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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 , Stéphane BERNSTEIN , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO

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2017-10-10 Thailand

Thailand's Thammasat Massacre: Historians unearth memories of 1976 tragedy

It's one of the darkest chapters in Thailand's history. On October 6, 1976, state forces and far-right militants killed dozens of pro-democracy students who had protested the...

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2017-09-28 Burma

Burma: Monks with an ultranationalist agenda

With the UN accusing Burmese authorities of targeted persecution of the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, our correspondent went to meet the ultranationalist Buddhists who...

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2017-09-11 music

Korean violinist Hyung Joon Won on building harmony through music

This week, we're joined on the set by Hyung Joon Won, an acclaimed violinist from South Korea. He has the resume of a musician - he trained at Julliard and has performed around...

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2017-08-28 India

India: Where old clothes go to get a new life

Cheap labour and global fashion trends mean that people are consuming and disposing of an ever greater amount of clothing. But in India, these tattered rags are reincarnated....

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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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