Breaking the Bubble

Jess Kaplan, News Editor

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International: 

 

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has formally withdrawn a contentious extradition bill that ignited months of violent protest. The removal of this bill responds to the demands of protesters, who feared that China would exploit the measure to extradite criminals in mainland China. The removal of the bill was intended to extinguish the largest political crisis to occur in Hong Kong in 22 years, but protests are likely to continue as demands have grown.

 

On Sept. 3, the United Kingdom’s lawmakers voted to take control of Parliament’s agenda with the hopes that the Brexit deadline will be further delayed. Lawmakers and politicians from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s own party plotted to stop his plan to exit the European Union without an agreement.

 

Domestic: 

 

Walmart announced that it will stop selling ammunition for handguns and other assault style weapons. The company is also asking for customers to refrain from openly carrying handguns. This decision comes after the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas last month that killed 22 people.

 

Hurricane Dorian, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, is threatening the Southeast coast. With heavy rains of 10-15 inches and winds of up to 110 mph, the storm has already destroyed much of the Bahamas  So far approximately 830,000 people were ordered to evacuate their coastal counties in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

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