Taiwan says multiple Chinese aircraft and vessels spotted in possible simulated attack

Hong Kong CNN — Taiwan says it detected “multiple” Chinese aircraft and naval vessels taking part in military drills around the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, in what could be a possible simulated attack against the island. The ministry said some of the aircraft and vessels had crossed the sensitive median line in the Taiwan Strait … Read more

US kills al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in drone strike in Afghanistan

CNN — The United States killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike, President Joe Biden said Monday in a speech from the White House. “I authorized a precision strike that would remove him from the battlefield, once and for all,” Biden said. Zawahiri, who just turned 71 years old, remained a visible … Read more

Climate crisis: This nation is scorching in a heat wave and wildfires, yet it’s returning to planet-baking coal

Western Macedonia, Greece CNN — Dimitris Mitsaris opens his garage door and the smell of fermenting grapes emerges, as the first morning light bounces off dozens of steel tanks. Mitsaris and his family live here, in Agios Panteleimonas, a mountainous village of just 800 residents in northern Greece, and have made their home into a … Read more

US heat wave: High temperatures paired with high humidity is likely to affect millions of Americans through the end of July

CNN — Scorching heat compounded by suffocating humidity is expected to persist through the end of the month in many parts of the US, where millions will likely endure temperatures in the triple digits. More than 80 million Americans from the West to New England were under either heat warnings or advisories as of Friday … Read more

5 things to know for July 18: Uvalde, Mall shooting, Ukraine, Heat waves, Netflix

CNN — When you board an airplane, the decade-old, bulky inflight entertainment screens can feel like a holdover from another era. For years, travelers have shared feedback about their outdated inflight experiences, and now it appears companies are getting closer to implementing some revolutionary concepts. In fact, if a few tech giants have their way, … Read more

Ukraine’s harvest becomes the new battlefield, as fires blacken its arable heartlands

CNN — Across Ukraine, in the shimmering heat, one sight is becoming familiar this summer: Combine harvesters sweeping across fields of grain in a race against fast-spreading fires. The conflict’s front lines straddle some of Ukraine’s richest farmland. Whether caused by accident or intention, the fires darkening the summer sky are eating into a harvest … Read more

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ hopes to jolt a rebounding theater industry

New York CNN Business — Two years ago, movie theaters were suffering through the pandemic and many in Hollywood wondered if going to the movies would become a thing of the past. Now, halfway through 2022, the reports of the death of theaters appear to be greatly exaggerated. Audiences have returned to the cineplex for … Read more

Yulia Paievska: Ukrainian medic released in prisoner exchange accuses captors of torture

Avdeeva, Ukraine CNN — A well-known Ukrainian paramedic who was held prisoner by Russian and separatist forces for three months after being captured in the southeastern city of Mariupol has accused her guards of psychological and physical torture during her time in captivity. Yulia Paievska, 53, widely known in Ukraine by her nickname Taira, has … Read more

The Hajj is back and Saudi Arabia is hoping to cash in

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN — Oil has added trillions of dollars to Saudi Arabia’s coffers over the decades, but it’s a resource that will someday run out … Read more

New California plastics law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom

CNN — In an attempt to slash the wide-ranging impacts of plastic pollution, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law the country’s most sweeping restrictions on single-use plastics and packaging on Thursday, the same day the Supreme Court limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to tackle the worsening climate crisis. The law requires that single-use … Read more