Death toll reaches 311 in quake-hit Pakistani, Afghan areas

A Pakistani boy examines a house damaged caused by massive earthquake in Mingora, the main town of Swat valley, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Officials say rescuers are struggling to reach quake-stricken regions in Pakistan and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Naveed Ali)

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There’s a food crisis coming. Are we ready?

Food prices set to rise after US cuts crop stock forecasts

The US Department of Agriculture has lowered its estimate on the country’s corn harvest. Photo: AP

Global warming means bad harvests of the kind which helped spark the Arab Spring are increasingly likely – and could cause world-wide unrest

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Vanuatu residents remain in shelters after massive cyclone

In this image provided by UNICEF Pacific, people on a dock view yachts damaged in Port Vila, Vanuatu, Saturday, March 14, 2015, in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam. Winds from the extremely powerful cyclone that blew through the Pacific\’s Vanuatu archipelago are beginning to subside, revealing widespread destruction. (AP Photo/UNICEF Pacific, Humans of Vanuatu)

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Midwest, eastern US bracing for Arctic blast, subzero temps

A truck is stalled on M14 in Ann Arbor, Mich., during a rainstorm that made for bad road conditions on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Patrick Record)

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Volcano in south Japan erupts, disrupting flights

In this Nov. 26, 2014 photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mount Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, on the southern Japanese main island of Kyushu. The volcano is blasting out chunks of magma in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater. The Japan Meteorological Agency said Friday, Nov. 28 that Mount Aso had spewed out lava debris and smoke, shooting plumes of ash a kilometer (3,280 feet) into the sky. The observatory does not expect the eruption to increase in scale. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

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Thousands break Ebola quarantine to find food

FILE-In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, Healthcare workers load a man, center, onto a ambulance as he is suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus in Kenema, Sierra Leone. A doctor in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola — the fifth local doctor in the West African nation to die of the disease, authorities said Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Tanya Bindra, File)

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