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Hard Numbers: Hong Kong protests, Europe looks for big money, Afghan soldiers fall ill, greenhouse emissions drop

Hard Numbers: Hong Kong protests, Europe looks for big money, Afghan soldiers fall ill, greenhouse emissions drop
300: Police in Hong Kong arrested at least 300 people at protests against newly proposed security law that would give Beijing vast new powers over the city, effectively ending the "one country, two systems" model that Hong Kong has enjoyed since passing from British to Chinese control in 1997.

50: The US Department of Defense believes that at least 50 percent of the personnel in Afghanistan's security forces most likely have coronavirus, severely limiting the ability of US troops to train and patrol with their Afghan counterparts.

750 billion: The European Commission, which is the EU's executive branch, has asked member states for the power to borrow an unprecedented 750 billion euros to fund pandemic recovery efforts. The call sets off a fierce debate between more frugal northern European states, which want tight conditions on the money, and cash-strapped southern ones.

8: The International Energy Agency says global industrial greenhouse emissions in 2020 will drop by 8 percent as a result of coronavirus-related quarantines, the largest one-year drop since World War Two.

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 people in Moscow and thousands more across Russia 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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9.2 trillion: COVID vaccine hoarding by rich countries and uneven global access to the jabs will draw out the global recovery from the pandemic. In fact, it'll cost the world economy as much as $9.2 trillion, according to a new study by the International Chamber of Commerce.

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The United States has never been more divided, and it's safe to say that social media's role in our national discourse is a big part of the problem. But renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher doesn't see any easy fix. "I don't know how you fix the architecture of a building that is just purposely dangerous for everybody." Swisher joins Ian Bremmer to talk about how some of the richest companies on Earth, whose business models benefit from discord and division, can be compelled to see their better angels. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

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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