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Hard Numbers: Nigerian farmers massacred, Belarusian protesters arrested, Moderna's hope, New Zealanders charged in volcano tragedy

Men gather near dead bodies of people who were killed by militant attack, during a mass burial at Zabarmari, in the Jere local government area of Borno State, in northeast Nigeria, November 29, 2020

110: At least 110 people were killed in Nigeria's conflict-ridden Borno state on Saturday, when armed men attacked agricultural workers as they tended their fields. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the brutal attack, but analysts say the assault was likely the work of Boko Haram or Islamic State-linked groups that have gained a foothold in the Sahel region in recent years.

300: Police detained more than 300 anti-government protesters in Minsk, Belarus' capital, on Sunday, as part of a city-wide rally dubbed the "march of the neighbors." The demonstrators, who have been demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko since he won a sixth term in rigged elections back in August, have been changing tactics in recent weeks because of the heavy police crackdown. They're now gathering in smaller groups across the capital to avoid authorities.

30,000: After completing the final stage of its late-stage coronavirus drug trial, which involved giving either a COVID-19 vaccine or a placebo drug to 30,000 volunteers, Moderna pharmaceutical company has filed for an emergency authorization with the US Food and Drug administration. Moderna says the drug yielded promising results for different ages, races, ethnicities, and genders. If approved, the company could start distributing the drug in the US in a few weeks.

13: A year after a deadly volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island killed scores of people, authorities in New Zealand have charged 13 parties (organizations and individuals) for failing to safeguard the health and safety of the island's visitors and workers. Findings suggest that relevant government agencies failed to act despite warning signs of an imminent eruption that could prove fatal.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

Here are the basic facts:

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For the first time in twenty years, extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

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The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


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