A hate crime law was meant to protect against prejudice. It ended up sowing further division

A ferocious debate that has raged across social media, legal chambers, police stations and Scottish politics also played out on the streets of Edinburgh this weekend. Scotland’s Hate Crime and Public Order Act came into force last week, a contentious law that expands existing legislation to include transgender identity as a protected characteristic from hate crimes. “We must remember why this Bill is so necessary, every day in Scotland around 18 hate crimes are committed,” Scottish First Minis

Children starve to death in Gaza, WHO says, as ceasefire deal sticking points remain

A growing number of children in Gaza are dying of starvation and dehydration, according to the World Health Organization and Palestinian officials, amid desperate conditions due to Israel’s throttling of aid and destruction of the besieged enclave — reinforcing the urgency of this week’s ceasefire talks. A WHO team found “severe levels of malnutrition, children dying of starvation, serious shortages of fuel, food and medical supplies, hospital buildings destroyed,” during a recent visit to the

Israeli director receives death threats after calling for ceasefire at Berlin film festival

Israeli journalist and film director Yuval Abraham said he is receiving death threats and has canceled his flight home from the Berlin International Film Festival amid backlash to an acceptance speech in which he decried the “situation of apartheid” and called for a ceasefire in Gaza. Abraham and his Palestinian co-director Basel Adra accepted the Best Documentary award for their film “No Other Land,” which chronicles evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank by I

Macron floats sending Western troops to Ukraine and says Europe will ‘

French President Emmanuel Macron has openly discussed the possibility of sending European troops to Ukraine to help Kyiv win the war against Russia, a potential major escalation to the largest ground war Europe has seen since World War II. Though the possibility of Western democracies putting boots on the ground in Ukraine remains remote, Macron’s comments following a summit in support of Ukraine prompted a hawkish response from the Kremlin and sent European leaders scrambling to backtrack. A N

UN warns of ‘full-scale civil war’ in Sudan after weekend airstrike kills dozens

The United Nations has warned that Sudan could be on the verge of all-out-war after a weekend airstrike killed dozens in a residential area in the Sudanese city of Omdurman. At least 22 people were killed and many injured in a shelling attack early Saturday, the country’s health ministry said, as months of infighting between Sudan’s rival military forces continue to rage on across the country. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the weekend bombing was an indication that Sud

Finland will seek to join NATO, leaders say, ditching decades of neutrality despite Russia's threats of retaliation

Finland’s government said Sunday it intends to join NATO, ditching decades of neutrality and ignoring Russian threats of possible retaliation as the Nordic country attempts to strengthen its security following the onset of the war in Ukraine. Sweden’s ruling party later said it will also support joining the alliance. The decision was announced at a joint press conference by President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who said the move must be ratified by the country’s parliament be

Greenpeace activists tried to block a Russian oil tanker heading to Norway | Business

Norwegian police arrested seven Greenpeace activists on Monday after they chained themselves to a Russian oil tanker to try to prevent it docking at a port in Norway operated by Exxon. The Ust Luga — loaded with Russian jet fuel worth $116 million — was on its way to Slagentangen port, about 53 miles south of the capital Oslo, when activists chained themselves to its anchor, Aud Hegli Nordø, a spokesperson for Greenpeace Nordic, told CNN. The Slagen oil terminal is owned by Esso, a subsidiary

NATO expects "very concentrated" Russian attacks in Donbas as war reaches a "crucial" phase

NATO expects "very concentrated" Russian attacks in Donbas as war reaches a "crucial" phase A woman walks near a damaged building in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbas region of Ukraine, on April 3. (Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images) NATO is expecting Russia to conduct a “very concentrated” attack in the east of Ukraine, with the aim of capturing the entire Donbas region, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday. “We now see a significant movement of troops away from Kyiv to regrou

COP26 ended with the Glasgow Climate Pact. Here's where it succeeded and failed

Nearly 200 countries adopted the Glasgow Climate Pact in Scotland on Saturday at talks known as COP26, after nearly two weeks of wrangling on everything from how much to limit global warming, what to say about fossil fuels and whether the worst-hit countries by the climate crisis should be compensated. Some are calling it a success, others a failure, and many say it’s something in between. Here’s what’s in it so you can decide for yourself. First ever mention of fossil fuels … with a lot of ca

English whisky? A spirits pioneer tries to survive the pandemic and Brexit

The native New Yorker founded Cotswolds Distillery six years ago after realizing the picturesque area of southern England had an abundance of barley, and tourists who might be looking for a local, premium beverage to sample while on vacation. "In the beginning, the local village was probably thinking who the hell is this Yank coming in and wanting to make whisky of all things?" Szor told CNN Business. But Szor was onto something. Despite being overshadowed by huge Scottish operations that pump