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Hard Numbers: Thai protesters to face charges, Bulgaria's COVID surge, French police raid migrant camp, Shanghai airport sees outbreak

A protester attends a rally to call for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government and reforms in the monarchy in Bangkok, Thailand, November 14, 2020.

7: Thai prosecutors will bring charges against seven leaders of the recent anti-government protests, under a strict law that prohibits insults against the Thai monarchy. The anti-government activists, who want to rewrite the constitution to reduce royal power and are calling for the PM to resign, face up to 15 years in prison for questioning the authority of the King.

44: After appearing to mostly contain the coronavirus pandemic in the spring, Bulgaria is now grappling with one of the worst outbreaks in the world, with up to 44 percent of all COVID tests conducted over the past week turning out positive results. Even as the death rate soars and hospitals run out of beds, Bulgaria's prime minister — who recently recovered from COVID— has resisted implementing a national lockdown, saying the country needs "a working economy."

500: The French government will investigate a violent police raid on a makeshift migrant camp in Paris on Monday night. Police used tear gas to disperse the inhabitants of some 500 migrant tents in the iconic Place de la République. Most of the refugees there had recently arrived from Afghanistan.

17,000: More than 17,000 airport workers in Shanghai were tested for COVID in just one night after a handful of new coronavirus cases were linked to a single cargo unit. Airport officials said that high-risk workers will now be able to get a COVID vaccine for emergency use (the Chinese government has given approval for vaccines to be distributed in some instances before clinical trials are completed, a move that's been broadly criticized by European and American scientists).

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.

World Bank President David Malpass was as horrified at what he saw during the January 6th pro-Trump riots on the Capitol as millions of other Americans. But he was concerned for another reason as well: "From the standpoint of world development, it distracts attention at a time when we need to help countries actually develop and get beyond COVID and get back to growth path." He joined Ian Bremmer to talk about how the civil unrest on Washington was distracting from the urgent development work of the World Bank during a pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

14,000: Cash-strapped Venezuela has sent enough oxygen to fill 14,000 individual canisters to its more prosperous neighbor Brazil, which is suffering a shortage of oxygen supplies for COVID patients in hard-hit Amazonas state. In response, right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolás Maduro should be dispatching emergency supplies to needy Venezuelans.

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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.

Here are the basic facts:

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