U.N. Agency Urges Truce in Syria Fighting During Harvesting

A U.N. agency appealed on Tuesday for a pause in the fighting raging across Syria so that farmers can harvest their crops in a country wracked by hunger and displacement. The head of the U.N.'s World Food Programme said, Syria's 2015 harvest could be larger than those of the last two years, and farmers need safe access to their crops. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said in a statement, "Without a humanitarian pause by all sides, providing unhindered access to Syrian food and opening up corridors for transport, people will still go hungry, despite a good harvest, and prices for food will remain high."