Xi Jinping looms large over Australia's election

May 16, 2022 at 01:00

Brisbane, Australia (CNN) The faces of Australian election candidates are plastered on campaign posters across the country -- but there's one face that stands out, and it belongs to Xi Jinping. Before the federal election campaign even started, accusations...

China tensions loom as Japan's Okinawa marks 50 years since US handover

May 15, 2022 at 07:18

Tokyo The Japanese island chain of Okinawa marked the 50th anniversary on Sunday of the end of US occupation and its return to Japan with ceremonies and celebrations amid growing worry about its proximity to an increasingly assertive China. Okinawa, a strin...

Polls open in high-stakes parliamentary election in Lebanon

May 15, 2022 at 04:46

The election is the first in Lebanon since a 2019 popular uprising demanded the downfall of the ruling elite, blaming traditional parties for widespread corruption and mismanagement. Several new political groups sprung out of the protest movement and are co...

Israeli police will investigate 'events' surrounding funeral of Palestinian journalist: Minister

May 15, 2022 at 02:51

Israeli forces removed Palestinian flags from a hearse carrying the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh as it moved through the streets of Jerusalem Friday. Jerusalem CNN —Israeli police say they will hold an investigation “into the events that ensued during the fu...

Former Australian cricket icon Andrew Symonds dies at the age of 46

May 15, 2022 at 01:36

(CNN) Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has died at the age of 46, Cricket Australia announced Sunday. Queensland Police say they are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash in Hervey Range, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Townsville. Emerge...

India bans wheat exports as heat wave hurts crop, domestic prices soar

May 14, 2022 at 14:25

Mumbai India banned wheat exports on Saturday — days after saying it was targeting record shipments this year — as a scorching heat wave curtailed output and domestic prices hit a record high. The government said it would still allow exports backed by alrea...

4 reasons the economy looks like it's crumbling — and what to do about it

May 14, 2022 at 12:59

The economy is so hot that prices are surging faster than at any point since the 1980s. The Fed is hiking ratesInflation has been rampant, and the Federal Reserve's tool to fight surging prices lies in its ability to set interest rates higher. That makes bo...

Analysis: Boris Johnson is picking a Brexit fight at a very risky moment

May 14, 2022 at 08:24

London (CNN) Boris Johnson has a lot on his plate right now. To the outside observer, then, it might seem odd that Johnson now also appears to be picking a Brexit-related fight with his old foe , the European Union. Sinn Fein won the legislative elections i...

Saudi man charged after Maserati driven down Rome's Spanish Steps

May 14, 2022 at 07:51

Rome (CNN) — When in Rome, don't drive your fancy sports car down historic stairways. That advice apparently went unheeded by a man who this week drove his rented Maserati down the city's Spanish Steps and now faces charges for allegedly causing damage to t...

With eye on China's zero-Covid chaos, Taiwan seizes chance to open up

May 14, 2022 at 01:52

Taipei, Taiwan (CNN) Business has been swift this week for Oscar Chen, the fourth-generation owner of the Liang Xi Hao restaurant in central Taipei. Taiwan is allowing restaurants like his to remain open despite a wave of Covid infections -- hitting more th...

New satellite images reveal North Korea has restarted construction on long-dormant nuclear reactor

May 13, 2022 at 20:35

(CNN) North Korea appears to have resumed construction at a long-dormant nuclear reactor in recent weeks that, if completed, would dramatically increase its capacity to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons, according to new satellite images obtained by CNN...

Brittney Griner's pretrial detention in Russia has been extended by a month, state news reports

May 13, 2022 at 18:06

(CNN) A Russian court has extended the pretrial detention of US basketball star Brittney Griner -- held since February on accusations of drug smuggling -- by another month, Russian state news agency TASS reported Friday. Griner, who the US government has sa...

Robinhood soars after 30-year-old crypto billionaire takes stake

May 13, 2022 at 16:38

New York (CNN Business) It's been a brutal year for Robinhood. The twin plunges of stocks and bitcoin have crushed the online brokerage's sales. The company also reported a loss and drop in users. The stock has plummeted 40% this year and Robinhood recently...

Female student killed by mob at Nigeria school over blasphemy claims

May 13, 2022 at 16:33

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) A female student in northern Nigeria was killed by a mob who stoned, beat and set fire to her for allegedly posting a blasphemous statement against the Prophet Mohammed, according to police. The girl, Deborah Yakubu, was surrounded by f...

Lebanese take their fight with a century-old political order to the ballot box

May 13, 2022 at 15:02

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) The coastal highway that connects Lebanon's northern-most tip to the country's south is peppered with gaping potholes . The stench of landfill hangs in the air as emaciated men rummage through dumpsters, their faces smudged with dirt....

Russian general who oversaw atrocities in Syria led cluster bomb attacks on civilians in Ukraine

May 13, 2022 at 13:56

Kharkiv, Ukraine (CNN) As she fetched drinking water for her family on a sunny but cold afternoon in late February, Margarita Kiriukhina tried to ignore the booms and thuds of Russian shelling nearby. Margarita Kiriukhina was hospitalized for 10 days after...

Israeli police beat mourners with batons at funeral procession for veteran journalist

May 13, 2022 at 12:12

Jerusalem (CNN) Mourners flocked to Jerusalem's streets on Friday to attend the burial of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot dead on Wednesday while reporting on a military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin, and were met with vi...

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan dies aged 73

May 13, 2022 at 11:42

Abu Dhabi, UAE (CNN) Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates President whose modernization policies helped transform his country into a regional powerhouse, died on Friday aged 73, state media WAM said. "The Ministry of Presidential Aff...

China's currency just had its worst month ever. It's still dropping

May 13, 2022 at 10:52

Hong Kong (CNN Business) The Chinese currency is declining rapidly as the world's second largest economy falters under the weight of Covid restrictions . The currency recovered later in the day to stand around 6.78 per US dollar. In the past three months, t...

'Straight up child abuse': Canadian gymnast quit at the age of 13 due to what she alleges was a horrific and abusive environment

May 13, 2022 at 10:43

According to Cline, it wasn't long before the coaches resorted to physical abuse, too. After her hamstring snapped, Cline told CNN that she was still expected to train for three to four hours a day. Hundreds of athletes accused the former USA Gymnastics nat...

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