It's a day of celebration for Israelis but for Palestinians it's the Nakba, the catastrophe. The foundation of Israel on 14 May 1948 meant hundreds of thousands of them fled or were expelled from their homes.
Blessed with a wealth of cultural treasures, the Iraqi capital Baghdad looks back on a unique history. Yet terror, war and state neglect have wrought ineradicable damage. Impressions by Ali al-Gharbawi