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Hard Numbers: Qatar Airways sues, Twitter shuts down QAnon, Rohingyas spared the cane, global development aid falls

Hard Numbers: Qatar Airways sues, Twitter shuts down QAnon, Rohingyas spared the cane, global development aid falls

5 billion: Qatar Airways is suing Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, demanding at least $5 billion in damages resulting from the four countries' ongoing blockade of Qatar.

7,000: Twitter has taken down more than 7,000 accounts linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory group, and removed QAnon links shared by more than 150,000 profiles. QAnon followers believe that US President Donald Trump, a major Twitter user himself, is fighting a secret war against a left-wing elite "deep state" of Satan-worshipping pedophiles.

27: A Malaysian court has overturned a sentence of jail and caning for 27 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar who were convicted of entering the country illegally last month. Corporal punishment is still on the books in Malaysia, a relic of the country's British colonial past that also persists in Brunei and Singapore.

1/3: Official development assistance commitments by donor countries dropped by more than one third to $16.9 billion in the first five months of the year compared to the same period of 2019. The sharp decline — attributed to budget-tightening in major donor countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — threatens highly vulnerable people who need this assistance throughout the developing world.

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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