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 destinations opening up, inspiration for future adventures, plus the latest on aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments. Rome CNN — The Ponte Vecchio, a beautiful ancient bridge spanning the River Arno in the Italian city … Read more

Humans can understand monkey sign language, study finds

Humans can understand monkey sign language, study finds

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news of fascinating discoveries, scientific advances and more. CNN — From pointing to animated arm movements and nodding, people regularly use gestures to guide and create language. It has now been suggested that humans can also understand sign language used by monkeys, meaning … Read more

Turkey says Sweden was complicit in burning Quran amid tensions over NATO membership bid

Turkey says Sweden was complicit in burning Quran amid tensions over NATO membership bid

CNN — The Swedish government was complicit in the burning of the Quran during a protest in Stockholm last weekend, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu reportedly said Thursday. Rising tensions between the two countries come as Sweden relies on Turkey to support its bid for membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military alliance, … Read more

Wagner group: US introduces new sanctions against Russian mercenary group

Wagner group: US introduces new sanctions against Russian mercenary group

CNN — The US Treasury Department on Thursday designated the Wagner Group, a Russian private mercenary organization heavily involved in the war in Ukraine, as a major transnational criminal organization, imposing a slew of sanctions on a transnational network that supports it. The U.S. State Department simultaneously announced a number of sanctions designed to “target … Read more

Israeli troops kill nine in Jenin clash with Palestinian gunmen, deadliest day in West Bank in more than a year

Israeli troops kill nine in Jenin clash with Palestinian gunmen, deadliest day in West Bank in more than a year

CNN — Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, and wounded several others during a raid on the restive West Bank town and refugee camp of Jenin on Thursday, 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

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

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

Hong-Kong CNN — A deadly cold snap gripping East Asia has claimed the lives of at least four people in Japan after freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall during the Lunar New Year holiday caused travel chaos, with climate experts warning that such extremes weather conditions had become the “new normal”. Japanese officials said all four … Read more

Iceberg about the size of London breaks off in Antarctica

Iceberg about the size of London breaks off in Antarctica

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

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

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

CNN — The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday denounced Rwanda’s allegation that a Congolese fighter jet had violated Rwandan airspace, claiming the plane was attacked by Rwandan troops in a “deliberate act of aggression amounting to an act of war” . The Rwandan government’s communications office has a pronunciation on Twitter Tuesday stating: … Read more

Germany approves long-awaited delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine as US finalizes plans to send Abrams

Germany approves long-awaited delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine as US finalizes plans to send Abrams

CNN — Germany confirmed it will send a long-requested contingent of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine as a major sign of support for Kiev, which is expected to be matched by the United States. The announcement by Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday, coupled with an expected US decision to send about 30 M-1 Abrams tanks … Read more

Lemekani Nyirenda: Zambian student who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, buried

Lemekani Nyirenda: Zambian student who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, buried

CNN — The Zambian student who died fighting in Ukraine was buried in a private ceremony in his home country on Wednesday, a family spokesman told CNN. Lemekani Nathan Nyirenda died last September on the frontline of the war in Ukraine while fighting for the Russian mercenary group Wagner. His family representative Dr Ian Banda … Read more