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Hard Numbers: Bolsonaro abandons indigenous communities, WTO's leadership race is on, US jobless benefits running out, Poles back to polls

Hard Numbers: Bolsonaro abandons indigenous communities, WTO's leadership race is on, US jobless benefits running out, Poles back to polls

850,000: Amid the country's surging coronavirus crisis, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro vetoed parts of a law that required the government to provide protections — including clean drinking water and access to hospital beds — for the country's indigenous population of around 850,000. Data shows that COVID-19 has been disproportionately ravaging these communities, in part because they have limited access to healthcare.


8: Who wants one of the toughest jobs in the world right now? Eight candidates — from countries including Nigeria, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia — have thrown their names in the ring to become the next Director General of the World Trade Organization. Whoever gets the gig will have to steer the world out of the worst global economic crisis in decades.

1.3 million: At least 1.3 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, bringing the total number of people receiving unemployment benefits in the US to 18 million. Meanwhile, federal unemployment benefits are set to run out later this month and Congress hasn't agreed on a subsequent aid package.

2: Poles head back to the polls on Sunday to decide between the two remaining presidential candidates — ultra-conservative incumbent president Andrzej Duda who's aligned with the ruling Law and Justice party, or Rafal Trzaskowski, the liberal mayor of Warsaw. Poland's bellwether election is seen as a crucial test of populism in Europe amid the worst global economic downturn in decades.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this piece erroneously stated that the leadership race was on for the World Health Organization (WHO) rather than the World Trade Organization. We regret the error.

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.

"No election is conducted perfectly, and elections have all kinds of problems.We're going to have more problems because we're running an election during a pandemic." Election law expert Rick Hasen cautions that both campaigns could misconstrue honest mistakes in the administration of this week's national election as nefarious acts. The integrity of the election, he warns, could be compromised by human error and the unprecedented challenges posed by a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Hasen's especially concerned about key states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. His conversation with Ian Bremmer is part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on Europe In 60 Seconds:

With COVID increasing in France, Germany, Spain, and elsewhere, has Europe lost control of the pandemic?

Well, I wouldn't say lost control, but clearly it is a very worrying situation. With COVID increasing virtually everywhere, we see a new wave of semi-lockdowns... it's not as bad as it was in the spring... with the hope of being able to contain the surge during the month of November. Let's wait and see.

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An extended conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former top State Department official under President Obama and the CEO of the think tank New America. Slaughter spoke with Ian Bremmer about how a "President Biden" could reshape US foreign policy.

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