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25 Pictures to Remember Boris Johnson’s Time As Prime Minister

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Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Street on Dec. 13, 2019, following an audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, where she invited him to become prime minister and form a new government.

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The Queen greets Johnson during the first in-person weekly audience since the start of the coronavirus pandemic at Buckingham Palace on June 23, 2021.

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Johnson addresses his supporters prior to boarding his general election campaign trail bus on Nov. 15, 2019, in Manchester.

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Johnson gives a thumbs up after signing the Brexit trade deal with the EU in number 10 Downing Street on Dec. 30, 2020.

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Johnson during a visit to the Moray Offshore Windfarm East, off the Aberdeenshire coast, during his visit to Scotland on Aug. 5, 2021.

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Johnson poses with his wife, Carrie Johnson, in the garden of 10 Downing Street following their wedding at Westminster Cathedral, May 29, 2021.

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Johnson and President Joe Biden arrive for a G7 leaders meeting during a NATO summit in Brussels on March 24, 2022.

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Johnson with G7 leaders at their summit in Carbis Bay in Cornwall on June 11, 2021.

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Johnson visits Finchley Memorial Hospital in North London, on Jan. 18, 2022, during the pandemic.

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Johnson receives the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 19, 2021.

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Johnson waves as he rides a bike ride along the towpath of the Stourbridge canal in the West Midlands during a Conservative Party local election visit on May 5, 2021.

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Johnson holds a press conference in response to the publication of the Sue Gray report into “Partygate” at Downing Street on May 25, 2022.

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Johnson during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Jan. 12, 2022.

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Johnson meets with his Cabinet at Downing Street on June 7, 2022, after surviving a confidence vote.

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Johnson announces his resignation outside 10 Downing Street on July 7, 2022.

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Johnson waves goodbye after announcing his resignation.

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Soccer Legend Pel? Has Died at Age 82

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By age 15, he was already playing professionally for Brazilian team Santos, and at 16, he joined the country’s national team. At 17, he became the youngest player to make it to the World Cup final, where he scored two goals — securing Brazil’s first title and his place as an international sports icon.

In the almost two decades of his career that followed, he averaged more than one goal per game and holds the Guinness World Record for most career goals. He’d go on to win two more World Cups and rack up other accolades, and fans relished not just the victories, but how he played. He popularized soccer’s nickname, “the Beautiful Game,” a phrase which became synonymous with his style. In 1961, he was legally named a national treasure in Brazil — a political move aimed at keeping the popular player from being transferred outside of the country. He later revealed that European football clubs did come calling, but he continued to play for Santos and Brazil.

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Pope Benedict XVI Has Died at 95

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Arguably the most incendiary issue Benedict faced upon becoming pope was the ongoing fallout from the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, as well as accusations of a cover-up effort on the part of church administration.

When Benedict became pope in 2005, the Catholic Church was in the midst of a very public reckoning with its history of sex abuse — a crisis about which he was very well informed. In 2001, John Paul II empowered the CDF to centralize all investigations into abuse allegations, removing that power from local dioceses after it became clear that they often failed to take action against predator priests. As the head of the CDF, then-cardinal Ratzinger worked to establish new procedures for reporting and punishing clergy accused of sexual abuse.

As pope, Benedict repeatedly spoke out against the church’s legacy of child sex abuse, apologized to victims, and defrocked hundreds of priests who had been found guilty. However, for many, his actions fell short, in part because he failed to make public the Vatican’s investigations into abuse accusations — a lack of transparency that enabled dioceses to keep these accusations secret from parishioners and law enforcement authorities.

“In the Church’s entire history, no one knew more but did less to protect kids than Benedict,” the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said in a statement in 2013, in response to the pope emeritus’s public claim that he did not engage in a ‘cover-up’ of clerical abuse. “As head of CDF, thousands of cases of predator priests crossed his desk. Did he choose to warn families or call police about even one of those dangerous clerics? No. That, by definition, is a cover up.”

Rumors of corruption and secret cabals in the Holy See also plagued Benedict’s tenure as pope, culminating in the “Vatileaks” scandal in 2012.

On Feb. 10, 2013, Benedict shocked the world by announcing his resignation from the papacy. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” he said in his official statement.

His decision to retire was later dramatized in the 2019 film The Two Popes, in which Benedict was portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

As pope emeritus, Benedict made a conscious effort to stay out of the public eye. He apparently disliked being known by such a lofty title following his resignation and asked others to call him simply “Father Benedict.” He did, however, make public appearances at events of theological significance, such as the Canonization Mass of Pope John XIII and Pope John Paul II on April 27, 2014.

On Sept. 4, 2020, at the age of 93 years, four months, and 19 days, Benedict became the longest-living pope in history.

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People in China Are Demanding the End of Strict COVID Restrictions After 10 People Died in a Fire

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Protests are continuing in China against strict COVID lockdown restrictions after a deadly apartment fire brought some people closer to a breaking point.

Across the country, demonstrators took to the streets — a mass movement that is rare in China — and defied laws designed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Some appeared with sheets of blank white paper, in place of traditional protest signs, as a criticism of the censorship limiting citizens from speaking freely.

After the fire in Xinjiang that left at least 10 people dead, which critics say was due to the stay-at-home measures that resulted in the building’s doors being locked, protests intensified Sunday. In major cities like Shanghai, protestors gathered to demand the end of the country’s ruling party and the resignation of the president. In clips circulating social media, some demonstrators can be heard repeatedly chanting, “Communist Party step down, Xi Jinping step down.”

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