U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. Photo: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The U.N. released a report last month that said 40 million Americans are living in “extreme poverty,” but the Trump administration argues that the U.N. is exaggerating the numbers, and says the real figure is closer to 250,000 people, the Washington Post reports.

Be smart: How poverty in America is measured has been a long-running debate, coupled with the fact that “extreme poverty" doesn't have a concrete definition.

How it's defined by different groups, per the Post:

  • The U.N. uses the Census definition, which says extreme poverty applies to those earning an income lower than half the official poverty rate.
  • The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, defined it as living on less than $4 each day. Unlike the U.N.'s method, this also accounts for government welfare assistance like food stamps.
  • Poverty experts say the Census count is flawed, but believe the Heritage statistic used by the government is way too low and question the measurement the organization uses.
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities measures poverty by looking at people with less than half the median national disposable income. The nonpartisan research group reportedly said 18% of Americans are in poverty.

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Why it matters: It's the highest-level visit by a U.S. cabinet official to Taiwan since 1979. Azar is also the first U.S. Cabinet member to visit the island state in six years. The visit has angered China, which views Taiwan as part of its territory. Chinese officials accused the U.S. Wednesday of "endangering peace" with the visit, AFP reports.

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A major explosion has slammed central Beirut, Lebanon, damaging buildings as far as several miles away and injuring scores of people.

Driving the news: At least 100 people have been killed and over 4,000 injured in the blast — and the death toll is likely to rise, the Lebanese Red Cross said, per AP. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the explosions occurred at a warehouse that had been storing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for the past six years.