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Cuba opens its first new church since the revolution 60 years ago

Sandino, Cuba (CNN)Parishioners wiped away tears and gave thanks to God as the first Roman Catholic church built since the 1959 Cuban revolution opened its doors on Saturday. "To see this finished is like coming out of the night into the day,"...

South Korea’s glass ceiling: the women struggling to get hired by companies that only...

Seoul (CNN)The interviewer looked at the 23-year-old woman sitting in front of him. He wasn't impressed -- but his reaction had nothing to do with her resumé. "Women aren't fit to work in sales," he told her. "You're a woman,...

Northern Ireland is on edge and British politicians should beware

Northern IrelandThere are times when working as a journalist provides a front-row seat to some of the most important events taking place on Earth. On the downhill slope to Brexit, Derry -- also known as Londonderry -- certainly fits the...

Saudi women’s rights activist is being tortured in ‘palace of terror,’ brother says

(CNN)The brother of jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul has detailed in a CNN opinion piece the abuse his sister has allegedly endured in prison. In the article, Walid Alhathloul writes that during a recent visit by his parents to see Loujain she told...

Extreme weather is so bad in some parts of the country, even the US...

(CNN)"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," the saying goes. But whoever said that didn't face weather of the kind predicted for Wednesday. So postal workers...

Internet shutdowns aren’t just Africa’s problem. They’re happening worldwide

Hong Kong (CNN)When Hong Kong police fired tear gas at peaceful pro-democracy protesters in 2014, the news moved swiftly through social media. Photos and videos of mostly student demonstrators being gassed helped fuel the outrage that ultimately drove hundreds...

Answering the call: The women on the front lines of Japan’s defense

Yokosuka, Japan (CNN)The first time 22-year-old Akiko Hirayama stepped on board a navy ship, she was transfixed by the hardware. "I was so amazed by all the torpedoes and missiles on the ship and its labyrinthine layout," said Hirayama. "I'd...

Philippines vows to ‘destroy’ Islamist extremism. Here’s why that won’t be so easy

(CNN)Less than two years after victory was declared over ISIS-aligned militants in Marawi, the threat of extremism has returned to the southern Philippines. Despite moving forward with a historic deal to provide the region's Muslim population with a high degree...

Australia is sweltering through record-breaking heat. And the worst is yet to come

(CNN)Farmer Wayne Dunford was already feeling worn down. He'd battled through 18 months of some of the worst drought he'd seen in his half a century on the land. Then the heat struck. Dunford has been feeding livestock by hand on...

Suspect in Jayme Closs case tried to kidnap her twice previously, complaint states

(CNN)The suspect accused of killing James and Denise Closs and kidnapping their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme, first spotted her when he was on his way to work, as she was getting into a school bus, according to a criminal complaint...

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