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Hard Numbers: Texas lags in testing, Guatemala closes the door, ISIS does Narcos, DRC refugees get into Uganda

Hard Numbers: Texas lags in testing, Guatemala closes the door, ISIS does Narcos, DRC refugees get into Uganda

43: Texas, now a COVID-19 epicenter in the United States, ranks forty-third in the country in coronavirus testing per 100,000 people, even though it recorded more than 8,000 new cases on Wednesday, its highest daily uptick on record. Consider that Texas is conducting around 6,300 tests per 100,000 people, compared to almost 20,000 in New York and over 12,000 in Illinois.

400: Throughout the pandemic the Trump administration has continued deporting thousands of migrants to Central America, including many who have tested positive for COVID-19. Now the Guatemalan government, which says returnees from the US have spread the virus, is saying enough is enough: it will now accept a maximum of 400 deportees a month, down from recent highs of around 1,000.

1 billion: Italian authorities intercepted 1 billion euros worth of amphetamine this week, the largest shipment ever intercepted on its coast. Authorities believe that the stash, hidden in large cylinders, was manufactured by the Islamic State in Syria, which had ceased sending cargo to Europe because of the coronavirus crisis, but has now resumed operations to fund its activities in the Middle East.

3,000: Some 3,000 people who fled violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over a month ago have finally been allowed to enter Uganda after a coronavirus border lockdown was lifted this week. Uganda hosts more than 1.4 million refugees, about 30 percent of whom come from the DRC.

Meet Alessandra Cominetti, a recipient of MIT Technology Review Magazine's Innovators Under 35 award. As a lab technician at Eni's Research Centre for Renewable Energy in Novara, Alessandra has devoted her career to finding new solutions and materials to optimize solar energy. Much like the serendipitous encounter that resulted in her employment, her eagerness and willingness to try new things allowed her to stumble upon a material for the creation of portable solar panels.

Watch her remarkable story on the latest episode of Faces of Eni.

"If [the election] is very close and it ends up in the courts, that kind of protracted situation I think will lead many Americans to believe that it was an unfair election." Rick Hasen, election law expert and author of Election Meltdown, lays out some of the worst-case scenarios for Election Day, ranging from unprecedented voter suppression to dirty tricks by foreign actors. The conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer. The episode begins airing nationally in the US on public television this Friday, October 30. Check local listings.

"No election is conducted perfectly, and elections have all kinds of problems.We're going to have more problems because we're running an election during a pandemic." Election law expert Rick Hasen cautions that both campaigns could misconstrue honest mistakes in the administration of this week's national election as nefarious acts. The integrity of the election, he warns, could be compromised by human error and the unprecedented challenges posed by a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Hasen's especially concerned about key states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. His conversation with Ian Bremmer is part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on Europe In 60 Seconds:

With COVID increasing in France, Germany, Spain, and elsewhere, has Europe lost control of the pandemic?

Well, I wouldn't say lost control, but clearly it is a very worrying situation. With COVID increasing virtually everywhere, we see a new wave of semi-lockdowns... it's not as bad as it was in the spring... with the hope of being able to contain the surge during the month of November. Let's wait and see.

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An extended conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former top State Department official under President Obama and the CEO of the think tank New America. Slaughter spoke with Ian Bremmer about how a "President Biden" could reshape US foreign policy.

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