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Food prices rise sharply after fighting disrupts Afghan harvest
24 November 2015 (IRIN ), Food prices are shooting up in Afghanistan as the harvest has been halted in the country’s breadbasket in the northern province of Kunduz, where farmers have fled fighting and fields are infested with explosives.
Snow falls on Pakistan's shelterless quake victims
20 November 2015 (IRIN ), Weeks after an earthquake hit Pakistan and Afghanistan, those who lost their homes are living in tents as snow begins to fall and temperatures drop below zero.
Bangladesh’s climate change migrants
13 November 2015 (IRIN ), Farmland is being lost to climate change in Bangladesh, driving mass migration to slums. But the slums are at risk too, as rising sea levels and melting glaciers feed flooding, which in turn spreads water-borne diseases. Bangladesh is hoping next month's climate change conference in Paris will provide some solutions.
Key challenges for Myanmar
11 November 2015 (IRIN ), As Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy heads for a landslide and historic victory in Myanmar’s elections, here are the key challenges facing her new government:
Can elections and a ceasefire bring peace to Myanmar?
5 November 2015 (IRIN ), Myanmar has been at war since independence from Britain in 1948. For most of that time, the country was ruled by the military, but a quasi-civilian government took power in 2011, ushering in sweeping political and economic reforms. For ethnic minorities, however, little has changed. The military is battling an array of ethnic armed groups on Myanmar’s frontiers, where lucrative trades in drugs and natural resources fuel fighting. Can elections and a newly minted ceasefire lay the foundation for peace?
Bureaucracy blocks earthquake aid in Pakistan
30 October 2015 (IRIN ), International relief agencies are unable to reach some areas in Pakistan that were devastated by this week’s earthquake, because government authorities have not granted them permission to carry out aid activities.
Pakistan quake: new building codes largely unenforced
27 October 2015 (IRIN ), Pakistan added detailed seismic provisions to its national building code in 2007, but they have gone largely unenforced.
Afghan conflict and upcoming winter complicate earthquake relief
27 October 2015 (IRIN ), Several districts near the epicentre of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan are contested by government forces and Taliban insurgents, complicating relief to some of those affected by Monday’s quake.
Afghanistan-Pakistan earthquake: updates
26 October 2015 (IRIN ), A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Afghanistan at 1:39 pm local time (0909 GMT) on Monday, 26 October, sending shockwaves that were felt as far away as India. Initial reports indicate substantial damage to buildings and infrastructure in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as dozens of deaths and injuries.
Scores killed, hundreds injured in Afghanistan-Pakistan quake
26 October 2015 (IRIN ), Darkness put rescue efforts on hold in the mountainous Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, which was struck by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on Monday, with roads destroyed and helicopters unable to fly at night.

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