Neanderthals hunted and butchered giant elephants

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — Some 125,000 years ago, enormous elephants weighed as much as eight cars each roamed in what’s now northern Europe. Scientifically known as Palaeoloxodon antiquus, the towering animals were the largest land mammals of … Read more

Pakistan’s economy is on the brink

Islamabad/London CNN — Muhammad Radaqat, a 27-year-old greengrocer, is worried. He doesn’t know how much an onion will cost next week, let alone how he’ll be able to afford the fuel he needs to heat his home and keep his family warm. “All we’re being told by the government is that things are going to … Read more

How do you lose a radioactive capsule? Australian investigators are wondering too

Brisbane, Australia CNN — The discovery of a tiny lost radioactive capsule beside a remote highway in Western Australia raises many questions – not least how it escaped layers of radiation-proof packaging loaded onto a moving truck. It’s one of the many puzzling aspects of a case investigators will examine in the coming weeks as … Read more

Vikings brought their animals with them to Britain over 1,000 years ago

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — When the Vikings crossed the North Sea to reach Britain in the ninth century AD, they brought their dogs and horses with them, according to new research. Archaeologists uncovered what they believe to … Read more

Far from Bakhmut, an intense fight in trenches and minefields

Krasnohorivka, Ukraine CNN — In the town of Krasnohorivka, grim Soviet-era apartment buildings stand nearly but not quite empty, with only a few residents remaining. Blocks on the southern edges of town are burned shells, windows shattered and awnings dangling in the winter breeze. Houses are largely shuttered; their tenants long gone. The central square … Read more

‘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

Britain hit by biggest day of strikes in a decade as pay disputes escalate

London CNN — As many as half a million workers are striking across Britain on Wednesday, closing schools, canceling university lectures and bringing most of the rail network to a standstill in what unions say will be the biggest single day of walkouts in more than a decade. Teachers, university staff, train drivers and civil … 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

Peshawar, Pakistan blast: Death toll rises to at least 100 in mosque suspected suicide bombing

Islamabad, Pakistan CNN — The death toll from a suicide bomb that ripped through a mosque in Peshawar, northwestern Pakistan, rose to at least 100 on Tuesday, marking one of the deadliest attacks in the country in years as it faces what one analyst described as “a national security crisis .” Muhammad Asim Khan, spokesperson … 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