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The Global Seed Vault in Longyearbyen. Photo: Bob Srong/Planet Ark

Syrian war spurs first withdrawal from doomsday Arctic seed vaults

by Alister Doyle Planet Ark September 22, 2015

Syria's civil war has prompted the first withdrawal of seeds from a "doomsday" vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies, officials said on Monday....

Protesters outside the presidential palace in Guatemala City last week calling for the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina and an end to what many see as political impunity. Photo: Josue Decavele/Reuters

New test for Guatemala’s protest movement: Improving citizens’ lives

by Elisabeth Malkin New York Times September 16, 2015

GUATEMALA CITY — Shortly after 5 a.m. one day last week, a security guard opened the entrance of Roosevelt Hospital here to patients who had been lining up in the dark mountain chill for more than an hour....

Malnutrition linked to nearly half of deaths among under-fives. Global nutrition study claims poor diet affects 161 million children and 1.9 billion a...

by Clár Ní Chonghaile The Guardian September 16, 2015

Malnourishment affects one in three people worldwide and is linked to 45% of deaths among children under the age of five, according to a report on global nutrition that warns the “staggering” scale of the condition could undermine the sustainable development agenda without greater investment fro...

Kale or steak? Change in diet key to U.N. plan to end hunger by 2030

by Chris Arsenault Reuters September 10, 2015

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In trendy, hipster London or New York, it's all about juicing, vegan diets and snacking on kale crisps. Thousands of miles away, in Nairobi or Bogota, the middle classes are more likely to reach for roasted goat or a juicy steak....

World food prices fall sharply in August, extending slide

by Isla Binnie Reuters September 10, 2015

World food prices fell sharply in August, dragged down by ample supplies and external factors including a slump in energy prices and concerns about an economic slowdown in China, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday....

Women’s prospects limited by law in 155 countries, World Bank study finds. Two decades after Beijing declaration on gender equality, women’s e...

by Liz Ford and Mark Anderson The Guardian September 9, 2015

About 155 countries have at least one law that limits women’s economic opportunities, while 100 states put restrictions on the types of jobs women can do and 18 allow husbands to dictate whether their wives can work at all, according to a World Bank report that paints a stark picture of the enduri...

How a peaceful political uprising happened in war-scarred Guatemala

by Joshua Partlow Washington Post September 5, 2015

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Children play amid garbage at an informal Syrian refugee settlement near Zahle, Lebanon. Photo: Sam Tarling/The Washington Post

UN agency forced to cut food aid to 229,000 Syrian refugees

by Karin Laub Associated Press September 4, 2015

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The cash-strapped World Food Program has had to drop one-third of Syrian refugees from its food voucher program in Middle Eastern host countries this year, including 229,000 in Jordan who stopped receiving food aid in September, a spokeswoman said Friday....

Guatemalan president quits amid corruption scandal

by Joshua Partlow Washington Post September 3, 2015

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As tragedies shock Europe, a bigger refugee crisis looms in the Middle East

by Liz Sly Washington Post August 29, 2015

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