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As Myanmar began a three-day mourning period Tuesday, the World Bank reiterated that it cannot provide financial assistance or loans to the cyclone-ravaged country because of unpaid debts.

"Basically the situation is the same as for the past decade," said spokesman Peter Stephens. "Myanmar has been in arrears since 1998 and legally we cannot lend to a country in arrears."

The news came as farmers and aid groups warned of a future food crisis after the cyclone destroyed swathes of fertile rice-growing land. Read full article »

-- CNN's Saeed Ahmed contributed to this report

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