1. Emotional history of writing from 4th millennium BC to the present day shows how it 'made us human'

    By Vidhya M. Emotional history of writing from 4th millennium BC to the present day shows how it 'made us human' As per the study done by Massimo Maiocchi, some of the earliest forms of writing known to man were from the middle of the fourth millennium BCE. Cuneiform scripts from s
  2. Starbucks is laying off thousands of workers in the Middle East in response to Gaza boycotts

    By Jordan Valinsky, CNN Starbucks’ Middle East franchisee, Alshaya Group, is cutting thousands of jobs at its coffee shops because of a “challenging” work environment as the chain grapples with boycotts over the brand relating to Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza. In a statement t
  3. Africa became isolated as a continent about 66 million years ago but recently the remains of a member of the duck billed dinosaur family that evolved in North America was found in Northern Africa where it wasn’t expected to be.
  4. 50 of the world’s best breads

    By Jen Rose Smith, CNN What is bread? You likely don’t have to think for long, and whether you’re hungry for a slice of sourdough or craving some tortillas, what you imagine says a lot about where you’re from. But if bread is easy to picture, it’s hard to define. Bread historian Wil
  5. Can Beijing convince Europe to ditch a Trump-led US?

    By Diego Mendoza Semafor Signals Supported by Insights from Politico, South China Morning Post, and Observer Network The News Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to visit Europe this week in efforts bolster Beijing’s contentious but critical relationship with the bloc. Wang will ki
  6. I used DNA analysis to find my birth family, and it sent me across 3 continents

    By Tim Curran, CNN When I sent DNA samples to genetic testing services searching for my birth family, I had no idea it would launch me on an adventure across three continents. In 1961, I was adopted at birth in California. Over the years, I’ve searched for my birth family on and of
  7. Fears of another Palestinian exodus reverberate across the Middle East

    By Nada Bashir, Celine Alkhaldi and Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN Editor’s Note: A version of this story appears in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Through the narrow streets of the Jabal Al-Hussein r
  8. Queen Rania of Jordan accuses West of ‘glaring double standard’ as the death toll rises in besieged Gaza

    By Sana Noor Haq and Claire Calzonetti, CNN Queen Rania of Jordan has accused Western leaders of a “glaring double standard” for failing to condemn the deaths of civilians under Israeli bombardment in Gaza, as Israel’s war on Hamas threatens to destabilize relations between US and
  9. Fake placenames with anti-Israel messages flood Google Maps’ depiction of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt

    By Donie O'Sullivan and Eyad Kourdi, CNN When Google Maps users navigated to the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt on Tuesday, they might have seen placenames that included, “F**k Israel,” and “May god curse Israel’s Jerusalem.” Cyber activists appeared to have targeted