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Behind the scenes at China's Harbin snow festival

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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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2017-01-16 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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2016-12-19 China

China: How Beijing residents are coping with pollution

This week, we see how Beijing's residents are dealing with recurring peaks in pollution. The Chinese capital is no stranger to smog, but it has seen pollution levels ten times...

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2016-12-05 Japan

Karoshi crisis: The Japanese employees who work themselves to death

This week, we focus on the "Karoshi" crisis in Japan, as employees are working themsleves to death. Our correspondents Justin McCurry and Ophelie Giomatris bring us a special...

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2016-11-21 China

Independent candidates struggle to get on the ballot for China's local elections

This week, we focus on China: the country is holding local elections, but independent candidates have difficulty getting on the ballot. Also, we see how a tourist boom threatens...

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