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Latest update : 2017-04-12

The painful journey home: Returning to Afghanistan

This week, we take a look at the asylum seekers returning to Afghanistan after being deported by European authorities. An agreement signed between the European Union and Kabul last October called for the return of 80,000 migrants whose asylum applications had been denied. People are being deported daily yet with little improvement in the security situation in Afghanistan, and rebuilding their lives there is often an almost insurmountable challenge.

Also, we meet the Chinese families who send their children to the United States to better their prospects when it comes to higher education.

And we check out the chart-topping hits that are breaking down barriers in India, as a new generation of music fans shuns the social divisions created by the caste system.

By Olivia SALAZAR WINSPEAR , Narimène LAOUADI , Joanna COCKERELL , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Sonia BARITELLO

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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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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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