Defense bill likely to include end to military Covid vaccine mandate, source says

Defense bill likely to include end to military Covid vaccine mandate, source says

CNN  —  A massive bill setting defense policy is likely to end the military Covid vaccine mandate, a source familiar with the negotiations tells CNN, coming on the heels of intense GOP lobbying to kill the mandate and acceptance from leading Democrats that it’s time for a change. The annual defense authorization bill will likely … Read more

8 million Laundress detergent products recalled over bacteria exposure risk

8 million Laundress detergent products recalled over bacteria exposure risk

New York CNN  —  The Laundress brand of detergent and household cleaning products has recalled about eight million products because of the possible presence of bacteria that could pose a health risk to consumers. The recalled items, manufactured by the pricey boutique brand between January 2021 and September 2022, include its laundry detergents, fabric conditioner … Read more

Ukrainian embassies across Europe receive bloody packages containing ‘animal eyes’

Ukrainian embassies across Europe receive bloody packages containing ‘animal eyes’

CNN  —  More than a dozen letters containing explosives or animal parts have been sent to Ukrainian diplomats around the world, according to Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba. “This campaign is aimed at sowing fear,” Kuleba told CNN’s Matthew Chance in an exclusive interview in Kyiv on Friday. There have been 17 cases of embassies … Read more

Covid-19 protests: China entering ‘new stage and mission’ for pandemic controls, says Vice Premier Sun Chunlan

Covid-19 protests: China entering ‘new stage and mission’ for pandemic controls, says Vice Premier Sun Chunlan

CNN  —  China’s most senior official in charge of its Covid response told health officials Wednesday that the country faced a “new stage and mission” in pandemic controls, state media Xinhua reported – potentially indicating an adjustment to Beijing’s “zero-Covid” strategy which has sparked days of nationwide protests. “With the decreasing toxicity of the Omicron … Read more

China’s Zhengzhou, home to world’s largest iPhone factory, ends Covid lockdown

China’s Zhengzhou, home to world’s largest iPhone factory, ends Covid lockdown

Hong Kong CNN Business  —  The central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, home to the world’s largest iPhone factory, has lifted a five-day Covid lockdown, in a move that analysts have called a much-needed relief for Apple and its main supplier Foxconn. Zhengzhou is the site of “iPhone City,” a sprawling manufacturing campus owned by Taiwanese … Read more

China to punish internet users for ‘liking’ posts in crackdown after zero-Covid protests

China to punish internet users for ‘liking’ posts in crackdown after zero-Covid protests

Hong Kong CNN Business  —  Internet users in China will soon be held liable for liking posts deemed illegal or harmful, sparking fears that the world’s second largest economy plans to control social media like never before. China’s internet watchdog is stepping up its regulation of cyberspace as authorities intensify their crackdown on online dissent … Read more

China’s security apparatus swings into action to smother Covid protests

China’s security apparatus swings into action to smother Covid protests

CNN  —  China’s vast security apparatus has moved swiftly to smother mass protests that swept the country, with police patrolling streets, checking cell phones and even calling some demonstrators to warn them against a repeat. In major cities on Monday and Tuesday, police flooded the sites of protests that took place over the weekend, when … Read more

China Covid protests: Top health officials deflect blame as they defend controversial policy

China Covid protests: Top health officials deflect blame as they defend controversial policy

CNN  —  China’s top health officials have pledged to rectify Covid-19 control measures to reduce their impact on people’s lives, while deflecting blame for public frustration away from the policy itself, in their first press briefing since protests erupted against the government’s stringent zero-Covid policy over the weekend. Lockdowns to suppress the spread of the … Read more

China protests: At the heart of protests against zero-Covid, young people cry for freedom

China protests: At the heart of protests against zero-Covid, young people cry for freedom

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country’s rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here. CNN  —  For the first time in decades, thousands of people have defied Chinese authorities to protest at universities and on … Read more

Flatheaded dinosaur lived on island of dwarfed creatures

Flatheaded dinosaur lived on island of dwarfed creatures

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  A previously unknown dinosaur with a remarkably flat head lived around 70 million years ago on an island home to dwarfed prehistoric creatures. Discovered in what’s now western Romania, the Transylvanosaurus platycephalus (flatheaded … Read more