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Hard Numbers: Deforestation hits highs, Turkey arrests soldiers, Mauritania busts smugglers, OECD sees hope

Amazonas, Brazil. The photo shows the forest fires that affect the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and that have increased to their highest level since 2008.

12: Annual deforestation in Brazil's part of the Amazon rainforest has reached a 12 year high, with more than 4,200 square miles burned this year. That's an increase of 9.5 percent over the previous year. Destruction of the Amazon has increased under Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, who favors economic development of the rainforest.

82: The Turkish government has arrested 82 members of the military over suspected links to Fethullah Gulen, an exiled Muslim cleric whom Ankara blames for a failed coup in 2016. Gulen, who lives in the US, is the head of a global movement that focuses on Islamic values and education. Turkish authorities have sought his arrest for years.

30: Authorities in the West African nation of Mauritania say they have recently busted more than 30 illegal migration networks responsible for trafficking people to Europe. The news comes just a few weeks after more than 140 migrants aiming to reach Spain's Canary Islands died in a shipwreck off the Senegalese coast.

4.2: There's some light at the end of the COVID tunnel — the OECD says that the global economy will grow 4.2 percent next year, after shrinking by the same amount this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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.

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.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


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