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25: Turkey’s currency has recovered a bit since taking a bruising earlier this year, but the country continues to face hard times economically. Inflation surpassed 25 percent in October, squeezing the pocket books of the country’s large middle class right as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP gears up for nationwide local elections next spring. Among many key races: the symbolically important mayoral posts in Istanbul and Ankara.


16: Newly released satellite footage shows that North Korea is continuing to develop its ballistic missile program at 16 test sites, calling into question claims from the White House that the nuclear threat posed by the reclusive dictatorship has been eliminated since Trump met with Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un earlier this year.

4: Africa’s urban population is expanding at 4 percent per year, nearly twice the global average, but many countries on the continent aren’t experiencing the rise in prosperity typically associated with rapid urbanization. That’s because, in contrast to the historical experience elsewhere, many of Africa’s new urban dwellers are being absorbed by the informal economy rather than higher paying manufacturing jobs.

3: More than 3 million refugees and migrants have fled Venezuela to date, according to new data from the International Organization of Migration. Colombia has borne the brunt of its neighbor’s economic collapse, taking in over one million Venezuelan migrants, followed by Peru (around 500,000), and Ecuador (220,000).

Microsoft has a long-standing commitment to child online protection. First and foremost, as a technology company, it has a responsibility to create software, devices and services that have safety features built in from the outset. Last week, in furtherance of those commitments, Microsoft shared a grooming detection technique, code name "Project Artemis," by which online predators attempting to lure children for sexual purposes can be detected, addressed and reported. Developed in collaboration with The Meet Group, Roblox, Kik and Thorn, this technique builds off Microsoft patented technology and will be made freely available to qualified online service companies that offer a chat function.

Read more at Microsoft On The Issues.

Meng Wanzhou, CFO of the Chinese tech giant Huawei, is under house arrest in Vancouver and could be extradited to the United States. What is she accused of, and what are the political implications of prosecuting her? Cybersecurity expert Samm Sacks discusses the case with Ian Bremmer.

Since Martin Luther King Jr delivered his iconic "I have a dream" speech in August 1963, the number of Black Americans elected to the United States Congress has dramatically increased. Still, it wasn't until last year, more than half a century later, that the share of Black members serving in the House of Representatives reflected the percentage of Black Americans in the broader population —12 percent. To date, only six states have sent a Black representative to serve in the US Senate, and many states have never elected a Black representative to either house of Congress. Here's a look at Black representation in every US Congress since 1963.

Ian Bremmer breaks down the current situation as China rapidly expands its technology sector and carves its own path globally in cyberspace. He discusses the history of the economic relationship between the two nations, and the geopolitical consequences of the decoupling. While Huawei and the current legal action against its CFO Meng Wanzhou are the biggest tech flashpoints between the U.S. and China at the moment, that is just the tip of a very large iceberg that some analysts believe is a new Cold War.

Vladimir Putin has ruled Russia for twenty years, but he has a problem: his current presidential term ends in 2024, and the constitution prevents him from running for re-election then.

As a result, the question of what he'll do in 2024 has been on the minds of Russia's oligarchs, spooks, bureaucrats, and a lot of ordinary folks, as well. After all, over the past two decades, Putin has made himself, for better and for worse, the indispensable arbiter, boss, and glue of Russia's sprawling and corrupted system of government. As the current speaker of Russia's legislature once said, "Without Putin, there is no Russia." Not as we currently know it, no.

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