Jordan seeks to expand power supplies to West Bank | Reuters
Jordan said on Wednesday it had doubled the electricity sold to the occupied West Bank city of Jericho to 80 megawatts, helping reduce its reliance on power supplied by Israel as part of a broader goal to bolster Palestinian independence.
The Muslim World
Syria: Israel strikes Aleppo airport | AP News
Israel launched a missile attack on Wednesday targeting the airport in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Syrian state media said, citing a military source. The Syrian government did not report any casualties.
4 dead as Shiite rivals clash in Iraq's Basra — security source | Jordan Times
BASRA — Four militants were killed overnight after an ambush in the southern Iraqi city of Basra sparked clashes between rival Shiite factions, a security source said Thursday, days after deadly clashes in the capital.Two members of Saraya Al Salam, an armed faction linked to powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, were killed when their vehicle came under fire from the Asaib Ahl Al Haq force, which lost two fighters in the ensuing gun battle, the source said.
Goldman Sachs raises Turkey 2022 GDP growth forecast to 5.5% | Reuters
Goldman Sachs said on Thursday it had raised its forecast for Turkey's 2022 GDP growth to 5.5% from 3.5%, while lifting its 2022 current account deficit forecast to $45 billion from $36 billion.
Waterborne diseases spread among flood victims in Pakistan | AP News
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani health officials on Thursday reported an outbreak of waterborne diseases in areas hit by recent record-breaking flooding, as authorities stepped up efforts to ensure the provision of clean drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people who lost their homes in the disaster.
Oil firms seek U.S. mediation to defuse Iraq-Kurdistan tensions | Reuters
Oil firms operating in Kurdistan have asked the United States to help defuse an upsurge in tension between Iraq's central government and the semi-autonomous region, according to a letter seen by Reuters and three sources.
To China’s fury, UN accuses Beijing of Uyghur rights abuses | AP News
BEIJING (AP) — The U.N. accused China of serious human rights violations that may amount to “crimes against humanity” in a long-delayed report examining a crackdown on Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups.
Finance and Economy
Oil slides 3% as China lockdowns stoke demand fears | Reuters
Oil prices tumbled more than 3% on Thursday, as new COVID-19 lockdown measures in China added to worries that high inflation and interest rate hikes are denting fuel demand.
Inside a U.S. Navy Maritime Drone Operation Aimed at Iran - WSJ
The U.S. Navy is working with Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern nations to build a network of drones as it seeks to constrain Iran’s military in the region—a program the Pentagon hopes will be a model for operations around the world.
2 killed in West Bank, Palestinians blame Israeli raids | AP News
JERUSALEM (AP) — Two Palestinians were killed in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the official Palestinian news agency said. It initially blamed both deaths on Israeli troops conducting arrest raids, but later reported that Palestinian gunmen were suspected in one of the deaths.