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.
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.
Michelle Bachelet will resign as executive director of United Nations Women. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "I would like to express my tremendous gratitude for her outstanding service." Bachelet will be returning to Chile, possibly to run for president again, Colum Lynch writes.
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.