Writer and satirist Karl Sharro — known as Karl reMarks on the Internet — blogs about some of the Middle East's heaviest issues. Recently, he's been navigating the difficult task of satirizing the tragic news coming out of Gaza.
The holy month of Ramadan comes to an end this weekend. It's celebrated by Muslims all over the world, including in a community in Cape Town, South Africa. Reporter Sonia Narang went to visit a family there preparing for the Ramadan break-fast.
Something's blooming on Long Island: lavender. Serge Rosenbaum's family farm, Lavender by the Bay, boasts some 60,000 plants, and they are in full flower right now. And that's drawing a lot of visitors, especially from Asia.
At demonstrations against Israel's operation in Gaza, angry crowds have attacked protesters. Those who are against the war say they now fear more violence, but still feel an obligation to make their voices heard.
Pro-Russian separatists claim the latest plane downings are just one victory of many to come. The incident has not only heightened tension even further, but also hindered the investigation at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight 17.
All of the Netherlands, it seems, is in mourning. Although its citizens are known for being well informed about global events, Dutch journalist Margo Smit says many residents of Holland will now be following events in Ukraine much more closely.
While calling for an open investigation, the Kremlin has distributed varying accounts of what happened with Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Conspiracy theories and unfounded claims run rampant throughout Russia's strictly regulated media. Some argue this is an intentional move to keep Russian news consumers confused and misinformed.