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One: After last week’s diplomatic breakthrough on the Korean Peninsula, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the situation in the first phone call that the two leaders have ever held.


6,000: Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri promised to take selfies with 6,000 women if his party won Sunday’s legislative elections. Early results show that his party suffered big losses, but under Lebanon’s sectarian system, Hariri, who is a Sunni Muslim, is still the most likely person to be Prime Minister. Say jebne! (Cheese!)

11: A Mexican mayor is eleven times more likely than an ordinary citizen to be murdered, according to a specialist at the University of San Diego. Between 2010 and 2017, 42 of the country’s mayors were killed, 12 in the state Oaxaca alone. Violence is one of the key issues ahead of the country’s presidential election in July.

55: More than half of Afghanistan’s population — 55 percent — now livesbelow the poverty line, according to a national survey. That’s up more than twenty points since 2008, according to a study done by the Afghan statistics bureau. The increase is tied to deteriorating security conditions, particularly since the withdrawal of NATO troops between 2012–2014, as well as reductions in international aid.

75: Around 75 percent of Iranians say that the nuclear deal that Tehran signed in 2015, in which the country was promised greater access to global markets in return for ending its nuclear weapons programs, hasn’t actually improved their living conditions.

Khant Thaw Htoo is a young engineer who works in Eni's Sakura Tower office in the heart of Yangon. As an HSE engineer, he monitors the safety and environmental impact of onshore and offshore operations. He also looks out for his parents' well-being, in keeping with Myanmar's traditions.

Learn more about Khant in the final episode of the Faces of Eni series, which focuses on Eni's employees around the world.

On his first day as president, Joe Biden signed a remarkable series of executive orders. Boom! The US rejoins the Paris Climate Accord. Bang! The United States rejoins the World Health Organization. Pow! No more ban on immigration from many Muslim-majority countries. Biden's press secretary reminded reporters later in the day that all these orders merely begin complex processes that take time, but the impact is still dramatic.

If you lead a country allied with the US, or you're simply hoping for some specific commitment or clear and credible statement of purpose from the US government, you might feel a little dizzy today. The sight of an American president (Barack Obama) signing his name, of the next president (Donald Trump) erasing that name from the same legislation/bill, and then the following president (Biden) signing it back into law again will raise deep concerns over the long-term reliability of the world's still-most-powerful nation.

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"There needs to be a dramatic and deep reduction in the amount of debt on the poorest countries. That's clear." As the world's poorest nations struggle to recover from a devastating pandemic, World Bank President David Malpass argues that freeing them of much of their debt will be key. His conversation with Ian Bremmer is part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Listen: Renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher has no qualms about saying that social media companies bear responsibility for the January 6th pro-Trump riots at the Capitol and will likely be complicit in the civil unrest that may continue well into Biden's presidency. It's no surprise, she argues, that the online rage that platforms like Facebook and Twitter intentionally foment translated into real-life violence. But if Silicon Valley's current role in our national discourse is untenable, how can the US government rein it in? That, it turns out, is a bit more complicated. Swisher joins Ian Bremmer on our podcast.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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