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July 26, 2019 | Blog

Boris Johnson becomes Britain’s new Prime Minister as Theresa May steps down amid Brexit debate.   

Theresa May announced late in May that she would step down as U.K. prime minister. Her resignation came after several failed attempts to pass her Brexit withdrawal agreement in the British Parliament. Boris Johnson pledges to deliver Brexit on the new date of October 31, “no ifs or buts[1].” He replaced any ‘remainers’ in May’s cabinet with hardline ‘Brexiters’ and continues to promise that he will succeed where Theresa May has failed.

North Korea fired new short-range ballistic missiles in two launches ahead of a possible resumption of nuclear talks with the U.S. 

The launches were the first in over two months and presumably came as a pressuring tactic to urge the United States to restart nuclear negotiations. U.N. Security Council resolutions ban any ballistic launches by North Korea, and the country is already under 11 rounds of U.N. sanctions. North Korea has expressed that they are unhappy regarding drills that the U.S. and South Korea have planned for the next few months[2]

Beijing hinted it was prepared to use the Chinese military force in Hong Kong to retain control as anti-Beijing protests continue. 

China released a document on an updated defense strategy under President Xi that addresses Hong Kong protests over encroaching Chinese authority in the region. A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense said “the behavior of some radical protesters challenges the central government’s authority… . That absolutely cannot be tolerated.” It is the first hint that Beijing is willing and prepared to use military force to keep Hong Kong under its control[3].

President Trump vetoed several bipartisan resolutions seeking to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle supported a resolution that said President Trump could not go around Congress with arms sales to aid Gulf allies in the war in Yemen. While majorities in both parties passed the resolution, there is not enough support to override the president’s veto. Trump stated that blocking the arms sales “would weaken America’s global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies[4].”

Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will step down after 12 days of demonstrations sparked by a leak of profane chat messages.

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló caved to protesters’ demands that he step down after revelations of homophobic and sexist messages between top officials. While protesters celebrated Rosselló’s resignation, many said they would return to protest the appointment of Secretary of Justice Wanda Vázquez as governor. Protesters claim she is too close to Gov. Rosselló to give Puerto Ricans the fresh start they crave[5]

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