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104 million: Authorities in Liberia are investigating the disappearance of newly-printed bank notes worth 16 billion Liberian dollars ($104 million) intended for the central bank. Officials say the central bank ordered the bank notes from overseas printers. The money, packaged in canvas bags and 20-foot-high sealed containers, cleared Liberian customs between November and August but never made it to central bank headquarters in Monrovia. This possible theft represents 5 percent of Libya’s GDP.


80: The sale of oil accounts for nearly 80 percent of Iran’s tax revenue, according to the IMF. There is no simpler explanation of Iran’s vulnerability to President Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on its oil exports, which go into effect in November.

29: An aging population has increased pressure on Japan’s government to welcome more immigrants. Aides to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe say they’re preparing legislation that would admit more foreign workers who can demonstrate needed skills and speak basic Japanese. The number of foreign residents reached 2.64 million in June, more than 2 percent of Japan’s population. The total number of foreign residents is up 29 percent over the past five years.

100 million: In 1990, 12.5 million children around the world died before reaching the age of five. In 2017, that figure was just 5.4 million. Extrapolated over 28 years, this means that international and local efforts to improve the health of children have saved the lives of 100 million children.

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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