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While you were sleeping: 20 October 2017

While you were sleeping: 20 October 2017

White supremacist leader shouted out, terror threat for Senegal, and nine million killed from pollution.

TGIF, 20 October 2017

“Even in Siberia there is happiness.” 
Anton Chekhov

 
 

Miners are being assassinated in Marikana, again. The truth as to who’s to blame has also become a victim as the bodies and accusations pile up.

 
 
 

White supremacist shouted down

Racist figurehead Richard Spencer was shouted down by hundreds of protesters on Thursday. Spencer had attempted to speak at the University in Florida, but was forced to leave the stage without giving his speech. Only 30 supporters of said racist leader made it to the venue, making them vastly outnumbered by protesters chanting: “No more Spencer!”

 

North Korea on the ‘cusp’ of US nuke

The CIA’s head has revealed that they believe North Korea is “on the cusp” of developing a nuclear missile able to strike American targets. Director Mike Pompeo noted that President Donald Trump, and indeed the entire United States administration, should act as though Kim Jong Un’s fiefdom is within imminent grasp of such nuclear capability. It’s not quite the end of the world as we know it, but you definitely should not feel fine.

 

Senegal terror threat announced

The United States embassy in Senegal has issued a warning to its citizens, believing a terrorist attack is possible. Calling it a “credible threat”, the embassy said that an attack in Dakar could be possible. American staff were advised to avoid seaside hotels. Canada issued a similar warning on Thursday. Senegal is not a usual suspect for terror attacks, making the warnings particularly alarming.

 

Pollution’s death toll revealed

Researchers revealed that nine-million people died from pollution in 2015. A report published today in the Lancet medical journal indicated that one in every six deaths in 2015 was a direct result of pollution, with 92% of the fatalities occurring in low to middle-income countries. Half of the nine-million deaths were in  China and India alone.

 
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IN NUMBERS

9.6%

The percentage of the world’s population living in extreme poverty. This figure was 94% in 1820.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today is World Statistics Day. Crunch your numbers with pride!

The air quality from pollution on a cruise ship can at times be worse than the world’s worst cities.

 

 

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