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30,000: More than 30,000 Syrians have fled their homes in the northwestern province of Idlib since a government military offensive began there last week, according to the UN. A UN official said fighting in Idlib could provoke the worst humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century.

34: Traffic delays cost Los Angeles and New York around $19 billion and $34 billion, respectively, in 2017. The two US cities were among top 5 most congested in the world last year, joined by Moscow, Sao Paulo, and San Francisco, according to a new report from INRIX.

20: Around 20 percent of arrests in China in 2017 took place in the western province of Xinjiang – where the country’s large Muslim Uighur population is concentrated – despite the province only accounting for about 1.5 percent of China's population. That doesn’t include an estimated 700,000 to 1 million Uighurs who’ve been detained in government “re-education” camps.

5: Support for far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro has jumped by 5 points to 26 percent since he was stabbed during a campaign rally last week. Bolsonaro, who lost 40 percent of his blood as a result of the attack, is in stable condition after undergoing medical treatment.

0: In contrast to previous years, North Korea displayed no inter-continental ballistic missiles in the massive military parade to celebrate the anniversary of the country’s founding, which took place over the weekend. Instead of flexing its military might, the Kim regime touted progress in economic development and improving living standards.

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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