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9,800 Number of US troops who will remain in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, down from 32,800 now – if the Afghan government agrees. 22 Age, in years, of the largest cohort in the United States. This marks the end of the baby boomer generation's domination of the US population. 10.5 million Median salary (in US dollars) of American chief executive ofcers, an average of 257 times the wage of an average employee. 84,641 Number of properties in Detroit that are considered blighted. 30 Percentage rise in TV sales in Brazil this year, which salespeople link to the World Cup soccer tournament's being held there. 17 Number of cable channels Ameri- cans typically view, out of an average 189 channels from which to choose. 20 Percentage of the 3.5 trillion pho- tographs taken since 1838 that have been shot in the past two years. 13 Hours, the world-record length of an Arby's commercial, which shatters the previous 1-hour record. The commer- cial, which aired on one TV station in Duluth, Minn., consisted mostly of a brisket being smoked. Sources: The Washington Post, US Census Bureau, The Associated Press/Equilar, Detroit Blight Removal Task Force, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nielsen Company, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times P R I M E N U M B E R S London and Paris – Was it just a pro- test vote, or something more? That is the question being asked among Britain's political class about the success of the anti-Europe United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in last month's Euro- pean Parliament elections. Under leader Nigel Farage, the Euroskeptic party doubled its mem - bers in the European Parliament to 24, compared with 20 for Labour, 19 for the Conservatives, and just 1 seat for the pro-Europe Liberal Democrats. The victory sent shock waves through the established po- litical parties. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is feeling pres- sure to resign. Mr. Farage called the outcome the "most extraordinary result" in British politics in the past 100 years, and said his "people's army" now aimed to win UKIP's first West- minster member of Parliament, in a Newark, Nottinghamshire, by-elec- tion. Such a victory would be a huge turnaround for UKIP, which finished fifth in the 2010 Newark election, far behind the Conservative winner, who won handily. Prime Minister David Cameron, the Conservative leader, called for reform of EU institutions and said it could not be "business as usual" in the wake of the results. Despite UKIP's success, it is un- clear whether the win was a protest vote or a sea change ahead of next year's general election. Alistair Clark, a senior lecturer in politics at Newcastle University, doubts whether UKIP could repli- cate such results in 2015. He says it would require a huge swing among voters for UKIP to win seats in the British Parliament, where elections are dominated by more domestic is- sues such as the economy. But the latest results change Brit- ain's debate about Europe. "We have always had an awkward relation- ship with Europe," Dr. Clark says, "going back to Margaret Thatcher, but these UKIP results will force the traditional parties to review their European policies. It's already hap- pening in Europe, with [French] President [François] Hollande talk- ing about reform. But I think UKIP will struggle in a general election." France's far-right, anti-immigra- tion National Front (FN) party also nabbed a historic win in the Euro- pean elections in what France's rul- ing Socialist Party calls a "political earthquake." The FN finished first among the three major parties with 25 percent of the vote, ahead of the center-right Union for a Popular Movement (20.6 percent) and the Socialist Party (14.2 percent). FN party leader Marine Le Pen said the French people had spo- ken loud and clear: "[Our people] want politics by the French, for the French, and with the French," she said. "They don't want to be led anymore from outside, to submit to laws." The election gives FN be- tween 21 and 24 of France's 74 seats in the European Parliament. "We must build another Europe, a free Europe of sovereign nations and one in which cooperation is freely decided," Ms. Le Pen said, calling the vote a "massive rejection of the European Union." She wants Mr. Hollande to dissolve the French National Assembly and call for new elections. – Ian Evans / Correspondent and Colette Davidson / Contributor Isla vIsta shootIng Mental health and guns Experts seek ways to act on family concerns In retrospect, there were plenty of signs that Elliot Rodger was dis- turbed and perhaps a danger to himself or others. Nearly a month before Mr. Rod - ger went on a rampage in Isla Vista, Calif., near Santa Barbara, killing six people and injuring 13 more be- fore taking his own life, his mother E.U. ElEctIons Europe gets a shake-up Far-right parties gain. Will it afect national politics? VNEXT PAGE Win: Nigel Farage, chairman of Britain's United Kingdom Independence Party, talks to media in Brussels via a video link from Britain. His party made gains in the EU Parliament. Yves Logghe/AP 'We have alWays had an aWkWard relationship With europe.' – Alistair Clark, Newcastle University, England 10 The ChrisTian sCienCe MoniTor Weekly | June 9, 2014

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