US, EU, G7 and Australia announce new price cap on Russian petroleum products

February 03, 2023 at 22:01

CNN —The US and allies are trying to further limit Russia’s ability to make money and finance its war efforts with new price limits on products like gasoline and fuel oil, a senior Treasury official announced Friday – adding to sanctions on Russian energy s...

South Africa tourism in talks to sponsor Tottenham Hotspur amid energy crisis

February 03, 2023 at 18:34

CNN —The South African government’s tourism board has conditionally approved plans to sponsor English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur amid an energy crisis, South African Tourism (SAT) announced in a statement on Thursday. The controversial sponsorshi...

Pope Francis arrives in South Sudan in historic trip

February 03, 2023 at 14:21

Juba, South Sudan CNN —Pope Francis arrived in Juba, South Sudan on Friday fulfilling a long-time wish to visit the war-ravaged country, currently in the midst of a major humanitarian emergency. In a first, the Pope is undertaking the trip together with the...

Man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Queen Elizabeth II in 2021

February 03, 2023 at 14:15

London CNN —A British man has pleaded guilty to threatening to assassinate the late Queen Elizabeth II on Christmas Day 2021, police have said. Jaswant Singh Chail, 21, pleaded guilty to three charges, including treason and possession of an offensive weapon...

US turns up the heat on Middle East allies in bid to stop Russia's war machine

February 03, 2023 at 13:34

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appears in today’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, CNN’s three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN —As the Ukraine war approaches the one-year mark, the United States is r...

Offices are more than 50% filled for the first time since the pandemic started

February 03, 2023 at 12:53

New York CNN —Nearly three years after the pandemic began, American offices are finally more than halfway filled again as workers have gradually returned to the office. Office occupancy across 10 major US cities crossed 50.4% of pre-pandemic levels for the...

Adani will ask Big 4 accounting firm for a 'general audit,' says TotalEnergies

February 03, 2023 at 11:17

London CNN —One of Gautam Adani’s biggest international partners, TotalEnergies (TOT), said Friday that his Indian conglomerate is preparing to appoint a global accounting firm to conduct a “general audit” of its business. Adani has denied the allegations b...

'Ambassadors of peace': Amputee football association brings together Sierra Leone's civil war survivors

February 03, 2023 at 09:35

CNN —On a busy weekend in Freetown, Sierra Leone, dozens of people gather to watch an afternoon football match not unlike countless others you’d find anywhere else in the world. After coming across a refugee camp filled with hundreds of amputees, Samai felt...

Hong Kong and Macao will fully reopen borders with mainland China

February 03, 2023 at 05:45

Hong Kong CNN —China will fully reopen borders with its special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao next week, in what is expected to be a major boost for the economies of the two cities. From Monday, travelers entering mainland China from Hong Ko...

'It turned bad in an instant': CNN crew has close call in Ukraine as Russian missiles pummel their location

February 03, 2023 at 04:10

CNN —CNN correspondent Frederik Pleitgen and his team were traveling on Thursday to the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk to report on the search and rescue efforts underway after a residential building was leveled overnight by a Russian missile. It was “suppose...

South Korea court rejects temple's claim to statue it says pirates pillaged

February 03, 2023 at 03:40

Written by Reuters Seoul, South KoreaA South Korean court on Wednesday rejected a Buddhist temple's claim to a statue that it said Japanese pirates looted in the 14th century, clearing the way for Japan to press for its return. The 20-inch gilt bronze statu...

The Lantern Festival is the Lunar New Year's grand finale

February 03, 2023 at 02:55

(CNN) — As this year's Lunar New Year celebrations draw to a close, it's time to get ready for the grand finale, a.k.a. the Lantern Festival. The Lantern Festival celebrates the first full moon of the year -- hence the name (Yuan means the beginning. The la...

Israel and Sudan finalize text of peace agreement, says Israeli foreign minister

February 02, 2023 at 21:14

CNN —Israel and Sudan have finalized the text of a peace agreement to be signed “later this year,” Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen announced on Thursday. Speaking upon returning to Tel Aviv from a visit to Sudan’s capital Khartoum, Cohen said the trip wa...

Blinken under pressure to push China on role in lethal fentanyl trade when he visits Beijing

February 02, 2023 at 19:58

On Wednesday, a group of 14 Republican senators led by Marco Rubio of Florida wrote to Blinken ahead of his trip highlighting China’s role in the “fentanyl crisis” as one of many issues they wanted him to address. An extremely powerful synthetic drug, fenta...

Protesters use climbing equipment to board ship and scale nearly 400-foot Shell oil platform

February 02, 2023 at 18:41

CNN —Activists from the campaign group Greenpeace have boarded a ship in the Atlantic Ocean and scaled a Shell oil platform that is currently being transported to the North Sea. Start paying,” the activists’ banners say. The protest comes as the oil giant o...

Crown Prosecution Service drops attempted rape charges against Manchester United's Mason Greenwood

February 02, 2023 at 18:35

CNN —Charges of attempted rape and assault against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood were dropped on Thursday due to the withdrawal of key witnesses, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced. A charge of controlling and coercive behavior was...

Why a tiny American firm is taking aim at an Indian conglomerate

February 02, 2023 at 16:00

New York CNN —Asia’s richest man is in the crosshairs of a research firm whose very name evokes panic. Hindenburg Research — named after the 1937 airship disaster — is a relatively young, small New York financial researcher known for taking bold bets agains...

A first generation iPhone going up for auction hopes to fetch $50,000

February 02, 2023 at 15:39

New York CNN —An unopened first-generation iPhone from 2007 is hitting the auction block Thursday – with an estimated value of $50,000. Originally on sale for $599, the first iPhone offered early Apple adopters a 3.5-inch screen with a 2-megapixel camera, p...

How do you lose a radioactive capsule? Australian investigators are wondering too

February 02, 2023 at 13:18

Brisbane, Australia CNN —The discovery of a tiny lost radioactive capsule beside a remote highway in Western Australia raises many questions – not least how it escaped layers of radiation-proof packaging loaded onto a moving truck. Lauren Steen, general man...

Blackouts and soaring prices: Pakistan's economy is on the brink

February 02, 2023 at 12:12

“All we’re being told by the government is that things are going to get worse,” Radaqat told CNN. Faced with a shortage of US dollars, Pakistan only has enough foreign currency in its reserves to pay for three weeks of imports. Thousands of shipping contain...