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Hard Numbers: Swedish assassination solved, COVID's US hotspots, Hong Kong arrests, global gas takes a hit

Hard Numbers: Swedish assassination solved, COVID's US hotspots, Hong Kong arrests, global gas takes a hit

34: In February 1986, Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, a towering figure in the country's postwar politics, was shot dead in central Stockholm. Now, 34 years later, police say they know who did it: a struggling graphic designer named Stig Engstrom. Because Engstrom died, possibly by suicide, in 2000, the case has now been closed.

53: Police in Hong Kong arrested 53 people during pro-democracy protests on Tuesday. Hundreds of people had taken to the streets in anger at Beijing's new security law. See our interview on the "end of democracy in Hong Kong" with pro-democracy lawmaker Dennis Kwok.

20: All 50 states of the US are now slowly emerging from coronavirus-related restrictions, 20 states are reporting a rising number of cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data. As the infection rate abates in the early epicenters of the northeast, cases are rising elsewhere. Arizona, Arkansas, Michigan, and South Carolina are being hit especially hard.

4: An unusually mild winter, coupled with worldwide coronavirus-related economic shutdowns, have cratered global demand for natural gas in recent months. The International Energy Agency now says consumption of the stuff will fall by 4 percent this year, the largest annual drop in history.

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.

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

Watch more PUPPET REGIME here.

If former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson could give incoming Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas advice, what would it be? "Well, first I would say, 'Ali, I'm glad it's you, not me.'" His conversation with Ian Bremmer was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Listen: 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 the podcast 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.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


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