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

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

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

Russia finances hit by cheaper oil and costs of Ukraine war

London CNN Business — There are new signs of strain in the Russian economy as energy prices fall and nearly seven months of war in Ukraine prove costly seven months. Russia’s budget surplus all but disappeared over the summer, according to data published by the Russian finance ministry this week. At the end of June, … Read more

Pakistan flooding may take up to 6 months to recede, authorities say

Islamabad, Pakistan CNN — Authorities in Pakistan have warned it could take up to six months for deadly flood waters to recede in the country’s hardest-hit areas, as fears rise over the threat posed by waterborne diseases including cholera and dengue. Floods caused by record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Pakistan’s northern mountain regions … Read more

Revealed: How Russia’s security service preys on young activists to turn them into informants

Amsterdam, The Netherlands CNN — Mikhail Sokolov knows Russian agents might be watching him. He says he spied on his own colleagues for Moscow for years. Now he says he is seeking asylum in the Netherlands, as he walks warily around the canals of Amsterdam, telling CNN about his recruitment as an informant, his betrayal … Read more

The British pound hasn’t been this weak since Margaret Thatcher was prime minister

new York CNN Business — The British pound fell to a 37-year low against the US dollar Wednesday as the United Kingdom grapples with a series of overlapping economic problems with no easy solutions. A looming recession, a disastrous energy crunch and the highest inflation among G7 nations has felt the pound sinking over the … Read more

The problem that should be keeping Liz Truss awake at night

London CNN Business — Liz Truss has a lot on her plate. The United Kingdom is heading for a recession. Workers are going on strike as inflation erodes their living standards. And millions of people and thousands of businesses need immediate relief from soaring energy bills to get through the winter. “This is a tough … Read more

Chile referendum: Consensus crumbles around new progressive constitution

Santiago, Chile CNN  —  In the past few weeks, Daniela Jorquera, a 55-year-old Chilean sociologist who defines herself as progressive, started going to rallies to support adopting a new constitution. “I saw a lot of young people, families. There was music and colorful flags; it had nothing to do with the political confrontation we see … Read more