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2014 Global Terrorism Index: Number of Lives Lost to Terrorism Increased 61 Percent YOY; Number of Countries Experiencing 50 or More Deaths Increased 60 Percent YOY
The number of lives lost to terrorist attacks increased by 61 percent in a single year, according to the second edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), rising from 11,133 in 2012 to 17,958 in 2013. The index also recorded a 44 percent increase in the number of terrorist incidents, rising from 6,825 in 2012 to 9,814 in 2013. Explosives accounted for the majority of these attacks, while suicide bombings accounted for less than 5 percent.
First launched by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) in 2012, the GTI ranks countries by the impact of terrorist activities as well as analyzing the economic and social dimensions associated with terrorism.
The index scores 162 countries, covering 99.6 percent of the world’s population, and examines trends from 2000 to 2013. The indicators used include the number of terrorist incidents, fatalities, injuries, and property damage. See the full release to learn more.
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Germany Knocks USA Off ‘Best Nation’ Top Spot After 5 Years
After holding the No. 1 place since 2009, the USA this year has been pushed down to second place by Germany, which now takes the lead in the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index (NBI).
People around the world now have more positive perceptions of Germany than of 49 other developed and developing countries, according to the annual NBI study.
The study measures global perceptions of each country, based on 23 different attributes that make up the six overall dimensions on which national image is based: exports, governance, culture, people, tourism, and immigration/investment.
For the 2014 study, a total of 20,125 interviews were conducted across 20 countries. See the full release to learn what other countries made the list.
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American Standard Issues 2014 Global Sanitation Report on World Toilet Day
In recognition of the 13th annual World Toilet Day on Nov. 19, American Standard released a Global Sanitation Report offering the latest information on the lack of adequate sanitation resources afflicting nearly 40 percent of the world population.
The document also provides updates on the company’s Flush for Good campaign, which aims to reach 20 million people by 2020 with improved sanitation facilities that can reduce disease to help save lives. See the full release to learn more.
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Kelley Blue Book Announces Winners of All-New 2015 Best Buy Awards; 2015 Ford F-150 Named Overall Best Buy
Kelley Blue Book kbb.com, the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry, announced on Nov. 17 the winners of the 2015 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards, honoring the top new model year vehicle choices available in the U.S. market.
The 2015 Ford F-150 is named Kelley Blue Book’s Overall Best Buy of 2015, alongside Best Buy Award winners in 12 major vehicle categories. Watch the video and see the full release to learn more about the winners.
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Actavis to Acquire Allergan to Create Top 10 Global Growth Pharmaceutical Company with $23 Billion in Revenue
Actavis plc and Allergan Inc. announced Nov. 17 that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Actavis will acquire Allergan for a combination of $129.22 in cash and 0.3683 Actavis shares for each share of Allergan common stock.
Based on the closing price of Actavis shares on Nov. 14, the transaction is valued at approximately $66 billion, or $219 per Allergan share.
The combination will create one of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies by sales revenue, with combined annual pro forma revenues of more than $23 billion anticipated in 2015. See the video to learn more.
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