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Brexit marchers demand final vote on departure

Brexit marchers demand final vote on departure

(CNN) - Thousands of people marched Saturday through central London on the second anniversary of the Brexit referendum, demanding that the UK government give people a chance to make the final decisio ... Continue Reading
In two days, 215 people died off the coast of Libya trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea

In two days, 215 people died off the coast of Libya trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea

(CNN) - Over the course of two days, more than 200 people drowned after leaving Libya for Europe, according to a report from the United Nations. On Tuesday, 95 people died while traveling in a woo ... Continue Reading
Malala Yousafzai Fast Facts

Malala Yousafzai Fast Facts

(CNN) - Here's a look at the life of education activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malala Yousafzai.Personal:Birth date: July 12, 1997Birth place: Mingora, Swat Valley, PakistanFather ... Continue Reading
Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand Prime Minister gives birth to a baby girl

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand Prime Minister gives birth to a baby girl

(CNN) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl Thursday, the first world leader in nearly 30 years to have a child while in office.

In a post on her official Instagram acccount, Ardern said the baby arrived at 4.45 pm local time, weight 3.31 kilograms (7.3 pounds).

"Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness. We're all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital," she said in her post.

Admitted to the hospital earlier in the day, Ardern's expected due date had been June 17.

Excitement and anticipation had been building over the last few days, with many media outlets setting up live blogs to track the latest developments.

Jessie Chiang, a New Zealand Radio reporter, tweeted that she and other journalists had been at the hospital since 6 a.m.

"No baby yet...but they are feeding the media," she wrote.

Another outlet even put together a baby-themed playlist to "help bring her bub into the world."

New Zealanders also speculated over the baby's gender and name. One Twitter user joked on Thursday, "If it's a boy I'm going with Winston Michael Joseph Peter Norman David David David Phillip Andrew Gayford Ardern."

However, the baby has a higher chance of being named Oliver or Jack -- the two most common baby boy names of 2017. If it's a girl, it might be Charlotte or Harper, the most common girl names.

Maternity shop Baby Belly also joined the fun, tweeting, "Let us know your pick for either a boy or girl & the weight and the closest guess will win a $50 voucher to spend with us!!"

Twitter users were quick to point out that if born on Thursday, the baby would share a birthday with Prince William and former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was the first and (until now) only leader to have a baby while in office, in 1990.

Bhutto's daughter, Bakhtawar Bhutto, issued congratulations to Ardern via Twitter.

"Congratulations to Prime Minister @jacindaardern on the wonderful news," she wrote.

The 37-year-old prime minister, who was elected in October, announced her pregnancy in January via Instagram.

"Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three, and that we'll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats," Ardern said in the post.

Her partner, Clarke Gayford, hosts a fishing documentary series, but will give that up to be a stay-at-home dad.

Ardern has fielded several questions about whether she wanted children, but has told media outlets that she should not have to respond to such an inquiry.

"I totally accept that I will be asked that question because I chose to be honest about it," Ardern said on "The AM Show," a New Zealand radio program. "I think a lot of women face this dilemma in the workplace, no matter what their profession or job might be."

In an interview with Radio New Zealand, she said, "I am not the first woman to multitask. I am not the first woman to work and have a baby; there are many women who have done this before."

Ardern became her party's youngest leader and New Zealand's youngest in 150 years after defeating former Prime Minister Bill English in last October's election. It marked the first victory for the Labour Party in nine years. She led the group for three months before being elected Prime Minister.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will fill in for Ardern while she is on parental leave for six weeks.

Saif al-Islam Gadhafi Fast Facts

Saif al-Islam Gadhafi Fast Facts

(CNN) - Here is a look at the life of Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.Personal:Birth date: June 25, 1972Birth place: Tripoli, LibyaBirth name: Saif al-Islam ... Continue Reading
Number of refugees hits five-year high, UNHCR report reveals

Number of refugees hits five-year high, UNHCR report reveals

(CNN) - More than 68 million people were forced to flee their homes last year as a result of war, violence and other forms of persecution, according to a new report from the UN's refugee agency. T ... Continue Reading
Total Recall: The CNN news quiz

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Putin invites 'comrade' Kim Jong Un to visit Russia

Putin invites 'comrade' Kim Jong Un to visit Russia

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The two really important people at the summit (beside Trump and Kim)

The two really important people at the summit (beside Trump and Kim)

(CNN) - When President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held their historic talks Tuesday in a Singapore hotel, they weren't in the room alone. Someone had to interpret for them.

That important task fell to State Department employee Lee Yun-hyang, who interpreted for Trump, and Kim Ju Song, a member of North Korea's Foreign Ministry, who did the same for Kim.

What a crucial job they had. Interpreting at the diplomatic level can be the difference between finding peace or causing an international incident. Every word uttered by a world leader had to be interpreted and relayed to the other with exacting context and nuance.

Lee Yun-hyang

(President Trump's interpreter)

Lee's always wanted to use her voice, but not necessarily as an interpreter. She was originally a vocal music student in South Korea who got her start in interpretation work thanks to a friend, according to the Korea Times.

She also tried her hand at becoming a television producer, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported, but her application was rejected because she was a woman. That was a clarifying moment for Lee, who then decided to leave the country.

"I cannot raise my daughter in a country that discriminates against women," she told Chosun Ilbo.

Lee ended up in California in 1996 at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey), where she taught in the translation and interpretation program for eight years. From there, she joined the State Department for a couple of years, before returning to South Korea and working as a professor at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. She returned to the State Department in 2009.

She has interpreted for former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, as well as then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She was also the South Korean interpreter at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Kim Ju Song

(North Korean leader Kim's interpreter)

Not as much is known about Kim Ju Song, the interpreter for the North Korean leader Kim. He was at the White House earlier this month when North Korean official Kim Yong Chol met with Trump, so he got a jump start in figuring out how to decode Trump's speaking style.

He also interpreted for Kim Yong Chol when he went to South Korea for the Winter Olympics back in February, Chosun Ilbo reported.

Kim Ju Song reportedly has a high level of expertise in English.

"Even though he was not trained as a professional translator, he was picked up because of his outstanding English proficiency," a defector who used to be a North Korean diplomat told Chosun Ilbo.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated the name of the school where Lee Yun-hyang taught. The school's name was the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey).

World Cup Fast Facts

World Cup Fast Facts

(CNN) - Here's a look at the World Cup football (soccer) tournaments. The World Cup is organized by FIFA, the Federation Internationale de Football Association. Men's and women's tournaments are held ... Continue Reading
Detained Americans Fast Facts

Detained Americans Fast Facts

(CNN) - Here's a look at some recent cases of foreign governments detaining US citizens. For information about other missing Americans, see Robert Levinson Fast Facts or POW/MIA in Iraq and Afghanist ... Continue Reading
Holocaust survivor who treated Anne Frank in a concentration camp is dead at 95

Holocaust survivor who treated Anne Frank in a concentration camp is dead at 95

(CNN) - It was February 1945, and the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany had been overrun by typhus. Gena Turgel, then 22, arrived with her mother and began working at the camp's hospital ... Continue Reading
US sanctions Libyan smugglers after CNN investigation

US sanctions Libyan smugglers after CNN investigation

(CNN) - The United States imposed sanctions against six men for their involvement in human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in Libya in a case first exposed by a CNN undercover investigation. ... Continue Reading
France, Germany slam Trump's G7 statement U-turn

France, Germany slam Trump's G7 statement U-turn

(CNN) - France and Germany have criticized President Donald Trump for threatening to pull the United States out of a joint statement with key G7 allies.

Trump tweeted Saturday that he had instructed his representatives not to sign a communique between the seven nations that make up the group just after host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced all countries had agreed to it.

Key to Trump's concerns appeared to be declarations on trade, a thorny issue following Trump's announcement that he planned to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum exports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

France's Elysee Palace said Sunday that the country and Europe as a whole maintained their support for the communique.

"International cooperation can't depend on anger and small words. Let's be serious and worthy of our people. We spent two days obtaining a draft and commitments. We stick to it. And anyone who leaves and turns their back on them shows their inconsistency," the palace said.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Sunday called on European nations to stick together following Trump's announcement.

"It's actually not a real surprise. We have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal. In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters. To build that up again will take much longer," he told reporters in Berlin.

He called on G7 members to "keep a cool head" and consider consequences.

"One will be that we will have to represent our interests in Europe as much more closed from the outside. We will also definitely go into talks with our ... partners, especially Canada and Japan, and again see how we could work closer together. I would then next travel to Japan or try to set up talks with my Canadian colleagues very quickly."

The G7 is made up of Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy.

The communique addresses trade, economic growth, national security and sustainability, and acknowledges that "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation."

Trump has long argued that the US is trapped in a number of trade deals that put the country at a competitive disadvantage.

The announcement and Trump's planned tariffs have also put him on a collision course with Trudeau, leader of another key US ally.

Trudeau said Saturday during a news conference that Canada will "move forward with retaliatory measures" on July 1 in response to the Trump administration's decision to impose the steel and aluminum tariffs.

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do," Trudeau said. "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around."

Trump dismissed Trudeau's comments as "false statements" before announcing the US would withdraw from the communique.

The US President addressed the subject of international trade during an impromptu news conference at the summit Saturday, saying that he did not want to see other countries take advantage of the US over trade.

"It's going to change," he said. "Tariffs will come way down. We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing and that ends."

On Sunday, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland called the tariffs illegal and insulting. She took particular issue with Trump's previous claim that imports of Canadian steel and aluminum had made US steel and aluminum plants unsustainable, thereby threatening national security.

"The national security pretext is absurd and frankly insulting to Canadians, the closest and strongest ally the United States has had. We can't pose a security threat to the United States, and I know that Americans understand that. So, that is where the insult lies," she told reporters during a news conference in Quebec City.

"The action which Canada has objected to, and will continue to object to very strongly, was the illegal and unjustified imposition of tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. Canada has objected in words, but will also do so in actions," she said, referencing the retaliatory measures Canada will impose next month.

Former Vatican diplomat indicted on child pornography charges

Former Vatican diplomat indicted on child pornography charges

ROME (CNN) - A former diplomat at the Vatican Embassy in Washington has been indicted by a Vatican court on allegations he possessed child pornography, the Vatican said Saturday.

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella allegedly "possessed and exchanged a large quantity of child pornography," according to a Vatican statement.

Capella is set to face a trial at the Vatican starting June 22.

Under Vatican law, updated by Pope Francis in 2013, possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.

Capella was recalled from his position at the Vatican Embassy in Washington in August after the US State Department notified the Vatican of "possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images."

Capella has been in custody at the Vatican since April.

The child pornography case comes as the Catholic Church continues to grapple with child sex abuse allegations against priests and accusations that higher-ups have tried to conceal such crimes.

Pope Francis has said the church should be ashamed of its treatment of victims and must move past the historical culture of abuse and secrecy.

Last month he sent Vatican investigators to Chile to look into historical child abuse and accusations a bishop covered up crimes against minors.

This computer can do more calculations per second than the world's population could do in a year

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Anthony Bourdain shone a different light on the Middle East

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World Oceans Day 2018 -- the live blog

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Why is Guatemala's volcanic eruption so much deadlier than Hawaii's?

Why is Guatemala's volcanic eruption so much deadlier than Hawaii's?

(CNN) - Both eruptions swallowed homes and reminded everyone how ferocious nature can be.

But there are huge differences between Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption, which has killed 62 people since Sunday, and Hawaii's recent Kilauea eruption, which hasn't killed anyone but keeps slowly wreaking havoc one month later.

Here's why these eruptions are so different -- and why they have drastically different death tolls:

Lava vs. pyroclastic flow

Kilauea's primary mode of destruction is lava, but Fuego has unleashed pyroclastic flow -- a nasty mix of ash, rock and volcanic gases that can be much more dangerous than lava.

In Guatemala, pyroclastic flow from Sunday's eruption topped 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (about 1,000 degrees Celsius), CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said.

"This eruption at Fuego was explosive, sending hot debris down the steep sides of the volcano to make the pyroclastic flows," said Erik W. Klemetti, associate professor of geosciences at Denison University.

He said pyroclastic flows can tumble down a volcano at hundreds of kilometers per hour -- way faster than what people and even cars could outrun.

By contrast, Kilauea produces lava (or sticky, molten rock) that typically creeps along at maybe hundreds of meters per hour -- not nearly as fast as devastating pyroclastic flow.

Different communities

Kilauea is within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Lava has destroyed dozens of homes and other structures in communities outside the park boundaries.

But the Fuego volcano erupted near densely populated areas.

"Villages are right on the foothills of the mountain," Cabrera said. "So they had no time (to escape)."

That meant unsuspecting villagers -- such as those in the community of El Rodeo -- were suddenly overwhelmed by ash, lava fragments and gases speeding toward them at 435 mph (700 kph).

Different long-term effects

In both the Kilauea and Fuego areas, "the land will be unusable for years," Klemetti said.

But Guatemala faces a special danger that Hawaii doesn't.

"The bigger issue with pyroclastic flows is they can be turned into volcanic mudflows (lahars) when the loose debris mixes with rain/river waters," he said. "That is the new danger at Fuego right now."

Every romantic, emotional moment from one heck of a royal wedding

Every romantic, emotional moment from one heck of a royal wedding

(CNN) - What a wedding!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became husband and wife, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the new reigning king and queen of romance on Saturday. Is that an official title? It should be, because the royal wedding, so hotly anticipated and debated, was full of sweet, inspiring, groundbreaking moments that spoke to the couple's unique character.

Where to begin? Is it with the heavenly music selections that perfectly melded British and American traditions? The fresh array of blush pink and gentle green hats and outfits that lit up St. George's Chapel?

Or how about when Prince Harry raised his bride-to-be's veil, and for one brief moment, even the most hardened of cynics swooned a little inside?

Before the ceremony, a rainbow of color and celebrity

While Meghan, Prince Harry and their closest family and attendants waited out the final hours before their big moment, Britain and America's finest put on a characteristically colorful display. Among the best dressed was Amal Clooney, an international human rights lawyer and the wife of George Clooney, who wore a stunning deep yellow outfit that CNN's fashion expert Caryn Franklin called a "masterclass" and "a wonderful tonal choice for her complexion."

Of course, the Stars and Stripes were represented almost as much as the Union Jack, and tennis star Serena Williams made one of the strongest showings from the other side of the pond. Her asymmetrical look played up two of the biggest trends of the day: blush pink and architectural headpieces.

READ MORE: Royal wedding guests, in pictures

Of course, all eyes were on the Queen and the mother of the bride, Doria Ragland. They probably didn't coordinate their outfits beforehand, but they could have: Both were sporting shades of light green, with the Queen adding pops of yellow and purple to her outfit. (Why does the Queen love bright colors so much? CNN's cadre of royal correspondents on the scene surmised that, since she stands at a diminutive 5ft 4in, bright colors help her stand out.)

Meaningful moments from the royal family

There were also some meaningful appearances that had nothing to do with fashion: Prince Harry's aunt, Sarah Ferguson, was in attendance, smiling and waving as she walked into the chapel. The Duchess of York is divorced from her husband, Prince Andrew, and has been somewhat of a pariah in the royal family. She wasn't invited to Prince William and Catherine's wedding, and her presence was one indication of Prince Harry's reputation as a peacemaker in the family.

And, in case you needed more evidence that the royals are a hardy bunch, Queen Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip arrived and walked to his place at the front of the chapel unassisted, despite having hip surgery just a month ago.

It is reported that the Queen loves a wedding, and as CNN's royal correspondents pointed out, this is likely her last royal union. The Queen is 92 years old, and the next person in her direct line to get married would be one of Prince William's children, who are all under five.

Harry and William arrive; as princes, brothers and friends

Of course, everyone is always waiting for what the bride is going to wear, but Prince Harry and Prince William, acting as his best man, cut quite a figure in their black Household Cavalry Uniforms. There was some playful speculation over whether Harry would keep his jaunty beard, and it turns out he did! It's not exactly a huge break with tradition, but a little scruff on the Prince on his wedding day was certainly a modern touch.

It was an emotional moment to watch the two brothers, bonded not only by blood but the tragic loss of their mother when they were both children, walk through the nave together. The memory of Princess Diana was strongly felt throughout the day. Diana's brother, Earl Charles Spencer, was in attendance, and her sister Lady Jane Fellowes gave a reading. One of the many hymns played before the ceremony was "Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Redeemer," which was not only played at Diana's funeral, but at William and Catherine's wedding seven years ago.

READ MORE: Princess Diana's presence felt at Meghan and Harry's wedding

The dress is revealed

Is there ever a dress more anticipated than that of a royal bride-to-be?

From the second Meghan set off from her hotel in a royal Rolls-Royce, people were squinting and screen-shotting, trying to get a glimpse of her outfit.

No surprise, it turned out to be a stunner: A simple boat-neck, all-white number that was conservative, yet bold in its simplicity. It was designed by acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller, who last year became became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy. Another feminist choice from the unconventional royal bride? Perhaps. Walking yourself partway down the aisle and wearing the creation of a groundbreaking female designer certainly makes a statement.

READ MORE: Details of Meghan's Givenchy dress

In case you were wondering whether the Queen approves of her new granddaughter-in-law, she reportedly invited Meghan to choose her tiara from a selection of historic pieces. She ended up wearing a low-profile diamond bandeau tiara owned by Queen Mary.

Harry and Meghan prove love is real

With the guests in order, the mystery of the dress solved and the screaming crowds of wedding watchers quieting down (a little), Meghan began the long walk to the altar, over the iconic black-and-white tiles of St. George's Chapel. It was the first observed time that a royal bride-to-be in the UK walked herself down the aisle.

About halfway through, Prince Harry's father Prince Charles joined her (Meghan's father Thomas was supposed to do the honors, but could not attend due to health issues). Once she came to stand next to her future husband, the romance factor rocketed up and stayed there at an almost unbearable level throughout the ceremony. The nuptial couple couldn't stop being sweet to each other. When he saw Meghan, the first thing Harry said to her was, "You look amazing." When he lifted her veil, she gave him a radiant smile that will live on in GIFs and photos from now until the end of time. They held hands almost the entire service. Stiff upper lip? This royal couple would never.

The ceremony inspires and unites

From the outset, we knew the ceremony was going to be something different -- a union of British royal traditions and American spirituality. The officiant was David Conner, Dean of Windsor, who did the usual honors.

But one of the highlights of the ceremony was an address given by Michael Curry, an American preacher who is also the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

During his engaging (and lengthy!) speech, Curry repeatedly quoted Martin Luther King, Jr., and mentioned slavery and the healing power of love.

"Two young people fell in love, and we all showed up," he quipped, one of the many laughs that was drawn from the typically buttoned-up crowd.

READ MORE: The full text of Bishop Curry's speech

Other than Meghan's dress, and Harry's smile, the real star of the ceremony was the MUSIC.

An array of gorgeous, traditional hymns and instrumental pieces by British composers was complemented by a truly majestic version of "Stand By Me" performed by the Kingdom Choir, a Christian gospel group based in southeast England. (Oh, and the choir members carried on that blush-pink trend, singing in coordinated shades of rose gold, pink, and blue.) Will the addition of a gospel choir be a big talking point over the next few days? Definitely. Did they sound great? Also definitely.

After Harry and Meghan said "I do," (or rather, "I will,") the crowd was treated to a performance by Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a 19-year-old cellist who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award in 2016 and, with his royal appearance, instantly became social media's new favorite musician.

The music continued even as the newly married Harry and Meghan emerged into the sunlight under an arch of white roses and peonies. They climbed into the royal carriage as the strains of "This Little Light of Mine" rung in the air. It was an emotional end to an emotional service, and a joyous beginning for a joyous new royal couple.

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