The Morning Dispatch: Boris Johnson To Resign

Happy Thursday! To the vacationing child who brought three Giant African Land Snails home to Florida as a souvenir 60 years ago: What were you thinking??

Officials in the Sunshine State are now attempting to eradicate the slimy creatures—which can spread parasitic brain worms, lay thousands of eggs throughout their lifetimes, and are considered one of the most invasive pests on the planet—for the third time. We wish them the best of luck.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • A lot can change around the world while you’re asleep: The BBC reported early Thursday morning that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has endured a remarkable sequence of political scandals and faced a wave of party resignations this week, is set to resign later today. As we hit send on this newsletter, Johnson was expected any minute to make a speech announcing he is stepping down.

  • A large—but unconfirmed—number of civilians were killed in Ethiopia’s western Oromia region on Monday, less than three weeks after a similar attack left more than 200 civilians dead. As before, the Ethiopian government and the Oromo Liberation Army are blaming each other for the massacre, which primarily targeted the Amhara ethnic group. “We will pursue this terrorist group to the end and eliminate it with our people,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said of the OLA, while an OLA spokesman accused Abiy of “pointing fingers” and “escaping accountability.” The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission attributed the attack to the OLA, which has aligned itself with Tigrayan rebels in the country’s ongoing civil war.

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