The End of ‘Pen and Phone’

Happy Friday! From protecting the president to protecting your selfies: James Murray—director of the U.S. Secret Service—will retire from the agency at the end of July and join Snapchat’s parent company as its chief security officer.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed this morning while campaigning in Nara City for a candidate ahead of Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Abe—who led Japan from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020—was quickly transported to Nara Medical University Hospital, but medical officials said he was unresponsive and showing no vital signs. A gun was retrieved by law enforcement officials at the scene, and a 41-year-old man was arrested in connection with the assassination.

  • Following another wave of scandals, Boris Johnson formally announced on Thursday he will resign as leader of the Conservative Party and step down as British prime minister—as soon as a replacement is selected. Tory leaders are hoping to narrow the search for Johnson’s replacement to two candidates by the time Parliament’s summer recess begins on July 21, teeing up a new leader to be selected by September.

  • Just one day after announcing the first COVID-19 vaccine mandate in mainland China, Beijing officials reversed course on Thursday, withdrawing the policy—which would’ve required residents to provide proof of vaccination to enter most public places—after fierce pushback from the public. Instead, residents will have to provide a negative COVID-19 test from within the past three days and submit to a temperature check. 

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