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Hard Numbers: Korean War remembered, EU bucks up for WHO, asparagus seen from space, stimulus for dead people

Hard Numbers: Korean War remembered, EU bucks up for WHO, asparagus seen from space, stimulus for dead people

70: Thursday marked 70 years since the start of the Korean War, which began with with a surprise cross-border attack by North Korea and never technically ended: the two sides merely signed an armistice in 1953, but no peace treaty. The anniversary comes amid heightened tensions between the North and the South.

500 million: France and Germany revealed on Thursday a joint €500 million ($561 million) commitment to fund the World Health Organization's response to the coronavirus pandemic.This is a major funding boost for the UN public health body after the US — the top national contributor to its budget — announced last month it would cut ties with the WHO over concerns that the organization was too cozy with China.

17: The space agencies of the EU, Japan and the US have pulled together data from 17 different satellites in order to map the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as seen from orbit. The Earth Observing Dashboard shows how national lockdowns are affecting global air pollution, hospital lights... and white asparagus harvests.

1.4 billion: The US Treasury Department inadvertently sent coronavirus stimulus checks worth almost $1.4 billion to about 1.1 million deceased people, a government watchdog found. The revelation was included in a US Government Accountability Office report on how to improve COVID-19 federal response and recovery.

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.

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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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