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Latest update : 2016-11-08

Sharbat Gula: The tumultuous life story of Afghanistan's ‘green-eyed girl’

This week, we take a look at the tumultuous life story of Sharbat Gula – the young girl with the piercing green eyes whose unforgettable portrait featured on an iconic National Geographic cover more than 30 years ago. We also get a taste of the sweet success of Vietnam's growing chocolate industry. And finally we introduce you to a new TV show in Kazakhstan which is breaking the mold by addressing the taboos of ancient history.

By Molly HALL , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Joanna COCKERELL , Juliette LACHARNAY , Sonia BARITELLO

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2017-12-04 North Korea

North Korea: Global sanctions hit Pyongyang’s ‘experiment in capitalism’

In North Korea, the port city of Rason has a special status as an economic zone. Attracting foreign businesses in manufacturing, tourism and transportation, some even speculate...

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2017-11-20 Indonesia

Indonesia: New orangutan species found in Sumatra

For the first time in almost a century, the great ape family has a new member. Scientists have confirmed the existence of a new species of orangutan in northern Sumatra,...

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2017-11-06 North Korea

The painful history of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea

Donald Trump has made his first visit to Japan as US president and met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The top talking point was the rising threat from North Korea. But that threat,...

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2017-10-23 Taiwan

Taiwan tackles dangerous betel nut addiction

Around one-tenth of the world's population chews betel nuts. The stimulant is hugely popular in Asia: it is used as a pick-me-up like coffee, but is also a symbol of love and a...

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2017-10-10 Thailand

Thailand's Thammasat Massacre: Historians unearth memories of 1976 tragedy

It's one of the darkest chapters in Thailand's history. On October 6, 1976, state forces and far-right militants killed dozens of pro-democracy students who had protested the...

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