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Exclusive reports, features and analysis on political and social events from across the Asian continent. Every Monday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

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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2017-08-14 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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2017-07-31 Vietnam

South Korea: 71-year-old grandmother becomes internet sensation

In South Korea, A 71-year-old grandmother has become the country's latest YouTube star. When the creators of the platform were born in the 1970s, she was already 30. Today, she's...

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2017-07-17 China

Making a splash: Why indoor water parks are a hit in China

With an aversion to sun, sand and salt water, Chinese swimmers prefer to beat the heat by flocking to overcrowded indoor pools. Some people in China want to avoid getting a tan...

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2017-07-03 Pakistan

Pakistan cracks down on organ trafficking

Amid poverty and desperation, many people in Pakistan sell their kidneys in order to pay off massive debts, with middlemen pocketing hefty sums after paying donors very little....

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2017-06-19 Philippines

Philippines: Meeting residents of Marawi who fled fighting

We focus on life under martial law in the Filipino city of Marawi. Many people have died as the government fights militants linked to the Islamic State group. Most of the city's...

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