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3.1 billion: For every dollar increase in the price of oil, Saudi Arabia nets an extra $3.1 billion in government revenue, according to Rapidan. The US decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal, which may send oil prices rising, could provide a welcome boost to the bank account of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


66: Italy has now gone 66 days without a government since elections in March. The two anti-establishment parties shaking up Italian politics — Five Star and Lega — can’t agree to govern together, and both say they would reject a technocratic caretaker government appointed by the president. They both prefer fresh elections, an outcome that is now growing more likely every deadlocked day.

59: According to a new survey of 27 countries by BBC/Ipsos Mori, some 59% of people say that their countries are “more divided” politically and socially than they were ten years ago. Two-thirds of Europeans say so, the highest of any region in the world.

40: Argentina’s Central bank jacked up its interest rate to a whopping 40 percent earlier this week in a so-far unsuccessful bid to stop a slide in the national currency. Other emerging market currencies such as the Turkish lira, the South African rand, and the Indian rupee have also come under pressure as the US raises interest rates and fear of trade war rises.

44: This week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took his second trip to China in just 44 days. With more than 90 percent of North Korea’s trade dependent on China, you can bet Beijing is making its voice heard as negotiations heat up on the Korean Peninsula.

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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