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BANGLADESH: Post-flood relief drive under way
19 September 2007 (IRIN ), The government of Bangladesh is undertaking a major post-flood relief effort after over two million people were affected by above average monsoon rains. Since the end of July 39 of the country’s 64 districts have been affected.
NEPAL: Fears of renewed civil war as Maoists quit government
19 September 2007 (IRIN ), There are growing concerns in Nepal that the country could be dragged back into a civil war as former Maoist rebels quit the government on 19 September. Maoist ministers resigned from the government after most governing parties opposed Maoist demands that the monarchy be abolished by the time of the elections, scheduled for November.
PAKISTAN: Roadside dentists pose HIV, hepatitis threat
18 September 2007 (IRIN ), Holding a chunk of ice wrapped in a handkerchief firmly to his right cheek, Saleem Jawad, 34, looks rather pleased with himself. From time to time he turns away to spit out a stream of red blood, before sipping from a glass of cold water beside him.
AFGHANISTAN: Returnees shun specially allocated housing sites
18 September 2007 (IRIN ), Only 19 out of 1,700 returning families from Iran and Pakistan have settled on land in Herat Province, western Afghanistan, allocated to them over a year ago.
CENTRAL ASIA: Governments move to stem spiralling food prices
18 September 2007 (IRIN ), As prices for staples soar across Central Asia, officials in Kazakhstan - the region’s key grain supplier - have moved to control exports and stem rising domestic costs, fuelling fears that neighbouring states will struggle to meet their needs for basic foodstuffs this winter.
NEPAL: Violence in south threatens November elections
18 September 2007 (IRIN ), Political parties and top government officials have called for calm amid concerns over increasing violence and tensions in Nepal's agricultural and industrial heartland, the lowland Terai region of southern Nepal.
PAKISTAN: Roadside dentists pose HIV, hepatitis threat
17 September 2007 (IRIN ), Recent studies in Pakistan have shown that roadside barbers, dentists and doctors are responsible for the rapid spread of diseases such as hepatitis, as well as HIV/AIDS. Dr Fahd Anwar, a Pakistani dentist based in the USA, cited an acute shortage of qualified practitioners - effectively encouraging such practices to thrive.
BANGLADESH: More stranded as second round of flooding hits
17 September 2007 (IRIN ), Sixteen of Bangladesh’s 64 districts have been affected by a second round of monsoon flooding this year, while new areas have been inundated in three south-central districts of the flood-prone nation, including Dhaka District.
AFGHANISTAN: Effects of suicide attacks extend far beyond the grave
16 September 2007 (IRIN ), Suicide attacks are a relatively recent phenomenon in Afghanistan, with the first being the assassination of military leader Ahmad Shah Massoud on 9 September 2001. However, since then there have been more than 250 suicide attacks with some 80 percent of victims being civilians, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
SRI LANKA: Small grants turn tide for tsunami-hit entrepreneurs
14 September 2007 (IRIN ), In several coastal hamlets in Sri Lanka the tide has turned for potters, batik designers and other entrepreneurs whose small-scale businesses were hit hard by the December 2004 tsunami. Their trades are bouncing back and incomes increasing thanks to some post-tsunami assistance from developing countries.

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