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Afghan mining law “could strengthen armed groups”
28 August 2014 (IRIN ), A new law designed to regulate Afghanistan’s nascent mining sector could increase corruption, lead to forced displacements and even allow armed groups to take control of the sector, transparency groups have warned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100548/Afghan-mining-law-could-strengthen-armed-groups
Record harvest loss, food shortages hit dry Sri Lanka
21 August 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka's government is scrambling to ease the impact of record harvest losses on millions of farmers as the country enters its tenth month of an acute dry spell.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100523/Record-harvest-loss-food-shortages-hit-dry-Sri-Lanka
Call for action to curb attacks on environmental campaigners
20 August 2014 (IRIN ), Amid increasing documentation of attacks on people engaged in environmental activism, experts are calling for a global protection regime to defend and support campaigners subjected to harassment and abuse.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100518/Call-for-action-to-curb-attacks-on-environmental-campaigners
Analysis: Why child marriage persists in Nepal
15 August 2014 (IRIN ), At age 33, Rami Biswokarma has been married for 20 years. Her village of Kateghari in Nepal’s western Surkhet District has seen multiple campaigns against child marriage, but she says little has changed.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100492/Analysis-Why-child-marriage-persists-in-Nepal
Drug control efforts go local in Myanmar’s Kachin State
14 August 2014 (IRIN ), Myanmar's northern Kachin State, renowned for its heroin production, is changing tack in its efforts to curb rampant drug use and cultivation: In addition to crop-substitution programmes, community-led campaigns aim to change minds and steer people towards treatment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100483/Drug-control-efforts-go-local-in-Myanmar-s-Kachin-State
Pakistan’s glaciers: Data-sharing needed to mitigate disasters
12 August 2014 (IRIN ), Scientists say they risk reaching flawed conclusions on climate change unless data on Pakistan's glaciers is more systematically shared. Yet new projects aim to do just that.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100479/Pakistan-s-glaciers-Data-sharing-needed-to-mitigate-disasters
Boosting farm-level disaster resilience in Timor-Leste
8 August 2014 (IRIN ), Building resilience to natural disasters in Timor-Leste, where most people are subsistence farmers, means improving the transport infrastructure and tweaking local farming practices, for example by encouraging crop diversification and building terraces. Such efforts, however, also require effective and transparent political leadership, experts and officials say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100461/Boosting-farm-level-disaster-resilience-in-Timor-Leste
Nepal landslide deaths highlight disaster risk reduction gaps*
7 August 2014 (IRIN ), A landslide in Nepal on 2 August killed 33 and 122 are still missing as search and rescue continues. Experts say this event, one of the deadliest in the country’s recent history, is a wake-up call for hazard mapping, early warning, and disaster management.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100451/Nepal-landslide-deaths-highlight-disaster-risk-reduction-gaps
IDPs under pressure in Pakistan’s Sindh Province
4 August 2014 (IRIN ), Fleeing the violence in North Waziristan, displaced Pakistanis are confronting a new enemy in southern Sindh Province - prejudice.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100443/IDPs-under-pressure-in-Pakistan-s-Sindh-Province
Little hope of justice for Nepal’s war-time rape survivors
31 July 2014 (IRIN ), For several weeks in July, veteran Nepali women’s rights activist Renu Rajbhandari picketed in front of the Constituent Assembly, Nepal’s legislative body in Kathmandu, demanding amendment of the country’s rape laws.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100423/Little-hope-of-justice-for-Nepal-s-war-time-rape-survivors

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