Hard Numbers: Chickens on the brink of death!

Hard Numbers: Chickens on the brink of death!

80: El Salvador has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world, with one woman murdered on average every three days in 2019, and 80 percent of those crimes go unpunished. The recent high-profile murder of a Salvadoran journalist by her boyfriend prompted the government to declare femicide a national emergency.


300 million: The isolation of China's Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus, is pushing its flock of more than 300 million chickens to the "edge of death," the region's poultry association said. Blocking transport in and out of Hubei has disrupted crucial shipments of animal feed supplies, and if this trend continues, most farms in the province will likely run out by the end of the week.

600: As Islamist violence continues to cripple Africa's Sahel region, France announced the deployment of 600 more soldiers to the Sahel, adding to the 4,500 French troops already stationed there. The reinforcements will deploy primarily to areas along the borders of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, which jihadists have used as launchpads for attacks.

6: Turkey launched fatal airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad's forces in northwestern Syria Monday, after six Turkish soldiers were killed by Syrian shelling in Idlib province. Russia, a major backer of the Assad regime, said it wasn't warned about the retaliation – Turkey says Russia shouldn't stand in the way anyway.

Carbon has a bad rep, but did you know it's a building block of life? As atoms evolved, carbon trapped in CO2 was freed, giving way to the creation of complex molecules that use photosynthesis to convert carbon to food. Soon after, plants, herbivores, and carnivores began populating the earth and the cycle of life began.

Learn more about how carbon created life on Earth in the second episode of Eni's Story of CO2 series.

As we enter the homestretch of the US presidential election — which is set to be the most contentious, and possibly contested, in generations — Americans are also voting on 35 seats up for grabs in a battle for the control of the Senate. The 100-member body is currently held 53-47 by the Republican Party, but many individual races are wide open, and the Democrats are confident they can flip the upper chamber of Congress.

Either way, the result will have a profound impact not only on domestic policy, but also on US foreign relations and other issues with global reach. Here are a few areas where what US senators decide reverberates well beyond American shores.

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In a special GZERO Media livestream on global response and recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Eurasia Group & GZERO Media president Ian Bremmer discussed the difference between Europe's unified approach to economic stimulus and the deeply divided and political nature of the current conversation in the US. While initial stimulus support was bipartisan, there is little chance of Democrats and Republicans coming together again ahead of the November 3 presidential election. "It's red state versus blue state. President Trump's saying that coronavirus isn't so bad if you take the blue states out. He's president of the blue states, you can't take the blue states out," Bremmer told moderator Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.

GZERO Media caught up with Japan's Permanent Representative to the UN Kimihiro Ishikane during the 2020 UN General Assembly. In an interview with Eurasia Group Vice Chairman Gerald Butts, Ishikane talked about pandemic response, and how it has impacted the broader picture of US-China relations. Regarding a global fissure potentially caused by the world's two biggest economies, Ishikane said: "China is not like the former Soviet Union. Our system is completely intertwined, and I don't think we can completely decouple our economy and neither is that desirable." He also discussed the legacy of Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, who stepped down recently due to health complications.

The world's two biggest economic powers threaten to create a "big rupture" in geopolitics, but "we are not there yet," UN Secretary-General António Guterres tells Ian Bremmer. In an interview for GZERO World, the leader of the world's best-known multilateral organization discusses the risks involved as the US and China grow further apart on key issues.

Watch the episode: UN Secretary-General António Guterres: Why we still need the United Nations

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