the video of him, you saw that he was within a pace group, a whole bunch of runners in front of him cutting the wind. Some runners behind him, actually improving his wind resistance by having people behind him. There was a green laser showing him exactly what time he had to run. He had really high-tech gels that he took, these Maurten gels. I actually like those a lot, too. But the main thing were the shoes. These are the early prototypes of the shoes or the first version. He's now in the third version. But what's most important is there is a carbon fiber plate. You cannot bend this thing. So, Nike introduced these shoes, I don't know, two years ago. Now, there's a new generation. It's very controversial.

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Will the Catalonia question be a big issue in the Spanish election coming up in November?

You bet it will. Passions have been further inflamed now, and the question that has been difficult from the very beginning, by the very heavy prison sentences that was given to those that are accused of sedition, that is organizing the independence referendum. So, passions are heating up. It will be a difficult issue for the entire Spanish political system to handle for years to come.

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You'd think, being the relatively hopeful person that you are, that the nauseating anguish of Brexit would be more or less over now that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally reached a deal with Brussels on how to extricate the UK from the European Union.

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