Today’s news in 10 minutes

May 17, 2024

Today on CNN 10, President Joe Biden and Donald Trump have agreed to continue the tradition of presidential debates for the upcoming election, but with a twist. The candidates will first debate on June 27 on CNN ahead of the usual fall debate, an event not organized by the Commission of Presidential Debates since 1988. Then, Korea’s annual Space-Out Competition challenges the social norm for productive rest and how doing nothing can be valuable. All that and more on this episode of CNN 10.


1. Which country’s wildfires are affecting air quality in the United States this week?

2. President Biden and former President Trump have agreed to what in June?

3. On Wednesday, how many billions of dollars of additional aid did the US announce it’s sending to Ukraine?

4. Lady Elliot Island is off the eastern coast of what country?

5. What is the official term for Northern Lights?

6. Which candidate joined Richard Nixon is the first televised presidential debate in 1960?

7. 34,000 species of what living thing have been used in traditional medicine?

8. Discussed in Friday’s show, a recent Gallup survey found 76% of Americans say it’s a bad time to buy what?

9. Roughly how much are current 30-year mortgage rates to the nearest percent?

10. Scientists say Archaeopteryx is an important fossil because it shows that birds are descendants from what?

Click here to access the printable version of today’s CNN 10 transcript

CNN 10 serves a growing audience interested in compact on-demand news broadcasts ideal for explanation seekers on the go or in the classroom. The show’s priority is to identify stories of international significance and then clearly describe why they’re making news, who is affected, and how the events fit into a complex, international society.

Thank you for using CNN 10

For more CNN news and newsletters create an account at