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Hard Numbers: Hackers slide into DMs, actual Nazi convicted, US shells out vaccine cash, Chinese sex toys surge

Hard Numbers: Hackers slide into DMs, actual Nazi convicted, US shells out vaccine cash, Chinese sex toys surge

36: Hackers who targeted verified accounts on Twitter earlier this month gained access to at least 36 of those account-holders' Direct Message inboxes, including an"elected official in the Netherlands," believed to be anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders. The ability of hackers to slide into elected officials' DMs has raised fears of blackmail.

5,230: As a teenager in Nazi Germany, Bruno Dey worked as a guard at the Stutthof concentration camp. On Thursday, a German court convicted him of 5,230 counts of accessory to murder, one for each person killed on his watch. The ruling against Dey, who is 93 years old, is likely to be one of the last convictions of living participants in the Holocaust.

1.95 billion: The US government has committed to paying $1.95 billion for 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine currently in development by US pharma giant Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech. Earlier this year, the White House shelled out $1 billion to reserve 300 million doses of the rival vaccine being made by Oxford University and the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca. The White House says vaccines will be free for all Americans.

50: Sales of Chinese-made sex toys have increased by 50 percent so far this year due to higher demand from customers in Western countries under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. China's sex doll exports have doubled globally, and risen five-fold in Italy alone.

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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