Former major cotton exporter Egypt seeks to overcome major challenges to compete with US and Brazil. Cotton was once Egypt's main source of wealth in the 19th century, as the Nile Delta provided fertile grounds for the crop, however, fierce competition has diminished the crops returns.
Iraqi athletes from Mosul were unable to attend last Paralympics in Rio after IS jihadists insisted that they raise the group's flag. Now that the group has been defeated, athletes are determined to raise Iraq's flag high in future competitions.
As the Lebanese government is being formed, Lebanese women launch a campaign to pressure winning parties and coalitions to have at least 30% of the ministries and cabinet position be held by women in the upcoming government.
Russian, Iranian and Turkish officials gather in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan in hopes of reaching a political settlement in Syria. Representatives from the United States did not attend this round of talks.
Astana Process: First time Iran, Russia, Turkey gather for negotiations on the Syrian peace process in Astana, Kazakhstan since cross-border military strikes between Iran, Israel. The meeting between the countries will last two days.