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In 2016, California's GDP was twice the size of Russia's. https://t.co/qCSND2bUA1
In 2016, California's GDP was twice the size of Russia's. https://t.co/qCSND2bUA1
BREAKING: Israel's military says a rocket has been launched from Gaza.
MEDIA: Storm in Utah, the United States. https://t.co/qg8Krffiyu
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There were over 5,500 statues of Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine in 1991.

Today they are none left.
There were over 5,500 statues of Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine in 1991.

Today they are none left.
UNITED STATES: Investigation of Jill Stein has been added to the congressional probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
America's new aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, cost $12.8 billion.

That's more than the annual military budgets of 184 countries.
America's new aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, cost $12.8 billion.

That's more than the annual military budgets of 184 countries.
UNITED STATES: Jeb Bush says Republicans are not speaking out about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Net sales revenue of Amazon.

2004: $6.9 billion
2008: $19.1 billion
2012: $61.1 billion
2016: $136 billion
Net sales revenue of Amazon.

2004: $6.9 billion
2008: $19.1 billion
2012: $61.1 billion
2016: $136 billion
Number of taxis in Chinese cities.

2006: 929,000
2016: 1,404,000

(Ministry of Transport of China)
Number of taxis in Chinese cities.

2006: 929,000
2016: 1,404,000

(Ministry of Transport of China)
Total length of China's highways.

2006: 45,340 kilometers
2016: 131,000 kilometers
Total length of China's highways.

2006: 45,340 kilometers
2016: 131,000 kilometers
Median age of China's population.

1970: 19.2
2010: 35.2
2050: 49.6 (projected)

(United Nations)
Median age of China's population.

1970: 19.2
2010: 35.2
2050: 49.6 (projected)

(United Nations)
Lamborghini vehicle deliveries.

2011: 1,602
2012: 2,083
2013: 2,121
2014: 2,530
2015: 3,245
2016: 3,457
Lamborghini vehicle deliveries.

2011: 1,602
2012: 2,083
2013: 2,121
2014: 2,530
2015: 3,245
2016: 3,457
Subway lines in China's cities.

2010: 53
2016: 124

(Ministry of Transport of China)
Subway lines in China's cities.

2010: 53
2016: 124

(Ministry of Transport of China)
IMAGE: Barack Obama at his first and last State of the Union address https://t.co/ryDEGKxgqE
IMAGE: Barack Obama at his first and last State of the Union address https://t.co/ryDEGKxgqE
Olive oil consumption in the US. (in 1,000 metric tons)

2000: 209
2008: 275
2016: 316

(US Department of Agriculture)
Olive oil consumption in the US. (in 1,000 metric tons)

2000: 209
2008: 275 
2016: 316

(US Department of Agriculture)
Percentage of female CEOs in Fortune 500 companies in the US

1995: 0%
2005: 1.8%
2015: 4.8%
Percentage of female CEOs in Fortune 500 companies in the US

1995: 0%
2005: 1.8%
2015: 4.8%
US medical marijuana sales.

2013: $1.6 billion
2017: $3.1 billion
2020: $5 billion (projected)

(Marijuana Business Daily)
US medical marijuana sales.

2013: $1.6 billion
2017: $3.1 billion
2020: $5 billion (projected)

(Marijuana Business Daily)
Interest rate.

US: 1.25%
China: 4.35%
Japan: -0.1%
Germany: 0%
UK: 0.25%
France: 0%
India: 6.25%
Italy: 0%
Brazil: 10.25%
Russia: 9%
Crude oil price, July of year.

2008: $131
2009: $64
2010: $77
2011: $96
2012: $88
2013: $107
2014: $105
2015: $52
2016: $44

Now: $45.6
Crude oil price, July of year.

2008: $131
2009: $64
2010: $77
2011: $96
2012: $88
2013: $107
2014: $105
2015: $52
2016: $44

Now: $45.6
Nigeria population.

1960: 45 million
2015: 181 million
2050: 300 million (UN projection)
Nigeria population.

1960: 45 million
2015: 181 million
2050: 300 million (UN projection)
Total(1) => 0.48405718803406 f_u_GLN(2) => 0.46538114547729 f_f_QM(2) => 0.36452627182007 indS(2) => 0.048439979553223 indM(2) => 0.025442123413086 indM_1(2) => 0.0059440135955811 indM_2(2) => 0.00079488754272461 indM_4(2) => 0.0055510997772217 indM_5(2) => 0.0046701431274414 indM_6(2) => 0.0017359256744385 indM_7(2) => 0.0035998821258545 indM_8(2) => 0.0012352466583252 f_f_pTL(2) => 0.025921821594238 f_f_dT(40) => 0.024415254592896