The United Nations is extending the reach of UN peacekeepers by employing drones -- which the UN call "unarmed, unmanned aerial vehicles" -- to gather intelligence, determine the status of roads and other uses. Peacekeeping missions are getting permission from countries before deploying the vehicles.
Talks among Ukraine, Russia and pro-Russian separatists are slated to be held no later than Saturday as a result of Wednesday's talks between foreign ministers from France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia. The ministers also made progress on a cease-fire plan.
There are 2.9 million Syrian registered refugees, with the number expected to rise to 3.6 million by year's end, says Antonio Guterres, United Nations high commissioner for refugees. Only 30% of the $3.74 billion required for emergency needs has been funded.