Climate change is turning the Middle East’s breadbasket into a cannabis farm

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon( CNN) The farmer plucks a cannabis flower from a long husk. He presses it against his nose, inhales deep and begins to extol the therapeutic — if not inevitably scientific — properties of his crop. “Smell this. It smells like heaven, ” says Abu Salim, who doesn’t want his real name used…

Multiple explosions rip through Syrian towns; Yemen

( CNN) As many as nine explosions tore through two Syrian government strongholds Monday in the coastal cities of Tartous and Jabla, killing dozens, country media and the World Health Organization said. The death toll has risen to close to 150 in the wake of the two attacks, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said…

Man killed in Israeli security action at Palestinian hospital

Jerusalem( CNN) Undercover Israeli authorities shot and killed a Palestinian man inside a West Bank hospital Thursday, the Palestinian health minister said. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that members of the military, the Israel Securities Authority and the Israeli police conducted a joint operation overnight at the Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron to…