Nine hundred parcels of food were delivered today to a district in Damascus, Syria, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said. Separately, the spread of polio in Syria underscores the government's neglect of its people, writes Annie Sparrow.
The World Health Organization confirms that polio is spreading in Syria, with one new case each for Damascus and Aleppo. Meanwhile, Nigeria is expected to show a drop in polio cases compared with last year, according to data through mid-November.
Fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels continues, particularly around the cities of Damascus and Aleppo. Meanwhile, Hezbollah, whose fighters are backing the Syrian government, said it will remain in the conflict indefinitely.
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.
The United Nations' International Telecommunications Union plans to alert regulators in more than 200 countries about a possible security threat to mobile phones. The threat targets SIM cards and, in particular, could affect mobile phone users who rely on the devices for banking services, including many in Africa.