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Hard Numbers: Being dead in Hong Kong Ain’t Cheap

499: Burkina Faso has long been one of West Africa's more peaceful nations, but conflict has spiked in recent months, as anti-government groups and Islamic extremists have expanded. Some 449 civilian fatalities were registered there over the past five months, 70 times the count during the same period last year.

32 million: By the 2020 US presidential election, 32 million Hispanics are expected to be registered to vote, surpassing the number of registered African-American voters for the first time ever. Roughly two-thirds of Hispanic voters have supported Democratic candidates in recent elections.

25: Over the first two months of 2019, the murder rate in Brazil dropped by a sizable 25 percent compared to the same period last year. That could give a boost to President Jair Bolsonaro, who campaigned on a pledge to improve law and order.

90: It can now more expensive to buy a house for the dead in Hong Kong than for the living—with burial plots running from $382,000 to $637,000. Space is so expensive that 90 percent of those who die in Hong Kong opt to be cremated – and finding an affordable spot for ashes ain't cheap either.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

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For the first time in twenty years, extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

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The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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