Palm Jumeirah, Dubai's iconic man-made islands, turns 20

June 22, 2021 at 00:46

(CNN) — From a vantage point more than 50 stories high, Ali Mansour looks down on the islands he helped build nearly two decades ago. Those islands make up Dubai's iconic Palm Jumeirah -- a man-made, palm tree-shaped archipelago home to luxury hotels, prist...

St. Croix refinery that rained oil on neighborhoods is shutting down indefinitely

June 21, 2021 at 21:22

New York (CNN Business) The Limetree Bay oil refinery in St. Croix said it would close indefinitely, citing "severe financial constraints" a month after the Environmental Protection Agency ordered an emergency shutdown of the plant, calling it an "imminent...

Emirati rights activist Alaa Al-Siddiq dies in UK car accident

June 21, 2021 at 20:01

(CNN) Prominent Emirati rights activist, Alaa Al-Siddiq, 33, died in a car accident near London on Saturday. The UK-based human rights organization which she chaired, ALQST, announced her death in a statement on Sunday. "With deep sadness, ALQST mourns the...

'Earth's twin' may still be active, new analysis of radar images suggests

June 21, 2021 at 19:00

This motion on the Venusian surface looks like blocks of crust that have moved against one another, much like broken chunks of pack ice. Pack ice are the large pieces of floating ice that can be seen in a mass together in polar seas, like the waters around...

Fifth presidential candidate detained in Nicaragua

June 21, 2021 at 18:46

(CNN) Nicaragua's National Police have detained a fifth presidential candidate, bringing the total number of opposition leaders so far detained to 15 ahead of the November general election. Miguel Mora Barberena, from the Democratic Restoration Party (PRD),...

US, EU, UK and Canada impose fresh sanctions on Belarus

June 21, 2021 at 16:11

Washington (CNN) The United States, European Union, United Kingdom and Canada imposed fresh sanctions on Belarus Monday in a coordinated response to the Lukashenko government's forced landing of a Ryanair flight and arrest of an opposition journalist last m...

Spain to pardon jailed Catalan separatist leaders on Tuesday

June 21, 2021 at 12:39

Barcelona, Spain Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said his government would pardon the nine jailed leaders of Catalonia's failed 2017 independence bid on Tuesday as a first step towards ending the political conflict over the wealthy region. As he spoke...

Macron and Le Pen dealt setback in French regional elections marred by record low turnout

June 21, 2021 at 10:41

Paris (CNN) French President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen were both dealt big setbacks as their parties performed poorly in regional elections that saw a historically low turnout rate. Macron's La République En Marche won 10.9% of vote...

Swedish PM ousted in no-confidence vote

June 21, 2021 at 10:32

Stockholm, Sweden Sweden's parliament ousted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a no-confidence vote on Monday, giving the Social Democrat leader a week to resign and hand the speaker the job of finding a new government, or call a snap election. The nationalis...

New Zealand weightlifter to become first transgender athlete at Olympic Games

June 21, 2021 at 05:58

(CNN) New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to become the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Games, after she was selected for the national team on Monday. She will compete in the women's 87-kilogram category, according to a statem...

The country where elephants kill around 500 people every year

June 21, 2021 at 02:47

(CNN) Normally considered gentle giants, elephants are increasingly coming into conflict with humans in India, where they kill around 500 people every year. Their forest habitats are being eroded by agriculture and infrastructure, as India's growing populat...

Hong Kong journalist says newsroom raid 'sent shudders through the industry'

June 20, 2021 at 18:03

New York (CNN) Five hundred police officers raided the Apple Daily newsroom in Hong Kong last week to arrest executives and top editors and seize journalistic materials under the city's national security law. The incident sounded an alarm across the media i...

National security adviser: US preparing more Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning

June 20, 2021 at 15:26

(CNN) The Biden administration is preparing to impose additional sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of imprisoned opposition leader Alexey Navalny, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday. "We are preparing another package of sanctions to ap...

Extremist who threatened top Belgian doctor appears to have killed himself, prosecutor says

June 20, 2021 at 15:09

(CNN) A far-right extremist who became the object of a month-long manhunt after threatening a top doctor fighting Covid-19, appears to have killed himself, authorities in Belgium said Sunday. A body, believed to be that of Jurgen Conings, was found on Sunda...

Trump dashed dreams of reform in Iran. The country's new hardline president is living proof

June 20, 2021 at 12:28

President Donald Trump was about to announce America's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal . The nuclear deal, on the other hand, seemed to serve as the opening salvo of reform in the country. In June 2017, Iranians had shown up in droves to reelect Presi...

Duchess Meghan on her book: The story I wrote could really be your story

June 20, 2021 at 11:38

(CNN) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, said she hopes "any family" will see themselves represented in the pages of her children's book, "The Bench," in her first interview since speaking to Oprah Winfrey in March. The Duchess said that "growing up, I remember so...

Damascus to Tokyo 2020: Syrian refugees' remarkable journeys to the Olympic Games

June 20, 2021 at 10:07

A limited number of fans will be allowed into Premier League stadiums as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK. Years after making the difficult choice to leave his home, Mahmoud is now one of 29 refugee athletes that will compete at the 2020 Oly...

This rabbi is joining the German army, 90 years after Hitler expelled Jewish soldiers

June 20, 2021 at 04:06

All this, and he didn't even know he was Jewish and the son of a Holocaust survivor until he was nine. A rabbi proudly joining the German army eight decades after the Nazis orchestrated the Holocaust is a hugely symbolic moment for the Jewish community. But...

Bolsonaro's rule is 'worse threat than coronavirus,' say Brazilians as nation passes 500,000 deaths

June 19, 2021 at 22:38

The South American nation, which holds half the continent's population, is being decimated by the virus. The 500,000 death toll is twice as high as it was six months ago, a sign that the mortality rate is accelerating, say experts. "In June of last year, we...

An ultra-conservative judiciary chief is set to win Iran's presidential election

June 19, 2021 at 10:50

Tehran, Iran (CNN) Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judiciary chief with a brutal human rights record, is set to win Iran's controversial presidential election, according to preliminary results announced by the interior ministry and reported by state media Saturda...