A drought in Spain has dried up all the bubbly

One of the world’s most well-known and prestigious makers of sparkling wine — or cava, as it’s called in Catalan — is laying off 80% of its workforce. There’s plenty of demand for Spanish-German Freixenet’s bottled beverage, just not enough water to get the grapes to grow. They have shriveled on the vine as the lack of rain and restrictions on water use combine. The World’s Gerry Hadden reports from Sant Sadurní d’Ainoa, Spain.

Baseball rises in Argentina thanks to Venezuelan migration

Sports

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

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

“Oasis of Peace” (Wahat al-Salam in Arabic and Neve Shalom in Hebrew) is an intentional, cooperative community about halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It sits on the Green Line, which delineates Israel and the occupied West Bank, where Arab and Jewish neighbors live next door to each other. But fostering a dialogue between everyone amid the Israel-Hamas war has been a struggle.

Lacquerware artisans are still displaced by earthquake in Japan

Thousands of people are still displaced following an earthquake in Ishikawa prefecture in Japan on Jan. 1. The epicenter of the quake was on the Noto Peninsula, an area known for its deep traditions, including a distinct style of lacquered tableware and teaware made in the town of Wajima. The earthquake triggered a fire in Wajima, and lacquerware craftspeople lost workshops full of specialized tools. Hannah Kirshner caught up with some of these artisans in Yamanaka Onsen, at the southwest corner of Ishikawa, where some have relocated, to see how the move might redefine this centuries-old craft.

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.