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Thousands gather in Israeli desert for meteor shower

2 months, 3 days ago
MITZPE RAMON: Thousands of star-gazers gathered overnight at one of the darkest spots in Israel hoping to be dazzled by the annual Perseid meteor shower, only to be left somewhat disappointed by the show. Locals had the rare task of…

Iraq launches operation to clear last IS holdouts from desert

10 months, 24 days ago
BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces announced the launch of a major operation on Thursday to flush remaining Islamic State group fighters out of the western desert near the border with Syria. The arid, sparsely populated wastelands between the Tigris…