Hard numbers: “Illegal Music and Debauchery” in Iran

67: Botswana's High Court struck down a law this week criminalizing gay sex. Some 67 countries around the world — including upwards of two dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa — still have laws on the books that make homosexuality a punishable crime.

547: Over the span of 10 days, Iranian authorities closed 547 restaurants and cafes in Tehran for their failure to adhere to "Islamic principles." The Iranian police listed among the violations "unconventional advertising in cyberspace, playing illegal music and debauchery."

41: Forty-one of 77 districts in the former East Germany are expected to lose 30 percent or more of their working-age citizens by 2035 as birthrates have collapsed following the fall of the Berlin Wall. The lack of people, jobs and prospects has turned the region into a stronghold for the country's far-right, anti-migrant AfD party.

44.5: UK government bean-counters revealed this week that the British economy shrank 0.4 percent between March and April, driven by a 44.5 percent drop in car production as automakers shuttered factories in anticipation of Brexit. While Brexit is yet to come, its economic consequences are already here. Er, there.

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:

More Show less

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.

More Show less

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.

More Show less