ECB and Bank of England raise interest rates again against inflation

ECB and Bank of England raise interest rates again against inflation

London CNN — Europe’s two largest central banks raised interest rates sharply on Thursday, opting for bigger increases 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 interest rates by another half a percentage point. Benchmark rates for … Read more

Kramatorsk attack: Russian missile attack sends terrified civilians looking for shelter

Kramatorsk attack: Russian missile attack sends terrified civilians looking for shelter

Kramatorsk, Ukraine CNN — A new barrage of rockets swept through the eastern Ukraine city of Kramatorsk on Thursday, sending flames and thick plumes into the sky as screaming civilians rushed for shelter. A CNN team had just arrived and heard the first incoming attack on Kramatorsk. CNN saw the second strike, with two strikes … Read more

Peshawar suicide bomber was a Pakistani Taliban disguised as a police officer, an official says

Peshawar suicide bomber was a Pakistani Taliban disguised as a police officer, an official says

Islamabad, Pakistan CNN — The suicide bomber who targeted a mosque in a police complex in Peshawar, killing more than 80 people, was a member of Pakistan’s Taliban disguised as a police officer, a senior official said Thursday. CCTV footage shows the suspected perpetrator arriving at a police checkpoint on Monday, asking an officer for … Read more

How do you lose a radioactive capsule? Australian researchers are wondering the same thing

How do you lose a radioactive capsule?  Australian researchers are wondering the same thing

Brisbane, Australia CNN — The discovery of a small lost radioactive capsule next to a remote highway in Western Australia raises many questions – not least how it escaped layers of radiation-resistant packaging loaded onto a moving truck. It’s one of many puzzling aspects of a case that researchers will investigate in the coming weeks … Read more

Couple leaves baby at Israeli airport check-in

Couple leaves baby at Israeli airport check-in

CNN — A couple left their baby at an airport check-in counter in Tel Aviv, Israel after arriving without a ticket for the child. The pair, whose identities are not known, were checking in with the child for a Ryanair flight from Ben Gurion International Airport to Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday. As it turns out, … 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 Twitter post, the IDF said Israeli fighter jets captured a chemical production site and a weapons factory owned by Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza. “The … 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 banknote will not feature Britain’s King Charles III, but rather a new design that honors “the culture and history of First Australians”, the central bank announced on Thursday. The design will replace Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) said in a statement, adding … Read more

US military personnel will have expanded access to military bases in the Philippines

US military personnel will have expanded access to military bases in the Philippines

CNN — The US military will gain access to four more bases in the Philippines under an agreement announced when US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visited Manila on Thursday. In addition, the two allies said projects at five bases already covered by the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) were nearing completion. “The EDCA … Read more

Complications in pregnancy linked to higher risk of heart disease, study finds

Complications in pregnancy linked to higher risk of heart disease, study finds

CNN — Five major pregnancy complications are strong lifelong risk factors for ischemic heart disease, a new study finds, with the highest risk occurring in the decade after giving birth. Ischemic heart disease refers to heart problems, including heart attack, caused by narrowed or dysfunctional blood vessels that reduce blood and oxygen supply to the … Read more

Russia is preparing for ‘maximum escalation’ in the war, Ukraine says

Russia is preparing for ‘maximum escalation’ in the war, Ukraine says

CNN — Russia is gearing up for a “maximum escalation” of the war in Ukraine, possibly as early as the next few weeks, according to a top Ukrainian national security official. “These will be defining months in the war,” Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, told Sky News in an interview … Read more