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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."

Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick joins That Made All the Difference podcast to discuss how his career as a surgeon influenced his work as an educator, administrator and champion of underserved communities, and why he believes we may be on the cusp of the next "golden generation."

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When hundreds of thousands of protesters in Ethiopia brought sweeping change to their government in 2018, many of them were blaring the music of one man: a popular young activist named Hachalu Hundessa, who sang songs calling for the liberation and empowerment of the Oromo, the country's largest ethnic group.

Earlier this week, the 34-year old Hundessa was gunned down in the country's capital, Addis Ababa.

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As the United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4th, we thought we'd take a look at two places in the world that have emerged from the colonial rule of Uncle Sam, and a third that may do so in the future.

Liberia: The West African nation of Liberia was never formally a US colony, but from 1816 to 1847 it was administered by the American Colonization Society — founded to return freed American slaves to Africa. Liberia in 1847 became the first independent republic in Africa (and just the second Black republic after Haiti). Its first president was Joseph Jenkins Roberts, a former slave from Virginia. With a similar flag and a US-modeled Constitution, Liberia has remained independent despite several periods of extreme turmoil, including two civil wars. Its current president is former soccer star George Weah...whose son plays for the US national soccer team.

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As the coronavirus continues to sweep across the United States, hospitals around the country are seeing a crush of COVID-19 patients requiring urgent care. In recent weeks, medical professionals in a number of states have said that they were unprepared not only for the number of infected people that would require treatment, but also for the length of time patients would need to stay in the hospital. Many cities and towns are now facing the possibility of massive hospital bed shortages. Here's a look at hospital bed occupancy rates, state by state.

The Wall Street Journal says that it's partisan to compare the US pandemic response to Europe. In this episode of The Red Pen — where we do our best to keep op-eds honest — Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group's Scott Rosenstein point out some flaws in the WSJ's argument.

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