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Hard Numbers: China claims zero dead, deadly attack in Mali, and borders closing across the globe

Hard Numbers: China claims zero dead, deadly attack in Mali, and borders closing across the globe

15: So far, 15 US states and territories have delayed their primaries amid coronavirus fears, with many expanding vote-by-mail options to protect voters' health. Six of them have picked June 2, which is now an important date to watch.

0: For the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak began in China late last year, China reported zero new coronavirus-related deaths. Still, authorities worried about a second wave of infections have recently placed dozens of communities in Wuhan back under lockdown even as broader restrictions in the city are eased.

39: Around 39 percent of the global population, some 3 billion people, live in countries whose borders are now completely closed to non-citizens and non-residents, according to a Pew study. A smaller number of countries, including Ecuador, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, have even closed their borders to their citizens stuck abroad.

25: Insurgents attacked a military site in northern Mali Tuesday, killing twenty-five soldiers. While no one claimed responsibility for the attack, the government said it resembled the Islamic State or al-Qaeda. Mali's government recently announced its readiness to open dialogue with al-Qaeda-linked groups that have wreaked havoc in that country for years.

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.

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

Watch more PUPPET REGIME here.

If former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson could give incoming Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas advice, what would it be? "Well, first I would say, 'Ali, I'm glad it's you, not me.'" His conversation with Ian Bremmer was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Listen: 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 the podcast 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.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


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