Iraq's Parliament has been able to decide on just one thing in the past few days — and that's to meet at a later time. Politicians haven't been able to choose a speaker or other key positions to form a new government. A former Iraqi government spokesperson says its the worst dysfunction since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Adele Raemer's daughter had dreamed of celebrating her wedding on her kibbutz in Nirim on Israel's border with Gaza. But the flare-up of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians changed all that and has many local residents feeling insecure.
In the last decade, Tel Aviv has been spared much of the rockets and sirens that are common for Israelis in the south and north. It escaped the worst violence of the second intifada last decade as well. But in recent days the bubble has been challenged by Hamas’ upgraded arsenal.
The World Health Organization has issued some strong advice as part of its global campaign to prevent HIV and AIDS. WHO wants sexually active gay men to take antiretrovirals! Even those who are not HIV-positive should know about the preventive treatment, known as PreEP or "pre exposure prophylaxis."
A new website called WildLeaks is hoping to do for poaching and wildlife crimes what WikiLeaks did for national security. And after just four months, the portal for anonymous information is already producing results.
Just as in past rounds of violence between Israel and Hamas, it is Palestinian civilians who are paying the highest price. After four days of Israeli bombardment, more than 100 Palestinians are now dead — and many of them are non-combatants.
Russians, buoyed by their success at the Sochi Winter Olympics this year, are looking forward to the World Cup in 2018. But they're worried the Russian national soccer team, which tied twice and lost once in Brazil, will let them down.