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Hard Numbers: China hits zero, Iran prisoner pardon, Americans on the brink, and Mexican justice

Hard Numbers: China hits zero, Iran prisoner pardon, Americans on the brink, and Mexican justice

10,000: Iran's supreme leader will pardon 10,000 prisoners, including political ones arrested during anti-government rallies, as a goodwill gesture in honor of Iran's Nowruz New Year. That's on top of the 85,000 prisoners the government recently released to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

29: Our nerves are shot right now, and many Americans believe the end is near. A YouGov survey conducted in late February found that 29 percent of American adults believe there will be an apocalyptic disaster in their lifetime. Some 17 percent say they have an apocalyptic plan in place for their families. Phew!

43: A Mexican judge has issued an arrest warrant for a senior official at the Attorney General's office who oversaw the infamous case of 43 college students who disappeared in 2014. The judicial pursuit of the high-level official believed to have participated in the gruesome crimes (and who is now on the run) is a big deal considering that over 90 percent of all crimes in Mexico go unpunished.

0: As much of the world is battling the coronavirus outbreak, China reached a significant milestone Thursday. Granted Chinese statistics aren't always reliable, the government reported no new locally transmitted infections for the first time. But many worry about what would happen if a second wave hits China, because many of the rigorous measures implemented by Beijing to curb the disease's spread aren't sustainable in the long term.

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.

The long-simmering conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over a region called Nagorno-Karabakh erupted over the weekend, with more than 50 killed (so far) in the fiercest fighting in years. Will it escalate into an all-out war that threatens regional stability and drags in major outside players?

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On Tuesday night, you can finally watch Trump and Biden tangle on the debate stage. But you TOO can go head to head on debate night .. with your fellow US politics junkies.

Print out GZERO's handy debate BINGO cards and get ready to rumble. There are four different cards so that each player may have a unique board. Every time one of the candidates says one of these words or terms, X it on your card. First player to get five across wins. And if you really want to jazz it up, you can mark each of your words by taking a swig of your drink, or doing five burpees, or donating to your favorite charity or political candidate. Whatever gets you tipsy, in shape, or motivated, get the bingo cards here. It's fight night!

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Watch Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

A new war breaking out between Armenia and Azerbaijan, not a new conflict. They've been fighting over contested territory that used to be a part of the Azeri Soviet Socialist Republic. Nagorno-Karabakh was an autonomous region. It was taken by the Armenians. It's a mostly Armenian enclave in terms of population. It's been contested since that military fight. There's been ongoing negotiations. The Azeris a number of months ago tried some shelling. They got pasted. This time around, it's war and for a few reasons.

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Join us tomorrow, September 29th, at 11 am ET for a GZERO Town Hall livestream event, Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic, to learn about the latest in the global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Watch here at 11am ET: https://www.gzeromedia.com/events/town-hall-ending-the-covid-19-pandemic-livestream/

Our panel will discuss where things really stand on vaccine development, the political and economic challenges of distribution, and what societies need to be focused on until vaccine arrives in large scale. This event is the second in a series presented by GZERO Media in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Eurasia Group.

Apoorva Mandavilli, science & global health reporter for the New York Times, will moderate a conversation with:

  • Lynda Stuart, Deputy Director, Vaccines & Human Immunobiology, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Rohitesh Dhawan, Managing Director, Energy, Climate & Resources, Eurasia Group
  • Mark Suzman, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Gayle E. Smith, President & CEO, ONE Campaign and former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development

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