Turkey’s Interior Ministry has fired nearly 9,000 police officers, bureaucrats and others and detained thousands of suspected plotters following the attempted coup, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Monday. Warplanes patrolled Turkey’s skies overnight in a sign that authorities feared that the threat against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government was not yet over, despite official assurances that life has returned to normal.
With the sighting of the crescent moon, Muslims mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and of dawn-to-dusk fasting, and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr. The festival, which typically starts with prayers and can include parades, family reunions and other gatherings, is a time of thanksgiving and reflection.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem contains two of the holiest sites in Christianity: the spot where the cross was raised, and what’s believed to be the tomb of Jesus. Now, for the first time in 200 years, the site will undergo much-needed renovations.
Almost 70 years after it was conceived, and 17 years after construction started, the world’s largest train tunnel is to open tomorrow in Switzerland. Dug under the Alps, the 35-mile Gotthard Base Tunnel is expected to streamline and increase rail traffic between northern and southern Europe.
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip commemorated Nakba, “catastrophe” in Arabic, the name given for the day of the creation of Israel on May 15, 1948. Adults and children held keys — either real or cardboard — signifying their homes in what is now Israeli-controlled land.