Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona relives Maria’s destruction

Guayama, Puerto Rico CNN — At the end of Valencia Street in this southeastern coastal town, Carmen Baez was proud that neighbors were using her washing machine valves to collect fresh water. The valves, sprouting like flowers from the ground, were all that was left of her small house near the edge of the Guamaní … Read more

Fiona slams Canada’s Atlantic coast, knocking out power for thousands and damaging homes

CNN — Hurricane-strength Fiona is ripping through Canada’s eastern seaboard after making landfall in Nova Scotia early Saturday, slamming the area with fierce winds, sapping power for hundreds of thousands and knocking some homes to the ground. Fiona, now a post-tropical cyclone, had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph – the power of a Category … Read more

The conditions are perfect for a populist resurgence in Europe

CNN — On Sunday night, it is widely expected that Giorgia Meloni will become Italy’s first female prime minister. Her victory would be historic not just because of her gender, but because she leads a party that is further to the right than any mainstream political movement Italy has seen since the days of its … Read more

Hurricane Fiona: Storm likely to be ‘extreme weather event’ as it barrels toward eastern Canada, forecasters warn

CNN — Deadly Hurricane Fiona has weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm but is still packing forceful winds of 125 mph as it barrels toward Canada’s Atlantic coast. It’s expected to bring hurricane conditions to the region Friday night, the National Hurricane Center said. It’s on track to be an “extreme weather event” in … Read more

Traffic jams and desperation at the border as Russians flee Putin’s ‘partial mobilization’

CNN — Vladimir Putin’s “partial mobilization” of citizens for his war in Ukraine has already set in motion sweeping changes for many Russians, as drafted men bid their families emotional goodbyes, while others attempt to flee, scrambling to make it across land border crossings or buy air tickets out. For many of those leaving, the … Read more

Occupied parts of Ukraine vote on joining Russia in ‘sham’ referendums

CNN — Four Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine are expected on Friday to begin voting in referendums on joining Russia, in a move that raises the stakes of Moscow’s invasion seven months after fighting began. The referendums, which are illegal under international law, could pave the way for Russian annexation of the areas, allowing Moscow to … Read more

Hurricane Fiona: Many across Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic remain without power and running water as the storm churns toward Bermuda

CNN — More than a million people in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are waking up without power or running water again Thursday as crews work to repair critical utilities disabled by Hurricane Fiona – now a Category 4 monster heading toward Bermuda. The first major hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season has killed … Read more

Russia’s military divided as Putin struggles to deal with Ukraine’s counteroffensive, US sources say

Washington CNN — Russia’s military is divided over how best to counter Ukraine’s unexpected battlefield advances this month, according to multiple sources familiar with US intelligence, as Moscow has found itself on the defensive in both the east and the south. Russian President Vladimir Putin is himself giving directions directly to generals in the field, … Read more

Women’s health got worse in 2021, global survey finds

CNN — For women around the globe, the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic brought more health challenges than the first. In 2020, the medical technology company Hologic launched a global survey in partnership with Gallup to assess how well women’s health needs were being met. Countries were scored based on women’s responses to questions … Read more

5 things to know for September 21: Russia, Hurricane Fiona, Mar-a-Lago, Social media, India

CNN — Right now, you’re using at least one of your five human senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch, or taste. Animals, of course, have senses too – including a bunch that we don’t have. The senses that exist in the animal kingdom are often a mystery to us, so if you’ve ever wondered what it’s … Read more