France Unites Around Notre Dame Fire: World in 60 Seconds

Can President Micron unite France after the Notre Dame fire?

Yeah, I think he does actually have a shot. He's been taking it really hard for the last few months. Big demonstrations on the ground every week - the Yellow Vests. They're going to have to maintain a respectful distance given the level of disaster that they've just experienced and it gives Macron an opportunity to actually unify the country around something constructive in this case. Rebuilding this extraordinary cathedral.

What's the biggest issue at stake in Indonesia's election?

It's infrastructure, it's improving the economy. Joko - Jokowi, is the guy that's building the roads. A month ago, they finally got the first metro, underground metro, to actually start in Jakarta. Anyone who's been there, three hours to get from meeting to meeting. They desperately needed it. He's going to win again and it's gonna be helpful for the economy in the country.

Who's in charge in Sudan right now?

It is a rotating military council. They promised that the opposition can put anyone they want to be prime minister, but watch the military continue to control the country. That is, they're not giving up anytime soon.

Is the honeymoon over for Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president?

No, I wouldn't say it's over, but his popularity is starting to slip and the economy is getting a little soft. Job numbers don't look great right now. And he's having a hard time getting consensus because his party is relatively small and he doesn't want to work the traditional sausage making operations in Brazilian congress, which means that it's going to be a long term for this guy. But it also means that he's going to have to do business the way most Brazilian politicians do. He's not suddenly going to create an authoritarian Brazil = couldn't do it even if he wanted to.


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This time last year, world health experts were speculating about why Africa appeared to have escaped the worst of the global pandemic. Younger populations? Natural immunity created by exposure to past viruses? Something else?

They can stop wondering. Africa is now in the grip of a COVID emergency.

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Get insights on the latest news in US politics from Jon Lieber, head of Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi barred two Republican members from serving on the Jan. 6 commission. What's going on?

Well, the Jan. 6 commission was designed to be a bipartisan commission, taking input from members from Democrats and Republicans. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had the opportunity to make recommendations but the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, could always veto those recommendations. In this case, she did, saying no to two members, Jim Banks and Jim Jordan, both of whom are strongly aligned with President Trump and who voted against certifying the election results in 2020. The Republicans for the most part see the Jan. 6 commission as an opportunity to score political points against them, and the Democrats say this is going to be a fair, non-biased, and nonpartisan investigation into what happened on Jan. 6, starting with a hearing next week with some of the police officers who were involved in the battle with the protesters inside the Capitol.

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In his New York Times op-ed, David Brooks says the US is facing an identity crisis — protecting liberal and progressive values at home while doing little to stop autocrats elsewhere. But has the US really abandoned its values abroad just because it's withdrawing from Afghanistan? Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group analyst Charles Dunst take out the Red Pen to argue that the US can advance democracy without being the world's sheriff.

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When the Tokyo Olympics begin on Friday, Japan watchers will be following more than just the performance of Japan's star athletes, including tennis star Naomi Osaka. They will also be tracking the political fortunes of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is taking a big gamble by staging the event — amid a raging pandemic — in the face of strong and longstanding opposition from the Japanese public. What are the stakes for Suga, particularly with elections on the horizon? Eurasia Group senior analyst Ali Wyne explains.

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YouTube pulls Bolsonaro's rants: Google-owned YouTube pulled down a series of videos on the channel of Brazil's populist President Jair Bolsonaro, accusing him of spreading misinformation about the pandemic. YouTube removed more than a dozen clips for touting quack cures for coronavirus or claiming, in defiance of scientific experts, that masks don't reduce COVID transmissions. Last year, Twitter and Facebook also removed some content from Bolsonaro's feeds for similar reasons. But critics say that YouTube's move is too little too late, because Bolsonaro has been spreading misinformation about COVID since the pandemic began. Many Brazilians hold him personally responsible for the country's abysmal pandemic response, which has led to almost 550,000 deaths, the second worst toll in the world. Will YouTube's move change Bolsonaro's message? His weekly address to the nation, where he converses not only with government ministers but also various conspiracy theorists and loons, is broadcast on YouTube. Surely he doesn't want to risk losing that — or does he?

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Boycotts! Bans! Protests! Drugs! Think you've got gold medal knowledge about politics at the Olympics? Test what you know with this special Tokyo Olympics Quiz. And to stay current on all the latest political stories at the Games and around the world, subscribe here to Signal, our daily newsletter. Now, without further ado, the first question is...

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