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Is Ukraine going to elect a comedian as president on Sunday?

Well, not exactly comedian. He's an actor, he is a television personality. He is a business man in the entertainment business, you might say. But yes, it's highly likely that Mr. Zelensky will be elected as new president of Ukraine to take office at the beginning of June, but we will have to return to that.

Are nationalist forces gaining strength in the Finnish election?

Well, yes they did fairly well, but roughly the same result as they had in the last election a couple of years ago, with somewhat less than they had in the first election, when they entered the scene in 2011. But it was still more than expected, in view of the fact that they had been splitting and they had been disagreeing and things like that. So it shows the enduring strength of those particular forces - around 17% of the electorate. I think that's roughly the European norm these days.

Eni's luminescent solar concentrators can help smart windows and next-generation buildings generate electricity. But even Eni hadn't imagined using this technology to create eyeglasses capable of charging mobile phones and headsets.

Introducing Funny Applications, Eni's video series that imagines new, unexpected uses for technology. Watch the premiere episode.

We've written recently about how the COVID-19 pandemic will hit poorer countries particularly hard. But the burden of the virus' spread also falls more heavily on working class people even in wealthy countries, particularly in Europe and the United States. This is exacerbating the divide between rich and poor that had already upended the political establishment in countries around the world even before anyone had heard of a "novel coronavirus."

Why?

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Meet Mark Wetton, a Kentucky-based businessman who owns a dust-collection factory in Wuhan. He has been there since the beginning of the outbreak, and describes the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak there, life in lockdown, and what things are like today as the city finally begins to reopen its borders and come back to life. He also shares some lessons learned that he hopes Americans will heed.

The coronavirus is likely to hit poorer countries particularly hard, but it is also laying a bigger burden on working class people even in wealthy ones. As less affluent people suffer disproportionately not only from the disease, but also from the economic costs of containing it, we can expect a worsening of income inequalities that have already upended global politics over the past few years. Here is a look at inequality in some of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 so far.

500 million: The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could plunge 500 million people into poverty, according to a new report released by Oxfam. As incomes and economies continue to contract, global poverty will increase for the first time in 30 years, the report predicts, undermining many of the gains of globalization that have pulled millions out of poverty in recent years.

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