Hard numbers: Eight British Politicians and an Eight Ball of…

0: The UK will cut its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050 under a new plan announced this week by outgoing Prime Minster Theresa May. The UK is the world's first major economy to propose such a target, which will involve dramatic — and potentially politically challenging — changes to the way the country produces and consumes energy. Some critics say the pledge is less impressive than it looks.

2: Two people infected with Ebola died in Uganda this week as an outbreak that has killed over 1400 people spread beyond the Democratic of Congo (DRC) for the first time. Uganda's government has tightened border controls and has urged regions bordering DRC to ban weddings, church services, and other large gatherings to try to contain the spread of the disease.

4: Oil prices jumped 4 percent after explosions rocked a pair of tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. A study conducted during a previous period of tensions with Iran in 2012 estimated that a major conflict in the region that cut off shipments of oil from the Persian Gulf to global markets could push crude prices up 50 percent in a matter of days.

8: UK environment secretary and contender for Tory party leadership Michael Gove recently admitted that he'd tried cocaine "on several occasions" before entering politics, prompting other Tory candidates to come clean about the same. All told, eight of them copped to dabbling in drugs at some point. Alex's super hot take: "Politician or not, I honestly wouldn't trust anyone who is under 55 and has never ever done drugs of any kind."

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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