Rebels in Syria have taken over a military intelligence compound near the Golan Heights with the aim of opening up another front in their war against the Syrian government, writes Khaled Yacoub Oweis. Meanwhile, Alex Whiting explains what caused the rebellion and who is backing the rebels.
Indian farmers are able to be more productive by analyzing micronutrients in soil, Mark Tran writes. By understanding what the soil needs, farmers can avoid adding unnecessary fertilizers while still improving crop yields.
Prakti, an Indian company, is developing clean cookstoves to reduce indoor pollution, which results in millions of deaths worldwide each year. The company offers affordable, custom-designed clean cookstoves.
Putting laws into place to stop violence against women are good, but cultures and attitudes must also be changed to protect women and girls, writes Katherine Brickell. "[T]he chasm between legal reform and change for women has emerged as a key challenge" for ensuring women's safety, she writes.
The United Nations probe into more than two dozen drone strikes in the Middle East and Central Asia will seek to establish accountability in the reported deaths of civilians, said Ben Emmerson, special rapporteur for human rights and counterterrorism. The findings are likely to help shape the debate over whether drones kill more people than traditional methods of warfare.