50,000 new samples sent to Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault

Feb 24, 2017

50,000 new samples sent to Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault

Nearly 10 years after a “doomsday” seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world’s largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops. ...

Damascus denies using chlorine gas during Aleppo battle

Feb 16, 2017

Damascus denies using chlorine gas during Aleppo battle

Syria’s government on Wednesday fiercely denied accusations by Human Rights Watch that it used chemical weapons in its battle for Aleppo, shrugging off the group’s report as “unprofessional and unscientific. In a major report released Monday, Human Rights Watch said Syrian government forces had ...

Fall of Aleppo shines harsh light on United Nations

Dec 23, 2016

Fall of Aleppo shines harsh light on United Nations

The warning from the U.N. envoy could not have been starker: Pounded by a near-daily barrage of airstrikes, Aleppo would be totally destroyed by Christmas unless the United Nations stopped the carnage. During the weeks that followed Staffan de Mistura’s distress call in early ...