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4 million: The total number of Venezuelans displaced by the country’s ongoing political and economic crisis may have already reached 4 million, according to The Economist. At the current rate, the exodus could surpass the 6 million who fled Syria during the entirety of its civil war.

71: Despite substantial evidence to the contrary, 71 percent of Russians don’t believe their government tried to influence the 2016 US presidential election, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. That’s a testament to the effectiveness of Vladimir Putin’s propaganda machine.

60: While the global price of oil has increased by about 6 percent this year, the price tag for Turkey has risen by more than 60 percent because of the large depreciation in its currency. That adds insult to injury for a beleaguered economy that imports roughly 75 percent of its energy.

15: With around 15 percent of its imports coming from neighboring Iran, Iraq has started to feel the knock-on effect of America’s push to reimpose tough economic sanctions on Tehran. In an important turnaround, the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi signaled this week that it might ask the US for sanctions exemptions to help stem the pain.

5: Residents of Beijing can breathe easy—as the central government makes a push for clean energy, five of the seven months with the lowest air pollution in the capital city have been recorded since the beginning of last summer, according to data gathered by the US Embassy in Beijing.

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.

Here are the basic facts:

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Does Cuba belong back on the US's State Sponsors of Terrorism list? The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board showed their support for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's decision on this issue in a recent opinion piece, "Cuba's Support for Terror." But in this edition of The Red Pen, Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group analysts Risa Grais-Targow, Jeffrey Wright and Regina Argenzio argue that the WSJ's op-ed goes too far.

We are now just a few days away from the official end of Donald Trump's presidency, but the impacts of his latest moves in office will obviously last far beyond Joe Biden's inauguration. There's the deep structural political polarization, the ongoing investigations into the violence we saw at the Capitol, lord knows what happens over the next few days, there's also last-minute policy decisions here and abroad. And that's where we're taking our Red Pen this week, specifically US relations with Cuba.

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Watch Jon Lieber, who leads Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington, lend perspective to this week's historic impeachment proceedings.

Impeachment. President Trump became the first president ever to be impeached twice this week. And the question on everybody's mind is will he be convicted in the Senate? And I think the answer right now is we just don't know. I'd probably bet against it. There was a really strong Republican vote against impeaching him in the House, with only 10 of the over 100 Republicans breaking with the President and voting to impeach him. And the question now is in the Senate, is there more support for a conviction? Senate Majority Leader McConnell has indicated he's at least open to it and wants to hear some of the facts. And I expect you're going to hear a lot of other Republicans make the same statement, at least until the trial begins.

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They call it Einstein. It's the multibillion-dollar digital defense system the US has used to catch outside hackers and attackers since 2003. But it was no match for what's looking like one of the biggest cyber breaches in US history. Ian Bremmer breaks it down.

Watch the GZERO World episode: Cyber attack: an act of espionage or war?

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


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