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Abe Shinzo Retires After Eventful Career as Japan’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, 65, officially became his country’s longest-serving prime minister on Monday. He announced on Friday that he will resign due to health concerns, capping a remarkable career that left three of his greatest ambitions unfulfilled: Revising the Japanese constitution to allow more initiative in national defense, returning Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea, and officially wrapping up World War II by securing a peace treaty with Russia.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his policy speech at the lower house of the parliament on January 20, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese Diet convened a 150-day ordinary session today. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Malaysia: 94-Year-Old Prime Minister Abruptly Resigns

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who returned to power at the age of 92 in 2018 with a surprising election victory over his former protege Najib Razak, made an equally stunning departure on Monday by resigning his office without warning or explanation. Mahathir has agreed to serve as interim prime minister at the request of Malaysia’s king until a replacement can be sworn in.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad attends the 14th East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP) (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Report: Johnson to Prioritise Trade Deal with Trump

Conservative Party leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson is reportedly planning to meet with President Donald Trump soon after taking over as prime minister to arrange a limited, short-term trade deal with the U.S., the UK’s first post-Brexit trade deal.

LONON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Boris Johnson, a leadership candidate for Britain's Conservative Party visits Wetherspoons Metropolitan Bar to meet with with JD Wetherspoon chairman, Tim Martin on July 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Henry Nicholls WPA Pool/Getty Images)