Jordan's king to Israeli PM: Palestinians must join regional projects | Reuters
Jordan's king told Israel's visiting prime minister on Wednesday that Palestinians should be part of U.S.-sponsored regional economic projects to underpin stability in the Middle East.
The Muslim World
Israeli army says Hamas is rebuilding capabilities in Gaza | AP News
EREZ MILITARY BASE, Israel (AP) — The Israeli army said on Wednesday that Hamas has rebuilt some of the capabilities that were damaged during last year's Gaza war, including three new tunnels and a series of weapons manufacturing and storage sites.
Syrian ship carrying 'stolen Ukrainian barley, flour' docks in Lebanon, Ukrainian embassy says | Reuters
A Syrian ship under U.S. sanctions has docked in the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli carrying barley and wheat that the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut told Reuters on Thursday had been plundered by Russia from Ukrainian stores.
Seeking new funds, Hamas raises taxes in impoverished Gaza | AP News
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza’s Hamas rulers have imposed a slew of new taxes on imported clothes and office supplies just ahead of the new school year, sparking limited but rare protests in the impoverished coastal strip.
Anti-Iran Protesters Break Into Baghdad Green Zone, Storm Iraqi Parliament - WSJ
Thousands of demonstrators stormed the Iraqi capital’s government center and occupied the parliament building, denouncing the Iranian ties of the leading candidate to be the country’s next prime minister.
At UN, Iraq and Turkey escalate dispute over deadly attack | AP News
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A dispute between Iraq and Turkey over a recent deadly attack in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region escalated at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. Iraq’s foreign minister demanded the withdrawal of all Turkish troops from his country, while Turkey’s deputy ambassador said his government will keep pursuing fighters it considers terrorists who take refuge in Iraq.
Inside Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Build a Skyscraper That Stretches for 75 Miles - WSJ
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman demanded something as ambitious as Egypt’s pyramids. What urban planners came up with in response are plans for the world’s largest structure.
'New Cold War': Russia and West vie for influence in Africa | AP News
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Russian, French and American leaders are crisscrossing Africa to win support for their positions on the war in Ukraine, waging what some say is the most intense competition for influence on the continent since the Cold War.
Finance and Economy
Dubai real estate sales surge 60% as investors, Russians snap up property | Reuters
Dubai's red-hot property market surged in the first half of the year as investors piled in, while Russians were among the top five buyers as the emirate benefits from an influx of wealth in the wake of Western sanctions.
Russia cuts gas through Nord Stream 1 to 20% of capacity | AP News
BERLIN (AP) — Russia’s Gazprom on Wednesday halved the amount of natural gas flowing through a major pipeline from Russia to Europe to 20% of capacity. It’s the latest Nord Stream 1 reduction that Russia has blamed on technical problems but Germany calls a political move to sow uncertainty and push up prices amid the war in Ukraine .
What Is Stagflation? What to Know About the Combination of High Inflation and Stagnating Economic Growth - WSJ
Economists estimate the U.S. economy barely grew in the second quarter, raising a stagflation alarm.