Brazil votes on Sunday. Here’s what to know

CNN — Brazil’s hotly contested presidential election is less than 24 hours away, and for many Brazilians, the stakes could not be higher. Two household names – former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and current leader Jair Bolsonaro – are battling to become the country’s next president. Depending on who ultimately wins, Latin America’s … Read more

Brazil votes on Sunday. Here’s what to know

CNN — As election day approaches in Brazil, the two leading presidential candidates – former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and current leader Jair Bolsonaro – have stepped up efforts to woo voters. But this is an arduous task in a country where 85% of voters say they have already made up their minds, … Read more

Biden calls Nord Stream pipeline leaks a ‘deliberate act of sabotage’

CNN — President Joe Biden on Friday called the leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines a “deliberate act of sabotage” and accused Russia and President Vladimir Putin of “pumping out disinformation and lies,” although he did not directly accuse Moscow for the leaks. Biden’s strong words mark the first time he’s directly asserted that the … Read more

UK economy: What next as crisis after crisis hits?

London CNN Business — There was good news and bad in Friday’s revised data about the UK economy. It grew — marginally — in the second quarter of the year, rather than shrinking as previously estimated. But the latest update from the Office for National Statistics also showed that the United Kingdom is the only … Read more

US imposing ‘swift and severe costs’ on Russia following Putin’s Ukraine annexation

CNN — The US is imposing what it describes as “swift and severe costs” on Russia, including sanctions on a figure the Biden administration says is key to Russia’s economy, after President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of regions of Ukraine following what the West casts as ” sham referenda.” Putin signed documents on Friday … Read more

Putin announces illegal annexation of Ukrainian regions, pledging people there will become Russian citizens ‘forever’

CNN — Russia is to annex nearly a fifth of Ukraine in blatant violation of international law, turning the millions of people living there into Russian citizens “forever,” President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Once the process is officially complete, Moscow will recognize four Ukrainian regions as Russian territory: Luhansk and Donetsk – home to two … Read more

The UK is gripped by an economic crisis of its own making

London CNN Business — A week ago, the Bank of England took a stab in the dark. It raised interest rates by a relatively modest half a percentage point to tackle inflation. It could not know the scale of the storm that was about to break. Less than 24 hours later, the government of new … Read more

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

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

Russian forces have staged illegal ‘referendums’ in Ukraine. What comes next?

CNN — Pro-Russian authorities have held so-called referendums in four regions of Ukraine over recent days and, while the votes are illegal and have been universally dismissed as “a sham” by Ukraine and Western nations, there are fears that they could create a pretext for a new, dangerous stage in the war. They come with … Read more