The White House treads carefully as protests unfold in China as the US tries to mend relations with Beijing

Washington CNN – As frustrated demonstrators take to the streets across China to protest the government’s draconian Covid-19 restrictions – prompting rare civil unrest and clashes between the public and officials – the Biden White House is choosing its words carefully and deliberately. Top US officials who have been closely monitoring the unrest in China … Read more

The White House treads carefully as protests unfold in China as the US tries to mend relations with Beijing

Washington CNN – As frustrated demonstrators take to the streets across China to protest the government’s draconian Covid-19 restrictions – prompting rare civil unrest and clashes between the public and officials – the Biden White House is choosing its words carefully and deliberately. Top US officials who have been closely monitoring the unrest in China … Read more

Kyiv says it won’t let Putin steal Christmas as Russian attacks threaten bleak winter in Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN – The mayor of Kyiv has said the city “cannot let Putin steal our Christmas” as Ukrainians prepare to tentatively celebrate the festive season with darkened trees while Russian airstrikes knock out power and wreak havoc on critical infrastructure. Christmas trees will be erected across the Ukrainian capital to mark Christmas and … Read more

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 the 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, … 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

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

Indonesia needs earthquake-proof houses. Building them is a huge challenge

CNN – A deadly earthquake that reduced buildings to rubble in West Java, Indonesia has once again exposed the dangers of living in poorly built homes in one of the most seismically active zones on the planet. Since Monday’s quake, survivors have been sleeping rough or in shelters away from homes vulnerable to collapse as … Read more

Harris dives into Asian diplomacy amid questions back home about her political future

Palawan, Philippines CNN – Vice President Kamala Harris is sticking close to her script when responding to what Democrats hope will once again be their greatest electoral mobilizer: Donald Trump and his third White House bid. “The president said he intends to run and if he does, I will be running with him,” she told … Read more

Boris Johnson claims France was ‘in denial’ before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

London CNN – Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed France was “in denial” about the prospect of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, and accused the German government of initially favoring a quick Ukrainian military defeat over a long conflict. Johnson told CNN’s partner network CNN Portugal on Monday that the attitudes of Western nations … Read more

Russians grow more critical as Putin’s military operation drags on and sanctions take a toll

Moscow CNN – November and December are known as the most depressing months in Moscow. The days are short and dark, and the weather is too cold and wet to be outside much, but still too warm and rainy to enjoy the real Russian winter. This year, the feeling of melancholy is increased by the … Read more