Gaza’s children are starting a new school year, but Israel’s blockade and its January war on the territory mean many are doing so without adequate supplies. Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports from one school in Gaza where classes are resuming.
It is Central Asia’s second largest lake and home to more than three million people, but Kazakhstan’s Lake Balkash is under threat.
The desert-locked sea is shrinking due to over-irrigation, caused in part by industrial neighbours such as China.
Many are concerned it could suffer the same fate as the Aral Sea, and eventually disappear.
Al Jazeera’s Robin Forestier-Walker travelled with a team of scientists to Lake Balkhash – to find out why history could be about to repeat itself.
Two decades ago, 20 million Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians joined hands to form a nearly unbroken 650 kilometre long human chain. It was a symbolic event to protest at their occupation by Soviet Russia.
Celebrations have been going on in Vilnius, Tallin and Riga to mark the anniversary.
From the Latvian capital, Riga, Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports.