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Russian Agafia Lykova lives in solitude in a remote part of southern Siberia where her family moved before her birth in 1945 to escape religious persecution under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Her father died nearly three decades ago, leaving her alone on their homestead by the Abakan river, two weeks away by foot from the nearest human settlement by foot.

One of the strongest earthquakes to hit Afghanistan in decades rocked the country's north on October 26, leaving heavy casualties and damage in its wake across South Asia.

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