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The area under cultivation for poppies is rising as Afghan farmers can get up to 12 times more for the crop than they can for growing cereals or vegetables

The deadly blooms of Helmand: Afghan farmers turn to the opium crop, despite the police's best efforts

The income from opium can beat that from conventional crops twelve-fold, and comes with protection courtesy of the Taliban

Funchu Tamang, 101, sits on a bed in a hospital in Nuwakot district on May 3, 2015, after being rescued from his collapsed home a day earlier

Nepal earthquake: 101-year-old survivor pulled from rubble seven days after quake struck

The death toll from the disaster is now more than 7,200

Lindsay Sandiford appearing in court in January, 2013

Indonesia executions: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford

'I want them to look at me when they shoot me'

Nepalese villagers unload relief aid from an Indian Army chopper at Jagat, in Gorkha district on May 2 2015.

Nepal earthquake: Eight Britons rescued from mountainside monastery a week after earthquake, as death toll rises to 7,000

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office say the group are returning to the UK today

John Kerry with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister on Saturday

US promises closer ties with Sri Lanka amid push for democratic reform

Encouraged by the new atmosphere, the United States helped in postponing the publication of a UN inquiry into possible war crimes in the country

The palaces and temples of Patan Durbar square in Kathmandu have either been destroyed or severely damaged

Nepal earthquake: The task to conserve what survived at the Unesco World Heritage site in Kathmandu

The Independent on Sunday was given exclusive access to Durbar Square and learned of the complex task trying to conserve what was not lost

Rescuers look down on debris at Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu last week

Nepal earthquake: Many survivors receiving no help despite relief effort

Documents seen by The Independent on Sunday reveal severe tensions over demands that the Prime Minister’s office control the operation and its funding

Forensic teams examine one of the bodies

Mass grave discovered in trafficked migrants 'prison camp' on Thai border

Migrants are believed to be Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution

Nepalese students and volunteers clear the rubble at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Nepal earthquake: Authorities say there will be no more survivors

The news comes days after people were miraculously pulled alive from the rubble in Kathmandu

An elderly woman prays at a temple in Kathmandu damaged by the earthquake

Nepal earthquake: Racing against time, government pleads for rescue helicopters to reach remote mountain regions

A mood of panic has led to fights breaking out among those anxious to board helicopters

A Royal Air Force Chinook flies over London during a Service of Commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan, in London

Nepal earthquake: RAF helicopters fly out for aid mission as British nationals remain missing

Three Chinooks will be helping reach remote areas cut off by the disaster

Yumenosuke in action in Nepal

Nepal earthquake: The Japanese stray helping rescue those still trapped among the rubble

More than 6,200 people are believed to have died in the quake on Saturday

North Korean diplomats, center, leave a panel discussion, at United Nations headquarters, Thursday, April 30, 2015, on North Korean human rights abuses.

North Korean diplomats storm out of human rights meeting at UN after interrupting defectors

A diplomat from Pyongyang accused the US of being the 'true kingpin of human rights violations'  and dismissed 'ungrounded allegations' of atrocities

Official figures for the number of women raped in India are often disputed by Women's Rights experts who claim the numbers are far higher

India refuses to criminalise marital rape because of 'social issues and religious beliefs' in country

MP said marital rape could not be made a crime because of India's societal beliefs that 'marriage as a sacrament'

A woman stands on top of her collapsed home in Bungamati, Nepal, a destination formerly described as ‘a classic medieval village… one of the prettiest in the valley’

Nepal earthquake: Inside the 'classic medieval village' that is now a place of desperation and sorrow

It was once a Nepalese village famous for being the home of the 16th-century temple to the deity Rato Machhendranath. Now it lies in ruins, its distraught inhabitants huddled in tents

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