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Hard Numbers

201: The US was never as economically invested as Europe in the Iran nuclear deal. EU trade with Iran totaled $25 billion in 2017. US trade with Iran totaled just $201 million.

1 million: More than one million Venezuelans have enteredColombia since Nicolas Maduro’s government descended into crisis last year, according to a senior Red Cross official. That number is far larger than previous estimates.

70: Russia’s economy would have to be at least 70 percent larger to reach Putin’s new goal of making it one of the world’s top five economies by 2024. We’ve heard this one before.

3: Before Mahathir’s victory in Malaysia this week, only three other Southeast Asian incumbent governments had lost an election since 2000. (Indonesia, 2004; Thailand, 2010; Myanmar, 2015)

200: Plans to introduce a new tax of 200 Ugandan shillings (US$0.027) per day on each mobile phone subscriber using platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook have triggered accusations that President Yoweri Museveni wants to suppress criticism of his 32-year-rule of one of sub-Saharan Africa’s poorest countries.


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