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Latest update : 2017-01-03

Religion in Pakistan: Sindh province aims to curb forced conversions

This week, we head to Pakistan, where the southern Sindh province has adopted a historic law to protect religious minorities. Forced conversion has long been an issue in the Muslim-majority country, which is seen as mainly affecting Hindus. This new law prevents a person from changing their religion until they are 18 years old, but it has been challenged by hardline Islamists as being anti-Islam. Our correspondents in Pakistan report.

We also go to Japan, where Christians make up less than one percent of the population. But they are set to be thrust into the limelight with the release of a new Martin Scorsese blockbuster. "Silence" tells the story of the persecution Japan's Christians endured in the 17th century. For Japanese converts, hiding their religion became a matter of life and death for some 250 years.

Finally, after half a century of cultural repression, Burma's artists are experiencing something of a renaissance. Since Aung San Suu Kyi's party took power, the climate is more relaxed and musicians are finding their voices once again. One genre which had been virtually silenced was heavy metal. But now, Burma's metal scene is booming.

By Halla MOHIEDDEEN , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO

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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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2017-09-28 Burma

Burma: Monks with an ultranationalist agenda

With the UN accusing Burmese authorities of targeted persecution of the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, our correspondent went to meet the ultranationalist Buddhists who...

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2017-09-11 music

Korean violinist Hyung Joon Won on building harmony through music

This week, we're joined on the set by Hyung Joon Won, an acclaimed violinist from South Korea. He has the resume of a musician - he trained at Julliard and has performed around...

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2017-08-28 India

India: Where old clothes go to get a new life

Cheap labour and global fashion trends mean that people are consuming and disposing of an ever greater amount of clothing. But in India, these tattered rags are reincarnated....

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2017-08-14 India

India: Cows at heart of political debate

In India, the humble cow is proving the cause of controversy. With numbers of bovines on the up, authorities are facing a headache over what to do with them. And that's not all,...

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