Get ready for the most expensive holiday travel season ever

New York CNN Business – For travelers getting ready to make their first holiday trips since before the pandemic: prepare for sticker shock. Airfares are way up. US gas prices are higher than they’ve ever been at this time of year. Rates for hotel rooms and rental cars have jumped 12% and 46% respectively from … Read more

Uganda to roll out trial vaccines as it scrambles to control Ebola outbreak

Mubende, Uganda CNN – Joseph Singiringabo has lost almost everything and everyone he held dear to Ebola. In a few short weeks, the 78-year-old lost his wife, his son, and a newborn granddaughter to the disease. He is left taking care of three grandchildren under 13 after their mother fled the village to escape the … Read more

As the Ebola outbreak grows in Uganda, the US ramps up preparedness plans

CNN – Uganda has been struggling with an Ebola outbreak for months, and although there have been no suspected or probable Ebola cases identified in the United States, federal and local health officials are working together to prepare for the possibility that the virus will spread across the Atlantic. The US Centers for Disease Control … Read more

Paramount took a risk keeping ‘Top Gun’ grounded for two years. It was this year’s biggest hit

New York CNN Business – “Top Gun: Maverick” was never going to be an easy sell. Sure, the film starred Tom Cruise — arguably one of Hollywood’s most iconic movie stars — and it would be the sequel to “Top Gun,” one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. But the original “Top Gun” was … Read more

Paramount took a risk keeping ‘Top Gun’ grounded for two years. It was this year’s biggest hit

New York CNN Business – “Top Gun: Maverick” was never going to be an easy sell. Sure, the film starred Tom Cruise — arguably one of Hollywood’s most iconic movie stars — and it would be the sequel to “Top Gun,” one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. But the original “Top Gun” was … Read more

China’s manufacturing hub Guangzhou partially locked down as the Covid outbreak widens

Editor’s Note: 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. Hong Kong CNN – China’s southern metropolis of Guangzhou has locked down a third district, as authorities rush to … Read more

Amoxicillin antibiotics shortage worries parents

Last week, when mom of three Kate Brown, 43, was told her local Walgreens and neighboring pharmacies were out of liquid amoxicillin — it was hard to swallow. Both her 10-year-old, Lydia, and 2-year-old, Genevieve, were in the throes of painful ear infections. Brown not only had to contend with caring for two sick children … Read more

Xi Jinping has secured his power at home. Now he’s stepping back out on the international stage

Editor’s Note: 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. Hong Kong CNN – After securing his iron grip on power in a leadership reshuffle late last month, Chinese … Read more

Japan steps up push to get public buy-in to digital IDs

TOKYO (AP) – Japan has stepped up its push to catch up on digitization by telling a reluctant public they have to sign up for digital IDs or possibly lose access to their public health insurance. As the naming implies, the initiative is about assigning numbers to people, similar to Social Security numbers in the … Read more

Quick and stealthy new Covid-19 variants are poised to drive a winter surge

CNN – A flurry of new Covid-19 variants appears to be gaining traction globally, raising fears of a winter surge. In the United States, these are BQ.1, BQ.1.1, BF.7, BA.4.6, BA.2.75 and BA.2.75.2. In other countries, the recombinant variant XBB has been rising quickly and appears to be fueling a new wave of cases in … Read more