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

Iran faces USA in winner-takes-all match to progress to World Cup knockout stages

Iran faces USA in winner-takes-all match to progress to World Cup knockout stages

CNN — The knockout stage has already arrived for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) at the World Cup – nothing less than a win on Tuesday will suffice when it takes on Iran in a winner-takes-all match. Whichever team wins will reach the round-of-16 at Qatar 2022, and for the USMNT, even a … Read more

Kherson: Russians shell Ukraine city just two weeks after pulling out

Kherson, Ukraine CNN — A pool of blood-stained water and the charred wreckage of a car mark the spot in Kherson where Russian shells tore into this city Thursday, killing four, according to local officials, and shattering any sense of calm. Russian President Vladimir Putin claims he’s annexed this region, and that the people here … Read more

Great Barrier Reef should be placed on the ‘in danger’ list, UN-backed report shows

CNN — The Great Barrier Reef should be added to the list of world heritage sites that are “in danger”, a team of scientists concluded after conducting a mission to the world’s largest coral reef system. In a new UN-backed report released on Monday, the scientists said that the reef is facing major threats due … Read more

Twitter searches for China protests bombarded by spam and porn, raising alarms among researchers

Washington CNN Business — Twitter searches for the widespread Covid-19-related protests in China are returning a flood of spam, pornography and gibberish that some disinformation researchers say at first glance appear to be a deliberate attempt by the Chinese government or its allies to drown out images of the demonstrations. Beginning late last week and … Read more

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

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advances 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

After US Soccer changes Iranian flag on social media, Iran calls for US to be kicked out of 2022 World Cup

CNN — Iran state media has called for the US to be kicked out of the 2022 World Cup after the United States Soccer Federation changed Iran’s flag on its social media platforms to show support for protesters in Iran. The federation had temporarily displayed Iran’s national flag on its official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook … Read more

China’s lockdown protests: What you need to know about the rare mass demonstrations

Beijing CNN — From Shanghai to Beijing, protests have erupted across China in a rare show of dissent against the ruling Communist Party sparked by anger over the country’s increasingly costly zero-Covid policy. As numbers swelled at demonstrations in multiple major cities over the weekend, so too have the range of grievances voiced – with … Read more