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

Is it Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year? It depends who you ask

Hong Kong CNN — Last week, K-pop singer Danielle Marsh asked her online fans what they were doing for Chinese New Year. A profuse apology followed two days later, in which she promised to “try to be more careful” and acknowledged the “hurt” she had caused. Her crime? The “Chinese” that preceded “New Year.” A … Read more

Is it Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year? It depends who you ask

Hong Kong CNN — Last week, K-pop singer Danielle Marsh asked her online fans what they were doing for Chinese New Year. A profuse apology followed two days later, in which she promised to “try to be more careful” and acknowledged the “hurt” she had caused. Her crime? The “Chinese” that preceded “New Year.” A … Read more

Israel’s democracy on the brink amid supreme court showdown with Netanyahu

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appears in today’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, CNN’s three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Jerusalem CNN — Israel’s highest court this week ordered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to fire a key ally, a dramatic move amid an unprecedented confrontation between his government … Read more

India is set to become the world’s most populous country. Can it create enough jobs?

New Delhi CNN — India will overtake China this year to become the world’s most populous country. The likelihood of India passing that major milestone within a few months shot up Tuesday, when China reported that its population shrank in 2022 for the first time in more than 60 years. This shift will have significant … Read more

Expert’s warning to US Navy on China: Bigger fleet almost always wins

Seoul, South Korea CNN — As China continues to grow what is already the world’s largest navy, a professor at the US Naval War College has a warning for American military planners: In naval warfare, the bigger fleet almost always wins. Pentagon leaders have identified China as the US military’s “pacing threat.” But fleet size … Read more

Davos draws record crowds, but its relevance is fading

London CNN — For decades, business leaders, billionaires and politicians have gathered in Davos, Switzerland under the banner of forging ties that can help solve global problems. It’s a glitzy exercise often criticized as out of touch. It also looks increasingly out of date as the biggest war in Europe since 1945 deepens splits in … 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

Japanese prime minister’s visit spotlights Biden’s foreign policy strategy

CNN — As President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met privately in Tokyo last year, Biden delivered a message that was as strategic as it was genuine. US support for a more assertive defense and security posture from Japan was understood, but Biden made it clear that if there was anything he … Read more

US and Japan to strengthen military relationship with upgraded Marine unit in attempt to deter China

CNN — The US and Japan are set to announce a significant strengthening of their military relationship and upgrading of the US military’s force posture in the country this week, including the stationing of a newly redesignated Marine unit with advanced intelligence, surveillance capabilities and the ability to fire anti -ship missiles, according to two … Read more