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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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2017-03-13 Nepal

Is this the most dangerous school run in the world?

In much of western Nepal, basic infrastructure is sorely lacking. Some children, who live in remote villages, have to brave makeshift cable cars and even zip wires to get to...

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2017-02-27 Pakistan

Pakistan: Despite rights gains, transgender community still at risk

This week, we meet the transgender women fighting for equality and protection in Pakistan, the world's only Muslim country to formally recognise the existence of a "third...

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2017-02-13 China

Chinese cuisine: How the Lotus plant ends up on your plate

It's a staple of Chinese cuisine and a symbol of purity and perfection in China. Lotus root is now being exported across the globe. Filled with vitamins and minerals, it's a...

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2017-01-30 China

Year of the Rooster: Breaking down the Lunar New Year traditions

This week, we're taking a special look at the Lunar New Year, as the Year of the Rooster begins. Known as Spring Festival in China and Tet in Vietnam, the Lunar New Year is the...

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2017-01-16 China

Behind the scenes at China's Harbin snow festival

This week, we take you on a trip into a real-life winter wonderland. The Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival, famed for its gigantic illuminated sculptures, has officially...

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