Will the U.S. resume negotiations with the Taliban?

Peace talks with the Taliban are dead. Where does that leave Afghanistan?

As like, the most violent, lacking infrastructure and governance and horrible treatment of women, place in the world…except, President Trump really wants to end an 18-year long war. And John Bolton is no longer national security advisor so it's gonna be easier for Trump pull off. I suspect there'll be more negotiations. Something Trump really wants to do before he has his re-election bid is say: "I've ended the war in Afghanistan." Mission accomplished.


Brexit update: Is the U.K. still on track to exit the EU by October 31st?

Well, not really. I mean, parliament actually, through legislation said that Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has to ask for extension. French President said: "I refuse unless there is some form and change to the status quo." We are as muddled as we were two weeks ago. Heck, two years ago. Still a lot to watch there.

Is there is the end in sight for Hong Kong protests?

No, but they're gonna get small and the reason they get smaller is in part because the students are going back to school, in part because Xi Jinping and the executive, Carrie Lam, has said "yes" on the initial demand which is: end that new extradition law. And that means that is going to be harder to maintain the level of support for the protesters, demonstrators, that you've had over the course the past several months.

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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