Snake Island: The small piece of land that plays a major role in Russia’s war against Ukraine

CNN – It is only 46 hectares of rocks and grass without fresh water (nor any snakes), but Snake Island in the Black Sea has acquired a totemic significance in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The island – known as Zmiinyi Ostriv in Ukrainian – is located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) off the … Read more

What precautions should you take as Covid-19 cases rise?

CNN – Cases of Covid-19 are rising again. Infections have increased by more than 50% compared to the previous week in at least eight US states. Parts of New York have moved into the “high” designation of Covid-19 community level, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention metrics. The surge in the … Read more

Mike DeWine will win GOP primary for governor in Ohio, CNN projects

CNN – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will win Tuesday’s GOP gubernatorial primary, CNN projects, beating back challengers from his right flank as he seeks a second term. Ohio and Indiana’s primaries kick off a pivotal month of nominating contests that will test the power of former President Donald Trump’s endorsement. While Trump did not endorse … Read more

5 things to know for April 29: Ukraine, Covid-19, Recession, USPS, Abortion

CNN – In a move to reduce smoking across the US, the FDA has proposed a sweeping ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Some advocates are calling it a “historic” moment for public health, but tobacco companies may not go down without a fight. Experts are predicting the companies will now try to stop … Read more

‘I refuse to surrender,’ says author fighting to keep gender identity issues in books for young adults

CNN  —  Author Melissa Hart refuses to give in to other parents challenging the content of books aimed at children and young adults. While parents, lawmakers and others speculate about the intent of authors and educators, the mother of a nonbinary teen is determined to promote inclusive content because “representation is critical,” she told CNN. … Read more

CDC mask mandate for travelers no longer in effect following judge’s ruling, official says

CNN – A federal judge in Florida struck down on Monday the Biden administration’s mask mandate for airplanes and other public transport methods, and a Biden administration official says the order is no longer in effect while the ruling is reviewed. US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle said the mandate was unlawful because it exceeded … Read more

China economy: PMI data shows worst contraction since start of pandemic

Activity in Chinese manufacturing and services simultaneously contracted in March for the first time since the height of the country’s Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, adding to the urgency for more policy intervention to stabilize the economy. The official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 49.5 from 50.2 in February, the National Bureau of Statistics … Read more

Bid administration to offer Covid-19 vaccines to migrants

CNN – The Biden administration will offer Covid-19 vaccines to migrants taken into custody at the US-Mexico border, according to two sources familiar with the planning, and confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security, as officials prepare for an influx of migrants. The plan, which had previously been a source of tension at the White … Read more