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Hard Numbers: Khashoggi murder trial tries...no one, Australia closes major border, American pride plummets, Putin's votes questioned

Hard Numbers: Khashoggi murder trial tries...no one, Australia closes major border, American pride plummets, Putin's votes questioned

0: The trial in the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi opened in a Turkish court on Friday, but 0 of the 20 Saudi agents accused of the gruesome murder were actually in the courtroom. Saudi Arabia says its own closed-door trial over the slaying was sufficient, and has so far refused to extradite the suspects to Turkey, where Khashoggi was killed.

100: The border between Victoria and New South Wales, Australia's two most populous states, will close indefinitely for the first time in more than 100 years after Melbourne, Victoria's capital, saw a spike in COVID-19 cases. New daily cases throughout Australia have recently risen above 100, after staying in the single digits throughout most of June.

17: Amid a pandemic, recession, and ongoing protests against racial inequality, Americans aren't feeling so great about their country: just 17 percent of those in a new Pew survey say they feel "proud" of the direction the country is headed. That's down 14 points since April, when the same question was last posed.

22 million: A prominent Russian data scientist says there was an "unprecedented" level of voter fraud during the country's recent constitutional referendum, which gave Vladimir Putin a mandate to serve two more six-year terms when his presidency ends in 2024. Statistical evidence suggests that around 22 million ballots out of a total 88 million may have been cast fraudulently.

Meet Alessandra Cominetti, a recipient of MIT Technology Review Magazine's Innovators Under 35 award. As a lab technician at Eni's Research Centre for Renewable Energy in Novara, Alessandra has devoted her career to finding new solutions and materials to optimize solar energy. Much like the serendipitous encounter that resulted in her employment, her eagerness and willingness to try new things allowed her to stumble upon a material for the creation of portable solar panels.

Watch her remarkable story on the latest episode of Faces of Eni.

"If [the election] is very close and it ends up in the courts, that kind of protracted situation I think will lead many Americans to believe that it was an unfair election." Rick Hasen, election law expert and author of Election Meltdown, lays out some of the worst-case scenarios for Election Day, ranging from unprecedented voter suppression to dirty tricks by foreign actors. The conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer. The episode begins airing nationally in the US on public television this Friday, October 30. Check local listings.

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on Europe In 60 Seconds:

With COVID increasing in France, Germany, Spain, and elsewhere, has Europe lost control of the pandemic?

Well, I wouldn't say lost control, but clearly it is a very worrying situation. With COVID increasing virtually everywhere, we see a new wave of semi-lockdowns... it's not as bad as it was in the spring... with the hope of being able to contain the surge during the month of November. Let's wait and see.

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An extended conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former top State Department official under President Obama and the CEO of the think tank New America. Slaughter spoke with Ian Bremmer about how a "President Biden" could reshape US foreign policy.

Listen: The end is nigh! With just days to go (hours, really) until voting concludes for the 2020 US election, many Americans are losing sleep over the various ways that things could go wrong on Election Day and in the days and weeks to follow (it may be time to retire that term "Election Day," given that most states won't finish their ballot counting on November 3rd). Ian Bremmer takes those fears head-on with election law expert Rick Hasen. They talk about how voter suppression, administrative incompetence, and/or dirty tricks by foreign actors could affect this year's election.

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