The United Nations-negotiated 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants reportedly was broken after just 90 minutes, and Hamas militants reportedly took an Israeli soldier prisoner while killing two others. UN Special Coordinator Robert Serry urged "Palestinian parties to last night's understanding to urgently reaffirm their commitment to the humanitarian cease-fire."
The approaching final 500 days of the Millennium Development Goals are a reminder to the international community to keep up momentum, especially on health MDGs, writes Charles "Chip" Lyons. "As we look to 2030, we cannot be satisfied with the progress we've made, no matter how improbable it seemed 15 years ago," he argues.
Syrian women living in Lebanon as refugees are facing sexual exploitation from employers, landlords and others as they struggle to earn a living, relief workers say. Some women are turning to prostitution and "survival sex" or are allowing teenage daughters to enter forced marriages.