‘It’s all empty promises’: Palestinians feel betrayed by US, warn there’s only so much they can bear

Ramallah, West Bank CNN — Abu A’asem brews pot after pot of his specialty Arabic coffee, despite the pouring rain. His corner stand at the heart of Ramallah is always busy, no matter the weather, but his future as a Palestinian is very much as gloomy as the skies above. “I am 40 years old … Read more

Hong Kong is criminalizing CBD as a ‘dangerous drug’ alongside heroin

Hong Kong CNN — Two years ago, cannabidiol was booming in Hong Kong. The compound, known as CBD, was popping up in cafes, restaurants and stores, with businesses eager to join an exciting new market already well-established in countries around the world. That all came to an end on Wednesday, when CBD was criminalized in … Read more

The US spends the most on health care but has the worst health outcomes among high-income countries, a new report finds

CNN — The United States spends more on health care than any other high-income country but still has the lowest life expectancy at birth and the highest rate of people with multiple chronic diseases, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund, an independent research group. The report, released Tuesday, also says that compared … Read more

Children lost about 35% of a normal school year’s worth of learning during the pandemic, study suggests

CNN — A new paper adds to the mounting evidence that school-age children across the globe experienced significant setbacks in their learning progress during the Covid-19 pandemic. Students “lost out on about 35% of a normal school year’s worth of learning” when in-person learning stopped during the public health crisis, according to a paper published … Read more

Der Spiegel reports Germany set to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

CNN — Germany is set to send its sought-after Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine to help bolster the country’s war effort, Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday evening, attributing to unnamed sources. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided to deliver the battle tanks following “months of debate,” according to the German news outlet’s exclusive report. The … Read more

US finalizing plans to send approximately 30 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, two US officials say

Washington CNN — The US is finalizing plans to send approximately 30 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, two US officials familiar with the deliberations told CNN. The Biden administration announcement to send the US-made tanks could come as early as this week, CNN reported earlier Tuesday. The timing around the actual delivery of the tanks is … Read more

5 things to know for Jan. 23: California shooting, Tax refunds, Biden, Ukraine, Eggs

CNN — The FBI maintains a public list of its 10 most-wanted fugitives, all of whom have been linked to abhorrent crimes. The only woman currently on the list is known as a “cryptoqueen” who scammed people out of $4 billion and then disappeared without a trace. Here’s what else you need to know Get … Read more

US and Israel launch largest military exercise ever despite concerns over Netanyahu’s government

CNN — The US and Israel launched their largest joint military exercise ever on Monday, sending a clear signal to Iran and underscoring the strength of their alliance despite concerns over the composition of the new Israeli government which includes ultra-nationalist and ultra-religious parties. The live-fire exercise, named Juniper Oak, will include 100 US aircraft … Read more

5 things to know for Jan. 23: California shooting, Tax refunds, Biden, Ukraine, Eggs

CNN — The FBI maintains a public list of its 10 most-wanted fugitives, all of whom have been linked to abhorrent crimes. The only woman currently on the list is known as a “cryptoqueen” who scammed people out of $4 billion and then disappeared without a trace. Here’s what else you need to know Get … Read more

Inside the US and German standoff over sending tanks to Ukraine

Washington CNN — The Biden administration is stuck in a standoff with Germany over whether to send tanks to Ukraine ahead of a key meeting of Western defense leaders in Germany on Friday. In recent days, German officials have indicated they won’t send their Leopard tanks to Ukraine, or allow any other country with the … Read more