Putin declares martial law in annexed regions of Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday declared martial law in four Ukrainian regions annexed by Moscow and granted emergency powers to all regional governors in Russia, opening the door to new restrictions across the country. Putin did not immediately specify what steps would be taken under martial law, but said his order … Read more

Garbage piles in Scotland raise health concerns amid strikes

LONDON (AP) – Piles of foul-smelling garbage on the streets of Edinburgh are putting public health and safety at risk, the health authority warned Saturday, as a strike by waste collectors in the Scottish capital entered its ninth day. The warning from Public Health Scotland comes as litter pickers in London’s Newham walk out for … Read more

Discover Europe’s hidden vacation spots and ideas for fall travel

Editor’s Note – Sign up for this Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get news on destination openings and closings, inspiration for future adventures, plus aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel happenings. (CNN) – Shoulder season is just around the corner, when travel shifts from overcrowding and prices to something … Read more

They once fought to defend South Korea. 70 years later, these foreign veterans are choosing to be buried there

(CNN) – For more than 30 years, British veteran James Grundy has traveled 5,500 miles annually to South Korea to visit the graves of dead bodies he found as a young man hunkering down in the war. According to the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK), Grandy was only 19 when he joined the … Read more

Artist Ai Weiwei warns against hubris in ‘troublesome’ times

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei has warned of what he calls “a time of trouble” with his first glass sculpture, subtitled “Memorial Mori,” on the Venetian island of Murano. Latin for “Remember You Must Die” Russian bombs fall on Ukraine. China is flexing its military muscle in the Taiwan Strait. … Read more

Hong Kong’s historic Peak Tram reopens with a new look

(CNN) – Hong Kong’s Peak Tram, one of the city’s most recognizable tourist attractions and Asia’s oldest funicular, will reopen to the public on August 27 after a year-long closure. The tram, which has been carrying locals and tourists to the highest point of Hong Kong Island since 1888, is now in its sixth incarnation. … Read more

The ‘world’s coolest’ streets for 2022 revealed by Time Out

(CNN) – When it comes to fashion, street style has as much cachet as runway style — in fact, there are dozens of blogs and Instagram accounts dedicated to chronicling the best streetwear looks. Because the urban glitterati always begins on the streets, where people of all classes and backgrounds can mix with each other … Read more

Italy’s drought exposes ancient imperial bridge over Tiber

ROME (AP) – Italy’s worst drought in 70 years The piers of an ancient bridge over the river Tiber, once used by the Roman emperors but which fell into disrepair in the 3rd century, have been exposed. The two piers of Nero’s bridge are often visible in summer near the Vittorio Emanuele bridge, which spans … Read more

Inside Flightradar24, the website that tracks every plane in the sky

(CNN) – On an average day, more than 200,000 flights take off and land from around the world. They include commercial, cargo and charter aircraft — which account for half of the total — as well as commercial jets, private aircraft, helicopters, air ambulances, government and military aircraft, drones, hot air balloons and gliders. Most … Read more

The coworkers who fell in love when they shared a hotel room

(CNN) – When Ida Skibbenes pulled up outside the Solstrand Hotel, her stomach was in knots, fluttering with nerves and excitement. Solstrand is one of Norway’s most beautiful hotels, located just outside of Bergen, framed by fjords and home to more than 125 years of history. “It almost looks like a yellow castle. It’s very … Read more