The Lebanese Minister of Interior, Raya al-Hassan, announced that her ministry is planning on reforming Lebanon's overcrowded prisons. However, activists say that unless broad, structural reforms to the administration of the prisons are also passed, these reforms will only have a moderate impact.
Political rivals in Iraq have agreed on the program of the designated Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. The proposed program focusses heavily on developing the economy and diversifying away from oil. The new government is expected to be in place within two weeks.
The Sentry program, launched two years ago by two Americans and a Syrian coder, uses human observers and a network of sensors. The resulting estimate can then trigger air raid sirens near the target zone and send warnings to mobile phone applications, saving the lives of many Syrians.