Fairmont Baku in Baku’s Flame Towers: One of the world’s tallest hotels

Editor’s Note: CNN Travel’s series often carry sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. CNN  —  From traditional souks, mosques and UNESCO World Heritage sites, to futuristic skyscrapers, Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, offers an eclectic mix of old and … Read more

Fine dining in Budapest: How the city has become a culinary force

(CNN) — While Budapest may be primarily known for its architecture, geothermal springs and communist heritage, the city’s gastronomy scene has been gaining considerable travel attention in recent years. New and exciting fine dining spots are constantly opening up in the Hungarian capital, many headed up by prolific chefs keen to inject imagination and prestige … Read more

Azerbaijan’s secret to long life? Mountain air in the village of Lerik

CNN  —  There are a number of destinations around the world famed for the longevity of their residents. In Japan, Okinawa’s sprightly centenarians have earned it the nickname “Land of the Immortals.” Campodimele, Italy’s “Village of Eternity,” is testament to the Mediterranean diet. In the sunny Californian town of Loma Linda, a community of Seventh-Day … Read more

Luxury bars in Budapest: The finest places to go

(CNN) — Budapest’s craft cocktail movement has seen new bars and clubs spread across town like wildfire in recent years, making it that much harder to choose the best of the bunch. While the Hungarian capital’s ruin bars offer a unique experience, the luxury bar scene here is second to none. Whether you’re looking to … Read more

Cell phone calls on airplane flights: Are they inevitable?

(CNN) — Ah, holiday travel. Between huge crowds and weather delays, flying during this time of year is hectic. Now close your eyes and imagine the entire scenario with one additional annoyance: Loud talkers yammering into their cell phones at 35,000 feet. Don’t worry — this potentially ear-splitting scenario isn’t a reality yet. At least … Read more

Mystery Hotel Budapest: The hotel designed for likes

(CNN) — One of the first things you’ll notice on entering the Mystery Hotel Budapest is the Aladdin-style magic carpet “floating” above the reception desk. This is the first indication there’s much more to this boutique hotel than meets the eye. Then there’s the countless light boxes on the walls displaying animated pictures that change … Read more

The ‘Land of Fire’ has been burning for 4,000 years

Editor’s Note: This CNN Travel series is, or was, sponsored by the country it highlights. CNN retains full editorial control over subject matter, reporting and frequency of the articles and videos within the sponsorship, in compliance with our policy. CNN  —  “This fire has burned 4,000 years and never stopped,” says Aliyeva Rahila. “Even the … Read more

Europe’s warm winter is robbing Putin of a trump card

London CNN  —  Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine, one question has troubled European governments more than almost any other: What happens if Moscow turns off the gas? The threat of cutting Russian gas supplies for European countries, many of whom have relied on it for years to heat … Read more

Dnipro apartment building attack: Death toll rises to 40

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN  —  The death toll from a Russian missile strike on an apartment block in Dnipro rose to 40, Ukrainian officials said Monday, after missiles and explosions were heard across the country. The latest count of fatalities includes three children, while another 75 people were injured in the attack and 46 are still … Read more

UK government bans single-use plastic plates and cutlery

CNN  —  Single-use plastic cutlery, plates and other items will be banned in the UK from October and replaced by biodegradable items as the government seeks to tackle the country’s – and the world’s – growing plastic waste problem. The UK has already banned some single-use plastic items, including straws, stirrers and cotton buds, but … Read more

Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the goal of what he calls the “special military operation” in Ukraine is to “end the war” in the eastern Donbas region, according to state news agency RIA Novosti. Speaking at a meeting with World War II veterans and survivors of the siege of Leningrad, Putin reportedly said that … Read more

Dnipro reels from deadly Russian missile strike

Dnipro, Ukraine CNN  —  In Dnipro, there is grief, exhaustion and anger. Early on Saturday afternoon, as families relaxed at home in the central Ukrainian city, a Russian cruise missile struck a nine-story apartment building overlooking a park near the river, killing at least 40 people and injuring another 75, with 46 people reported missing. … Read more

Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro arrested in Sicily

Rome/Milan CNN  —  Matteo Messina Denaro, one of the bosses of the Cosa Nostra Mafia in Sicily and Italy’s most wanted man, has been arrested by police while being treated in a private health clinic in Palermo, prosecutor Maurizio de Lucia said Monday. He had been a fugitive since 1993 and was considered by Europol … Read more

UK government blocks Scotland’s new gender recognition law

CNN  —  The UK government has blocked a new law intended to allow trans people in Scotland to change their legal gender without a medical diagnosis – a controversial move that has added fuel to the already highly emotional debate over Scottish independence. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, called the intervention “a full-frontal attack on … Read more

Andrei Medvedev: Former Wagner commander flees to Norway

CNN  —  A former commander in Russia’s Wagner private military company has fled to Norway and is seeking asylum after crossing that country’s arctic border, according to Norwegian police and a Russian activist. Andrei Medvedev, in an interview with a Russian activist who helps people seek asylum abroad, said that he feared for his life … Read more

Vanessa Redgrave Fast Facts | CNN

CNN  —  Here’s a look at the life of award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave. Birth date: January 30, 1937 Birth place: London, England Birth name: Vanessa Redgrave Father: Sir Michael Redgrave, actor Mother: Rachel Kempson, actor Marriage: Tony Richardson (April 29, 1962-April 28, 1967, divorced) Children: with Franco Nero: Carlo Gabriel (September 16, 1969); with Tony … Read more

Climate activist Greta Thunberg released after being detained by German police at coal mine protest

CNN  —  Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was released by German police on Tuesday evening after being detained earlier in the day at a protest over the expansion of a coal mine in the western village of Lützerath, police confirmed to CNN on Wednesday. ”Thunberg was only briefly detained. Once (Thunberg’s) identity was established, she … Read more

Helicopter crash near Kyiv kills 14, including Ukraine’s interior minister

CNN  —  A helicopter crash near a kindergarten in the Kyiv region has killed at least 14 people, including the leadership team of Ukraine’s interior ministry who were traveling on the aircraft, according to officials. A further 25 people, including 11 children, were injured following the incident in the city of Brovary Wednesday, according to … Read more

Russia’s war in Ukraine; Ukraine’s interior minister death news

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez were among a number of international leaders to offer condolences following the fatal helicopter crash in Brovary on Wednesday. “Saddened by the tragic death of the Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky. Thoughts for all the victims of this terrible event that … Read more