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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
China’s National Bureau of Statistics reported Monday that the country’s year-over-year economic growth slowed to 4.9 percent in the third quarter from 18.3 percent in Q1 and 7.9 percent in Q2. The deceleration comes amid the Communist Party’s crackdown on the technology and real estate sectors, as well as continued supply-chain disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The State Department announced Monday that Zalmay Khalilzad—a longtime diplomat who helped negotiate both the Trump administration’s deal with the Taliban and the Biden administration’s exit from Afghanistan—is stepping down as envoy for Afghanistan. Thomas West, Khalilzad’s deputy, will take his place. Politico reported yesterday that the State Department’s inspector general is launching a “series of investigations into the end of the Biden administration’s diplomatic operations in Afghanistan.”
In two unsigned decisions released Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of several police officers alleged to have used excessive force, referencing the officers’ qualified immunity protections in overturning the 9th and 10th Circuits’ decisions to allow the respective lawsuits to proceed.