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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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2018-05-15 China

China introduces 'social credit score' for citizens

China has begun a controversial experiment to get to know its people better. The government is tracking its citizens' behaviour, from smoking on a train to jaywalking. If a...

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2018-04-30 Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan seeks to expand Silk Road tourism

Uzbekistan isn't high on many holidaymakers' lists of must-see destinations. But its reform-minded government is opening up the country, easing travel restrictions for dozens of...

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2018-04-16 Myanmar

Myanmar builds over destroyed Rohingya villages

In Myanmar's Rakhine state, military and local officials are building over the area where 700,000 Rohingya were forced to leave their homes behind. The stateless Muslim minority...

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2018-04-02 cricket

Australian cricket under mounting scrutiny amid ball-tampering scandal

In Australia, cricket is reeling from a ball-tampering crisis. Skipper Steve Smith and senior batsman David Warner have been banned from the sport for 12 months. The scandal has...

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2018-03-19 India

India's missing women: The dark legacy of sex selection

In India, officials say the population is missing more than 60 million women, equivalent to the entire population of the UK. It's the result of a decades-old preference in India...

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