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South Korea's Kim Jong-yang beats out Russian for Interpol president

The entrance to Interpol headquarters.
Interpol headquarters. Photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea's Kim Jong-yang beat out Russia's Alexander Prokopchuk, a veteran of Russia's security services, to become president of Interpol on Wednesday, the AP reports.

The big picture: Kim's surprise win was a blow to Russia as Prokopchuk was widely viewed as a favorite, despite the objections of the United States and other western allies, who feared that Russia could use the organization to target its political opponents. The previous Interpol head, China's Meng Hongwel, resigned last month after he was detained and investigated for possible violations of state law by Chinese authorities.

Asian countries invest more in industrial robots than Europe, U.S.

Data: Information Technology & Innovation Foundation; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

A common way to measure the use of robots around the world shows that wealthy countries — like Korea, Singapore, Germany and the U.S. — are way ahead of the curve, while China flounders behind unlikely characters like Slovenia and the Czech Republic.

Why it matters: Taking wages into account changes the landscape dramatically. When comparing countries’ actual robot adoption to the quantity one would expect based on their wage levels, Asian countries far outstrip Europe and the U.S.

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