Liz Truss’s premiership has gotten off to the worst possible start

Liverpool, England CNN — Liz Truss’s first few weeks as British prime minister have been defined by crisis. She’d barely been in the job 48 hours when news broke that Queen Elizabeth II had died, placing the country in a state of official mourning and delaying the official launch of the Truss plan for Britain. … Read more

Russia poised to annex occupied Ukraine after sham votes

Russia was poised Wednesday to formally annex parts of Ukraine where occupied areas held a Kremlin-orchestrated “referendum” — denounced by Kyiv and the West as illegal and rigged — on living under Moscow’s rule. Armed troops had gone door-to-door with election officials to collect ballots in five days of voting. The results were widely ridiculed … Read more

Why Iranian women are cutting their hair

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN — A weeping Iranian woman is seen kneeling by her dead brother’s coffin as she slashes through her hair with a pair of … Read more

7% Mortgage Rates Are Almost Here. What That Means for Home Sellers.

Text size Further rises in US interest rates could be on the way. Depending on how the Federal Reserve responds through monetary policy, mortgage rates could hit 7%. Allison Dinner/Getty Images For Hazel Shakur, a Redfin real estate agent working in the suburbs of Washington, DC, the end of summer normally means a pickup in … Read more

Palestinian gunmen ‘planning significant attacks’ killed in Jenin clash with troops

At least four Palestinians were killed in an Israeli military raid Wednesday morning in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. A Border Police spokesman said in a statement that officers along with Israel Defense Forces soldiers sought to arrest Abd al-Rahman Hazem, the brother of a terrorist who carried … Read more

Brazil election: Bolsonaro vs. Lula is referendum on democracy

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — He’s sowed doubt about electronic voting machines, undermined election officials and dubbed his main challenger a corrupt “thief.” An unabashed fan of the former military dictatorship, he has prodded his adoring base to “go to war” if the election here Sunday is “stolen.” In the process, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, trailing … Read more

UK central bank intervenes in market to halt economic crisis

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England took emergency action Wednesday to stabilize UK financial markets and head off a crisis in the broader economy after the government spooked investors with a program of unfunded tax cuts, sending the pound tumbling and the cost of government debt soaring. The central bank warned that crumbling confidence … Read more

Hurricane Ian nears Florida landfall with 155 mile-per-hour winds, just shy of Category 5

“This is going to be a nasty nasty day, two days,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said early Wednesday, stressing that people in Ian’s path along the coast should rush to the safest possible shelter and stay there. The massive storm appeared on track to slam ashore somewhere north of Fort Myers and some 125 miles … Read more

Hurricane Ian: Live updates on storm’s path, impact

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (AP) — Hurricane Jan rapidly intensified as it neared landfall along Florida’s southwest coast Wednesday morning, gaining top winds of 155 mph (250 kph), just shy of the most dangerous Category 5 status. Damaging winds and rain lashed the state, and forecasters said the heavily populated Fort Myers area could be inundated … Read more