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Hard Numbers: Yao Ming isn’t Wining in China

16: Of the first 25 companies to list on Star Market, China's new stock exchange for tech firms, 16 of them more than doubled their share prices on the first day of official trading in Shanghai this week. The new exchange may be a boon for Chinese startups struggling to tap traditional sources of investment amid rising US-China tech tensions.

$4.76: Credit reporting agency Equifax agreed to pay up to $700 million in fines as part of a settlement with US regulators over a 2017 data breach that exposed the social security numbers and other personal details of 147 million Americans. That's an average of $4.76 per victim.

4.1: The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for economic growth in the world's emerging markets this year to 4.1 percent – the weakest rate in a decade. Iran, Russia, and South Africa were among the global political hotspots expected to suffer from shrinking economies this year.

93: California wine sold in China is now being taxed at a rate of 93 percent after the latest round of tit-for-tat US-China tariffs. Among those caught up in the fallout: Chinese NBA legend Yao Ming. His Napa Valley vineyard's foreign exports have fallen by half this year.

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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