This week's news by the numbers: October 26–November 1

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November 1, 2019

This week's news by the numbers: October 26–November 1

Stacker distills the week's news from around the world into key facts and figures. This week's takeaways includes the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, pollution levels in India, and the growth of the U.S. economy. Click through to read more about some of this past week’s biggest headlines.

128,000 jobs added to U.S. economy in October

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released on Friday, 128,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in October. The restaurant industry added 47,500 jobs, and retailers added 6,100 jobs in what analysts believe may be a seasonal uptick to prepare for the holidays. The most significant losses were felt in the auto manufacturing industry, which lost 41,600 jobs due in large part the GM strike. Those jobs are expected to return now that a settlement has been reached. The unemployment rate rose slightly from 3.5% to 3.6%.

5 million children in New Delhi will receive masks to protect against pollution

Five million children in India’s capital city of New Delhi will be given face masks in response to hazardous levels of pollution recorded on Friday. New Delhi reported levels over seven times higher than the threshold for what is considered hazardous. A Central Pollution Control Board official said emergency measures will be implemented if pollution levels remain at their current level for 48 hours, including shutting down schools and imposing a rule where only certain cars can drive on certain days.

Tens of thousands protest in Iraq, defy security crackdown

In an act of defiance against Iraqi security forces, tens of thousands of people gathered in Tahrir Square on Friday for the largest demonstration since the anti-government protests began one month ago. Five people were killed during the demonstration on Friday, bringing the death toll to 255 since the protests began. An additional 350 people were injured in clashes with security forces on Friday. 

Most wanted terrorist with $25 million bounty killed in raid

President Trump announced on Sunday that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a nighttime raid carried out by U.S. special operations forces in northwestern Syria. Al-Baghdadi, the world’s most wanted terrorist, carried a $25 million bounty. Al-Baghdadi was located thanks to the efforts of an informant—an Islamic State operative—who was integral to Al-Baghdadi’s movements around Syria and familiar with the layout of his safe house, according to U.S. and Middle East officials.

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