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Hard Numbers: Google bets on India, US states sue Trump over students, Singapore opposition gains, New York City (finally) gets to zero

Hard Numbers: Google bets on India, US states sue Trump over students, Singapore opposition gains, New York City (finally) gets to zero

10 billion: Google will invest $10 billion in India. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet, explained that the money will go toward helping Indian businesses go digital and use technology "for social good," in line with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative to overhaul the country's digital infrastructure.

17: As of Monday afternoon, 17 US states and the District of Columbia have sued the Trump administration over a new immigration rule that would revoke the visas of tens of thousands of foreign students if their US universities hold only online classes next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The move has sparked an outcry by both students and colleges, many of which rely heavily on foreign students' tuition fees.

10: Singapore's opposition achieved its best-ever result in Friday's election, securing 10 out of the 93 seats up for grabs in parliament. The ruling People's Action Party (PAP) won — as it always has since independence in 1965 — but its share of the popular vote plunged to less than two-thirds, a record-low support amid popular mistrust of how the government has handled the COVID-19 crisis.

0: New York City on Sunday registered zero COVID-19 deaths for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. After emerging as an early global epicenter, the Big Apple has since dramatically flattened the curve of infections — while other major US cities, especially in Florida and Texas, are now seeing cases and deaths spike.

Khant Thaw Htoo is a young engineer who works in Eni's Sakura Tower office in the heart of Yangon. As an HSE engineer, he monitors the safety and environmental impact of onshore and offshore operations. He also looks out for his parents' well-being, in keeping with Myanmar's traditions.

Learn more about Khant in the final episode of the Faces of Eni series, which focuses on Eni's employees around the world.

Over the weekend, some 40,000 Russians braved subzero temperatures to turn out in the streets in support of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. More than 3,000 protesters were arrested, and Navalny called on his followers to prepare for more action in the coming weeks.

But just who is Alexei Navalny, and how significant is the threat that he may pose to Vladimir Putin's stranglehold on power in Russia?

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take (part 1):

Ian Bremmer here, happy Monday. And have your Quick Take to start off the week.

Maybe start off with Biden because now President Biden has had a week, almost a week, right? How was it? How's he doing? Well, for the first week, I would say pretty good. Not exceptional, but not bad, not bad. Normal. I know everyone's excited that there's normalcy. We will not be excited there's normalcy when crises start hitting and when life gets harder and we are still in the middle of a horrible pandemic and he has to respond to it. But for the first week, it was okay.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Russian opposition leader Navalny in jail. Hundreds of thousands demonstrating across the country in Russia over well over 100 cities, well over 3000 arrested. And Putin responding by saying that this video that was put out that showed what Navalny said was Putin's palace that costs well over a billion dollars to create and Putin, I got to say, usually he doesn't respond to this stuff very quickly. Looked a little defensive, said didn't really watch it, saw some of it, but it definitely wasn't owned by him or owned by his relatives.

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Even as vaccines roll out around the world, COVID-19 is continuing to spread like wildfire in many places, dashing hopes of a return to normal life any time soon. Some countries, like Israel and the UK for instance, have been praised for their inoculation drives, while still recording a high number of new cases. It's clear that while inoculations are cause for hope, the pace of rollouts cannot keep up with the fast-moving virus. Here's a look at the countries that have vaccinated the largest percentages of their populations so far – and a snapshot of their daily COVID caseloads (7-day rolling average) in recent weeks.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


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