Turmoil in the Middle East

Astronaut Alexander Gerst shared his "saddest photo yet" from space: an aerial view of explosions and rockets flying over Gaza and Israel (3,772 shares). It prompted Khadija Patel of Eyewitness News to tweet, "Wow. The view of war from space."

Over in Iraq, BBC reports that ISIS has ordered that women in Mosul undergo female genital mutilation, according to the UN (2,405 shares). "This is horrific," BBC's Carolyn Rice tweeted, and she may as well be speaking for all of us.

And back in the Syrian city of Raqqa, NYT's Ben Hubbard describes what life is like in a Jihadist capital: "Order with a darker side." The Atlantic's James Bennet called it "great journalism - a gutsy trip into a radically different and scary world."

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