Hard Numbers

64: A new poll shows that 64 percent of American voters disagree with President Trump’s comment that a trade war would be good for the United States and easily won.


100 from 1: About 80% of the fake news found on Twitter comes from just 0.1% of accounts, and all fake news is shared by only about 1% of accounts, according to Harvard scholar David Lazer.

21: When Narendra Modi became India’s prime minister in 2014, his party, the BJP, governed just seven of India’s 29 states. Today, the party governs alone or in coalition in 21 states. Upcoming state elections later this year will prove an important test of the BJP’s lasting power as India’s most powerful political force.

53: Some 53% of Venezuelans between 15 and 29 would like to move abroad permanently, according to a new poll from Gallup. When President Maduro assumed office in 2013, just 12% of all Venezuelans said they wanted to leave the country.

3.5 trillion: Later this month, members of the African Union plan to sign a Continental Free Trade Agreement designed to integrate a continent with a population of 1.2 billion people and estimated GDP of $3.5 trillion.

The Business and Market Fair that recently took place in Sanzule, Ghana featured local crops, livestock and manufactured goods, thanks in part to the Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP), one of Eni's initiatives to diversify the local economy. The LRP program provided training and support to start new businesses to approximately 1,400 people from 205 households, invigorating entrepreneurship in the community.

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Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky sat down yesterday with Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron for a meeting in the Elysée Palace in Paris for peace talks. This was the first-ever meeting between Putin, Russia's dominant political force since 2000, and Zelensky, who was a TV comedian at this time last year.

Not much was agreed beyond a broader exchange of prisoners and a renewed commitment to a ceasefire that has never held. Fears that Putin would use Zelensky's inexperience to back him into a deal on Russian terms weren't realized, but the relationship between the two has only just begun.

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The UK currently benefits from EU trade pacts covering more than 70 countries. But if the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal in place, London could lose its preferential access to those markets. In preparation for such a scenario, the UK has signed 20 "continuity" agreements, allowing countries to keep trading with the UK under current rules even after Brexit. Here's a look at which countries and blocs have signed these deals with the UK, and the total value of each trade relationship.

Macron not backing down over pensions – Despite six days of mass unrest that has paralyzed Paris' public transport system and dented both tourism and Christmas retail, the government will stand firm on a proposal to reform and unify the country's 42 different pension plans. France's pension system, one of the most generous of any major industrialized country, has major budget shortfalls that contribute to the country's ballooning deficit. Last year, Macron abandoned a proposed fuel price hike that ignited the Yellow Vest movement. But overhauling France's "welfare state" was central to his 2017 election platform, and acquiescing to protesters this time around would be political suicide. France's prime minister – tapped to lead the pension reform project – is expected to announce the plan's final details tomorrow. We're watching to see how this might escalate things further.

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