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.
Delivering aid to communities affected by natural disasters or conflicts is always challenging, IRIN writes, but innovators are helping aid agencies overcome these challenges. Their innovations include the use of 3D printing to make spare parts onsite and pooling information on malnutrition.
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.