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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,"...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

When it’s this cold, Chicago sets its train tracks on fire

(CNN)Chicago residents are a hearty bunch. They know how to keep things moving when the weather turns cold. But what about when it's this cold? Like wind-chill-of-50-below-zero cold? Getting around is lot tougher. When that happens, the folks who keep the commuter...

Will China’s hit period drama ‘Yanxi Palace’ face censorship?

Beijing (CNN)China's hugely successful period dramas could be facing increased scrutiny from the Communist Party and its ever-widening dragnet of cultural censorship. In the spotlight is "Story of Yanxi Palace," an epic 70-episode series about a maid's rise to power...

‘Pouring gas on fire’: Russia slams Trump’s stance in Venezuela

(CNN)China, Turkey and Syria have joined Russia in criticizing the United States for recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American country's interim president. Those countries issued strong statements declaring support for beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro, who was...

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...

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