Fighting in Syria on Tuesday left at least 120 dead from clashes near Damascus, Homs and Aleppo. Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that more preparations for the Syrian peace talks will take place this month, with the actual talks unlikely to take place before October.
Coca-Cola is launching a solar panel pilot project in Kenya that gives operators of Coca-Cola kiosks the ability to have lights and to charge phones and radios. "[W]e believe this project with One Degree Solar will go a long way in helping retailers and kiosk owners extend their operating hours, reduce their operating costs, and experience the numerous benefits of renewable energy," says Patrick Pech of Nairobi Bottlers.
Humanitarian aid workers are undergoing an ordeal every day in Syria as they try to reach people in need. "The way the country and the map is drawn these days, it's not as simple as to say you're moving from government-held territory into opposition-held territory," says Matthew Hollingworth, head of the World Food Programme's Syrian operation.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that "on-site activities are essential if the United Nations is to be able to establish the facts and clear all the doubts surrounding" the claims about chemical weapons being used in Syria. Separately, UN chemical weapons expert Ake Sellstrom was in London last week to examine physical evidence.