A car bomb meant for Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi killed a bodyguard, leaving the prime minister shaken but unharmed. Separately, the Assad government claims the West's accusations about chemical weapons are a cover-up for actions by the rebels.
Strong leadership is critical for the success of the post-Millennium Development Goals, argues Jan Vandemoortele, an MDG architect. The best place to look for that leadership is the United Nations, he argues.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be meeting today with Ake Sellstrom, the head of the UN's chemical weapons mission to Syria. Ban urges the Syrian government to "respond swiftly and favorably" to allow the team to enter the country.
Solar-powered mosquito traps are being installed on an island in Lake Victoria in a new effort by Kenya to combat malaria. The solar equipment also can be used to power light fixtures and recharge mobile devices.