United Nations chemical-weapons experts today began investigating the alleged nerve gas attack in Ghouta in Syria even as the team's convoy was hit by sniper fire and bombs were detonated near their hotel. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the investigation is crucial as "we cannot allow impunity in what appears to be a grave crime against humanity."
Western and Mideast military leaders are meeting to discuss possible intervention in the Syrian conflict. Russia, which backs the Syrian government, has warned against outside intervention. Meanwhile, Syrian rebels have cut off the supply route near Aleppo that serves government troops.
The United Nations is investigating the deaths of two protesters in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The two allegedly were killed by UN peacekeeping forces as protesters tried to force their way into the UN base in Goma.
The U.S. Agency for International Development is funding mWater, a nonprofit technology company that is developing a mobile application to test water quality. The USAID funding will help mWater set up a trial for the app in Tanzania.