Iraq and the Kurdistan Region face a serious water crisis as the governments of Turkey and Iran have been decreasing or cutting water supplies into the country’s rivers. The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources on Saturday said that the Turkish government had begun filling the newly-established Ileso Dam on the Tigris River. The move has had a direct impact on the river supply which runs through Iraq and has seen a decrease in water levels across the country. An Iraqi delegation would visit Turkey soon to discuss the matter with Turkish officials.
Meanwhile, protests in Jordan against tax rises and austerity measures – the biggest demonstrations in years – continued for a third consecutive night. Police fired tear gas and blocked roads in the capital Amman to stop protesters getting close to the cabinet office. The protesters say a new tax bill backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will hurt the poor and middle class.
Lastly, Maroon 5 has recruited a star-studded cast of strong, inspiring women for their new music video for Girls like you. For the band’s latest single, “Girls Like You” featuring Cardi B, Levine performs the song while the camera circles around him, revealing a long line of female stars standing by his side. Gal Gadot, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, Aly Raisman, Sarah Silverman, Tiffany Haddish, Rita Ora, Millie Bobby Brown, Mary J. Blige, Elizabeth Banks, and Ashley Graham are among the dozens of the famous women featured in the video, singing and dancing along to the song.