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

Humans can understand apes’ sign language, study finds

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — From pointing to animated arm movements and nodding, people regularly employ gestures to accompany and create language. Now, it’s been suggested that humans can also understand sign language used by apes, meaning humans … Read more

Frustration is rising over Covid drug shortages in China, and there are no easy answers

Editor’s Note: 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 — As Jo Wang, an event planner in Beijing, watched her family members fall … Read more

What is bacterial meningitis, the illness that killed Jeff Beck?

CNN — After contracting bacterial meningitis, legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck died Wednesday at the age of 78, according to a statement posted to his official social media accounts and confirmed to CNN by his agent. “On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff … Read more

China stops issuing short-term visas for South Koreans in retaliation for travel restrictions

Hong Kong CNN — Chinese authorities have stopped issuing certain visas to South Koreans and Japanese citizens as Beijing retaliates against recent Covid entry restrictions on arrivals from China. “Visas for business, tourism, medical treatment, transit and general private affairs will be suspended for South Korean citizens effective today,” the Chinese Embassy in Seoul said … Read more

Post-zero-Covid: What the return of Chinese tourists means for the global economy

Hong Kong CNN — In the years before Covid, China was the world’s most important source of international travelers. Its 155 million tourists spent more than a quarter of a trillion dollars beyond its borders in 2019. That largesse fell precipitously over the past three years as the country essentially closed its borders. But, as … Read more

From the unwinding of zero-Covid to economic recovery: What to watch in China in 2023

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 a tumultuous end to a momentous and challenging year, China heads into 2023 with … Read more

Premarket stocks: Wall Street’s dirty secret: It’s terrible at forecasting stocks

A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business’ Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber? You can sign up right here. You can listen to an audio version of the newsletter by clicking the same link. New York CNN — December is a month full of market predictions for the year to come. … Read more

China’s top health body stops publishing daily Covid case figures as infections soar

CNN — China’s top health authority has announced that it has stopped publishing daily Covid-19 case numbers, as reports claimed that the true toll of the country’s ongoing outbreak is much worse than the official figures published by authorities. The National Health Commission (NHC) said Sunday that “relevant outbreak information” would instead be published by … Read more

China shifts how it counts Covid deaths as crematoriums fill up

Beijing CNN — For much of the pandemic, images of overflowing hospitals and busy funeral homes from the United States have featured heavily on China’s state-controlled television, where the deaths of over a million Americans from Covid is depicted as a gross failing of Western democracy. Now, as an unprecedented wave of infections rips through … Read more