Dean Napolitano writing for the Nikkei Asian Review:

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday formally withdrew a controversial extradition bill that has been at the center of massive demonstrations this summer, bowing to one of five demands made by protesters.

And BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg:

Tory rebels and opposition MPs have defeated the government in the first stage of their attempt to pass a law designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The Commons voted 328 to 301 to take control of the agenda, meaning they can bring forward a bill seeking to delay the UK’s exit date.

I’ve been watching both these stories closely over the last couple of months, but haven’t felt like there was much I could add. I’m still at a loss for words. They’re both equal parts scary, surreal.