When life, in plant form, came from seas to barren lands, mountains and hills were rocky crags and lowland plains were dustbowls, and rates of erosion were more than ten times what they are nowadays. As plants further moved onto land, soils developed, and as geological times passed by, soils and plants more and more crept outwards from the seas and increasingly covered the land surface of our cosmic home, giving it familiar shades of green to its continents. But when plants first invaded the land?
Bahrain’s Council of Representatives has approved a new legislation, preventing members of dissolved political parties from taking part in the country’s parliamentary and municipal elections later this year.
Turkish officials have released the former co-leader of the country’s main pro-Kurdish party, whom they had arrested a week ago over her opposition to Ankara’s ongoing cross-border offensive in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants for 346 individuals over suspected links to the so-called Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which is accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed military coup in mid-2016 in the Anatolian country.