Syrian refugee chickpeas bloom in Lebanon

In a humid plastic tent in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, a Syrian scientist handles the leaves of the chickpeas, lentils and wheat that may one day help fill neighbouring Syria’s post-war kitchen tables. Fawzi Souied is part of a team trying to safeguard the future of Syrian and global agriculture by recreating a seed collection stored … Read more Syrian refugee chickpeas bloom in Lebanon

In muddy Bekaa Valley camp, Jolie urges support for Syria refugees

U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie urged world powers on Tuesday to do more to end Syria’s five-year war and help the millions who have fled the conflict, as she visited refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. The war has killed 250,000 people, displaced half of Syria’s population and created Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War … Read more In muddy Bekaa Valley camp, Jolie urges support for Syria refugees

Jolie visits Greece to highlight Mideast refugee plight

A day after visiting refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie traveled to Greece on Wednesday to highlight the plight of war-fleeing families stuck in the country. Jolie visited the temporary offices of U.N. refugee agency UNHCR at the main port of Piraeus near Athens, which has become a makeshift camp for … Read more Jolie visits Greece to highlight Mideast refugee plight

Denmark world’s happiest country, Burundi least: new report shows

Denmark overtook Switzerland as the world’s happiest place, according to a report on Wednesday that urged nations regardless of wealth to tackle inequality and protect the environment. The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, showed Syria, Afghanistan and eight sub-Saharan countries as the 10 least … Read more Denmark world’s happiest country, Burundi least: new report shows