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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 : 2017-03-28

South Korea: K-pop girl band encourage plastic surgery

South Korea is the world's third-largest market for plastic surgery, with an estimated 1.2 million procedures carried out every year. In the quest for perfection, K-pop band Six Bomb have dropped a cosmetic bombshell on their fans. The controversial girl band have gone to extreme measures to live up to the name of their latest single, "Becoming Pretty". They have all gone under the knife, unveiling their transformation in a shocking video clip.

But first, as Pakistan renews its vow to crackdown on Islamic extremism, a popular shrine for a man hung for murder sends a radically different message.

And we go panning for gold in rural Kyrgyzstan, where farmers swap livestock for gold to get through the winter months.

By Mariam SAAB , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Camille FEVRIER , Sonia BARITELLO


2018-03-05 Maldives

Trouble in paradise: Political crisis deepens in Maldives

The Maldives may be best known for its white beaches, but recently the nation's been engulfed by political turmoil. The president declared a state of emergency last month,...

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2018-02-19 North Korea

Korea's divided families: Hopes for a reunion after decades apart

The freezing temperatures at the Winter Olympics in South Korea couldn't stop a thaw in relations with the North. But what will it mean beyond the Games? Thousands of families...

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2018-02-05 China

China's 'Great Green Wall': Country battles large-scale desertification

Decades ago, China began building a so-called "Great Green Wall" to halt desertification. Despite this, some 3,000 square kilometres of land are lost every year, ravaging...

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2018-01-22 Hong Kong

Why Hong Kong produces 200,000 tons of electronic waste per year

Where do your computers, tablets and smartphones go to die? Electronic waste is an environmental problem throughout Asia, but nowhere more so than in Hong Kong. For a long time...

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2018-01-13 unemployment

Fighting unemployment: Millions of Indians face layoffs amid shrinking job market

For several years now, India has been selling its wares as one of Asia's biggest economies. But despite the government's claims that things are getting rosier, there's been no...

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