German election too close to call, polls suggest, as key candidates hold final rallies

September 25, 2021 at 15:32

Berlin (CNN) The race to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor remains wide open ahead of a national election on Sunday, according to the latest polls. Poll predictions on Saturday point to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) holding a small but nar...

Spanish volcano eruption intensifies and suspends flights

September 25, 2021 at 12:44

(CNN) — Eruptions from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma have intensified, as flights are suspended and officials ordered additional evacuations -- bringing the total number of evacuees to almost 6,000 people. "According to the recor...

UK expected to make U-turn on foreign worker visas

September 25, 2021 at 11:36

(CNN) Britain is expected to announce plans to issue temporary visas to truck drivers to alleviate an acute labor shortage that has led to fuel rationing at some filling stations and warnings from retailers of significant disruption in the run-up to Christm...

The Nigerian separatist movement being powered from a suburban London home

September 25, 2021 at 11:29

(CNN) Tucked away down a quiet, leafy street in Peckham, southeast London, is the registered address of a movement seeking to break Nigeria apart. This suburban spot is the unlikely location for Radio Biafra, a network of internet-based amateur radio statio...

Iceland goes to the polls and prepares for complicated outcome

September 25, 2021 at 10:23

(CNN) Icelanders vote on Saturday in an election that could have a messy outcome with a record nine parties likely to enter parliament, making it difficult to find common ground on topics like climate change and healthcare. The North Atlantic island of 371,...

Murder of young teacher makes women in London worry it could have been them

September 25, 2021 at 07:59

London (CNN) When the women of Kidbrooke in southeast London learned Sabina Nessa, an elementary school teacher living in their community, was found murdered in their local park, many had the same thought: It could have been me. "Police said that she left h...

2 Canadians imprisoned by China have been released, Trudeau says

September 25, 2021 at 07:27

Ottawa, Canada (CNN) Two Canadians detained by China for nearly three years have been released, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday night. Trudeau said Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor boarded a plane headed for Canada at about 7:30 p.m...

Iran has reported millions of Covid cases. Its much smaller neighbor claims it hasn't had a single one

September 25, 2021 at 07:15

(CNN) In the nearly two years since the pandemic began, Turkmenistan has not seen a single case of Covid-19 . How it unfoldedAs Covid-19 spread around the world at the start of 2020, Turkmenistan insisted it had no cases, even as bordering countries reporte...

Colombia seizes nearly 3,500 shark fins bound for Hong Kong

September 25, 2021 at 02:05

Colombian authorities said on Friday they have confiscated a shipment of 3,493 shark fins which were to be illegally trafficked to Hong Kong from Bogota's airport. Environmental authorities in the capital said the quantity of fins meant between 900 and 1,00...

Situation becoming 'dire' at US airbase in Germany housing approximately 2,000 pregnant Afghan refugees

September 24, 2021 at 20:31

(CNN) The task of accommodating 10,000 Afghan refugees, including approximately 2,000 pregnant women, is putting facilities at Ramstein airbase in Germany under tremendous strain as nighttime temperatures drop toward freezing and what was meant to be a 10-d...

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou reaches agreement with US to resolve fraud charges

September 24, 2021 at 20:17

New York (CNN Business) Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and the US Department of Justice on Friday entered an agreement to defer prosecution of US charges against her until late 2022, after which point the charges could be dropped. The deal will allow her to return...

China jails former chairman of liquor giant Moutai for life for corruption

September 24, 2021 at 14:21

London (CNN Business) The former chairman of China's most valuable drinks maker, Kweichow Moutai, has been sentenced to life in prison after a court found him guilty of taking bribes. In the latest example of Beijing's long-running crackdown on corruption,...

Russia accused of 'Ghostwriter' cyberattacks ahead of German election

September 24, 2021 at 11:55

(CNN) The European Commission has accused Russia of trying to interfere in European democratic processes just days before Sunday's parliamentary election in Germany. In a statement on Friday, the European Commission said: "EU Member States have observed mal...

5 things to know about the Evergrande crisis: A simple breakdown

September 24, 2021 at 11:35

Hong Kong (CNN Business) The world is still waiting to find out what will happen to troubled Chinese conglomerate Evergrande and its enormous mountain of debt. Here's what you need to know about Evergrande, and how it got to where it is now. It even owns a...

ISIS affiliate claims spate of attacks on Taliban in Afghan city of Jalalabad

September 24, 2021 at 11:14

(CNN) The eastern city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan has seen a spate of attacks against the Taliban this week by the group IS Khorasan (ISIS-K), an affiliate of ISIS. ISIS-K claimed three attacks in the city on Wednesday and Thursday. Through ISIS' official...

Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont arrested in Italy four years after fleeing Spain

September 24, 2021 at 09:16

Madrid (CNN) Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont was arrested on the Italian island of Sardinia on Thursday on charges related to his activities in Catalonia's failed bid in 2017 to secede from Spain, a court official and his lawyer told CNN. His law...

BP closes some UK service stations as driver shortage hits fuel supplies

September 24, 2021 at 09:02

London (CNN Business) BP is temporarily closing some of its UK service stations because of a shortage of truck drivers caused in part by Brexit. "We are experiencing some fuel supply issues at some of our retail sites in the UK and unfortunately have theref...

What's next for Evergrande: Bailout, breakup or default?

September 24, 2021 at 07:07

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. Hong Kong (CNN Business) The fate of ailing Chinese dev...

These Chinese villages are paying couples to have more children

September 24, 2021 at 06:14

(CNN) With China facing a looming demographic crisis , the government last month passed into law a three-child policy raising the permitted limit on family sizes. But with many couples still hesitant to expand their families, some places are now offering ca...

Taiwan says China is a 'bully' after one of the largest PLA warplane incursions yet

September 24, 2021 at 05:42

Taipei, Taiwan (CNN) Taiwan on Thursday accused China of "bullying" after Beijing sent a total of 24 warplanes into its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the third-largest incursion in the past two years of heightened tensions between Beijing and Taip...

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