CNN – World

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.

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

Total Recall: The CNN news quiz

() - ... 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

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

(CNN) - Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to make 200,000 trillion calculations in a single second! Meet Summit, the world's most powerful supercomputer. Afte ... Continue Reading
Trump pick for UN migration job says he is sorry for anti-Muslim tweets

Trump pick for UN migration job says he is sorry for anti-Muslim tweets

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) - A Trump administration nominee to lead the United Nations migration agency faced an onslaught of questions from reporters Friday about his anti-Muslim tweets and the sharing of ... Continue Reading
Total Recall: The CNN news quiz

Total Recall: The CNN news quiz

() - ... Continue Reading
The full lyrics to 'Auld Lang Syne' so you don't mumble your way through it

The full lyrics to 'Auld Lang Syne' so you don't mumble your way through it

(CNN) - You see it every New Year's Eve when the clock strikes midnight: people faking their way through "Auld Lang Syne." We don't blame them; no one really knows the words to the song -- even th ... Continue Reading


Concert Calendar