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500: In an important reversal, the German government has decided to offer €500 worth of funds to support the import of US liquified natural gas. That’s a big concession to the Trump administration, which has worked to counterbalance Russia’s dominant position as the largest energy exporter to Europe’s largest economy.


400: Between 2013 to 2017, violence against migrants passing through Mexico shot up by a factor of four, with the result that the government has offered 400 percent more humanitarian visas to migrants who were victims of or witnesses to a crime.

47: A new WSJ poll shows President Trump’s job approval rising to 47 percent, the highest number he’s registered since taking office. We shouldn’t read too much into any single poll, but it appears Trump heads into the November 6 midterms in a fairly strong position.

5: Over the past year, five Indian startups have reached “unicorn” status—valuations of at least $1 billion. That’s the most ever in a single year for India, now the fastest growing large economy in the world.

4: In just four years, China has launched naval vessels with a total tonnage greater than that of the entire French, German, Indian, Italian, South Korean, Spanish, or Taiwanese navies, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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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