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Hard Numbers: Promising vaccine, Romanian waste in Malaysia, Zimbabwe lockdown arrests, Cuban dollar stores

Hard Numbers: Promising vaccine, Romanian waste in Malaysia, Zimbabwe lockdown arrests, Cuban dollar stores

1,077: An experimental coronavirus vaccine jointly developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University is showing promising results after early trials on 1,077 human patients. The UK, one of several countries involved in the global race to find a vaccine for COVID-19, has already ordered 90 million doses.


110: Malaysia discovered 110 containers of hazardous metal waste from Romania bound for Indonesia, the country's largest-ever seizure. Both Indonesia and Malaysia have (unwittingly) become two of the world's main dumping grounds for waste from other nations, after China banned all imports of scrap metals in 2017.

100,000: More than 100,000 people have been arrested in Zimbabwe for violating pandemic-related lockdown rules since March. Activists say the government is manipulating the crisis to put its critics behind bars, and have called for nationwide protests to demand the resignation of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

62: The Cuban government is allowing 62 stores across the island to sell food and hygiene products in US dollars, as the socialist regime needs hard currency to offset major losses from the tourism industry due to the coronavirus pandemic. The last time Cuba opened US dollar stores was following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

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.

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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They call it Einstein. It's the multibillion-dollar digital defense system the US has used to catch outside hackers and attackers since 2003. But it was no match for what's looking like one of the biggest cyber breaches in US history. Ian Bremmer breaks it down.

Watch the GZERO World episode: Cyber attack: an act of espionage or war?

Since Martin Luther King Jr delivered his iconic "I have a dream" speech in August 1963, the number of Black Americans elected to the United States Congress has dramatically increased. Still, it wasn't until 2019, more than half a century later, that the share of Black members serving in the House of Representatives reflected the percentage of Black Americans in the broader population —12 percent. To date, only six states have sent a Black representative to serve in the US Senate (recent runoff elections will make Georgia the seventh state), and many states have never elected a Black representative to either house of Congress. Here's a look at Black representation in every US Congress since 1963.

More than 32 million COVID shots have now been administered globally, raising hopes that the light at the end of the tunnel is now in sight.

The US has vaccinated 3 percent of its total population, while the UK is nearing a solid 5 percent inoculation rate. In Israel, which has been hailed as a vaccine success story, almost 24 percent of people have already received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

But while many countries are able to glimpse the outlines of a post-COVID world, there is a huge population of people who are being left out entirely. Refugees, as well as displaced, undocumented, and stateless people around the world remain ineligible for inoculations and vulnerable to the coronavirus.

We take a look at three case studies where powerless populations are being left in the lurch.

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