‘This is the biggest thing that all Latvians wait for’: Summer solstice festivities begin in Latvia

Midsummer, or the summer solstice, is a day of great celebration in many countries throughout the globe. For many people in northern Europe – in the Scandinavian countries, and the Baltics – midsummer is one of the most beloved holidays. The World’s Daniel Ofman reports from Riga, the Latvian capital, about how people there are celebrating the longest day of the year.

Palestinian arrests in the West Bank have skyrocketed

Israel-Hamas war

Juneteenth offers a ‘window into the complexity’ of US history with slavery, says author

History

Even in the ‘Oasis of Peace’ — where Arabs and Jews are neighbors — residents struggle to talk about the Israel-Hamas war 

Israel-Hamas war

Lacquerware artisans are still displaced by earthquake in Japan

As flood waters drop, Brazil faces a waterborne disease outbreak

Natural disasters

Heavy rain hit southern Brazil over the weekend, exacerbating the already unprecedented flooding tragedy the region has undergone since last April. Of the major concerns right now are respiratory illnesses and a bacterial disease that has already killed more than a dozen people.

Colombia joins efforts to boycott Israel — but other countries in the region take a more cautious approach 

Israel-Hamas war

Countries across Latin America are increasing their support for Palestinians as the current war between Israel and Hamas continues. Some leaders in the region have described the conflict as an uneven fight between a powerful nation and a group of people that is struggling to obtain its independence.

Latvian basketball fans are rooting for ‘unicorn’ Porziņģis in the NBA finals

Sports

The Celtics are in the NBA finals, and one of the team’s most impactful players is Latvian center Kristaps Porziņģis. Fans in Latvia are rooting for him to become the first Latvian NBA champion. The World’s Daniel Ofman reports from Riga, Latvia.

Haiti’s new leaders vow to take on gangs

Conflict & Justice

Haiti’s new leadership has vowed to take on criminal gangs as the arrival of a thousand Kenyan security forces hopes to bolster the country’s police force. The World’s host, Marco Werman, speaks with AyiboPost editor-in-chief, Widlore Mérancourt.

Out of Eden Walk: Walking Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor 

Out of Eden Walk

Afghanistan’s wild and mountainous Wakhan Corridor is an isolated region, home to the rare snow leopard and to a human culture that has gone unchanged for centuries. People still get their flour for baking from water-powered grist mills. Host Marco Werman speaks with National Geographic Explorer Paul Salopek about his trek through this rugged alpine wilderness.