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257: The Trump administration is preparing to announce tariffs on all remaining Chinese exports to the US if talks between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit next month fail to achieve a breakthrough. The new tariffs, which would total around $257 billion on top of $250 billion already implemented, could be announced by early December.


143: Nearly half of Iran’s 80 million people are set to receive government handouts of rice, chicken, and dairy products worth up to 6 million rials, or $143, as the country braces for the impact of new US sanctions. New curbs on Iranian crude shipments are expected to go into effect early next week.


19: The net worth of the world’s 2,158 billionaires rose 19 percent last year, to $8.9 trillion – the biggest increase on record, according to UBS. Chinese billionaires got the biggest bump. They ended the year 39 percent richer. Asia also surpassed the US in the total number of billionaires for the first time ever.


1.3:  Around 1.3 billion tourists hit the road 2017, according to World Tourism Organization. That’sdouble the number of vacationers just 18 years ago. Many of these adventure-seekers are traveling to the same handful of top global destinations, leading to overcrowding and tensions between tourists, locals, and governments.

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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