China Approves Hong Kong National Security Law

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted the controversial national security law in Hong Kong Thursday, despite protests and threats from the US, as well as other western nations and a section of world leaders. The cause of the move by China is most likely informed by the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that were witnessed in Hong Kong last year, and part of earlier this year. 

Trump Fires State IG Investigating Pompeo

The President of the United States, Donald Trump has fired Steve Linick, inspector general of the US Department of State, arguing that he has since lost confidence in him. Linick is also said to have been investigating allegations to the effect that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been using a political appointee at the State Department to run his personal errands for him and his wife, Susan.

Taliban, U.S., to Sign Peace Agreement on Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the Trump administration and the Taliban will sign a peace deal on February 29. “This is an important step on a long road to peace,” Pompeo tweeted, “and I call on all Afghans to seize this opportunity.” The two sides announced almost simultaneously that they would sign the agreement after more than a year of negotiations in Qatar.