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

Peru: Protester deaths spark calls for reparations amid a painful past

CNN — “If something happens to me, don’t cry,” Leonardo Hancco told his wife, Ruth Barcena, the morning of December 15 in Peru’s southern city of Ayacucho. The 32-year-old taxi driver and father of a seven-year-old girl had decided to join Peru’s nationwide political protests at the last minute. “If I have decided to join … 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

China’s zero-Covid easing: Cases explode in Beijing leaving streets empty and daily life disrupted

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. Beijing CNN — Empty streets, deserted shopping centers, and residents staying away from one another are the new normal … Read more

China’s zero-Covid: Country braces for impact as virus ‘spreads rapidly’

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. Beijing CNN — China is bracing for an unprecedented wave of Covid-19 cases as it dismantles large parts of … Read more

Remembering Gary Strieker, who helped establish CNN’s presence in Africa

CNN — Gary Strieker had every reason to be a pessimist. People dying of hunger, brutal killings and many other horrific events that he covered as an international reporter unfolded right before his eyes. Yet Strieker never lost his optimistic spirit or his passion to shed light on critically important but often underreported stories on … Read more