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Hard Numbers: Greta gives up her prize, Trump sends in the feds, grim find in Turkish lake, US blacklists Chinese firms

Hard Numbers: Greta gives up her prize, Trump sends in the feds, grim find in Turkish lake, US blacklists Chinese firms

100,000: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg will donate most of a 1 million euro prize she recently won to charity, including 100,000 euros for a Brazilian NGO working to fight coronavirus outbreaks in the Amazon. Indigenous communities in the Amazon have been ravaged by COVID-19, but Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has cut them off from access to public health care.

150: US President Donald Trump plans to send around 150 federal security agents to Chicago, where 12 people were killed by gunfire over the weekend. This comes after the Department of Homeland Security deployed heavily armed units to crack down on anti-government protestors targeting federal buildings in Portland, and Trump himself threatened to expand this extreme law enforcement strategy to other big US cities like New York.

60: The bodies of at least 60 migrants have been recovered three weeks after the boat carrying them capsized in a Turkish lake. The lake is a regular crossing point for migrants from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan to enter Turkey, where early this year authorities were intercepting record numbers of migrants… until the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

11: The US Commerce Department has added 11 companies to its list of almost 50 Chinese companies barred from doing certain types of business with American firms over alleged human rights violations in China's Xinjiang region. Washington accuses the blacklisted entities of supporting Beijing's campaign of using forced labor to subjugate the Uighur minority ethnic group.

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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