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British health workers protest to demand a pay rise outside Downing St. in London.

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Hard Numbers: UK nurses dangle strike, China exports less, European energy bills soar, Nigerian TikTokers sentenced

300,000: More than 300,000 registered nurses in the UK are threatening to go on strike before Christmas if the National Health Service doesn't boost their pay above inflation rates. The likely biggest-ever strike in NHS history might be a major test for newly minted PM Rishi Sunak, whose government is strapped for cash amid record waiting times in British hospitals.

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A woman holds a black cross with a sign against Bitcon during a protest against President Bukele's government in El Salvador.

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Hard Numbers: Salvadorans snub crypto, Chinese heart QR codes, Nigerians go cashless, Europeans shop online

2: El Salvador's crypto bro President Nayib Bukele has gone all in on Bitcoin, but his citizens are not yet sold on crypto for remittances, a lifeline for the economy. So far this year, only 2% of the money from Salvadorans working abroad was sent to their families using digital currencies.

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Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis holds a rally in Clearwater, Florida.

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Hard Numbers: DeSantis to do it all again, Sweden’s new government, China’s corruption party-pooper, flood toll in Nigeria

100: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is reportedly planning to send another group of undocumented migrants to a Democrat-run state, with about 100 people set to be put on flights to Illinois and Delaware. DeSantis, who has blasted the Biden administration’s immigration policies while positioning himself as a rising GOP star, is already facing legal blowback from the last time he shipped migrants northwards.

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A man works at an illegal oil refinery site in Bayelsa, Nigeria.

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Nigeria struggles to curb oil theft

Nigeria’s official oil output recently slumped to a two-decade low of less than 1 million barrels per day, spotlighting a longstanding problem with oil theft in Africa’s largest country. Mele Kyari, head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. Ltd, sparked debate locally when he provided an estimate of the magnitude of the problem: Thieves are stealing about 200,000 barrels per day.

These losses are particularly galling at a time when many oil-producing countries around the world are reaping the benefits of high prices. Nigeria, conversely, earlier this year said weak oil income had caused federal revenue to fall below its debt service obligations in the first quarter.

So, what’s going on? We asked Eurasia Group expert Tochi Eni-Kalu to explain.

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man collects crude oil from a mini depot at an illegal oil refinery site near river Nun in Nigeria's oil state of Bayelsa.

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Hard Numbers: Nigeria’s dwindling oil output, Baltics and Poland ban Russians, Puerto Rico goes dark, China’s monkeypox warning

32: Nigeria’s oil output has hit a 32-year low due to underinvestment in oil infrastructure as well as widespread crude oil theft by gangs and terrorists. Crucially, the country has been unable to capitalize on increased crude oil prices amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

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ECB President Christine Lagarde addresses a news conference in Frankfurt.

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Hard Numbers: ECB rate hike, China-India thaw, Indigenous oil drilling pause, Nigerian donkey penises

75: The European Central Bank on Thursday raised interest rates by an unprecedented 75 basis points, which means some Europeans will shell out more for their mortgages. Following the US Federal Reserve’s path, the ECB also warned of further hikes until inflation cools.

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Hard Numbers: Estonia cyberattack, young Japanese told to drink up, Emirates shuns Nigeria, Chinese cat cameo

200: Russian hackers launched a cyberattack Thursday against more than 200 government and corporate websites in Estonia, payback for removing a Soviet-era monument. The Baltic country, one of the loudest critics of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, was hit in 2007 by a massive wave of cyberattacks after the relocation of a Red Army statue that knocked Estonia almost entirely offline, which Tallinn blamed on Moscow.

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Boris Johnson Is Likely To Face Another No-Confidence Vote Soon | World In :60 | GZERO Media

Boris Johnson is likely to face another no-confidence vote soon

Ian Bremmer shares his insights on global politics this week on World In :60.

Boris Johnson survives no-confidence vote, but are his days as prime minister still numbered?

Yeah. On balance, I think you're still going to see another no-confidence vote. The rules in the Tory Party executive committee say you can't, but they can change the rules. And because the vote was this close and because there is such opposition with the scandals that he continues to drive, I think the likelihood that you end up with another no-confidence vote in coming months is actually pretty high. So on balance, yeah, I still think his days are numbered. He's holding on by a thread. Good news though, is that he's less likely to cause trouble over Northern Ireland-Ireland border given how weak he is right now. So the Europeans at least are resting a little easily.

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