In the last rebel-held province of Idlib, the extremist group, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), have taken advantage of the withdrawal of many National Liberation Front (NLF) affiliated groups to establish itself within the Demilitirisation Zone (DMZ).
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.
More than four million Syrian students are heading back to school this month in areas under government control. Kafr Batna, in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, was recaptured by the government just this spring after a blistering offensive against opposition.