The Middle East is running out of water

Lake Urmia’s demise has been fast. It has more than halved in size — from 5,400 square kilometers (2,085 square miles) in the 1990s to just 2,500 square kilometers (965 square miles) today — according to the Department of Environmental Protection of West Azerbaijan, one of the Iranian provinces where the lake is located. There …

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The Middle East is running out of water

Lake Urmia’s demise has been fast. It has more than halved in size — from 5,400 square kilometers (2,085 square miles) in the 1990s to just 2,500 square kilometers (965 square miles) today — according to the Department of Environmental Protection of West Azerbaijan, one of the Iranian provinces where the lake is located. There …

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Analysis: America’s role in resettling Afghans becomes next political battle in the fallout over US withdrawal

Long before the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, refugee intake in the US had become a volatile political issue for the Biden administration, one complicated by the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border and the opposing pressures from conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats who demanded that Biden follow through on his campaign promise to …

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The Taliban have seized control of Afghanistan. What does that mean for women and girls?

For Afghanistan’s women and girls, this is the terrifying uncertainty they now find themselves in. As Taliban leaders tell international media they “don’t want women to be victimized,” a more sinister reality is unfolding on the ground. Anderlini, who spearheads ICAN’s Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), said a huge concern was what will happen …

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Coastal towns in Connecticut are recommending evacuations.

STAMFORD, Conn. — The National Hurricane Center warned on Saturday that shoreline towns in Connecticut might be inundated by storm surge from Hurricane Henri, possibly causing major flooding south of Route 1, a major artery through the state. Aware that eight inches of rain were a possibility, the coastal towns of New Haven, Branford, Guilford …

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At least 10 people have died and 31 remain missing in severe flooding in Tennessee

As of Saturday night, 31 people are still missing, Davis told WSMV. The bodies were recovered after catastrophic flash flooding near Waverly closed US-70, the city’s main highway, and placed the community under a boil water advisory, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Waverly is located in Humphreys County about 60 miles west …

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Afghan woman delivers baby aboard US evacuation aircraft

In a Twitter thread Sunday, the US Air Mobility Command said the woman went into labor aboard a C-17 transport aircraft during the second leg of her journey fleeing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The flight was from a staging base in the Middle East to the large US air base in Germany. The US …

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