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Hard Numbers: Republicans' falling optimism, ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, Somali PM ousted, Poland to drop women treaty

Hard Numbers: Republicans' falling optimism, ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, Somali PM ousted, Poland to drop women treaty

50: Amid recent public health and economic crises, as well as widespread protests over racial injustice, half of registered Republicans, 50 percent, now say that the country is headed in the wrong direction. While that's lower than the 68 percent of Americans who believe the country isn't doing well, there are clear signs that Republicans' confidence is slipping.

6: After six years of conflict, a ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine came into effect Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy both appeared to back the deal, which comes after at least a dozen past attempts to broker a truce in eastern Ukraine have fallen through.

170: Somalia's Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khair has been removed from his post after a vote of no confidence was backed by 170 out of 178 MPs. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who appointed Khair in 2017, also backed the ouster on the grounds that the PM had failed to pave the way for free and fair elections in 2021, the first democratic polls in over 50 years.

34: Poland says it will take steps to withdraw from a European treaty on violence against women and domestic violence which it ratified in 2015. Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party, and its conservative allies aligned with the Catholic Church, said the convention, which has been ratified by 34 countries, was "harmful" because of its "ideological nature."

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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