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Houses of Parliament (Great Britain) Fast Facts updated 13 hours 32 minutes ago

Here's some background information about Great Britain's Houses of Parliament located on the Thames River in London.

MH17: 70 international experts search Ukraine crash site for bodies updated 14 hours 59 minutes ago

The largest group yet of international monitors and experts on Friday reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine.

80 bodies may still be at MH17 crash site, Australian official says updated 22 hours 39 minutes ago

As many as 80 bodies from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still could be lying in the fields of eastern Ukraine, Australia's Foreign Minister says.

MH17 crash: Get up to speed on the latest from Ukraine updated 1 days ago

Get up to speed on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash investigation and the conflict in eastern Ukraine, based on the latest CNN reporting.

Norway Terror Attacks Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's some background information about the Norwegian terrorist attack on July 22, 2011. Eight people died in a bombing in Oslo while 69 young people died on nearby Utoya island. This was the deadliest attack in Norway since World War II.

MH17 crash site: Dangers delay investigators; Ukraine warns of mines updated 1 days ago

For a fourth day, unsafe conditions in eastern Ukraine kept international investigators from reaching the site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage.

Body of 'apparent stowaway' found in U.S. Air Force plane that traversed Africa updated 2 days ago

The body of an "apparent stowaway" was found in the wheel well of a U.S. Air Force plane that traversed Africa, a Pentagon spokesman said.

What will MH17 crash investigators find at site -- and how useful will it be anyway? updated 2 days ago

Nearly two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, Dutch investigators have yet to lay eyes on the wreckage.

U.S., EU hit Russia with more sanctions as Ukraine fighting continues updated 3 days ago

EU officials agree to ratchet up economic pressure on Russia, an official says, as fighting in Ukraine cuts access to the Flight 17 crash site.

Suspect in Jewish Museum shooting extradited to Belgium updated 3 days ago

The suspect in the deadly shooting at Belgium's Jewish Museum was extradited from France to Belgium, a French court official said Tuesday.

MH17 investigators 'sick and tired of being delayed,' official says updated 4 days ago

Dutch and Australian experts trying to reach Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's crash site in Ukraine turned back again due to heavy fighting.

Romano Prodi Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Romano Prodi, former prime minister of Italy.

Big Ben Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's some background information about Big Ben, the clock and bell in Elizabeth Tower, formerly St. Stephen's Tower, at the Houses of Parliament in London. It is one of the most famous landmarks in England.

Lionel Messi Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here is a look at the life of soccer player Lionel "Leo" Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona and Argentina's national team.

Eiffel Tower Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Journalist detained working for CNN in Ukraine is freed updated 4 days ago

A Ukrainian journalist detained Tuesday by pro-Russian rebels while working as a freelance producer for CNN has been freed.

Fighting rages in Ukraine town; 2 children among 13 dead updated 5 days ago

More death and violence reported in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as some investigators unable to go to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Costa Concordia reaches end of final voyage updated 5 days ago

The crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship reached the end of its final voyage.

Tour de France Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here's a look at the Tour de France.

Hillary Clinton: Putin 'bears responsibility' in downing of MH17 updated 5 days ago

Vladimir Putin bears at least some blame in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Hillary Clinton says.

Donetsk residents flee fighting; Russians report spike in Ukrainian refugees updated 6 days ago

Long lines of cars jammed the roads leading south from Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, as Russian media reported a spike in refugees seeking shelter in Russia.

MH17 crash: Investigators must have full access, Malaysian PM says updated 6 days ago

Malaysian investigators have not yet been able to access entire MH17 crash site, Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

Mother of two MH17 victims regrets not heeding son's fears updated 6 days ago

The mother of two brothers killed in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 told CNN she regrets not taking her youngest son's fears about the flight more seriously.

As nations seek more MH17 access, rebels reportedly getting impatient updated 7 days ago

As investigators seek more access to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in Ukraine, rebels say they're growing impatient with their presence.

Pentagon: Russia getting ready to send more powerful weapons into Ukraine updated 7 days ago

Russia is preparing the transfer of more powerful weaponry into Ukraine, and it could happen at any time, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.

Russian woman joins rebel movement in Ukraine updated 7 days ago

Marina lost her spleen and has a punctured lung. She was attached to a rebel group as a combat medic, and was hurt during the fighting, she told CNN from her hospital bed.

Flying monkeys and winged goats: Photos that make you question reality updated 7 days ago

The Science Museum hosts first major UK exhibition of Joan Fontcuberta's controversial photography.

Officials: Rebels hinder effort to recover bodies from MH17 crash site updated 7 days ago

The transfer from Ukraine to the Netherlands of remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shootdown should be done by Saturday, Dutch PM says.

U.S. has 'evidence that Russia is firing' into Ukraine updated 8 days ago

A week after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, dozens more coffins containing remains of victims arrive in the Netherlands.

Things to know about Russia and sanctions updated 8 days ago

The United States and its allies are angrier at Russia now over Ukraine, but will they do anything more about it -- especially Europe?

Welcome to Trieste, the tiny Italian city that shapes the world's wardrobe updated 8 days ago

Nudging the border with Slovenia in Italy's far north-east, the mysteriously underrated city of Trieste is largely known for its stately, Habsburg-era architecture, exquisite coffee, and traditional regattas.

Kerry: 'Drunken separatists' interfering at MH17 crash site updated 8 days ago

Are the same separatists accused of shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 now tampering with the evidence and blocking investigators?

Francois Hollande Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Francois Hollande, president of France.

Sky News apologizes after reporter rifles through MH17 victim's luggage updated 8 days ago

Sky News has issued an apology after one of its reporters rummaged through the belongings of MH17 crash victims on air.

Journalist working for CNN detained in Ukraine updated 8 days ago

A Ukrainian journalist working as a freelancer for CNN remains in detention two days after he was detained by pro-Russian separatists.

Norway expects Islamist terrorism attempt within 'a few days' updated 8 days ago

Norwegian officials say they think Islamist terrorists could strike the country within a few days, but they do not know what the plot is.

She faced death in Sudan for her Christian faith. Now she's free. updated 8 days ago

Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy but subsequently pardoned, has arrived in Italy.

MH17: What happens to the victims' bodies next? updated 8 days ago

The remains of some of the victims of Flight MH17 have arrived in the Netherlands, so what happens to the bodies now, and will it help the families?

UK will establish independent inquiry into death of ex-KGB agent Litvinenko updated 9 days ago

The British government has rejected requests to hold a public inquiry into the 2006 death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, an official said Friday.

In somber ceremony, Dutch receive the first remains of MH17 victims updated 9 days ago

A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the MH17 crash.

Ukraine: Two military jets shot down over Donetsk updated 9 days ago

Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in eastern Ukraine, a Ukrainian military office said.

Peaches Geldof was relapsed addict who died of heroin overdose, inquest hears updated 9 days ago

Peaches Geldof, daughter of musician Bob Geldof, died of a heroin overdose after relapsing into use of the illegal drug, an inquest heard.

Fighter jets escort Gulfstream to landing at English airport updated 9 days ago

Military fighter planes escort a Gulfstream jet to the London area's Stansted Airport after the jet allegedly lost contact with air traffic controllers.

MH17 crash: Rebels hand over black boxes updated 9 days ago

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine handed over the black box data recorders from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, days after the jet crashed.

MH17 tributes in Moscow: 'Forgive us' updated 9 days ago

Outside the Dutch Embassy in Moscow, there are flowers and toys at a makeshift memorial for the lives lost in a conflict-scarred corner of eastern Ukraine.

Wrecked Costa Concordia sets sail on final voyage updated 9 days ago

The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship has begun its final voyage.

Who are Ukraine's pro-Russia rebels? updated 9 days ago

The horrifying crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has raised questions about the rebels and what they want

'We'll die without that boat:' What the Costa Concordia leaves behind in Giglio updated 10 days ago

When the Costa Concordia and its salvage convoy finally depart Giglio, the residents of this picturesque Tuscan island will breathe a collective sigh of relief -- and shed a collective tear.

MH17 crash: Did Russia pull the trigger? Ukraine says yes updated 10 days ago

Did a Russian fire the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17? That depends on who you ask.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Five unanswered questions updated 10 days ago

We are no closer to answering some key questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Costa Concordia to sail this week updated 10 days ago

The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship is about to make its final voyage.

Campaigners at Girl Summit call for end to female genital mutilation updated 10 days ago

Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai adds her voice to calls for an end to female genital mutilation, which affects millions of women and girls.

Propaganda war: Russia offers alternate takes to what brought down MH17 updated 10 days ago

Here are some of the stories circulating in the Russian media about the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17.

Monitors find confusion, hostility at Malaysia Airlines crash site updated 10 days ago

International monitors investigating the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine said Friday the team was not given full access to the site.

Ukraine President: The world must choose sides updated 10 days ago

In the wake of the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, "every country, including Russia," must determine whether it is "together with the terrorists or together with the civilized world," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday.

MH17 crash victim's sibling: 'We want to know where my brother is right now' updated 10 days ago

Family members of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 victims fear their loved ones' remains might never make it home.

Prince George at one: Profile and protection updated 11 days ago

Prince George isn't your average one year old. He started walking before he was one. Oh, and, he's going to be king -- of 16 countries. I had to remind myself occasionally of that latter fact as I stood outside the hospital in London where he was born... for a week before his arrival.

Study: Risk of female genital mutilation in England, Wales is higher than thought updated 11 days ago

England has more than twice as many female genital mutilation victims as previously thought, a report finds.

Keith Richards Fast Facts updated 11 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Keith Richards, musician and founding member of the Rolling Stones.

British Open Golf Tournament Fast Facts updated 11 days ago

Here's a look at the British Open.

Ukraine forces take control of Donetsk airport, military spokesman says updated 11 days ago

Ukrainian forces have taken control of Donetsk airport as they fight pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukraine city, a Ukrainian military spokesman says.

How rebels in Ukraine built up an arsenal capable of reaching the skies updated 12 days ago

Under a blazing sun in early June, a group of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine were digging amid pine woods near the town of Krazny Liman.

Opinion: How MH17 disaster backs Russia's Putin into a corner updated 12 days ago

Few things are ever certain in the murky world of post-Soviet politics, but the balance of evidence as it stands points overwhelmingly towards pro-Russian separatists as the perpetrators of Thursday's missile attack that caused the death of 298 people on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Is this any way to secure a plane crash scene? updated 12 days ago

Experts say the MH17 crash probe is unprecedented due to its scale, as well as hostility toward investigators.

Observers: Who's moving bodies at Malaysia Airlines crash site? updated 13 days ago

Nobody knows how many bodies from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash have been moved, or exactly who moved them, international observers tell CNN.

5 things you might not know about Prince George updated 13 days ago

As Prince George turns 1, check out five things you might not know about the royal baby.

Malaysian plane shot down in Ukraine: What happened? updated 13 days ago

Questions and answers on the downing of a Malaysia Airlines commercial flight in war-torn eastern Ukraine.

Malaysia Airlines: Cargo manifest shows 2 dogs among casualties of jet crash updated 13 days ago

A cargo manifest showed that two dogs were among the casualties of the doomed Malaysian jet that fell from the sky in eastern Ukraine this week.

MH17: Grief and mourning at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport updated 13 days ago

Deep red roses, waxy white lilies and bright, cheery sunflowers; as single blooms and in large bouquets, they pile up close to desk 29 at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

Alleged phone call: 'We have just shot down a plane' updated 14 days ago

Ukrainian officials say intercepted communications between pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine shed light on who downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Silvio Berlusconi Fast Facts updated 14 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Italian billionaire and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Where does the investigation go from here? updated 14 days ago

Investigators looking into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine face a series of unusual challenges.

Separatists most likely fired missile, analysis says updated 14 days ago

A preliminary U.S. intelligence analysis says the missile that downed the Malaysia Airlines jet was probably fired by pro-Russian separatists.

Appeal court overturns Berlusconi convictions in underage sex case updated 14 days ago

An Italian appeal court has overturned former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's convictions for sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power.

U.S. official: Missile shot down Malaysia Airlines plane updated 14 days ago

A Malaysia Airlines jet crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, prompting swift accusations from Ukrainian officials that "terrorists" shot down the plane.

Malaysia Airlines crash site: 'Everything rained down in bits and pieces' updated 14 days ago

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site: "Everything rained down in bits and pieces, the plane itself, the people inside."

Malaysia Air faces new, serious threat as company updated 14 days ago

The loss of a second Boeing 777 jetliner threatens Malaysia Airlines with another public relations blow.

Did surface-to-air missile take down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17? updated 15 days ago

Early speculation in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has centered on the possibility the plane was shot down as is passed over eastern Ukraine.

Russia defiant in face of new U.S. sanctions over Ukraine updated 15 days ago

Moscow reacted angrily Thursday to President Barack Obama's decision to expand sanctions on Russian companies over Russia's actions in Ukraine.

UK police arrest 660 suspected pedophiles after online operation updated 15 days ago

UK police have arrested 660 suspected pedophiles, including doctors, teachers and scout leaders, in a six-month operation, the National Crime Agency said.

Two men arrested over deadly Moscow metro crash updated 15 days ago

Two people have been arrested in connection with a metro train derailment in Moscow which left more than 20 people dead and injured scores more, Russia's Investigative Committee said Wednesday.

Dutch state found liable in deaths of more than 300 men in Srebrenica massacre updated 16 days ago

A court finds the Netherlands liable in the deaths of more than 300 men taken from a Dutch compound in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in July 1995.

Assange detention order remains in place updated 16 days ago

A detention order against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on sexual assault allegations should remain in place, a Swedish judge ruled Wednesday.

London Underground Fast Facts updated 16 days ago

Here's some background information about the London Underground, also known as "The Tube," the oldest subway or metro transit system in the world. There are currently 270 stations open and 249 miles (402 km) of active lines. There are a number of old stations and tunnels that are now closed.

Mick Jagger Fast Facts updated 16 days ago

Here's a look at the life of singer, songwriter and Rolling Stones front man, Mick Jagger.

Man detained over murder of Russian TV anchor updated 16 days ago

A suspect has been detained in connection with the murder of a Russian TV anchor who worked for the "360 Moscow region" TV station, Russia's Investigative Committee said Wednesday

Report: 22 killed in Moscow train derailment updated 17 days ago

The death toll in a Moscow metro derailment Tuesday has reached 22, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency said.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague steps down, will finish career as MP updated 17 days ago

William Hague announced his resignation as Britain's foreign secretary, in what was perhaps the biggest surprise of a major government reshuffle by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Costa Concordia: Salvage efforts on track but no search yet for last victim updated 17 days ago

The complex operation to refloat the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship continued Tuesday off the coast of Italy.

Church of England to allow female bishops updated 18 days ago

Church of England leaders have voted to allow women to become bishops, the church announced Monday.

Costa Concordia: Wrecked cruise ship floating again, but victim still missing updated 18 days ago

Costa Concordia was floating again Monday as salvage crews will search for the remains of the last shipwreck victim.

It's still there?! Nine things to know about the plan to salvage the Costa Concordia updated 18 days ago

It may be the biggest salvage operation in history, but no one would accuse it of being the fastest.

$2 billion, 4.5 years: The Costa Concordia salvage by the numbers updated 18 days ago

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Cristiano Ronaldo Fast Facts updated 18 days ago

Here's a look at the life of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Nicolas Sarkozy Fast Facts updated 19 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France.

John Kerry joins world powers for Iran nuclear talks updated 19 days ago

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Austria for talks on Iran's nuclear program.

Germany tells top U.S. spy official to leave the country updated 21 days ago

The German government said it is expelling a person it describes as the representative of U.S. foreign intelligence services based at the U.S. Embassy.

19 Ukrainian troops killed in rocket attack, military says updated 21 days ago

At least 19 Ukrainian troops were killed in a rocket attack by separatists, the Ukrainian military says.

Germany expels U.S. Embassy official updated 22 days ago

The German government said it is expelling a person it describes as the representative of U.S. foreign intelligence services based at the U.S. Embassy.

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