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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

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2017-12-04 North Korea

North Korea: Global sanctions hit Pyongyang’s ‘experiment in capitalism’

In North Korea, the port city of Rason has a special status as an economic zone. Attracting foreign businesses in manufacturing, tourism and transportation, some even speculate...

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2017-11-20 Indonesia

Indonesia: New orangutan species found in Sumatra

For the first time in almost a century, the great ape family has a new member. Scientists have confirmed the existence of a new species of orangutan in northern Sumatra,...

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2017-11-06 North Korea

The painful history of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea

Donald Trump has made his first visit to Japan as US president and met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The top talking point was the rising threat from North Korea. But that threat,...

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2017-10-23 Taiwan

Taiwan tackles dangerous betel nut addiction

Around one-tenth of the world's population chews betel nuts. The stimulant is hugely popular in Asia: it is used as a pick-me-up like coffee, but is also a symbol of love and a...

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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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