Over the past few decades, China has become a crucial part of the global economy, driving demand for commodities and churning out consumer products that the world relies on. It is the world's leading exporter, and it accounts for a fifth of global GDP. As a result, the coronavirus that has brought parts of China to a near standstill is affecting other economies as well, as supply chains are diverted, travel links are cut, and Chinese consumption plummets. Here's a look at how the fallout of the coronavirus is projected to hit the Q1 GDP growth of select countries.
President Trump's pledge to eventually withdraw thousands of US troops from Afghanistan has cast the spotlight back on America's longest running war. It's also sparked a discussion amongst the nations that contribute to the NATO-led mission deployed there, who are now also rethinking their commitment to the now 18-year old war. Here's a look at how many troops remain in Afghanistan as part of the NATO mission, and where they're from.
The Trump administration has added six countries to its contentious list of states whose citizens are banned from obtaining certain types of visas to enter the United States. The list now includes Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and largest economy, along with Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania. The travel ban already affected 135 million people worldwide, but in its new expanded form it has an outsized effect on Africa: fully a quarter of the continent's people (about 300 million people) are affected by the measures. The US says the travel ban is justified for security reasons. Here's a look at the restrictions, which vary from country to country.
The new coronavirus, which first surfaced in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has already killed 132 people and infected more than 5,000 people in China. A little over a month since the virus was first identified, it has spread far beyond China's borders. Global financial markets have also taken a hit as investors are on edge about the uncertainty. Here's a look at where the Wuhan coronavirus has spread so far.
January 27 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi extermination camp. But even as some 40 heads of state gathered in Jerusalem this week to commemorate the six million Jews who were killed, a recent Pew survey revealed that many American adults don't know basic facts about the ethnic cleansing of Europe's Jews during the Second World War. Fewer than half of those polled knew how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and close to a third didn't know when it actually happened. Here's a look at some of the numbers.
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.
Vladimir Putin has held power for twenty years now, alternating between the prime minister's seat and the presidency twice. He has made himself so indispensable to Russia's political system that even the speaker of the legislature has mused that "without Putin, there is no Russia." The constitution says he can't serve as president again after his current term ends in 2024 – but he'll find a way to keep power somehow. As he starts to lay those plans, here's a look back at his approval rating over the past two decades.
After months of rollercoaster hype, the US and China are readying to sign a so-called "phase one" trade deal that eases some tariffs on Chinese products. Meanwhile, Beijing has committed to large scale purchases of some US goods and services. The preliminary deal will also address some of America's long-term concerns over intellectual property issues. Here's what we know about the US-China "phase one" trade pact.