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The hydroponic tomato plants at Ráječek Farm rely on manufactured fertilizer to grow.

War in Ukraine sparks fertilizer crisis that may impact the future of global food production

Russia is the world’s largest fertilizer producer, but fewer Russian agricultural products are entering the global market due to the war in Ukraine. It’s changing how farmers and fertilizer suppliers are thinking about agriculture.

War in Ukraine sparks fertilizer crisis that may impact the future of global food production
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talk during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022.

Putin reinforces military, security bonds with Belarus at Minsk meeting

Putin reinforces military, security bonds with Belarus at Minsk meeting
Many of the Jewish graves in Kyrgyzstan are adorned with Stars of David.

The Jewish graves in Kyrgyzstan are fading. But a small Jewish community continues to thrive. 

The Jewish graves in Kyrgyzstan are fading. But a small Jewish community continues to thrive. 
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a damaged city center after Russian air raid in Chernigiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 3, 2022. 

Russia's invasion in Ukraine ‘is far from done,’ retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says

Russia's invasion in Ukraine ‘is far from done,’ retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says
A Belarusian national flag flutters over a street in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. 

'The Kremlin really controls the armed forces of Belarus,' analyst says

'The Kremlin really controls the armed forces of Belarus,' analyst says
Smoke rise from an air defense base in the aftermath of an apparent Russian strike in Mariupol, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022.

Russia attacks Ukraine; peace in Europe 'shattered'

Russia has launched an invasion into eastern Ukraine, prompting condemnation from the US and Western nations. Meanwhile, Ukrainian civilians flee to safety amid the ongoing assaults.

Russia attacks Ukraine; peace in Europe 'shattered'
Nicolai khalezin and Natalia Kaliada founded Belarus Free Theater.

Belarus theater company flees amid opposition crackdown 

Belarus Free Theater has staged provocative plays highlighting political corruption and the effects of authoritarianism for 16 years. Now, all its members are leaving Belarus, saying it’s no longer safe for them. 

Belarus theater company flees amid opposition crackdown 
Yadgar Hussein recounts her perilous journey through Eastern Europe in her living room in Erbil after being deported from Poland, Nov. 24, 2021.

‘I had no life left here’: Iraqi Kurds are at the center of the migration crisis in Europe

Iraqi Kurds fleeing the semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq have made harrowing journeys to Western Europe. Now, many are being flown back to northern Iraq, often with little to restart their lives.

‘I had no life left here’: Iraqi Kurds are at the center of the migration crisis in Europe
A protest by mothers in the Polish eastern town of Hajnowka over the deaths of migrant children in the forest. 

An underground network of locals in Poland self-organize to help migrants who face 'pushbacks' by the govt

Humanitarian groups and media have been banned from entering the area near the border with Belarus.

An underground network of locals in Poland self-organize to help migrants who face 'pushbacks' by the govt
President Joe Biden waves towards the White House balcony in Washington

US, Canada and Mexico to hold talks at the White House

The US, Canada and Mexico are holding trilateral talks today in Washington. Also, volunteers who helped in search-and-rescue operations for migrants at sea are on trial in Greece. And, Iraq has flown home hundreds of its citizens who were camped out at the Belarus-Poland border.

US, Canada and Mexico to hold talks at the White House
Migrants make their way to the checkpoint "Kuznitsa" at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus

EU places new sanctions on entities facilitating migration to Belarus

The EU is placing new sanctions on travel companies helping to transport migrants to Belarus. Also, American journalist Danny Fenster, who was sentenced to 11 years in prison, has been released by the military junta in Myanmar. And, Austria imposes a lockdown on people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

EU places new sanctions on entities facilitating migration to Belarus
A Belavia plane lands at the International Airport outside Vilnius, Lithuania

Turkey halts flights for some Arab citizens traveling to Belarus

Turkey halts flights for some Arab citizens traveling to Belarus. Also, France hosts peace conference on Libya to ensure elections take place in December. And, Myanmar sentences American journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison.

Turkey halts flights for some Arab citizens traveling to Belarus
A view of a tent camp set by migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere gathering at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus

EU officials accuse Belarus of creating a new migrant crisis

The EU accuses Belarus of trying to create a new migrant crisis in Europe. Also, Ethiopian authorities detain more than 70 drivers working for the United Nations by delivering aid. And, nearly 200 nations compose a draft of the Glasgow agreement at the COP26 climate conference.

EU officials accuse Belarus of creating a new migrant crisis
Migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere rest on the ground as they gather at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus

Polish border police push back migrants at Belarus border

Polish riot police push back hundreds of migrants at the border with Belarus. Also, rich and poor nations try to resolve differences at the COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow. And, Malawi elects its first MP with albinism.

Polish border police push back migrants at Belarus border
People wade past a flooded area in Dipayal Silgadhi, Nepal.

Flooding and mudslides kill about 200 people in Nepal

More than 200 people die from flooding in Nepal, while dozens remain missing. Also, Ethiopian government forces conduct airstrikes on the Tigray regional capital of Mekele. And, a popular Russian newspaper shuts down in Belarus after authorities arrest a member of its staff there.

Flooding and mudslides kill about 200 people in Nepal