Pakistan’s economy is on the brink

Pakistan’s economy is on the brink

Islamabad/London CNN — Muhammad Radaqat, a 27-year-old greengrocer, is worried. He doesn’t know how much an onion will cost next week, let alone how he can afford the fuel he needs to heat his house and keep his family warm. “All the government is telling us is that things are going to get worse,” Radaqat … Read more

Kramatorsk attack: Russian missile strike sends terrified civilians rushing for shelter

Kramatorsk attack: Russian missile strike sends terrified civilians rushing for shelter

Kramatorsk, Ukraine CNN — A new barrage of missiles ripped through the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Thursday, sending flames and thick plumes into the air as screaming civilians rushed to find shelter. A CNN crew had just arrived on the scene and heard the first incoming strike on Kramatorsk. CNN saw the second … Read more

ECB and Bank of England raise interest rates again to fight inflation

ECB and Bank of England raise interest rates again to fight inflation

London CNN — Europe’s two largest central banks have hiked interest rates strongly on Thursday, opting for a bigger hike than the US Federal Reserve as inflation in the region remains near historically high levels. The European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England raised their rates an additional half point. Benchmark interest rates … Read more

Peshawar suicide bomber was a Pakistani Taliban disguised as a policeman, official says

Peshawar suicide bomber was a Pakistani Taliban disguised as a policeman, official says

Islamabad, Pakistan CNN — The suicide bomber who targeted a mosque inside a police compound in Peshawar, killing more than 80 people, was a member of the Pakistani Taliban disguised as a policeman, a senior official said on Thursday. CCTV footage shows the suspected suicide bomber arriving at a police checkpoint on a scooter on … Read more

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

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

Brisbane, Australia CNN — The discovery of a tiny radioactive capsule lost alongside a lonely highway in Western Australia raises many questions, including how it escaped layers of radiation-resistant packaging loaded onto a moving truck. It’s one of many puzzling aspects of a case that investigators will examine in the coming weeks as they try … Read more

Israel targets Gaza with airstrikes after intercepting rocket attack

Israel targets Gaza with airstrikes after intercepting rocket attack

CNN — Israel carried out airstrikes in Gaza early Thursday after intercepting a rocket attack from the coastal enclave, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said. In a post on Twitter, the IDF said Israeli warplanes had targeted a chemical production site and a weapons factory belonging to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that rules Gaza. … Read more

US military to get expanded access to military base in the Philippines

US military to get expanded access to military base in the Philippines

CNN — The US military will have access to four other bases in the Philippines under a deal announced during US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s visit to Manila on Thursday. In addition, the two allies said projects on five bases already covered by the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) are nearing completion. The EDCA … Read more

Australia’s new $5 note will not feature King Charles

Australia’s new  note will not feature King Charles

Brisbane CNN — Australia’s new $5 note will not feature Britain’s King Charles III, but rather a new design that honors “the culture and history of early Australians”, its central bank announced on Thursday. The design will replace the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) said in a … Read more

Brazilian Navy says it will sink ‘ghost’ aircraft carrier on the high seas

Brazilian Navy says it will sink ‘ghost’ aircraft carrier on the high seas

Brasilia Reuters — A decommissioned 1960s aircraft carrier that had been floating offshore for three months since Turkey refused entry to be broken up there will be sunk in the Atlantic Ocean in waters under Brazilian jurisdiction, the Brazilian Navy announced on Wednesday. The 32,000 tonne carrier from Sao Paulo had been towed by a … Read more

Pregnancy complications linked to higher risk of heart disease, study finds

Pregnancy complications linked to higher risk of heart disease, study finds

CNN — According to a new study, five major pregnancy complications are powerful risk factors for ischemic heart disease throughout life, with the greatest risk occurring within a decade of giving birth. Ischemic heart disease refers to heart problems, including heart attack, caused by narrowed or dysfunctional blood vessels that reduce blood and oxygen flow … Read more