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1: The internet is back on in Sudan following a three-week, military-imposed shutdown … but only for a single person. Lawyer Abdel-Adheem Hassan sued to have his internet connection restored, and over the weekend a Sudanese court ruled in his favor. He says that he is the only civilian in the country to have internet access (legally, at least), but that he will return to court this week to fight for the internet rights of his fellow citizens.

1: Brigadier General Laura Yeager started her army career in 1986 and flew a Black Hawk helicopter in Iraq. This Saturday, she is set to become the first woman to lead a US Army Infantry division when she takes command of the California National Guard's 40th Infantry Division.

1: When it comes to Bibles, China is the world's number 1 publisher. HarperCollins Christian Publishing warns that Beijing's dominance in the industry "could result in a Bible shortage" if the US hits all Chinese goods with a 25% tariff as President Trump has threatened to do. Bible Belt and Road anyone?

1: This month marks exactly one year since Saudi Arabia began issuing driver's licenses to women. While a Saudi "transportation official" said back in March that more than 70,000 Saudi women had been issued driver's licenses, verifiable statistics are hard to come by. The New York Times says requests for fresh data on female drivers (or the number of driving schools that cater to them) have gone unanswered.

Wales, early 19th century: During breaks from his law studies, William Robert Grove indulges in his passion for science to become an inventor. On his honeymoon in Europe, he learns about the new energy source everyone's talking about: electricity. After learning that electricity allows water to be broken down into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen, his intuition leads him to an idea that ends up making him a pioneer of sustainable energy production.

Watch the story of William Robert Grove in Eni's MINDS series, where we travel through time seeking scientists.

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here, and as we head into the weekend, a Quick Take on, well, the first bombing campaign of the new Biden administration. You kind of knew it was going to happen. Against some Iranian-backed militias in Syria, looks like a couple of dozen, perhaps more killed, and some militia-connected military facilities destroyed. I think there are a few ways to look at this, maybe three different lenses.

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Iran rules out nuclear talks… for now: Iran has reportedly rejected an offer to join direct talks with the US and EU over its nuclear program, saying it won't start the conversation until sanctions on Iran's economy are eased. To be clear, this does NOT mean that prospects for reviving the Iran nuclear deal are dead. Europeans and the Biden administration want a return to the 2015 nuclear agreement, and Iran certainly needs the economic boost that would come from a removal of sanctions. But Tehran is going to try to maximize its leverage before any talks begin, especially since this is a sensitive election year in in the country. Iran's leaders are going to play hard to get for a while longer before edging their way back to the bargaining table. Still, it's high stakes diplomacy here between parties that have almost no mutual trust — and one misstep could throw things off track quickly.

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18: A week after threatening protesters with a severe crackdown, Myanmar's ruling junta killed at least 18 people across the country in the bloodiest day of clashes since the generals staged a coup last month.
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The country's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, joins Ian Bremmer to talk vaccines, school re-openings, and when—and how—the pandemic could finally come end. He was last on GZERO World just weeks before the pandemic hit in the fall of 2019 and he described at the time what kept him up at night: a "pandemic-like respiratory illness." This time, he'll talk about how closely that nightmare scenario foreshadowed the COVID-19 pandemic. He'll also offer some guidance about what public health measures vaccinated Americans should continue to take in the coming months (hint: masks stay on).

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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