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The number of years an average family would need to not spend a single dollar in order to afford a home in Hong Kong, according to the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. The city was ranked the least affordable housing market in the world for the ninth year in a row, beating its own previous record of 19.4 years, set in 2017. It would take 12.6 years for homeowners to buy a house in Vancouver, which came in second place, and 11.7 years in Sydney, which came in third.


The number of federal employees granted temporary leave or working without pay in light of the United States government shutdown. It is the longest shutdown in American history, having surpassed the 21-day shutdown of 1995-1996.


The cases of fraud individually worth more than £100,000 that made it to court in the United Kingdom in 2018. Cases involved the evasion of duty, VAT fraud, investment fraud, loans and mortgages, counterfeit goods, pensions and social benefits, totaling £1.2 billion, according to research by KPMG Forensic in its latest Fraud Barometer. 

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