Laura Bencosme

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How Bread, Beer, And Soy Sauce Changed The Human Microbiome

Digesting yeast is no mean feat<p>Something funny happened when people began consuming beer and wine. That something funny—perhaps there are others, but we will not comment—was that the little critters that live inside healthy human guts seem to have adapted. Certain bacteria species that commonly …

As funds dry up, UN agency warns of ‘very tough’ winter for displaced in Syria, Iraq

“The shortfall affects our winter preparedness programmes, although we have already invested $154 million on winter aid for Syrian and Iraqi refugees …

War

8 things you should know about Syria and the Syrian conflict

By Jim Connolly<i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p>For the last few months, the news from Syria has been dominated by the battle against so called Islamic State.<p>There's been little attention on millions of people forced to flee their homes.<p>The war started almost four years ago with peaceful protests against the …

13.6 Million Displaced Syrians and Iraqis Face Supplies Shortage, UN Says

More than 13 million people have fled from conflict zones in Iraq and Syria in an ongoing humanitarian crisis that the United Nations’ refugee agency …

13.6 million refugees displaced by wars in Syria and Iraq, UNHCR says

About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, many without food or shelter …

The dynamics of the Syrian conflict, and how to resolve it

There is no real consensus on how to resolve the Syrian conflict, but there is one unifying belief regarding the urgent need to do so without delay. …

Middle East

Doors closing for Syrians seeking refuge abroad: humanitarian agencies

OSLO (Reuters) - Syria’s neighbors Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq are cutting back sharply on the number of Syrians they allow onto their soil as they can no longer cope with the influx of refugees, two prominent humanitarian agencies said on Thursday.<p>The number of refugees able to flee their …

UN calls to West as 13.6 million are displaced in Iraq and Syria

At least 1.9 million people in Iraq have been displaced as militants from the Islamic State attack cities and towns through the north and west, …