Climate change ravages Iraq as palm trees make way for desert | Climate Crisis News

Basra, Iraq – Southern Iraq was once known as the “black land” – the vast swaths of palm trees blocking out everything else, and providing food, shelter, and shade. But the palm trees, as well as fruit trees and vegetable farms, have now mostly disappeared in and around the southern port city of Basra. Instead, … Read more

In Turkey, book publishers face agonising choices to survive | Arts and Culture News

Istanbul, Turkey – Turkish publishers are struggling to release new books and face agonizing choices to survive amid the country’s economic crisis, according to some of Turkey’s most prestigious publishing houses. Turkey’s rampant inflation, which officially reached 70 percent in May, has weakened the purchasing power of Turkish bookworms. Meanwhile, with the Turkish lira slumping … Read more

New evidence suggests Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in targeted attack by Israeli forces

Editor’s Note: This story contains a disturbing image. CNN  —  Several shots ring out in quick succession, cutting through a clear, blue spring morning in Jenin, in the West Bank. Crack, crack, crack, crack, crack, crack, crack. The cameraman filming the scene scrambles backwards to take cover behind a low concrete wall. Then a man … Read more

South Africa: No need for mass monkeypox immunisation – experts | World Health Organization News

The African continent has not recently recorded any confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox, unlike Europe and the United States. South African disease experts have said that they did not see a need for a mass vaccination campaign against monkeypox or believe that cases would explode in the same way as COVID-19. The African continent … Read more

Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager in occupied West Bank | Israel-Palestine conflict News

Ghaith Rafeeq Yamin, 16, was killed during an Israeli army raid on Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Israeli forces have shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the northern city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian health ministry identified the teenager as 16-year-old Ghaith Rafeeq Yamin. Yamin was killed early on … Read more

‘Shireen Abu Akleh’s life matters,’ Al Jazeera tells UN | Israel-Palestine conflict News

Washington, DC – Al Jazeera’s Washington bureau chief has called on the UN Security Council to ensure the protection of journalists, urging an independent and transparent probe into the killing of the network’s veteran reporter Shireen Abu Akleh. Speaking at an informal Security Council meeting on Tuesday, Abderrahim Foukara said the slain journalist was killed … Read more

US sanctions Hamas official, finance network | Hamas News

The sanctions target Hamas’ Investment Office, which holds assets estimated to be worth more than $500m. The United States on Tuesday finance imposed sanctions on a Hamas official and a network of financial facilitators and companies that have generated revenue for the Palestinian group, the US Department of the Treasury said. The sanctions targeted Hamas’s … Read more

Turkey’s Erdogan says he will no longer talk to Greek PM | News

Turkish leader accuses Kyriakos Mitsotakis of recommending to US officials that Washington does not sell F-16 fighter jets to Ankara. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will stop talking to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and cancel a key meeting between their two governments, accusing the Greek leader of antagonizing Turkey. In a … Read more

Turkey FM visit to Israel a sign relations are warming | News

Mevlut Cavusoglu’s trip to Israel this week will make him the first Turkish foreign minister to visit the country in 15 years – the latest step in a rapprochement between the countries after years of stormy ties. Cavusoglu, who is expected to be accompanied by energy minister Fatih Donmez, is scheduled to meet his counterpart … Read more