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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."

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.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

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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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 GZERO World 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.

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

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The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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