Hard Numbers

19: The arrival of Egyptian-born footballer Mo Salah to Liverpool FC correlated with a nearly 19% drop in Islamophobic hate crimes in Liverpool's home region and a 50% drop in Islamophobic tweets by Liverpool supporters, according to a new study. (Liverpool FC is a UK soccer team that just won the UEFA Champions League, for our American readers or anyone who's been living under a rock).

5: New US State Department rules will require visa applicants to the US to provide email addresses and phone numbers going back five years, in addition to all social media handles. The State Department says this will affect nearly 15 million would-be visitors every year.

90: If you're worried about climate change, what you do on land is only part of the problem: maritime shipping accounts for 90 percent of all global trade and ships tends to burn the dirtiest, lowest-quality fuels available, making them one of the most significant sources of global pollution today.

150: Russia requires more than 150 online services to save user data and pass it on to the government if requested. Just this week, it added the dating app Tinder to that list. #SwipeFromRussiaWithLove

America's internet giants are being pulled into political fights right and left these days. Speech – what can be said, and who can say it – is increasingly at the center of those controversies. Consider these two stories from opposite sides of the world:

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Italy's prime minister resigns – Giuseppe Conte, the caretaker prime minister appointed to mediate an uneasy governing alliance between Italy's anti-establishment 5Star Movement and the right-wing Lega party, resigned on Tuesday. Rather than wait for a no-confidence vote triggered by the rightwing Lega Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, Conte stepped down on his own terms. Salvini, who's popularity has been rising, had hoped that by triggering snap elections he could get himself appointed prime minister, will now have to wait for Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, to decide what comes next. While Lega and smaller right-wing allies want a new vote, center and left-wing parties are apparently working to see if they can form a majority coalition – perhaps including 5Star -- that would allow Mattarella to appoint a new government without fresh elections. We're watching to see how the dust settles in Europe's third-biggest economy.

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300: The US tested a new medium-range cruise missile on Sunday that flew more than 300 miles. This marks the first time the US has tested a weapon that would have violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a Cold War era pact that was officially abandoned three weeks ago, sparking fears of a new global arms race.

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