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1.4 billion: President Trump continues to threaten to close the US border with Mexico to resolve what he says is a national emergency created by illegal immigration into the US. More than $500 billion in goods — some $1.4 billion a day — crossed that border in 2018, according to the US Commerce Department.

77,000: Since a failed coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has detained 77,000 people and suspended or fired more than 150,000 civil servants and members of the military. But this week's local election results, in which Erdogan's party lost control of Istanbul, Ankara, and other major cities, shows that even the harshest of crackdowns can't ensure lasting political dominance.

40: In North Korea, 11 million people, about 40 percent of the population, are undernourished. Chronic malnutrition has stunted the growth of an estimated 20 percent of the country's children. The UN has called on the US to help with food aid despite the lack of progress toward denuclearization of North Korea.

45: Last December, Japan's parliament passed a bill that creates a mandatory 10-day holiday from April 27 to May 6 to mark the imperial transition from Emperor Akihito to his eldest son, Naruhito. A recent poll revealed that 45 percent of respondents in Japan "felt unhappy" about the long vacation, with just 35 percent saying they "felt happy," presumably because costs for travel during this period have spiked, and closed schools leave children at home with parents.

Meet Alessandra Cominetti, a recipient of MIT Technology Review Magazine's Innovators Under 35 award. As a lab technician at Eni's Research Centre for Renewable Energy in Novara, Alessandra has devoted her career to finding new solutions and materials to optimize solar energy. Much like the serendipitous encounter that resulted in her employment, her eagerness and willingness to try new things allowed her to stumble upon a material for the creation of portable solar panels.

Watch her remarkable story on the latest episode of Faces of Eni.

"If [the election] is very close and it ends up in the courts, that kind of protracted situation I think will lead many Americans to believe that it was an unfair election." Rick Hasen, election law expert and author of Election Meltdown, lays out some of the worst-case scenarios for Election Day, ranging from unprecedented voter suppression to dirty tricks by foreign actors. The conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer. The episode begins airing nationally in the US on public television this Friday, October 30. Check local listings.

Joe Biden has vowed to radically change the US' approach to foreign policy and international diplomacy should he win next week's election.

But a lot has happened in four years under Donald Trump that could impede Biden's ability to simply return to the status quo ante. How different would US foreign policy really be under a Biden presidency? What will the two-term former vice president likely be able to change, and what's bound to remain the same, at least for now?

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On Wednesday, November 4 at 11a EST, we're gathering a panel to discuss "What Just Happened" with the US election. GZERO Media's Ian Bremmer, Tony Maciulis and Alex Kliment will be joined by The Washington Post's Karen Attiah and Eurasia Group's Jon Lieber. Watch live at: gzeromedia.com/gzerolive.

Decision 2020: What Just Happened? Wednesday, November 4, 11a EST/8a PST

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Jon Lieber, Managing Director for the United States at the Eurasia Group, shares his perspective on a special US election edition of US Politics In 60 Seconds:

So, we're about five days out from the election right now.

And the story of this week has been the remarkably steady polling lead for Joe Biden that he's had for months now. The other big story is the turnout, massive amounts of turnout. 100% of the 2016 vote already cast in Texas. 60% nationwide votes already cast. We are headed for record shattering turnout, could be around 155 million Americans voting.

On election night, what are we watching for?

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