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How ancient seeds from the Fertile Crescent could help save us from climate change

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Some of the tens of thousands of seeds stored at a facility in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley may hold keys to helping the planet's food supply adapt to climate change. Many seeds were saved from Syria's war.

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Seeds developed over thousands of years may help farmers adapt to climate change

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

A seed bank in rural Lebanon is proving important for food production in regions all over the world adapting to warming temperatures.

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Syrians struggle with soaring prices, currency collapse and fuel shortages

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Syrians say they're facing worse economic hardship than at any other time during more than a decade of civil war — even though the president's regime has solidified its hold on much of the country.

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People in Lebanon are robbing banks and staging sit-ins to access their own savings

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Lebanon's banks froze accounts three years ago amid an economic collapse. Now, under increasingly desperate circumstances, people are resorting to extreme measures to access their savings accounts.

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Kurdish forces hope U.S. allies will convince Turkey to stop air strikes

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Kurdish forces who fought ISIS in Syria are hoping their U.S. allies will convince Turkey to stop an offensive of punishing air strikes against them.

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Lebanese people are staging robberies and sit-ins to access their bank accounts

Monday, December 12, 2022

At the start of the economic crisis in Lebanon, banks froze people out of their accounts. After struggling to make ends meet, some people have taken extreme measures to access their savings.

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A baby born on a migrant rescue boat and his mother were allowed into Italy

Friday, December 09, 2022

A baby born on a rescue boat in the Mediterranean Sea among hundreds of migrants bound for Italy highlighted the ongoing wave of people seeking refuge and the controversies over where they can go.

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Oil and gas companies' participation in climate conferences may be doing more harm than good

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Oil and gas company representatives came to the UN climate conference in big numbers and weighed in on whether there should be cut backs in their own industry.

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Biden says the U.S. is leading global warming action, but it may not be enough

Friday, November 11, 2022

President Biden went to the U.N. climate conference in Egypt to say the U.S. is leading urgent action to reduce global warming trends — but it may not be fast enough or sufficient.

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The climate summit is drawing attention to Egypt's poor human rights record

Thursday, November 10, 2022

The United Nation's annual climate conference is supposed to be the forum for the world to address global warming — but in Egypt many activist voices aren't being heard.

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Here's what happened on day 3 of the U.N.'s COP27 climate talks

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Pakistan's leader sounded the alarm, climate scientists called for more equitable research and the U.N. tried to crack down on greenwashing. Here's what happened at COP27 today.

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Here's what happened today at the U.N.'s COP27 climate negotiations

Monday, November 07, 2022

A new early warning system for weather disasters, calls for wealthy nations and corporations to pay up and dire descriptions of human suffering. Here's what happened at COP27 today.

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U.N. climate conference opens with alarming warnings about the global climate

Monday, November 07, 2022

The annual U.N. climate conference opened in Egypt with alarming warnings about the global climate and questions about human rights in the host country.

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Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen kills more than 70 and wounds hundreds

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen have intensified and this week took a heavy toll. Aid groups say 70 people being held in detention by Houthi rebels were killed in an attack.

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UAE has promised to respond after drone attacks by Yemen's Houthi rebels

Monday, January 17, 2022

Explosions in Abu Dhabi killed three people near fuel trucks. Houthi rebels claim they've struck the United Arab Emirates for its fight against them in Yemen and the UAE promises to respond.

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Why United Arab Emirates is relaxing laws on sex, marriage, liquor, vapes and more

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The UAE is overhauling laws on an array of business, cultural and social norms. On paper, it makes the emirate one of the region's most progressive countries, but critics say the reality is complex.

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The UAE attempts to overhaul harsh criminal and financial laws

Monday, January 10, 2022

The United Arab Emirates has been criticized for human rights violations but is now overhauling its laws to ease up on some social and economic restrictions.

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Many in Iraq regard women riding bikes as promiscuous. Some women see it as activism

Friday, January 07, 2022

For some women in Iraq, learning to ride bikes is a way of finding freedom from confining social restrictions.

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Syrians say Belarus deported them even though they're wanted by Assad's regime

Friday, December 24, 2021

After luring asylum-seekers to the EU as a political stunt, Belarus has now sent people back to the dangerous place they were escaping, rights groups and migrants tell NPR.

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Why elections in Libya have been delayed

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Libya's plans to hold national elections are in doubt as the country breaks down into regions controlled by local faction leaders — including the son of the former dictator.

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