China’s tough lockdowns could exacerbate demographic crisis

Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in CNN’s news bulletin Meanwhile in China, a tri-weekly update exploring what you need to know about the country’s rise and its impact on the world. Register here. hong kong CNN — For generations of Chinese parents, the success of their children has long been one of … Read more

North Korea’s Covid outbreak: what we know and don’t know

CNN — North Korea’s first reported Covid-19 outbreak is the “biggest turmoil” to hit the country since its founding more than 70 years ago, according to its leader Kim Jong Un, as the isolated and impoverished nation crumbles. struggles to curb the spread of a highly transmissible virus that threatens to cause a major humanitarian … Read more

Republicans claim a 1950 law makes Roe protests at justices’ homes illegal. Here’s what to know

CNN — A 1950 federal statute prohibiting certain protests outside of a judge’s residence has been cited by Republicans calling for Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce the law against abortion rights protesters who have gathered in front of Supreme Court justices’ homes. Tea law in question is aimed at any “picketing or parading” in … Read more

International travel ban tightened in China as anger over lockdown grows

Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in CNN’s news bulletin Meanwhile in China, a tri-weekly update exploring what you need to know about the country’s rise and its impact on the world. Register here. hong kong CNN — Chinese authorities have imposed a de facto ban on international travel, barring citizens from traveling … Read more

Tonga volcanic eruption is strongest in over a century

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news about fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — The volcanic eruption on an island near Tonga in January was as powerful as Indonesia’s Krakatoa eruption in 1883, one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events on record. Scientists have begun … Read more

Mexican president threatens to skip Americas summit unless US invites all countries

Mexico City CNN — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador threatened to boycott next month’s Summit of the Americas, saying on Tuesday that its participation would only be confirmed if the host country, the United States, invited Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. “Participation in the Los Angeles summit has not yet been resolved because we propose … Read more

Li Keqiang: China’s employment situation is “complex and serious”

hong kong CNN Business — One of China’s top leaders has painted a bleak picture of the labor market in the world’s most populous nation amid widespread Covid lockdowns slam the brakes on the economy. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang – the No. 2 in the hierarchy of China’s ruling Communist Party – described the employment … Read more

Xi Jinping sends warning to all who question China’s zero-Covid policy

hong kong CNN — China’s top leader Xi Jinping has issued the starkest warning yet against anyone questioning the country’s zero Covid policyas strict and frequent shutdowns fuel public discontent and deal a devastating blow to China’s economy. In a meeting chaired by Xi on Thursday, the ruling Communist Party’s Politburo Supreme Standing Committee pledged … Read more

Omicron sub-variants: new fitter Covid-19 viruses start generating their own waves

CNN — The numbers are undeniable: even with patchy reports, Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising again in the United States. Cases are trending up in most states and are up more than 50% from the previous week in Washington, Mississippi, Georgia, Maine, Hawaii, South Dakota, Nevada and Montana. In New York, more than a … Read more

Oklahoma GOP governor signs 6-week abortion ban modeled after Texas law that allows civil enforcement

CNN — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed into law a bill modeled after the controversial Texas abortion lawwhich allows private citizens to take civil action against abortion providers to enforce the law. Tea “Oklahoma Heartbeat Act,” Senate Bill 1503, takes effect immediately and prohibits abortions at the time when a physician can detect … Read more