A leader for all Israelis? Yair Lapid takes over as caretaker prime minister

A leader for all Israelis?  Yair Lapid takes over as caretaker prime minister

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. Jerusalem CNN — Yair Lapid is used to being in the spotlight. The son of a prominent family, Lapid has dabbled in acting, screenwriting, music and even … Read more

‘Stay or go?’ Hong Kong’s handover generation faces tough choice | Human Rights News

'Stay or go?'  Hong Kong's handover generation faces tough choice |  Human Rights News

Taipei, Taiwan- “Should I stay or should I go?” This is the question facing many of Hong Kong’s young people, 25 years after the city returned to Chinese rule. At the time of the handover in 1997, Beijing promised the former British colony 50 years of self-government, as well as civil and political rights that … Read more

Israel’s parliament dissolves, sets 5th election in 4 years

Israel's parliament dissolves, sets 5th election in 4 years

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament voted Thursday to dissolve itself, marking the end of a year-old experimental coalition government, and sending the country to the polls in November for the fifth time in less than four years. Yair Lapid, Israel’s foreign minister and architect of the outgoing coalition government, will become the country’s caretaker prime … Read more

Israeli parliament votes to dissolve, triggering fifth election in four years

Israeli parliament votes to dissolve, triggering fifth election in four years

CNN — The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has voted to dissolve itself, triggering new elections. On Friday, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will take over as caretaker prime minister under the terms of a coalition agreement made between outgoing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Lapid last year. Thursday’s 92-0 vote brings an end to Bennett’s run … Read more

Xi Jinping leaves mainland China for the first time since the beginning of pandemic

Xi Jinping leaves mainland China for the first time since the beginning of pandemic

CNN — Chinese leader Xi Jinping has left mainland China for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, arriving in Hong Kong Thursday ahead of the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover from British to Chinese rule. Xi is expected to spend two days in the financial hub and attend a series of … Read more

Lone survivor attacker in Paris massacre guilty of murder

Lone survivor attacker in Paris massacre guilty of murder

PARIS (AP) — The lone survivor of a team of Islamic State extremists who terrorized Paris in 2015 was convicted Wednesday of murder and other charges and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the deadliest peacetime attacks in French history. The special terrorism court also convicted 19 other men involved in the assault … Read more

Latin American activists undeterred despite US abortion rollback | Women News

Latin American activists undeterred despite US abortion rollback |  Women News

Feminists in Latin America have long understood their struggle for abortion rights to know no borders. So when the United States Supreme Court decision that stripped women of their right to an abortion in the country became official last week, the blow was personal across North and South America. “We can’t confide in the state … Read more

They danced and died: Tragic teen party mystery in S. Africa

They danced and died: Tragic teen party mystery in S. Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African authorities were seeking answers Monday, a day after 21 underage teenagers partying after the end of school exams died in a mysterious incident at a nightclub. The bodies of many of the victims, the youngest a 13-year-old girl, were discovered by police lying on tables, slumped in … Read more

In China’s ‘zero-Covid’ lockdowns, a daughter’s struggle to get her father medicine hits a nerve

In China's 'zero-Covid' lockdowns, a daughter's struggle to get her father medicine hits a nerve

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. CNN — What was meant to be a simple errand, a daughter driving her aging father to the hospital … Read more

A ‘sucker punch’: Some women fear setback to hard-won rights

A 'sucker punch': Some women fear setback to hard-won rights

At 88, Gloria Steinem has long been the nation’s most visible feminist and advocate for women’s rights. But at 22, she was a frightened American in London getting an illegal abortion of a pregnancy so unwanted, she actually tried to throw herself down the stairs to end it. Her response to the Supreme Court’s decision … Read more