HARD NUMBERS

713: China had only registered 713 female pilots by the end of 2017, compared to 55,052 men who’d been granted their wings. But as demand to expand flights increases rapidly, the country is moving to bring more women into the aviation workforce.


 

50: Cities are increasingly the centers of global growth: a recent study from McKinsey shows that 50 “superstar” cities account for 21 percent of global GDP, despite being home to just 8 percent of the world’s population. #RunningAwayWithTheBall

 

14: On Monday, India’s capital Delhi experienced smog with levels of dangerous pollution up to 24 times the recommended limit. The country remains home to 14 of the 15 most polluted cities in the world, according to the World Health Organization, despite significant progress made by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in improving access to sanitation and prioritizing cleanliness.

 

11: Only 11 percent of strong Trump supporters believe the mainstream media, whereas 91 percent say they trust the word of the president, according to a CBS poll. The fervor with which many support Mr. Trump could fuel further clashes between his most loyal supporters and those who oppose his agenda after yesterday’s midterm results.

 

10: The former East Germany lost 10 percent of its population after the Belin Wall fell in 1989, with lasting political effects today. Two-thirds of those who left and didn’t come back were women. The resulting gender imbalance is reflected in the region’s support for Alternative for Germany party, which has cultivated particular success among disenchanted men.

In 2012, the United States created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to protect these young people from being deported. Yet just five years later, the program was rescinded, putting close to 700,000 DACA recipients at risk of being banished from the only home they've ever known. More than five dozen of these DACA recipients at risk are Microsoft employees. These young people contribute to the company and serve its customers. They help create products, secure services, and manage finances. And like so many young people across our nation, they dream of making an honest living and a real difference in the communities in which they reside. Yet they now live in uncertainty.

Microsoft has told its Dreamers that it will stand up for them along with all the nation's DACA recipients. It will represent them in court and litigate on their behalf. That's why Microsoft joined Princeton University and Princeton student Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez to file one of the three cases challenging the DACA rescission that was heard on Nov. 12 by the United States Supreme Court.

Read more on Microsoft On The Issues.

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron said that NATO was experiencing "brain death," citing a lack of coordination and America's fickleness under Donald Trump as reasons to doubt the alliance's commitment to mutual defense. NATO – the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – was formed in the wake of World War II as a counterweight against Soviet dominance in Europe and beyond. Its cornerstone is that an attack on one member is considered an attack on all. But disagreement about burden sharing has gained increasing salience in recent years. In 2014, the bloc agreed that each member state would increase their own defense spending to 2% of their respective GDP over the next decade. But so far, only seven of 29 members have forked out the money. Here's a look at who pays what.

In the predawn hours of Tuesday morning, Israel launched a precision attack in the Gaza Strip, targeting and killing a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) commander. In response, the terror group fired more than 200 rockets at southern Israel. Exchanges of fire have brought cities on both sides of the Gaza border to a standstill and at least eight Palestinians are dead and dozens of Israelis wounded. With this latest escalation, Israel now faces national security crises on multiple fronts. Here's what's going on:

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More Brexit shenanigans: Britons this week saw Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson endorse Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in upcoming elections. As a special bonus, they got to see Corbyn return the favo(u)r with a formal endorsement of Johnson. Most viewers in the UK will have understood immediately that these are the latest example of "deep fakes," digitally manipulated video images. The more important Brexit story this week is a pledge by Nigel Farage that his Brexit Party will not run candidates in areas held by the Conservatives in upcoming national elections. That's a boost for Johnson, because it frees his party from having to compete for support from pro-Brexit voters in those constituencies.

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80: More than 80 percent of the electronic voting systems currently used in the US are made by just three companies, according to a new report which warns that they are regulated less effectively than "colored pencils."

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