Russia strikes Zaporizhzhia after Putin moves to take control of nuclear plant

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — Russia carried out a deadly salvo of missile attacks on the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia early Thursday, just hours after the Kremlin said it was formally seizing a massive nuclear power plant nearby. The barrage began with pre-dawn strikes, the first of which hit high-rise residential buildings as people slept, … Read more

The battle of narratives on Iran is being fought on social media

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN — The anti-government protests enter their third week in Iran, the Islamic Republic has imposed a near total blackout of independent coming out … Read more

Northern Hemisphere’s extreme drought ‘virtually impossible’ without climate change

London CNN — Drought across the Northern Hemisphere this summer — which scorched soil, dried up rivers and triggered mass crop failure — was made at least 20 times more likely by the climate crisis, a new analysis has found. The research, published Wednesday by the World Weather Attribution initiative, found that without the climate … Read more

US moves aircraft carrier strike group near Korea after North’s missile launches, South Korea says

Seoul, South Korea CNN — A US Navy aircraft carrier strike group is moving into waters off the Korean Peninsula as tensions flare after a spate of North Korean missile launches over the past two weeks, South Korean security officials said. South Korea’s National Security Council (NSC) held an emergency meeting on Thursday after North … Read more

Maiden Pharma: Gambia child deaths linked to cough syrups made in India, says WHO

The deaths of dozens of young children in Gambia from acute kidney injuries may be linked to contaminated cough and cold syrups made by an Indian drug manufacturer, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. The findings, announced by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, followed tests on several medicinal syrups that were suspected of causing … Read more

15,000 rainbow fentanyl pills concealed in Lego box were found largest seizure of the drug in NYC history, DEA says

CNN — Federal authorities have accused the New Jersey woman of concealing approximately 15,000 rainbow-colored fentanyl pills in a Lego box as part of a drug scheme, in what US Drug Enforcement Administration authorities said in a news release is the largest seizure of the drug in New York City history. Latesha Bush, 48, pleaded … Read more

Hurricane Ian: Sanibel residents return to an unrecognizable island a week after Hurricane Ian’s devastation

Sanibel Island, Florida CNN  —  The aftermath of Hurricane Ian left Julie Emig and Vicki Paskaly devastated when they returned to what was once their “dream home” for the first time since the storm hit one week ago. Residents of Florida’s Sanibel Island – which remains cutoff from the mainland – were allowed back for … Read more

US Navy’s latest and most advanced aircraft carrier deploys for first time

CNN — The US Navy’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier left on its first deployment Tuesday from Norfolk, Virginia, designed to put the ship through its paces and exercise with allies in North America and Europe. The USS Gerald Ford is the first new aircraft carrier designed in “over 40 years,” according to the … Read more

US and South Korea test-fire missiles in continued response after North Korea launch

Seoul, South Korea CNN — The United States and South Korea launched four missiles off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday morning local time, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The test was the allies’ second exercise in under 24 hours, following a provocative test-launch Tuesday morning by neighboring North … Read more

White House launches last ditch effort to dissuade OPEC from cutting oil production to avoid a ‘total disaster’

Washington CNN — The Biden administration has launched a full-scale pressure campaign in a last-ditch effort to deter Middle Eastern allies from dramatically cutting oil production, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The push comes ahead of Wednesday’s crucial meeting of OPEC+, the international cartel of oil producers that is widely expected to … Read more