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.
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.