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73: The Ipsos Global Worry survey, published in July, showed that 73 percent of Swedes said the country was headed in the wrong direction—the fifth worst result among 28 countries surveyed. Sweden holds national elections this weekend. The lead issues are immigration and climate change.


71: The 2017 report from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association lists 72 countries and territories where same-sex relationships remain criminalized. Make that 71. India's Supreme Court ruled this week that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence.

49: A court in Genoa ordered the permanent seizure of €49 million from Italy’s far-right League as a result of fraud charges. Judges say that funds the state reimbursed for elections between 2008 and 2010 were misappropriated for personal use, such as the purchase of diamonds and gold bars. Matteo Salvini, the party’s de facto leader and Italy’s Interior Minister, is considering changing the party’s name to avoid paying the bill.

1/3: Beginning next week, Russia and China will begin the Vostok-2018 joint military exercises in eastern Siberia, the largest war games in decades. The exercise will include 300,000 Russian troops—one third of the country’s armed forces. It will also feature 1,000 Russian aircraft, 36,000 Russian tanks, 3,200 Chinese troops and 900 Chinese tanks.

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.

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Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

Watch more PUPPET REGIME here.

If former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson could give incoming Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas advice, what would it be? "Well, first I would say, 'Ali, I'm glad it's you, not me.'" His conversation with Ian Bremmer was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Listen: 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 the podcast 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.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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