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Top Taliban leader makes more promises on women’s rights but quips ‘naughty women’ should stay home

By Jo Shelley, Masoud Popalzai, Ehsan Popalzai, Ahmet Mengli and Rob Picheta, CNN A senior Taliban official has repeated the group’s as-yet-unfulfilled pledge to allow girls back into high school, saying there would be “good news soon,” but suggested that women who protested the regime’s restrictions on women rights should stay home. Sirajuddin Haqqani, Afghanistan’s… Continue Reading
An Indian farmer carries wheat crop harvested from a field on the outskirts of Jammu

Climate change is making record-breaking heatwaves in India and Pakistan 100 times more likely

By Lianne Kolirin, CNN Climate change has made the odds of a record-breaking heatwave hitting northwestern India and Pakistan 100 times more likely to happen, scientists said Wednesday, as the two countries experience high temperatures that are disrupting daily life. In an analysis, climate scientists with the UK’s Met Office found that the natural probability… Continue Reading
Flight data suggests a China Eastern plane deliberately crashed according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Flight data suggests China Eastern plane deliberately crashed: Wall Street Journal report

By Nectar Gan and CNN’s Beijing Bureau Black box data recovered from a China Eastern flight that crashed in March suggests someone in the cockpit intentionally downed the plane, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a preliminary assessment from United States officials. The Boeing 737-800 was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou when it nosedived from… Continue Reading

China tightens ban on ‘non-essential’ overseas travel as lockdown anger rises

By Jessie Yeung, CNN Authorities in China have imposed a de facto international travel ban, forbidding citizens from going overseas for “non-essential” reasons, as the government ramps up efforts to enforce its zero-Covid policy. In a statement Thursday, the Chinese National Immigration Administration said it would tighten its reviewing process on issuing travel documents such… Continue Reading
Despite Presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. popularity among millions of voters

Who is ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr and why are some Filipinos nervous about his family’s return?

By Helen Regan, CNN Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is the presumptive President of the Philippines after winning a landslide in elections on May 9, according to unofficial results. More than 30 million Filipinos voted for Marcos Jr., more than double that of his closest rival, the outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo, partial and unofficial results… Continue Reading
Employees spray disinfectant and wipe surfaces as part of preventative measures against the Covid-19 coronavirus at the Pyongyang Children's Department Store in Pyongyang on March 18.

North Korea declares ‘major national emergency’ as first case of Covid-19 identified, state media reports

By Gawon Bae and Helen Regan, CNN North Korea has identified its first ever case of Covid-19, according to state media, which called the situation a “major national emergency.” It’s unclear how many infections have been detected but state-run news agency KCNA reported on Thursday that cases of the Omicron variant had been found in… Continue Reading
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