Last update: 2018-07-12 10:16:26
Ben Hubbard and Ivor Prickett of The New York Times have assembled an interactive audio and visual exhibit that depicts the return of civilians to the town of Raqqa, Syria. Hubbard and Prickett follow the family of Eissa Ali as they begin to reassemble their lives in their home city after U.S. led airstrikes and ISIS take-over has devastated the area. As citizens return, funding is needed to rebuild the town that has been used as a central battle zone.
On the second day of the NATO summit, leaders turn their attention to Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani will be present for the second day of talks, where to be discussed is the funding of Afghan security forces. The U.S. and UK have already agreed to lend troops, according to the BBC.
Yemeni Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maysari demanded that the informal prisons run by the United Arab Emirates be closed after investigation earlier in June found that hundreds of Yemeni men had been swept up into networks of prisons under the suspicion of being al-Qaeda or ISIS fighters. Al Jazeera explains Al-Maysari’s demands of the UAE made on Monday.
Reuters’ staff members cover the story of four recent graduates of a top Turkish university (Middle East Technical University) who have been arrested for displaying a cartoon mocking Turkish President Erdogan. The arrests take place during a wave of Turkish crackdown on any expression of Erdogan opposition. Artists, journalists, and academics have been arrested and sentenced to prison, explains Julia Harte for Reuters.