Uganda: 11 dead in suspected and confirmed Ebola cases

CNN — In the last 24 hours, Uganda has recorded four confirmed cases of Ebola, bringing the cumulative number of confirmed cases to 11, the country’s health ministry reported Friday in a statement. The Ugandan Health Ministry considers a “probable case” as any person who died from suspected EVD (Ebola) and had an epidemiological link … Read more

Mahsa Amini death: Iranians are risking it all to protest. Their families say some of them aren’t coming home

CNN — The last time Farnaz heard her brother’s voice was over the phone, on an unknown number. “He called me and said only one sentence: ‘I was caught’ … I immediately understood what my dear brother meant and went to the morality police department (to look for him),” the 22-year-old, who asked to use … Read more

Hong Kong removes international travel quarantine after more than 900 days

Hong Kong CNN — The Hong Kong government has announced the ending of formal quarantine for international travelers after more than two and a half years of stringent pandemic controls. Under new rules that will take effect from September 26, incoming travelers will be required to undergo three days of self-monitoring on arrival. The Hong … Read more

How Giorgia Meloni and her far-right party became a driving force in Italian politics

Rome CNN — When Giorgia Meloni first burst onto the political scene in 2006 as the youngest ever vice-president of the National Alliance party, she sealed her fate as a far-right politician. The National Alliance, formerly the Italian Social Movement, was unapologetically neo-fascist, formed by supporters of Benito Mussolini. Meloni herself openly admired the dictator … Read more

Iran’s President abandons CNN interview after Amanpour declines head scarf demand

CNN — Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi withdrew from a long-planned interview with CNN’s chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, after she declined a last-minute demand to wear a head scarf. Some 40 minutes after the interview was scheduled to start and with Raisi running late, … Read more

2 Americans, 5 Britons captured by Russia in Ukraine freed in prisoner swap

CNN — Two American veterans and five British citizens who had been held by Russian-backed forces for months have been released as part of the prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine that was brokered by Saudi Arabia. Family members of Americans Alexander John-Robert Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, who were captured in June while … Read more

Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro slams ‘addiction to irrational power’ in fiery first UNGA speech

United Nations Headquarters CNN — In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, recently elected Colombian president Gustavo Petro delivered a fiery speech that recalled some of his themes, slamming the war on drugs as a failure and accusing the global north of turning a blind eye to the destruction of … Read more

Russian mercenaries bombard Bakhmut as Moscow searches for a win

Bakhmut, Ukraine CNN — In the ruins of an apartment block tarred with soot and clouded in dust amid constant shelling, a small group of Ukrainian soldiers are face to face with a new type of Russian enemy: mercenaries, some of whom may be convinced sent to the front line. The battle is as heated … Read more

Bolsonaro stumps for reelection in United Nations speech

United Nations Headquarters CNN — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday bore little resemblance to his past speeches before world leaders. Touting Brazil’s development under his administration and swiping at political rivals, the Brazilian leader seemed more focused on appealing to voters at home, as the country’s presidential … Read more

Mahsa Amini: Five people killed in Iran in protests over death of woman, rights group says

CNN — Five people have been killed by Iranian security forces during protests that were sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, who was being held in police custody, according to a human rights monitor. Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, a Norwegian-registered organization monitoring rights violations in Iran, said five people were fatally shot during … Read more