American tourist fined for driving rental car over medieval Italian bridge

American tourist fined for driving rental car over medieval Italian bridge

Editor’s note: Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get news about opening destinations, inspiration for future adventures, plus the latest in aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments. Rome CNN — The Ponte Vecchio, a magnificent centuries-old bridge spanning the Arno River in the Italian city of … Read more

Vinícius Jr.: The effigy of a black football star hangs from a bridge in Madrid

Vinícius Jr.: The effigy of a black football star hangs from a bridge in Madrid

CNN — Vinícius Jr. scored against Atlético Madrid in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Copa del Rey quarter-final win on Thursday after an effigy of the star was hung from a bridge in Madrid ahead of the game. Alvaro Morato gave Atlético the lead but Rodrygo’s equalizer sent the quarter-final into extra time. Atlético were down to … Read more

Turkey says Sweden complicit in Quran burning amid tension over NATO bid

Turkey says Sweden complicit in Quran burning amid tension over NATO bid

CNN — The Swedish government was complicit in burning the Koran during a protest in Stockholm last weekend, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu reportedly said on Thursday. The increase in tensions between the two countries comes at a time when Sweden is relying on Turkey to back its bid to join the North Atlantic Treaty … Read more

Wagner Group: the United States introduces new sanctions against a group of Russian mercenaries

Wagner Group: the United States introduces new sanctions against a group of Russian mercenaries

CNN — The US Treasury Department on Thursday designated the Wagner Group, a private Russian mercenary organization heavily involved in the war in Ukraine, as a major transnational criminal organization, and imposed a series of sanctions on a transnational network that supports it. The US State Department simultaneously announced a number of sanctions intended to … Read more

Israeli forces kill nine in clash in Jenin with Palestinian gunmen, marking the deadliest day in the West Bank in over a year

Israeli forces kill nine in clash in Jenin with Palestinian gunmen, marking the deadliest day in the West Bank in over a year

CNN — Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, and injured several others in a raid on Thursday in the restive West Bank city and refugee camp of Jenin, the Palestinian health ministry said. The death toll makes Thursday the deadliest day for Palestinians in the West Bank in more than a year, … Read more

Burkina Faso: France recalls its ambassador and will withdraw its military forces

Burkina Faso: France recalls its ambassador and will withdraw its military forces

CNN — France will withdraw its military forces from Burkina Faso within a month, the French foreign ministry told CNN on Wednesday. Following a formal request from the government of Burkina Faso to this effect, the French military mission will end one month after receipt of this written request, the ministry said. Since 2018, the … Read more

McDonald’s, In-N-Out and Chipotle are spending millions to block employee raises

McDonald’s, In-N-Out and Chipotle are spending millions to block employee raises

New York CNN — California voters will decide next year on a referendum that could overturn a landmark new law setting working conditions and minimum wages of up to $22 an hour for fast-food workers in the world’s largest state. country. Chipotle, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, In-N-Out Burger and KFC owner Yum! The brands have each … Read more

From China to Japan, a deadly cold grips East Asia. Experts say it’s the ‘new normal’

From China to Japan, a deadly cold grips East Asia.  Experts say it’s the ‘new normal’

hong kong CNN — A deadly cold spell gripping East Asia has killed at least four people in Japan after sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall wreaked havoc on travel during the New Year’s holiday. Lunar year, with climate experts warning that such extreme weather events have become the “new normal”. Japanese officials said the four … Read more

An iceberg the size of London breaks off in Antarctica

An iceberg the size of London breaks off in Antarctica

CNN — An iceberg the size of Greater London broke away from the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica on Sunday, according to the British Antarctic Survey. Scientists first discovered major cracks in the sea ice a decade ago, but in the past two years there have been two major ruptures. BAS Halley Research Station is … Read more

DRC denies fighter jet violated Rwandan airspace; accuses Rwanda of an “act of war”

DRC denies fighter jet violated Rwandan airspace;  accuses Rwanda of an “act of war”

CNN — The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday denounced Rwanda’s accusation that a Congolese fighter jet violated Rwandan airspace, alleging the plane was attacked by Rwandan forces in an “act of aggression deliberate action which amounts to an act of war”. The Rwandan government’s communications office released a statement on Twitter on Tuesday … Read more