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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 : 2017-02-14

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 popular ingredient in Chinese cuisine. With its neutral taste, it can be used in desserts or savoury dishes. We go behind the picture postcard beauty of the Lotus flower to see how the roots end up on our plates.

But first we head to Burma, where Muslims from the Rohingya ethnic group continue to flee to Bangladesh. The Rohingya are considered by the UN to be the world's most persecuted minority. The current army offensive against the Rohingya has alarmed the UN and human rights groups, who warn of crimes against humanity and even genocide.

We also go to Afghanistan, where many young children are heading out to work instead of going to school. Many youngsters work on dangerous mountain roads, directing traffic in exchange for tips, in order to help their families make ends meet.

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

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2018-06-13 Camille FEVRIER

India struggles to fight against child marriage

In the Indian state of Rajasthan, several NGOs are fighting against the tradition of child marriage. The practice is most often seen in families keen to marry off their daughters...

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2018-05-29 Shona BHATTACHARYYA

Kim Jong-un impersonator roams Singapore streets

In Singapore, a doppelganger of North Korea's Kim Jong-un has tourists doing double takes. Between selfies, the Chinese-Australian impersonator said he was there to encourage...

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2018-05-17 Camille FEVRIER

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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2018-05-02 William HILDERBRANDT

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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2018-04-17 Camille FEVRIER

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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