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66,000: The latest installment of France's anti-government "yellow vest" protests attracted 66,000 people nationwide, according to French authorities. That's less than half the turnout the previous weekend. But those numbers could rise again next weekend, as observers attributed the weaker turnout to cold weather and safety concerns after the Strasbourg terror attack.


187: A report for the US Senate on Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US Presidential election says that content created by Russian government-backed groups garnered 187 million interactions on Instagram. That's nearly triple the number of interactions for similar content on Facebook, which has been much more in the spotlight as Americans try to assess what impact Moscow may have had on the election's outcome.

35: US gun manufacturers exported 35 million weapons and rounds of ammunition to Paraguay in 2017, a figure so high that it prompted US officials to halt commercial arms exports to the South American nation earlier this year. The weapons have helped to fuel violence and drug trafficking not only in weakly policed Paraguay but also next door in Brazil, where killings have skyrocketed.

3.9: By the end of this year (soon!), some 3.9 billion people will have internet access, says a UN agency. That means that for the first time ever, more than half of earth's population will be able to surf the web. Over the past decade, Africahas experienced the fastest growth in internet access globally. Since 2005, the percentage of Africans with an internet connection has soared from 2 to 24.

Khant Thaw Htoo is a young engineer who works in Eni's Sakura Tower office in the heart of Yangon. As an HSE engineer, he monitors the safety and environmental impact of onshore and offshore operations. He also looks out for his parents' well-being, in keeping with Myanmar's traditions.

Learn more about Khant in the final episode of the Faces of Eni series, which focuses on Eni's employees around the world.

On his first day as president, Joe Biden signed a remarkable series of executive orders. Boom! The US rejoins the Paris Climate Accord. Bang! The United States rejoins the World Health Organization. Pow! No more ban on immigration from many Muslim-majority countries. Biden's press secretary reminded reporters later in the day that all these orders merely begin complex processes that take time, but the impact is still dramatic.

If you lead a country allied with the US, or you're simply hoping for some specific commitment or clear and credible statement of purpose from the US government, you might feel a little dizzy today. The sight of an American president (Barack Obama) signing his name, of the next president (Donald Trump) erasing that name from the same legislation/bill, and then the following president (Biden) signing it back into law again will raise deep concerns over the long-term reliability of the world's still-most-powerful nation.

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10: Violent protests against new coronavirus restrictions have erupted in at least 10 regions in the Netherlands, which recently imposed the country's first nationwide curfew since World War Two. Protesters clashed with police and looted stores — and police say that a far-right anti-immigrant group has taken advantage of the discontent to exacerbate tensions.

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One result of the law enforcement crackdown on pro-Trump Capitol rioters following the events of January 6 is that many right-wing extremists have left public social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter for encrypted apps like Telegram and Signal. But renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher isn't all that concerned. "The white supremacist stuff, it's like mold. They thrived in the light, actually." Now that these groups no longer have such public platforms, their recruiting power, Swisher argues, will be greatly diminished. Plus, she points out, they were already on those encrypted apps to begin with. Swisher's conversation with Ian Bremmer was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher has no doubt that social media companies bear responsibility for the January 6th pro-Trump riots at the Capitol and will likely be complicit in the civil unrest that may continue well into Biden's presidency. It's no surprise, she argues, that the online rage that platforms like Facebook and Twitter intentionally foment translated into real-life violence. But if Silicon Valley's current role in our national discourse is untenable, how can the US government rein it in? That, it turns out, is a bit more complicated. Swisher joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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