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Hard Numbers: EU crowdfunds vaccines, Afghans beaten at the border, Venezuelan prisoners "massacred"

Hard Numbers: EU crowdfunds vaccines, Afghans beaten at the border, Venezuelan prisoners "massacred"

7.4 billion: European leaders have pledged a collective 7.4 billion euros to help develop and distribute a vaccine for COVID-19. Brussels opted for a novel online crowdfunding platform to raise the funds, with France and Germany pledging 500 and 525 million euros towards the vaccine hunt, respectively.

50: Some 50 Afghan migrants were beaten and thrown into a river by Iranian border officials who prevented them from crossing the frontier into Afghanistan. At least half are known to have died. Thousands of Afghans who fled war to find work in neighboring Iran are now trying to go home as their adopted country battles one of the worst COVID outbreaks in the world.

130: More than 130 migrants traveling in small boats tried to reach the UK from France in the past 24 hours alone, many originally seeking refuge from Iraq and Iran. Some 559 migrants reached the UK by sea in March, a record for a single month.

40: At least 40 inmates were killed during an uprising at a Venezuelan prison near the city of Guanare. Prisoners were protesting the scarcity of food and water at the prison when guards cracked down on the unrest in what families say was a "massacre."

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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