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Hard Numbers: Don Jr. banned, sick migrants rescued, food-insecure Southern Africans, a big find in Siberia

Hard Numbers: Don Jr. banned, sick migrants rescued, food-insecure Southern Africans, a big find in Siberia

12: Donald Trump Jr. was banned from Twitter for 12 hours after violating the social media platform's misinformation rules by sharing a video touting the (unproven) benefits of hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus. Supporters of his father, US President Donald Trump — a compulsive tweeter and fan of hydroxychloroquine himself — often claim that social media giants are censoring conservative voices. Will Twitter dare ban the tweeter-in-chief?

65: 65 out of 94 migrants rescued on Monday off the coast of Malta have tested positive for COVID-19. Their nationalities are unknown, but local authorities believe their boat sailed from Libya, from where each year tens of thousands of Africans try to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.

45 million: Almost 45 million people across Southern Africa now lack sufficient access to nutritious food due to droughts, flooding and pandemic-related lockdowns, according to a new report by the Southern African Development Community. The number of food-insecure people in the region has jumped by nearly 10% year-on-year.

10,000: Russian scientists have discovered the well-preserved remains of a woolly mammoth believed to be at least 10,000 years old in a north Siberian lake. Such major finds are becoming more frequent as climate change is thawing huge areas of the Russian permafrost near the Arctic Circle.

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.

Here are the basic facts:

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They call it Einstein. It's the multibillion-dollar digital defense system the US has used to catch outside hackers and attackers since 2003. But it was no match for what's looking like one of the biggest cyber breaches in US history. Ian Bremmer breaks it down.

Watch the GZERO World episode: Cyber attack: an act of espionage or war?

Since Martin Luther King Jr delivered his iconic "I have a dream" speech in August 1963, the number of Black Americans elected to the United States Congress has dramatically increased. Still, it wasn't until 2019, more than half a century later, that the share of Black members serving in the House of Representatives reflected the percentage of Black Americans in the broader population —12 percent. To date, only six states have sent a Black representative to serve in the US Senate (recent runoff elections will make Georgia the seventh state), and many states have never elected a Black representative to either house of Congress. Here's a look at Black representation in every US Congress since 1963.

More than 32 million COVID shots have now been administered globally, raising hopes that the light at the end of the tunnel is now in sight.

The US has vaccinated 3 percent of its total population, while the UK is nearing a solid 5 percent inoculation rate. In Israel, which has been hailed as a vaccine success story, almost 24 percent of people have already received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

But while many countries are able to glimpse the outlines of a post-COVID world, there is a huge population of people who are being left out entirely. Refugees, as well as displaced, undocumented, and stateless people around the world remain ineligible for inoculations and vulnerable to the coronavirus.

We take a look at three case studies where powerless populations are being left in the lurch.

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