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Hard Numbers: A Kiwi crackdown on foreign political cash

20: When an image of tennis god Roger Federer is imprinted on a Swiss 20 franc silver coin in January, the 20-time Grand Slam winner will become Switzerland's first living person to have their likeness minted on a coin. Naturally, the "heads" side of the coin will show Federer executing his signature one-handed backhand.

58: Madrid may currently be hosting the UN Climate Change Conference, but 58 percent of Spaniards surveyed say they are "dissatisfied" with their country's environmental conservation efforts.

50: New Zealand's government has introduced legislation that would cap all foreign donations to political campaigns at just NZ $50 ($32 USD) in a bid to reduce foreign influence over domestic politics. Last year, the country's opposition leader was accused of failing to declare a $100,000 donation from a Chinese businessman.

208: Iranian state TV has confirmed that security forces shot and killed people in their brutal crackdown on nationwide protests last month, but said that those who died were "thugs and rioters." The broadcast didn't give a specific death toll, but the human rights watchdog Amnesty International says at least 208 people were killed.

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.

Over the weekend, some 40,000 people in Moscow and thousands more across Russia braved subzero temperatures to turn out in the streets in support of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. More than 3,000 protesters were arrested, and Navalny called on his followers to prepare for more action in the coming weeks.

But just who is Alexei Navalny, and how significant is the threat that he may pose to Vladimir Putin's stranglehold on power in Russia?

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9.2 trillion: COVID vaccine hoarding by rich countries and uneven global access to the jabs will draw out the global recovery from the pandemic. In fact, it'll cost the world economy as much as $9.2 trillion, according to a new study by the International Chamber of Commerce.

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The United States has never been more divided, and it's safe to say that social media's role in our national discourse is a big part of the problem. But renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher doesn't see any easy fix. "I don't know how you fix the architecture of a building that is just purposely dangerous for everybody." Swisher joins Ian Bremmer to talk about how some of the richest companies on Earth, whose business models benefit from discord and division, can be compelled to see their better angels. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take (part 1):

Ian Bremmer here, happy Monday. And have your Quick Take to start off the week.

Maybe start off with Biden because now President Biden has had a week, almost a week, right? How was it? How's he doing? Well, for the first week, I would say pretty good. Not exceptional, but not bad, not bad. Normal. I know everyone's excited that there's normalcy. We will not be excited there's normalcy when crises start hitting and when life gets harder and we are still in the middle of a horrible pandemic and he has to respond to it. But for the first week, it was okay.

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