Russia sanctions: What you need to know

Russia sanctions: What you need to know
(CNN)President Donald Trump will soon decide whether to slap fresh sanctions on Russia, a decision that will be widely watched as a test of his proclaimed detachment from Russia's powerful elite.Here's what you need to know about Russian sanctions.Why are there so many sanctions against Russia?Ukraine: The United States and the European Union rolled out a rash of coordinated sanctions in 2014 over Russia's occupation, and then annexation, of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine. Certain Russian individuals were hit

France wildfires force evacuation of thousands

France wildfires force evacuation of thousands
(CNN)Parts of France's southern Cote d'Azur were evacuated late Tuesday and into Wednesday as forest fires burned swathes of land and threatened thousands of people, according to a statement from the Var police. As part of the over 100 operations launched since the outbreak of the fires, firefighting planes have been flying over the Bormes area since early Wednesday morning, dropping water bombs on the blazes.

Missing Swiss couple found frozen in Alps after 75 years

Missing Swiss couple found frozen in Alps after 75 years
(CNN)A Swiss couple who disappeared from their farm in the Alps during World War II have finally been found, 75 years later, mummified in a glacier. A worker found the frozen bodies of a man and a woman last week during routine maintenance. The corpses were preserved in the now receding Tsanfleuron glacier, near a slew of trendy ski resorts at 2,600 meters (8,500 feet) above sea level.

EU says it will limit inflatable boat exports to Libya to stop traffickers

EU says it will limit inflatable boat exports to Libya to stop traffickers
(CNN)The European Union will limit the number of inflatable boats and motors it sends to Libya in order to prevent human trafficking.The EU said the restrictions will not prevent exports or sales when they are "meant for legitimate uses by the civilian population, for instance for fishermen, who may need motors for their boats."CNN recently witnessed the rescue of 366 migrants and refugees by the private humanitarian agency Migrant Offshore Aid Station. The rescuers pulled people, mostly from African

‘I can’t forget that night’

‘I can’t forget that night’
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hundreds of miles away at a seaside resort when the coup, mounted by a faction of the military, got underway. By the time Erdogan emerged to address the nation via FaceTime hours later, it had already begun to fizzle. "Turkey after the coup has had a bad year. We've regressed. Whatever what one person says, that's what everyone does. No one thinks for themselves. Everyone just follows. Everyone is afraid, from the vendors to

Is Merkel making a political point with her G20 music choice?

Is Merkel making a political point with her G20 music choice?
(CNN)As the current leader of the G20, Angela Merkel gets to call the tune, and the German Chancellor appears to be sending a musical message to some of her guests in Hamburg this week.A German government spokesman told CNN that Merkel herself selected the Ninth Symphony ("a substantial part of German culture"), whose final movement, better known as the "Ode to Joy," is "a hymn to humanity, peace and international understanding.""The piece was written ... at a time of