Multiple sub-surface bodies of water were found on Mars. However, it is likely to be too high in salt concentration to host any life forms. Nevertheless, scientists now hypothesise that there could be life on the land of Mars that have evolved from past aquatic life forms on Mars.
On 13 August, the United Arab Emirates and Israel agreed upon the Abraham Accords. It sees Israel agreeing to postpone plans to annex the West Bank from Palestine, in exchange for normalized diplomatic relations with the UAE. Could this be the beginning of a more stable geopolitical climate in the Middle East?