Last update: 2018-07-20 11:47:03
President Trump’s friendliness towards Erdogan at the Brussels summit raised hopes of the release of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson charged with espionage. However, on Wednesday a Turkish court denied the appeal to free Brunson, according to Al-Monitor. Following the refusal to release Brunson, U.S. Senate passed bill demanding an end to Turkey’s “unjust” detention of U.S. citizens, explain Reuters’ staff.
What is driving the ongoing protests in Iraq, and why are they spreading from Basra all the way to the capital Baghdad? Fanar Haddad for Al-Jazeera explains the motivations behind those protesting, as well as rebukes the narratives that the protests are revolutionary or have been deliberately incited.
Ibraheem Musaibli, from Dearborn, Michigan, was seized by the Syrian Democratic Forces this month and is believed to have been fighting for the Islamic State. Authorities have set in motion a plan to bring him back to the U.S. to be tried. Rukmini Callimachi, Eric Schmitt and Charlie Savage of the New York Times explain the details of Musaibli’s story, his recruitment process, and the possible reasons for his interest in joining the militant group.
The new 8-part series by the BBC called, How African Woman Changed the World, aims to shed light on great African women and their impacts on society. The second story covers Huda Shaarawi, Egyptian feminist who is known for refusing to veil, and encouraging others to do the same. Learn more about her efforts and the changes women are making in Egypt here.