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Former U.S. President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Windham, NH.

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Hard Numbers: Trump’s bond, Saudis target Ethiopian migrants, missing in Maui, Ecuadorians’ pro-Amazon vote

200,000: Former President Donald Trump's bond in Georgia has been set at $200,000 ahead of a Friday deadline to turn himself in. As part of his release conditions, Trump, who is reportedly set to surrender for processing on Thursday, is banned from using social media to intimidate witnesses.

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A makeshift memorial hangs on a tree overlooking burned houses and buildings in Lahaina, Maui.


Hard Numbers: Maui tourism, fighting in Ethiopia, China’s missing data, Burundi’s missing handball players

80: In disaster-struck Maui, mixed feelings now dominate public opinion. Many traumatized residents are angry that tourists keep coming to the island even as cleanup from the deadly wildfires continues. Yet, according to Maui’s Economic Development Board, “approximately 80% of every dollar [of revenue in the area] is generated directly or indirectly by the visitor industry,” providing an economic lifeline that’s sorely needed.

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A view of the damage caused by wildfires in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.

Senator Brian Schatz via Instagram/via REUTERS

Maui fires fan political flames

With 96 people confirmed dead, more than a thousand still unaccounted for, and an estimated $5.6 billion in rebuilding costs, last week’s Maui wildfires are shaping up to be one of the US’ most devastating natural disasters. The catastrophe may also set the scene for nasty political battles in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election.

Over the weekend, Republican US Rep. Lauren Boebert questioned why President Joe Biden remained on vacation in Delaware, railing on X, formerly known as Twitter, that "There is a total crisis in Maui. 3,000 destroyed homes. 80 people dead. Where's Joe Biden? On vacation of course. There is no bottom for this president.”

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An aerial view of a wildfire in Kihei, Maui County, Hawaii.

Clint Hansen of Maui Real Estate Radio/TMX via REUTERS

Maui fires kill at least 36 people

Hawaii’s wildfires have claimed at least 36 lives. The historic, western coast town of Lahaina has been ripped apart, with 271 buildings destroyed by the blazes. Relatives of people living in the region are worried about missing family members, and thousands remain without power.

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