Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Victoria Clark
Monday, July 9, 2018, 1:48 PM

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stepped down on Monday amid growing tensions over Brexit negotiations, reports the Wall Street Journal. Johnson’s resignation occurred less than 24 hours after that of David Davis, the minister in charge of negotiating Britain’s departure from the European Union. The resignations were likely in response to the controversial Brexit plan that Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet agreed to on July 6. The departure of two high-ranking Conservative lawmakers increases the likelihood that May will face a challenge to her leadership in the coming weeks. 

A U.S. service member was killed, and two others were injured, after an attack in southern Afghanistan on July 7, according to a release from the NATO mission in Afghanistan. NATO officials said the incident was an “apparent insider attack,” but declined to provide further details citing an ongoing investigation. The Washington Post reports that the service members were deployed with a new Army adviser brigade dispatched by the Trump administration to provide training and support to Afghan soldiers and police. Cpl. Joseph Maciel was the first fatality on deployment with the brigade.

The son of ex-South African president Jacob Zuma was charged with corruption, reports BBC. Duduzane Zuma was accused of bribing a deputy finance minister to take a higher government position on the assumption that he would advance certain business interests. Zuma will also face charges on Thursday of culpable homicide after a 2014 highway crash that killed two people.

Ethiopia and Eritrea signed an agreement to end 20 years of war, according to CNN. The two nations will implement a peace accord negotiated in 2000, called the  Algiers Agreement, to end a border dispute that began in 1998. Ethiopia had previously rejected a border ruling under that agreement in 2003.  Eritrea’s information minister announced a “new era of peace and friendship” that would see “close cooperation in political, economic … and security areas.”

A British woman who was exposed to a Soviet-era nerve agent died on Sunday, reports BBC. Dawn Sturgess and her partner Charlie Rowley were hospitalized after they became sick on July 4. British authorities have launched a murder investigation in order to ascertain how Sturgess was exposed to the nerve agent.

An Egyptian court sentenced a Lebanese woman to eight years in prison after she posted a controversial video on Facebook, according to the New York Times. In the video, Mona el-Mazbouh criticized the Egyptian government, and the nation as a whole, after she was harassed in the Cairo streets. The court found her guilty of “defaming and insulting the Egyptian people,” which is a crime under Egyptian law. Human rights activists are calling for a more lenient sentence.

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